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Agenda 2018

Exploring the Big Issues

The 2018 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos takes place annually. In January of 2018, world leaders convened to tackle the 2018 theme – Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World – and leaders from all walks of life were called upon to develop a shared narrative to improve the state of the world.

At Thinkers50 we celebrate great management ideas – ideas that come from a variety of academic and management disciplines and cover all aspects of organisational endeavour. We recognise the importance of ideas in helping to capture and disseminate the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and we acknowledge their power in mapping a path toward shared prosperity.

That’s why we are partnering with the Brightline Initiative in a new venture called the Agenda Project, featuring ideas and viewpoints from management thinkers that have a bearing on the discussions that take place in Switzerland. Agenda 2018 begins our collaboration.

The Agenda Project is guided by Klaus Schwab’s words: “Our first response must be to develop new models for cooperation that are not based on narrow interests but on the destiny of humanity as a whole.”

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Will Trump in Davos be the elephant in the china shop?

Last year I described him as "the elephant not in the room." This year he's more likely to be the elephant in the china shop. The World Economic Forum starts in Davos on Monday – and there's a star attraction, or distraction, in U.S. President Donald Trump. On the...

The Real Agenda for 2018

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LBS for Agenda 2018

In this series of short videos filmed for Agenda 2018, five leading thinkers from London Business School identify some important issues for the year ahead, consider threats and opportunities, provide some advice for business leaders, and contemplate the impact of technological change on organizations.

What Happens When AI Gets Real

Tying in with the World Economic Forum’s Industry and Business Agenda and Future Agenda, we asked a number of thinkers about the impact of new technologies such as AI. What skills will organisations need to thrive and how can they best leverage AI to their advantage? How will AI impact business decision making?

The Sharing Economy: A Sideshow or the Main Event?

In the year that Davos focuses on concerns over a fractured world, Pinar Ozcan, Associate Professor of Strategy at Warwick Business School, believes the influence of the sharing economy and its impact on traditional markets will continue to grow.

Lead the VUCA world with a surgeon’s mindset

Kriti Jain, Assistant Professor in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, IE Business School suggests that business leaders think like surgeons when trying to make sense of and succeed in today’s uncertain world.

Now + Next 2018

From cryptocurrencies to the digital mesh, Peter Fisk, a Professor at IE Business School and author of Gamechangers, examines some key issues, identifies some global tensions, and offers his tips for success in 2018. We live in an incredible time … More change in the...

Will Trump in Davos be the elephant in the china shop?

Last year I described him as "the elephant not in the room." This year he's more likely to be the elephant in the china shop. The World Economic Forum starts in Davos on Monday – and there's a star attraction, or distraction, in U.S. President Donald Trump. On the...

Modi’s Moment at Davos

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is delivering the opening plenary at Davos. Professor Anil K. Gupta and Haiyan Wang, co-authors of The Quest for Global Dominance and Getting China and India Right, consider some of the main messages he may deliver. Mr. Modi will be...

The Biology of Entrepreneurship

Nicos Nicolaou is a Professor and the Head of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group at Warwick Business School. We spoke to Nicos about his recent research and how a better understanding of the health implications of being an entrepreneur can help to boost innovation.

Talent Deployment in a Tour of Duty World

Rita Gunther McGrath, a Professor at Columbia Business School and author of The End of Competitive Advantage, considers the talent landscape of the future as changing patterns of work pose problems for companies and employees alike.

The Real Agenda for 2018

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