London Program 14th and 15th November

Time

Day 1

Day 2

8:30 Registration and Coffee Networking and Coffee
9:00 - 9:15 Session 1 - Introduction and Welcome - Amos Haniff, Noordin Shehabuddeen, Paul Hunter Session 1 - Introduction and recap
9:15 - 10:15 Session 2 - Opening Key Note Talk - Sir John Elvidge Session 2 - Opening Key Note Talk - Paul Foley
10:15 - 10:45 Morning Coffee Morning Coffee
10:45 - 11:30 Session 3 - Stream 1: Strategy Process: Reinventing strategic planning - Paul Hunter Session 3 - Stream 3: Strategic implications of disruption: An illustration drawn from the University sector - Amos Haniff
11:30 - 12:30 Session 4 - Stream 2: Open strategy: practice change in a permeable profession - Richard Whittington Session 4 - Stream 4: Innovation as a foundation for effective strategy practice: Overview of effective Open innovation practices - Noordin Shehabuddeen
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Session 5 - Key Note Talk - Supun King-Jayawardana Session 5 - Introduction and Facilitation: Out of the Box Strategic Thinking and Tool Use - Aaron Slater
15:00 - 15:30 Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea
15:30 - 16:30 Session 6 - Forum Workshop: The relationship of corporate culture to a corporation's business strategy - Fiona Irvine Session 6 - Out of the Box Strategic Thinking: Systemic strategy practices - Fractal UK
16:30 - 17:00 Session 7 - Forum Discussion: Building the strategy system Part 1: Establishing the concepts Session 7 - Forum Discussion: Building the strategy system Part 2: Conclusions
17:00 - 18:30 Networking, Drinks and Canapés

Presentation and session Format:

A 1 hour Key Note Presentation from a Subject Matter Specialist, for each of the four themes of:

  • Stream 1: Strategy Process: Reinventing strategic planning
  • Stream 2: Strategic Thinking: Getting ready for strategic decision making
  • Stream 3: Strategic change: Coping mechanisms in an era of unbounded disruption
  • Stream 4: Strategy Innovation: Out of the box strategic thinking and tool use

After that session we will have a 1.5 Hr Session that is made up of:

3 Speakers at 10 – 15 mins each per speaker. 

This is followed by a panel led open forum of about an hour where we either establish groups or simply open the discussion up to the group for open discussion and idea generation. That should be enough time to cover each topic properly. 

All of the foregoing is of course quite flexible and is designed to provide ideas and feedback for collation and publication post the event. On the latter objective (i.e. publication there is interest in a book, we also have a definite yes from two Asia Pacific Publications on the publication of a special edition of conference proceedings. These are The Asia Pacific Business Review and International Journal of Business and Globalisation.

Day 1

Session 1 - Introduction and Welcome - Amos Haniff, Noordin Shehabuddeen, Paul Hunter

Speakers: Amos Haniff, Noordin Shehabuddeen and Paul Hunter

Just as the fourth industrial revolution unfolds, so are strategy practitioners from industry, academia and consulting seeking to develop ways to both adapt to (respond) and invent (create) new capabilities in strategy. Individual members of each arena recognise the value of the synergies that could be obtained from the sharing of knowledge between each domain of strategy. The practicality of such sharing is however often thwarted as the practical means to do so are limited in scope. That is why we are holding this conference.

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Session 2 - Opening Key Note Talk - Sir John Elvidge

Strategic change focusing on UK Government

Speaker: Sir John Elvidge, Chairman Carnegie UK Trust and Edinburgh Airport Ltd

Synopsis: Sir John Elvidge will outline three key factors driving current pressures for strategic change in the government sector across the world. He will discuss some specific examples of the implementation of strategic change by individual governments and identify shared challenges between the government sector and other sectors, particularly the business sector, in delivering and sustaining strategic change.

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Session 3 - Stream 1: Strategy Process: Reinventing strategic planning - Paul Hunter

Stream 1: Strategy Process: Reinventing strategic planning

The Paradox of Contemporary Strategic Management: Everybody does it, no one gets it done – why? synopsis: Successful strategy implementation

Speaker: Paul Hunter, CEO Strategic Management Institute (smiknowledge)

Synopsis: In this session, we will explore a range of applications, behaviours and organisational structures that are expected to have an impact on the effectiveness of strategy and conversely, the impact of strategy on business. We will start with an appreciation of history – lessons learned. We will then proceed to a review of the three elements of strategy effectiveness – within an age of digital, social, organisational and corporate structural change.

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Session 4 - Stream 2: Open strategy: practice change in a permeable profession - Richard Whittington

Stream 2: Strategic thinking: getting ready for strategic decision making

Topic:Open strategy: practice change in a permeable profession

Speaker: Richard Whittington, Saïd Business School – Oxford

Synopsis: When businesses change the way they do strategy, it can have real-world implications. Professor Richard Whittington will present the results of his “passion project” that he conducted in order to examine such changes. In doing so he will be addressing the question that has occupied his mind for the past ten years: How do strategy practices evolve?

 

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Session 5 - Key Note Talk - Supun King-Jayawardana

Strategic Thinking: Strategy and Innovation in the financial services sector

Speaker: Supun King-Jayawardana, Head of the Innovation Laboratory at the London Head Office of CBA Bank

Synopsis: Supan will discuss turning today’s imagination into tomorrow’s ground-breaking innovation at CBA Innovation Lab. The Innovation Lab is more than informative – it’s inspirational. Visitors can interact with real time data, interpret trends, brainstorm solutions and collaborate with CBA project teams.

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Session 6 - Forum Workshop: The relationship of corporate culture to a corporation's business strategy - Fiona Irvine

The relationship of corporate culture to a Corporations business strategy

Speaker: Fiona Irvine is a business strategist and HR professional at Rainbow HR

Synopsis:The impact of the corporate culture on corporate culture strategy will be examined, in particular the aspects which collide and have both  a positive and negative impact on business performance. The emerging disruptors will be considered and how business can embrace them to deliver greater business performance.

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Session 7 - Forum Discussion: Building the strategy system Part 1: Establishing the concepts

Building the strategy system Part 1: Establishing the concepts

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Day 2

Session 1 - Introduction and recap

Summary of Day 1, Agenda for Day 2 and other matters.

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Session 2 - Opening Key Note Talk - Paul Foley

Optimising Strategic Change in an Environment of  Volatility, Uncertainty and Extreme Complexity

Speaker: Paul Foley, independent strategy consultant, formerly Senior Strategy Leader for Vodafone Ireland

Synopsis: Paul will apply his extensive experience in business, strategy and professional organisations to describe how contemporary strategy practices can be applied to meet the demands of modern day business management and leadership. In particular Paul will describe how he applied a business strategy framework that allowed him to ‘talk strategy’ with Vodafone Ireland staff straight after working for a professional services firm, PwC.

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Session 3 - Stream 3: Strategic implications of disruption: An illustration drawn from the University sector - Amos Haniff

Stream 3: Coping mechanisms in an era of unbounded disruption.

Topic: Strategic implications of disruption with an illustration drawn from the University sector

Speaker: Amos Haniff, Heriot-Watt University

Synopsis: Drawing on the example of disruption in the higher education sector, Amos will discuss a proposition that change in the global environment, technologies, competitive pressures and client complexity, presents difficulties in maintaining the alignment of strategy with projects implemented to realise strategy. In this session we will explore the tensions, barriers and organisational bureaucracies that disrupt the implementation of strategy through projects.

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Session 4 - Stream 4: Innovation as a foundation for effective strategy practice: Overview of effective Open innovation practices - Noordin Shehabuddeen

Stream 4: Innovation :out of the box strategic thinking

Topic: As a foundation for effective strategy practice: Overview of effective Open innovation practices

Speaker: Noordin Shehabuddeen is author of a MOOC’s course on innovation which has been accessed by over 19,000 people. He is the author of a practitioner handbook ‘Innovation in real life: a hands-on guide to genuine innovation’. He is also Director of UWE’s Bristol Business Engagement Centre (BBEC) and Associate Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Noordin will apply his experience in structuring, leading and conducting senior executive workshops and training programmes designed to bring about genuine business outcomes and results that offer a lasting impact.

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Session 5 - Introduction and Facilitation: Out of the Box Strategic Thinking and Tool Use - Aaron Slater

Introduction and Facilitation: Out of the Box Strategic Thinking and Tool Use

1) Open Innovation concepts: Team Sky: Open/Innovation Strategy and Strategic Analytics

Speaker: Aaron Slater: Aaron is a Success Manager at Solverboard UK. Aaron will be discussing Solverboard, which is an idea management tool that unlocks the potential of innovation. Aaron will present the use and application of the tool through a review of a case study at Team Sky.

2) Blockchain explanation and its practical application to business

Speaker: Janina Lowisz: Janina will provide an overview of the concept of Blockchain and the threats and opportunities that this advanced technology will bring.

Janina has worked as a blockchain analyst for major companies and is a Top 100 Global Blockchain Influencer and Speaker.

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Session 6 - Out of the Box Strategic Thinking: Systemic strategy practices - Fractal UK

Out of the Box Strategic Thinking: Systemic strategy practices

Speakers: Patrick Hoverstadt and Lucy Loh, Directors and Management Consultants at Fractal UK

Synopsis: Patterns of Strategy: A radical, new and systems based framework that allows strategy practitioners to identify the right ‘fit’ between your organisation and others – and ways to understand how to strategically manoeuvre your organisation to your advantage.

Patrick Hoverstadt and Lucy Loh see strategy as an emergent phenomenon, one that influences and is influenced by the business ecosystem to which an organisation belongs. As a systemic approach to strategy, their methodology focuses on the relationships between organisations, rather than just the organisation in its own right. They will explore examples of 80 ‘patterns’ of strategy which organisations can use to understand the relationship that their business and their strategy have to the actors around it. These patterns provide a toolkit for designing different ways to collaborate, and also offer alternative types and approaches of competition.

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Session 7 - Forum Discussion: Building the strategy system Part 2: Conclusions

Building the strategy system Part 2: Conclusions

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