Understanding the Global Business Context: What is Keeping Your CEO Up at Night and What You Can Do To Help


The Brexit surprised many – not only that it could happen but how it is having unintended consequences here in the US as well as other parts of the world. The refugee crisis in Europe appears to be all bad news until you learn that global companies are actively recruiting high quality, educated professionals from those searching for a better world.  From the UK to the US to Korea, the world is struggling with the question of how to maintain independence in a world that is interdependent.  Globalization and how companies manage it is one of the top topics keeping CEOs up at night.  And, what are the implications for you in your role managing and developing talent in a world of such complexity and change?  
The 2016 HCI Learning and Leadership Development Conference is focused on “Business-Centric Learning”.   IESE Business School’s opening workshop is designed to create a shared understanding of the global business context that business-centric learning is intended to address.
Prof. Sebastian Reiche will lead an exploration of how companies are adapting to meet the challenges of globalization.  CEOs, and organizations in general, are working hard to manage global talent while trying to address evolving global customer demands as technology helps to unlock new growth opportunities.  This understanding of the CEO’s view of business is crucial for learning executives who are designing learning solutions for tomorrow’s leaders.  This workshop is a great way to prepare your thinking to support the needs of business undergoing constant change.
Participants will learn:

  • What are the urgent issues related to globalization keeping a CEO up at night that the learning function must understand in order to provide the best solutions for the business
  • What new skills are required of management when globalization changes how a company manages talent and serves its customers
  • What questions must learning executives ask the business so that learning is best aligned with a company’s strategic priorities

Workshop Facilitator

B. Sebastian Reiche

Associate Professor of Managing People in Organizations, IESE Business School