This is the question Alberto Gimeno, Professor of the Department of General Management and Strategy at ESADE, asked those attending the Executive MBA Open Day. The event was held in Barcelona on the 28th of May.
During the “Connecting the Dots” Master Class, various answers were suggested, including “The Information Society” and “The Knowledge Society”. Prof. Gimeno argued that neither of these were correct. According to Gimeno, “We live in a data society”.
An ever-changing world creates the data that contextualise these changes. Gimeno asked, “What differentiates change now from that which we went through at the beginning of the 21st Century? If we had been told ten years in advance of the changes that would occur before the appearance of Internet, 90% of them would have seemed beyond belief.”
For Gimeno, the advances we have seen are the result of the context. Examples such as Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, or more recently, Steve Jobs and Richard Branson, bear this idea out. If any of them had lived a hundred years earlier or later, they would have made very different contributions to society.
All four are examples of ‘disruptive leaders’ who broke the mould and changed their sectors forever. “Companies in 2030 will demand leaders who break with tradition. We will need to find them and judge their true worth”, said Gimeno.
Open Day — an opportunity to discover the Executive MBA experience
Before the Master Class, Esteve Mogas, Programme Director and Associate Director of the Department of General Management and Strategy, presented the Executive MBA to those attending the event.
Under the title “A Day for Change”, Mogas explained that the EMBA programme meant betting on change and on one’s professional projection. This was because the programme was transformational in nature and put participants in charge of their careers.
Among other things, Mogas also stressed ESADE’s values as an institution and its performance in the latest rankings (which put the business school among the leaders in the Executive Education field).
Three EMBA alumni spoke of their experience of the programme and how it changed the personal and professional lives of all those who took it.
More information at www.esade.edu/emba