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

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

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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


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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 2009

5th Annual ECLF Conference

The Social Infrastructure of Learning

June 29 July 1, 2009

Munich, Germany


We all know that learning that happens in an instructor-led classroom or through carefully designed e-learning modules represents only a small part of our learning experiences - and not necessarily the most effective ones - both in terms of cost and ROI.

Most learning happens in the context of everyday activities - at the shop floor, in customer encounters, in conversations at the water cooler. These contexts enable not only learning, they also shape the very fabric of organizational capability. Yet, corporate learning has little or no influence in designing these "natural spaces of learning" in a way that helps to harvest their potential.

Learning is at its heart a social process of interaction that happens in collaborative settings; settings that are hard to control and that lose their power when they get too formally structured. At the same time, the emergence of social networking software opens up a wide space of new learning opportunities, although we do not yet fully understand its implications.

Conference Topic Overview

Based on these premises, we will explore some key questions such as:

  • How can we design structures, systems, and cultures that enhance participative/interactive learning?
  • How can social networking technologies support and enhance the creation, distribution, and utilization of learner generated content?
  • How should we deal with the delicate dynamics between informal/emerging learning activities, and the formal/deliberate alignment with the strategic goals of the corporation?
  • What are the economics of informal learning - how can we justify investments, measure ROI, etc.


As always, the three days are designed as a highly interactive and collaborative mix of top level expert input , case studies from our members, and peer-to-peer exchange. Some highlights:

  • Heinrich Hiesinger, CEO of the Industry Sector and Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG will discuss with us The Role of Corporate Learning in Transforming Siemens
  • Henry Mintzberg will discuss with us his new approach of Creating self-organized Communities of Managers
  • Etienne Wenger, who coined the term Communities of Practice will discuss with us How to Design the Social Fabric of Networks
  • Cases that fit with our topic will be shared by Petter Andersson (Ericsson), Peter Butler (BT Group), Anna Simioni (Unicredit), and Sylvain Newton (General Electric).
  • As always, we will have our peer-to-peer Focus on Members Issues session
  • ... and ample time for informal conversation, with an ECLF Barbecue and a final dinner at a typical Bavarian Restaurant directly at Lake Starnberg.




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.