Focus on Thought Leadership Meeting

Focus on Thought Leadership – Leading Technological Transformation

October 10-11, 2019

SAID Business School
University of Oxford


To provide more opportunities for members of the ECLF community to connect in a meaningful way,  we are launching a new meeting format called “Focus on Thought Leadership”. 

Complementing our annual summit and our traditional Focus on Practice meetings, we are planning for 1-2 additional events per year which will last two half days, from noon to noon. They will provide the opportunity to meet and discuss issues relevant to your profession with leading scholars from renowned universities, think tanks, and research centers. There will be no additional costs for ECLF members.

The first of such meetings will take place from October 10-11 at Oxford University. In a series of  interactive sessions with top faculty members from SAID Business School, we will discuss technological trends, the resulting scenarios for business and society, and the implications for leadership and organization.

As space is limited, seats will be allocated on a first com first serve basis, giving priority to senior primary members.  


Together with Oxford Saïd’s faculty we will explore contemporary areas related to technological transformation and the challenges they present for strategic leadership and organisation:


Chris Kutarna on Global Mega Trends
Now is humanity’s best moment - and its most fragile. Global health, wealth and education are booming. Scientific discovery is flourishing. But the same forces that make big gains possible for some of us deliver big losses to others—and tangle us together in ways that make everyone vulnerable.  We are living in a second Renaissance and we can flourish—if we heed the urgent lessons of history. During this first scene setting session we will explore how.


Trudi Lang on Scenarios Thinking
Often organisations have a single strategy approach to technology based on the analysis of forecasts, trends and the assumption that tomorrow will not be that radically different from today.   Scenarios thinking is a practical approach that enables executive teams to think in new ways and create credible stories of the future that challenge conventional wisdom and in that way identifies potential disruptors that could emerge.  This allows strategy to be stress tested and, if necessary, modified to withstand or harness disruption.


Marc Ventresca on Leadership and the Humanities
As we grapple with all the challenges that disruption brings, where can we look for ideas to inspire our leadership practice?  The humanities study human society and culture including ethics, creativity, communication, philosophy, politics and history,  all of which can provide inspiration and creative solutions for today’s challenges.  Our discussion will focus on how the humanities can inform leadership and what practical interventions can be applied.


Eleanor Murray on Making Change Happen (Executive Panel Discussion)
We will wrap up the FoTL meeting with a panel conversation between selected ECLF members and Eleanor, who specializes in how change is constructed in organizations and systems. What approaches work,  what else could be done in the light of fresh perspectives? How should leaders resilience-proof their business, to anticipate and respond to the spectrum of current and future disruption?


You can download the detailed schedule of the meeting here.


This link will help you to travel to the City of Oxford.


Event Venue

Our Focus on Thought Leadership Meeting will take place at Saïd Business School at Oxford University. 

SAID Business School  website  |  map
Oxford University
Park End Street
Oxford OX1 1HP
United Kingdom

Click here to learn how to best get to Oxford University



Marriott Courtyard has just opened a brand new hotel in 8 minute walking distance to Oxford University. 

Courtyard Oxford City Center   |   website  |  map
15 Paradise Street
Oxford OX1 1LD
United Kingdom
+44 (1865) 306900

Please make your reservation directly with the hotel.

We were able to reserve a dicounted block rooms for our group at a rate of GBP 158 including breakfast, which will be only available until September 1, 2019.

Please mention the code ECLF when booking your room. After this deadline, rooms are not guaranteed, and regular rates apply.


Dress Code

Business casual


For all questions regarding logistics please contact


For all questions related to the event please contact


Please register by September 15, 2019 by obtaining a "ticket" via eventbrite.




Special Terms for this Meeting

  • Space for this meeting is limited
  • Registrations will be treated on a first come first serve basis
  • Priority will be given to primary members
  • All others will be waitlisted until the registration deadline expires (September 15)



The meeting is free of charge for ECLF members.

Provided space is available after the registration deadline, the folllowing terms apply:

  • Guests from member companies pay a 50% discounted fee of USD 600.
  • Guests from non-member companies pay a nominal fee of USD 1,200

If you are not a member and would like to receive an invitation, please contact

Annual ECLF conference 2019

6th Global ECLF Summit (15th Annual ECLF Conference)

mercedes benz museum
Leadership in the Digital Age -
Shaping and Leveraging the Networked Organization

June 17-19, 2019

Airbus Leadership University
Toulouse, France


We are thrilled that Airbus is so kind to host the 15th edition of our Annual Summit, at their stunning Leadership University Campus in Toulouse, France. 

This time we will deep-dive into a key aspect of Digital Leadership - the ability to lead complex networks that constitute a company's business ecosystem. This type of horizontal leadership is critical when it comes to shape cross-functional value creation processes and engage stakeholders within and beyond the organization (e.g., customers, start-ups, and other strategic partners).

During the 2 1/2 days of the summit we will investigate the challenges organizations face when it comes to orchestrating the extended enterprise, mitigating often incompatible operating systems of stakeholders large and small.

Shaping and leveraging a company's business ecosystem is a deeply multidisciplinary challenge, with a strong link to the practice of large scale systems learning, an exciting - and demanding - task for an L&D function that increasingly must play a transformational role.

We will approach the topic with our traditional mix of member-driven analytical deep-dive and peer-sharing of experiences and perspectives.

As this topic reaches way beyond traditional functional boundaries, we encourage you to share this agenda with senior colleagues from areas such as Innovation, Transformation, Strategy, Communication, IT, Marketing or Sales, and invite them to join you for this event.


In the tradition of ECLF, our summit is designed as a highly interactive and collaborative mix of top level expert input, case studies from our members, and peer-to-peer exchange. Here some highlights you can expect:

  • Michael Jacobides, LBS Professor for Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Academic Lead of the World Economic Forum's Digital Ecosystem project, will share with us his insights on industry evolution, new business models, value migration and the related structural changes in corporations, with special emphasis on how business ecosystems transform the business context. 
  • Long time ECLF member Gianpaolo Barozzi, Global HR Digital Transformation Leader at Cisco Systems, will share with us the way the company leverages Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) on a local and global scale to better understand the dynamics and performance of teams and cross-functional networks,
  • Bjoern Bloching, Global Head of Roland Berger Digital, will discuss with us the challenges and opportunities resulting from the friction between digital innovation hubs and the legacy businesses of a company, and how to address them through a networked organizational design.
  • Our host, Head of University Kerrie-Ann Stein-Goujon will share with us the cornerstones of Airbus Leadership University's mission and activity portfolio.
  • We will deep-dive into some of the strategic initiatives of Airbus Group, especially in the area of enabling innovation systems and collaborative architectures that reach beyond the boundary of the firm. 
  • ECLF Chairman Roland Deiser will share insights from the Drucker School's most recent research about leadership capabilities in global organizations that are related to shaping and leveraging business ecosystems.
  • In our traditional workshop mode, we will also gather in smaller groups to dig deeper into various dimensions of our topic such as the role of the HQ/corporate in leading the extended enterprise, how to connect with start-up ecosystems to leverage relationships for organizational learning, how to engage with customers and suppliers to create a common learning architecture, and more.
  • As always, we will have our popular peer-to-peer Focus on Members Issues session...
  • ...and there will be ample time for informal conversation and catching-up. 
  • Finally, if you are interested in seeing the assembly of the new Airbus A350 up close and personal, you may want to join an optional tour of the facility to which all participants are invited after the event.




Event Venue

Our 6th Global Summit will take place at the Airbus Leadership University in Toulouse, France, which was opened just 2 years ago. This architecturally stunning learning campus is situated next to company's headquarters and some major production plants, providing easy access for top excuitives to engage with participants. You can learn more about our venue here.

Airbus Leadership University
10 Rue Franz Joseph Strauss

31700 Blagnac

(see map)

To get to the venue takes a 15 minute taxi ride from Toulouse airport.



We suggest you book your accommodation in one of the following hotels, which are all close to the venue

Mariott Andromede   |   website  map
Avenue D'Andromede
31700 Blagnac  |  France
+33 (5) 6790 0900
walking distance, but already quite full on our dates

Hotel NH Toulouse Airport  |  website  map
15 Rue Charles Lindbergh
31700 Blagnac  |  France
+33 (5) 6106 2297
Airbus has a free shuttle pick-up from the Airport to the venue you may use

Holiday Inn Express Toulouse Airport  |  website  map
39 Avenue du General Charles de Gaulle
31700 Blagnac  |  France
+33 (5) 36131 0600 
They have a free shuttle bus service to the university

Please make your reservation directly with the hotel.


Dress Code

Business casual


For all questions regarding logistics please contact





For all questions related to the event please contact



Please note that this event is restricted to ECLF members and invited guests. If you are not a member and would like to receive an invitation please contact us

To register, please visit our dedicated event page at and complete the registration process by getting a "ticket" for the event. 

The costs for attending this event are:

  • ECLF members:  FREE
  • guests from member companies (if not included in membership): $1,500
  • guests from non-member companies: $3,000

The fees includes all meals but do not include accommodation.



June 24-26, 2020

For details please click on the individual event.


Hosted by member companies, ECLF annual summits are the highlight of the year, bringing together ECLF members from more than a dozen of countries to engage in an intellectually and socially inspiring dialogue which is the hallmark of ECLF's culture.

Each conference is dedicated to exploring a strategic challenge of the practice.