High-Level Workshop for Key Stakeholders: Management Matters

Hosted by: EFMD

The event will start on: 23 Apr 13 08:30
And will end on: 23 Apr 13 14:00

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Management Matters - Addressing the Blind Spot

Target Group
Key stakeholders are cordially invited to join us for an EFMD High-Level Workshop: "Management Matters - Addressing the Blind Spot" that will discuss the importance of managerial and entrepreneurial practice and capacity-building for the future development of Europe.

Representatives from the European institutions, the community of management education and research, business schools, corporations, think tanks and public service officers are invited to join in this dialogue.

Workshop Abstract
This workshop follows the successful Round-Table held at the European Business Summit in April 2012 under the heading “Management Skills for Growth". Europe has significant focus on the level of R&D spending. However, the capacity to create value and to innovate is clearly distinct from scientific research - and in addition to favourable framework conditions, the human capacity is vital in this context: it is a social technology called Management which includes entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation skills and competencies. If R&D provides the raw material for innovation, good management practices provide the transmission gear to convert scientific discovery and technology into value for users, customers and society.

With the High Level Workshop, we wish to alert policy makers and other stakeholders to the utmost importance of leading management practices and the need to accelerate and enhance capacity building in this field. This includes education across the board, research into advancing and innovating management practices and support for lifelong learning. It is not confined to business and economic universities, but must equally include engineering schools, technology and scientific institutions.

The panels will address such questions as:

  • How strong is the case that management skills and competencies make a difference for innovation and growth in Europe? What are the proof points?
  • Are business schools doing enough to develop managers for the 21st century taking on board the various aspects of management (leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation, operational management)? And what is happening in technical universities?
  • What is the importance of management practices for the non-business sector (e.g. public sector, healthcare, education etc.)?
  • Are the education curricula sufficiently tied to the practical requirements?
  • What are the perceived strengths and weaknesses in the current system?
  • Where do we see good practices that may show the way to the future?
  • What should be changed at the level of the various stakeholders – policy makers, business schools, technical universities, life-long learning institutions, corporate decision-makers, etc.?
  • How can Business School research contribute to accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe?
  • How could this initiative be tied to existing EU policy initiatives (such as the Entrepreneurship Action Plan)?
  • What action should be taken following the workshop to move forward with suggested actions and changes?



More Information


Tuesday, 23 April 2013 (location: EFMD premises)
10:30 – 10:40 Welcome
  • Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO, EFMD
10:40 – 10:50 Introduction of the Workshop
  • Richard Straub, Director, Corporate Services & EU Affairs, EFMD
10:50 – 11:25 Opening Statements
  • Alexander von Gabain, Chairman of the Governing Board, European Institute of Technology and Innovation (EIT)
  • Arnaldo Abruzzini, Secretary General, Eurochambres
11: 25 – 13:00 Panel I – Why management matters ? Facilitated by Laurent Choain, CHRO, Mazars Group
  • Introductory Presentation of LSE/Stanford Study
    • Rebecca Homkes, Contributing Faculty, London Business School and Research Officer, Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), London School of Economics
  • Panel Discussion
    • Alexander von Gabain,Chairman of the Governing Board, European Institute of Technology and Innovation (EIT)
    • Arnaldo Abruzzini, Secretary General, Eurochambers
    • Business Europe (TBC)
    • Constantijn van Oranje-Naussau, Deputy Chief of Cabinet for EU Commissioner Vice-President Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda)
    • Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director, INSEAD e-Lab
  • Plenary Discussion
13:00 – 14:00 Standing Lunch
14:00 – 15:45 Panel II – What should be done? – Call to Action
  • Presentation of the Call to Action
    • Richard Straub, Director, Corporate Services & EU Affairs, EFMD
  • Panel Discussion - moderated by Annette Nijs, Executive Director, Global Initiative, CEIBS
    • Philippe Courtier, President, EMLyon Business School
    • Andrea Gerosa, Chief Thinker, Think Young aisbl
    • Johan Roos, Dean and Managing director, Jönköping International Business School
  • Plenary Discussion
15:45 – 16:00 Summary and Conclusion
  • Alan Irwin, Dean of Research, Copenhagen Business School