Management Atlas book

September 30, 2011

Management Atlas is a new interesting book on knowledge visualization for management by Martin J. Eppler and Jeanne Mengis (in German). The idea of the book is to make management methods, strategies and tools more easily accessible to practitioners by representing them through visual metaphors. The 37 colourful metaphors are grouped together in three continents: methods for the individual, methods for the team, and those for the organization. The authors have chosen often unusual and fun metaphors to think of management problems and approaches: information overload as a dam lake, team development as a rollercoaster, risk management as a black swan, or the polarisation effect in teams as a swing. More information can be found on the book blog or editor website.


Vargas Llosa @ Uni St. Gallen

September 23, 2011

Mario Vargas Llosa, literature nobel prize laureate 2010, gave a public  lecture at the University of St. Gallen on Sept 21st, organized by prof. Yvette Sanchez. The Peruvian ambassador (see the picture below) opened the talk with provocative statements, citing the very first lines of the author’s book “Conversation in the Cathedral”, explaining how Vargas Llosa’s writings influenced his perception of Peru and of the need of change for the country. He was followed by a speech of the ambassador of Spain, as “don Mario” is also a Spanish citizen.
His talk addressed the relationship between history and literature, and the search for truth. Answering questions from the public he explained his take on what is truth, based on Karl Popper view.
My favourite quote: for clear writing you need a clear mind.

ICIG symposium – IE Segovia

September 23, 2011

The 14th ICIG Symposium took place on September 14th to 16th organized by John Balmer and Laura Illia. It was an honor to be invited to this prestigious event, and a pleasure to meet and listen to very well-known researchers of corporate identity field. I presented my work on the changing visual identity of start-up companies. Thank you Laura for the wonderful organization!

The symposium was held at the Segovia campus of IE University (Spain): the location is just awesome. Some teaching rooms have roman ruins, like in a museum! (see picture below)

Global competencies @ AoM

September 23, 2011

I dedicate an entire post to my favourite session of the conference: “Global Competencies: East and West, The Pursuit of the Complementarities” organized by Rosana Silveira Reis and chaired by Sherlan Leonardo Cretoiu, (Fundacao Dom Cabral, Brasil).

Prof. Yoshitaka Yamazaki (picture below) from Japan presented is study about important competencies of Japanese managers operating in Asia and in the West, respectively. He outlined that there are common competencies for leaders, including leadership, initiative, action. However Japanese managers working in the west feel more ned to develop certain competencies, such as relationship building.

Professor Katherine Xin (below) from Shanghai talked about the Re-emergence of China. She explained that Chinese companies are following tree main globalization paths: internal growth, strategic alliances and M&A. They typically acquire global competencies by sourcing talent from abroad. She illustrated a company case, recruiting Japanese retired managers.


Professor Prasad Kaipa (below) of the Indian School of Business compared India with the U.S. He gave a very informative talk with tips for good management (most important is to get things done) and concrete company examples from Apple, Tata and the Silicon Valley area. He provided entertaining stories like the metaphor of the smart fox and the cool cat, as two perspectives of management approaches.

Social Entrepreneurship @ AoM

September 23, 2011

Social entrepreneurship is attracting a large and growing interest at the Academy, reflecting its increasing popularity. A number of PDW and Symposia were organized on the topic, and most of them were fully booked including “Social Entrepreneurship and Broader Theories: Shedding New Light on the Bigger Picture” organized by Susan Mueller.
Johanna Mair, a well known researcher in this area, presented a framework (in the picture below), with 3 main elements: theory, methods and phenomenon. Her colleague Lisa Hehenberger presented their research on Venture Philanthropy.

The session “Entrepreneurship in the Social Context: Is it Really Different?” was remarkable, and it included talks on “How Social Entrepreneurs Define Success”, cross-national variation in social entrepreneurship, how social is different from commercial entrepreneurship (double bottom line: social + commercial). Zev Lowe (ESADE Business School) presented “Design-Driven Social Ventures: An Alternative to the Community-Led Approach” with two fascinating cases: KIVA and Worldreader.

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