Superstars of Management Thinking in Vienna

Learning Together in Challenging Times: On November 30th and December 1st, 2023, the 15th Global Peter Drucker Forum will take place at the historic Hofburg (Imperial Palace) in Vienna. This highly anticipated event will gather a diverse audience of international superstar management thinkers, CEOs, and media to explore the theme of “Creative Resilience – Leading in an Age of Discontinuity.”

The distinguished lineup of speakers includes Amy Edmondson of Harvard Business School, ranked #1 management thinker at Thinkers50. Renowned for her expertise in leadership, teams, and organizational learning, Edmondson’s insights will offer valuable guidance on fostering psychological safety for learning, innovation, and growth in today’s uncertain environment.

Joining her will be Rita McGrath, a best-selling author and professor at Columbia Business School, ranked #2 at Thinkers50. Her profound knowledge of leading innovation and growth during uncertain times will undoubtedly provide attendees with actionable strategies to anticipate and adapt to inflection points in business.

Daniel Pink, the acclaimed author of multiple New York Times bestsellers and also on the Thinkers50 list, will grace the stage with his deeply-researched work on personal and organizational growth. Pink’s latest book, “The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward,” is set to captivate the audience with its profound insights.

Among the prominent CEOs speaking at the conference is Kevin Nolan, President & CEO of General Electric Appliances, a Haier company. With his engineering background and passion for innovation, Nolan will showcase his pivotal role in transforming GE Appliances and shaping the future of the century-old organization.

The 15th Global Peter Drucker Forum promises to be a captivating and enlightening event, offering participants the opportunity to learn from the wisdom and experience of these management thought leaders both on and off the stage. As the world continues to face unprecedented challenges and discontinuities, the forum will inspire leaders to cultivate creative resilience and drive positive change in their organizations and beyond.

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Short biographies:

Amy C. Edmondson, PhD is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, a chair established to support the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful enterprises that contribute to the betterment of society.
Edmondson has been ranked by the biannual Thinkers50 global list of top management thinkers since 2011 (most recently #1). She teaches and writes on leadership, teams and organizational learning. Her most recent book, The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety for Learning, Innovation, and Growth offers practical guidance for leaders who are serious about building a thriving organization in the today’s uncertain environment. Her prior books, Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy and Teaming to Innovate (Jossey-Bass, 2012, 2103) and Building the Future: Big Teaming for Audacious Innovation (Berrett-Koehler, 2016) explore teamwork in dynamic, unpredictable work environments.

Rita McGrath is a best-selling author, a sought-after speaker, and a longtime professor at Columbia Business School. She is widely recognized as a premier expert on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty. Rita has received the #1 achievement award for strategy from the prestigious Thinkers50 and has been consistently named one of the world’s Top 10 management thinkers in its bi-annual ranking. As a consultant to CEOs, her work has had a lasting impact on the strategy and growth programs of Fortune 500 companies worldwide.
Rita is the author of the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013). Her new book is Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019). She has written three other books, including Discovery Driven Growth, cited by Clayton Christensen as creating one of the most important management ideas ever developed. She is a highly sought-after speaker at exclusive corporate events around the globe, such as the Global Peter Drucker Forum.

Daniel H. Pink is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, including his latest, The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward. His other books include the New York Times bestsellers When and A Whole New Mind — as well as the #1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human. Dan’s deeply-researched books have won multiple awards, have been translated into 42 languages, and have sold millions of copies around the world.

Kevin Nolan is the President & Chief Executive Officer of GE Appliances, a Haier company, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. GE Appliances is the fastest growing appliances company in the U.S.
Mr. Nolan is a seasoned engineer and a passionate maker with 29 patent awards and a 30-year career at GE, including 10 years as GE Appliances’ Chief Technology Officer.
He took innovation to a new level when he conceived and co-founded FirstBuild, the first Corporate maker’s space in the world and global co-creation community that harnesses the power of the maker movement to change the way home appliances are conceived, designed and manufactured.
Currently as CEO of GE Appliances, Mr. Nolan is successfully leading the company’s transformation, redefining structures, promoting a new culture and shaping the future of an organization founded more than 100 years ago.

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