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I am keenly interested in how to create sustainable strategic capabilities that foster innovation, change acumen, and continuous learning in large-scale systems.

I pursue this interest by publishing, teaching, speaking, advising, orchestrating executive networks and producing customized think tanks.

I created the Executive Corporate Learning Forum and am the founder of the Center for the Future of Organization at the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

As a principal investigator, I am currently leading a global research project on the impact of Social Media on the way organizations work, which is complimented by the "Six Skills Global Dialogue", a related ideation initiative.

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  • 10th ECLF Focus on Practice Meeting: Collaboration 2.0 - Leveraging Knowledge in Digital Transformation Processes.
    - Hosted by Otto Group | Hamburg, Germany | February 1-2, 2018
  • 4th Global ECLF Summit: Innovating Learning Through Cross-Boundary Collaboration.
    - hosted by Google | London, UK | January 26-27, 2017 BlueArrow link
  • 3rd Global ECLF Summit: Digital Leadership - Digital Transformation: Reinventing the Corporation in the Digital Age
    - hosted by Bertelsmann | Berlin, Germany | July 4-6, 2016 BlueArrow link
  • 8th ECLF Focus on Practice Meeting: Cultivating Innovation
    - hosted by Intesa SanPaolo | Turin, Italy | February 11-12, 2016 BlueArrow link
  • ECLF Focus on Thought Leadership Meeting: Driving Strategic Rejuvenation Through Customer Centricity.
    - Paris, France | November 12, 2015
  • 2nd ECLF Global Summit: Organizing Learning
    - UBS Wolfsberg, Ermatingen, Switzerland | July 8-10, 2015
  • 7th ECLF Focus on Practice Meeting
    - Vienna, Austria, February 11-12, 2015
  • 1st ECLF Global Summit: Leading and Learning in Globally Networked Organizations
    - GE Crotonville, Ossining/New York, USA | September 2-4, 2014
  • 6th ECLF Focus on Practice Meeting
    - Skodsborg/Copenhagen, Denmark, February 6, 2014
  • ECLF Latin America - Inaugural Meeting
    - Sao Paolo, Brazil | December 4, 2013 BlueArrow link
  • 9th Annual ECLF conference: Towards a New Paradigm of Corporate Learning
    - Munich, Germany | June 17-19, 2013
  • 5th ECLF Focus on Practice Meeting
    - London, U.K., February 7, 2013
  • 8th Annual ECLF Conference: Leadership in a Networked World
    - Madrid, Spain | June 27-29, 2012
  • 4th ECLF Focus on Practice Meeting
    - Vienna, Austria, February 9, 2012
  • Silicon Valley Learning Expedition featuring top executives from 17 global corporations - San Jose, USA, August 29 - September 2, 2011 BlueArrow link
  • 7th Annual ECLF Conference: Strategic Change and Organizational Learning - Stockholm, Sweden, June 29 - July 1, 2011 BlueArrow link
  • Advancing Corporate Learning Leaders (ACLL) - (2 Modules) -
    Stockholm, Sweden, June 27-29, 2011
    Zurich, Switzerland, March 8-11, 2011
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Keynotes and Conferences
  • Keynote on "The Impact of Social Technology on Leadership and Organization". UniNetzPE | Mainz, Germany | September 18, 2017
  • Virtual Keynote on "Digital Leadership - Digital Transformation". Executive Networks | Los Angeles, CA | August 21, 2017
  • Virtual Keynote on "Reinventing the Organization in the Digital Age". Wirtschaftstage Oberhausen, Germany | October 25, 2016
  • Panel on "Digital Transformation of the Modern Corporation". American Marketing Association Conference | Atlanta, GA | August 6, 2016
  • Keynote on "The Impact of Social Technology on Leadership and Organization". ". American Marketing Association Conference | Atlanta, GA | August 6, 2016
  • Workshop on "Learning Strategy in the Digital Age". Siemens | Munich, Germany | July 16-17, 2015
  • Workshop on "Work Engagement and Change in Manufacturing - New Organizational Models. Fiat Chrysler Automotive Group | Turin, Italy | July 3, 2015
  • Keynote on "Transforming Organizations Through Social Media". Helmholtz Association | Berlin, Germany | June 10, 2015
  • Building Strategic Competence SAP Leadership Retreat - Silicon Valley, California | October 14, 2014
  • Panel on Leadership in the Context of Research and Higher Education HMS Foundation - Berlin, Germany | May 12-13, 2014
  • Drucker Day 2013 - Executive Panel with Mattel and NBCU about The Creative Economy Claremont, California | November 2, 2013
  • Opening Keynote at the 2nd Forum of the Russian Association for Corporate Education on Values based Leadership - Moscow, Russia | May 21-22, 2013
  • Turk Telekom Executive Roundtable on the Future of Organizational Design - Istanbul, Turkey, November 28, 2012
  • Opening Keynote at the 2nd TEGEP Conference on Learning and Development - Istanbul, Turkey, November 27, 2012
  • World Steel Association - 15th International Management Seminar - July 15-19, 2012, Beijing, China
  • Informal Learning and Social Media - Insights, Perspectives, Challenges. - Crossfield Online Seminar - Los Angeles, California/Lugano, Switzerland | May 24, 2012
  • Opening Keynote at the 2012 Brand Logic Symposium - Salzburg, Austria, March 21-22, 2012 BlueArrow link
  • World Steel Association - Education and Training Committee - Milan, Italy, February 23, 2012
  • Fiat Group Executive Workshop: Strategic Leadership - Organizing for Innovation - Turin, Italy | February 1, 2012
  • Opening Keynote at the UNICON Team Development Conference - Los Angeles, California | November 29, 2011
  • Opening Keynote at the AITD National Conference - Melbourne, Australia, April 13-14, 2011 BlueArrow link
  • Corporate Universities as Enabler of the Strategy Process - Keynote at the Evolving Corporate Universities Forum, London, U.K., February 10-11, 2011 BlueArrow link
  • The Convergence of Strategy and Learning - Keynote at the Fall 2010 CLO Symposium, Laguna Niguel, California, September 27-29, 2010 ? BlueArrow link
  • Some Remarks on the Value Chain Dynamics of Corporate Learning - Keynote at the 6th annual ECLF conference, Paris/France, June 28-30, 2010
  • Designing the Smart Organization:
    Learning Architectures for the 21st Century
    - Keynote Address for the Innsbruck University Alumni Association, Innsbruck/Austria, March 24, 2010
  • Web 2.0 Adoption Patterns and Trends in Large International Corporations
    - Keynote at Symposium "Inter-Organizational Learning and Competence Development: Web 2.0 Experiences and Trends", INSEAD, Fontainebleau/France, December 10-11, 2009
  • Moving beyond the crisis powered by knowledge and learning solutions - what is the NEXT practice
    - Keynote at ELIG Workshop at the Online EDUCA Berlin/Germany Dec 2, 2009
  • Strategic Challenges of the Learning Industry
    - Keynote at 2009 Master Conference, Berlin /Germany, November 5. 2009
  • Videogames as Tool for Leadership Learning - Current Trends and Practices
    - ECLF Consortium Workshop, Paris/France, October 16, 2009
  • The Social Infrastructure of Learning
    - Keynote at the 5th annual ECLF conference, Munich/Germany, June 29 July 1, 2009
  • Leadership in the Context of Strategy, Organization, and People
    - Arcandor Academy Executive Summit, Stockholm/Sweden, June 18, 2008
  • A Marriage Made in Hell: Universities and the Learning Challenges of Complex Organizations
    - Conference "Continuous Education in the Ivory Tower", Berlin/Germany, January 14-15, 2008
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Books, Articles, White Papers
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  • Transformers - Executive Conversations about Creating Agile Organizations - Los Angeles 2015, ECLF Press
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  • Leadership Unplugged: Stripping out the noise to uncover a new direction (together with Sylvain Newton). Guest Blog Post at @BRIAN SOLIS, November 2013
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  • Social technology and the New Context of Leadership (together with Sylvain Newton) In: Wharton Leadership Digest, May/June 2013
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  • Six Social Media Skills Every Leader Needs. (together with Sylvain Newton) In: McKinsey Quarterly, Issue 1/2013, page 62-75
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  • Business Models Galore: The Colorful and Diverse World of Corporate Universities In: Developing Leaders, Issue 9, 2012, page 10-18
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  • Refocusing Corporate Learning In: Training and Development in Australia, February 2011, pg 8 - 10
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  • Creative Leadership In: Leadership Excellence, Vol. 28 | 1, January 2011, page 18
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  • Designing the Smart Organization: How Breakthrough Corporate Learning Initiatives Drive Strategic Change and Innovation - San Francisco 2009, Jossey Bass /Wiley
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  • Talent Management in the Creative Age - In: Borensztejn, H. (Ed.): Growing Talent: A Corporate Duty, U.K. 2010, Marshall Cavendish
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  • Using Videogames for Leadership Learning - ECLF White Paper, October 2009
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  • The Future of Media in the Digital Age - White Paper, March 2009
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  • A Marriage Made in Hell: The University Approach to Education and the Learning Challenges of Complex Corporations - In: Hanft, A. & Knust, M. (Ed.): Weiterbildung im Elfenbeinturm, 2008, Waxmann (in German)
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  • The Future of Leadership Learning: Results from the 2008 ECLF Survey White paper, July 2008
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  • Integrating Informal Learning Processes: Learning in Complex Systems - Master Magazin, Nov 2009
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  • Innovation and Corporate Learning 2007 ECLF Conference Documentation
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  • Structuring Learning and Development in Complex Organizations - White paper July 2006
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Article on Organizational Social Media Literacy.
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Article on Business Models of Corporate Universities.
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Article on Creative Leadership (pg 18)
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Article on Talent Management in the Creative Age
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Industry study on the use of videogames for leadership learning
Video Game Conference
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ECLF Survey about Web 2.0 and the Social Infrastructure of Learning
Video Game Conference
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