Geopolitics for Leaders

IESE-Shizenkan Joint Forum

Geopolitics for Leaders
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30/Nov/2020 from 19:00 a 20:30

Online, Zoom

112 Alumni registered

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This session wiIl begin at 7:00 p.m. local time in Japan (11:00 a.m. in Europe)

Geopolitics is now critical for leaders.

This Joint Forum of Shizenkan University and IESE Business School welcomes Professor Mike Rosenberg to discuss how geopolitics can help you and your company prepare for geopolitical events such as the escalating trade war between China and the US.

-What are the fundamental challenges that the increasingly unstable social and political landscape brings to multinational corporations?

-How can leaders hedge business risks stemming from events such as social unrest, terrorist attacks, armed conflicts, and trade disputes?

-How can leaders decode the flood of daily news about world affairs and see the big trends underlying them?

Many large companies are accelerating their expansion into emerging economies, while relying on oversimplified frameworks to make decisions and complex matrix organizations to make things happen. When critical events do happen (such as terrorist attacks or civil wars), senior executives and the companies they lead are often taken by surprise. As the world shifts to a less stable geopolitical structure, only firms that can acquire a better capability to foresee and prepare for change will prevail over the long term.

Going beyond a simplistic understanding of different countries and territories has become necessary. Join us for a discussion of the geopolitical issues that can be the cause of success or failure in different markets, and let?s explore together, the strategies for dealing with global and local complexity, as well as introduce innovative ideas on organization.

A short online networking session will follow the panel discussion.

Become more future ready and exchange ideas with fellow alumni and current students during this live session. We very much hope to see you there!

Note that a Zoom link will be sent to you after registering.


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    Professor of the Practice of Management, Department of Strategic Management


    Mike Rosenberg is a Professor of the Practice of Management in the Strategic Management Department of IESE Business School. He began teaching part time in the MBA and Global Executive programs in 1999 and joined the faculty on a full time basis in 2003.

    Professor Rosenberg lectures in IESE's MBA and Executive Education programs, where he teaches strategy, geopolitics, and sustainability and publishes a weekly blog on these topics under the title Doing Business on the Earth.

    His first book, Strategy and Sustainability (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), is an exploration of the link between business and the environment and looks at the issue more from the perspective of business executives rather than that of environmentalists. The second book is titled Strategy and Geopolitics (Emerald, 2017) and is written to encourage business leaders to pay more attention to what is happening around the planet. Both books offer his own frameworks for looking at these two issues.

    From 2004-2009, Professor Rosenberg managed IESE's International Executive Education Unit. He was Academic Director for the IESE's Advanced Management Program in Media Entertainment and co-edited Managing Media Businesses (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), which is based on the course. Rosenberg is also the Academic Director for a Focused Program called Leading in a Matrix Organization at IESE's campus in New York City and for a number of Custom Programs for corporate clients of the school.

    Prior to joining IESE Business School, Rosenberg was the Automotive Practice Leader of Heidrick & Struggles and previously he spent 15 years as a Management consultant in Europe, North America and Asia for A.T. Kearney and for Arthur D. Little, primarily in the automotive sector.

    Professor Rosenberg received his PhD. from Cranfield University, an MBA from IESE Business School, and a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.