One year ago, the ambitious Chinese household goods company Haier paid $5.4 billion to buy General Electric's huge American domestic appliance unit, based in Louisville, Kentucky. Bill Fischer follows Haier closely. He's professor of innovation management at IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland, and he tells Peter Day what's happening now in this extraordinary Chinese business.
Rita Gunther McGrath is professor of management at Colombia Business School in New York and a widely published author. She tells Peter Day how maturing companies can use what she calls the "imagination factor" to grow and prosper.
Don Tapscott has spent 40 years charting the rising of the digital world in a series of best-selling books such as "The Digital Economy", "Wikinomic"s and "The Naked Corporation". He tells Peter Day why Blockchain is another revolution in progress.
Nilofer Merchant was born in India, but grew up in Silicon Valley, Calfornia where she pursued a very successful career. She gives Peter Day some insights into the "wild ideas" she spoke about at the Drucker Forum..including her distrust of the "Bro" culture that she thinks permeates American high tech.
Hundreds of students and young executives from all over the world take part in the annual Drucker Challenge essay contest, and the winners are heralded at the Drucker Forum. This years' theme was Human Prosperity in a Changing World. Four of the winners talk to Peter Day about their experiences, and their ideas. They are Anne Twombly from the USA; Ali Rushden Tariq, born in Pakistan but now living in Canada; Amina Mendez Acosta from The Phillipines, and Chris Maclay, born in the UK, now...
Charles Handy made his name as the champion of what he calls the modern "portfolio career": no more jobs for life. He started his working life as a business person: an oil company executive. In the 1960s he began the second stage of his portfolio career, helping to set up the London Business School. His third big job has been as an author of books about business, management and life in general. Combining striking metaphor and profound common sense, they include The Empty Raincoat, The Gods...
Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg is an expert on innovation and a critic of how many companies try to do it the wrong way; he is co-author of the book Innovation as Usual: How to Help Your People to Bring Great Ideas to Life. Originally from Denmark, he now lives in New York where he is working on a new project trying to improve the way that the world goes about tackling its problems. Thomas W-W talks about his ideas to Peter Day, and explains what he learnt about business problem-solving from a...
In this second podcast, Professor Carlota Perez lists some of the things that need to be tackled in order to turn the huge uncertainties of the current technology revolution into a golden era of inclusive prosperity.
Professor Carlota Perez takes the long view of economics..the very long view. Her particular field of interest is long cycles stretching out 50 years or more, and often starting with the shock of big technology changes. She teaches at the London School of Economics, the University of Sussex, Tallinn University of Technology and University College London, and she has written a much-praised book: “Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: the Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages”. In...
Tammy Erickson is an author, expert on leadership and work, and an Adjunct Professor, Organisational Behaviour, at London Business School. She is the founder and CEO of Tammy Erickson Associates, a firm dedicated to helping clients build intelligent organizations. She tells Peter Day what’ss wrong with the traditional idea of leadership, and how leadership is about asking the right questions, rather than command and control. And she talks about the need for “spontaneous coordination”.
Richard Straub worked for IBM for much of his life. He is now director of the Drucker Forum. He tells Peter Day how the Forum began, and how Professor Drucker’s ideas maintain their relevance in a much-changed business world.
Allyson Stewart-Allen is a Californian who now lives and works in London where she is the founder and chief executive of a consultancy called International Marketing Partners. She a specialist in globalisation and its impacts, and author of the book Working with Americans. She tells Peter Day about the snags and possibilities companies may encounter in the global world.
Mariana Mazzucato of the University of Sussex sets out the vital role she thinks the State plays in driving innovation as she described in her book "The Entrepreneurial State" and why it is so little understood in many parts of the world.
John Hagel is cofounder of the Deloitte Centre for the Edge. He explores how to think about the future when there are “at least one million people round the world who can do your job”, and what companies and other organisations need to do about it.