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 2011

7th Annual ECLF Conference

Strategic Change and Organizational Learning

June 29 - July 1, 2011

Ericsson Corporate Headquarters
Kista/Stockholm, Sweden



Fast paced change, the increasing unpredictability of our political and economical environment, and the mounting environmental challenges are putting tremendous pressure of the strategic adaptability of organizations.

Especially large and global corporations, with their complex structures, mechanisms and processes have a hard time to respond quickly and creatively to ever new realities. On the other hand are they the ones who have the power to shape their context more than others through their economic and political weight that they carry.

The ability to master strategic change - in terms of developing new and compelling business models AND create an appropriate organizational architecture that supports that change - lies at the heart of today's leadership challenge. It also lies at the heart of the mission of Corporate Learning - a practice that isn tasked with creating the right capability portfolio that assures sustained competitive success.

Conference Topic Overview

Based on these premises, our 7th annual ECLF meeting will explore questions such as:

  • What is the nature of the strategic process, and how does it relate to organizational learning?
  • How can the L&D profession support the effective management of strategic and organizational change?
  • What skills and capabilities does L&D need so it can provide a critical contribution in this area?
  • What are capability gaps that we perceive? How can we close these gaps?
  • How does this (re)shape the identity of our practice?
  • What role can ECLF play in closing such gaps and in helping shape this identity?


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:

  • A Board member from Ericsson Group will share with us his perspective on Strategic Learning and Organizational Capability Development in Light of Ericsson's Current Challenges and Opportunities
  • Alumni from the ACLL program will present the most interesting and challenging projects they did in the course of our brand new Action Learning program for Senior L&D Professionals
  • Johan Roos, formerly President of the Copenhagen Business School and a renowned scholar on strategy and organization will discuss with us the Theory and Practice of Strategic Change that include his experience in an ambitious strategic re-invention project he launched at the university
  • Our Board member and host Petter Andersson, will guide us through Ericson's Experience Center and talk about the Business Model and the Key Activities of the recently launched Ericsson Academy
  • Tony Golsby-Smith, Fellow at Carnegie Mellon and Founder of the consultancy "2nd Road", who is also a member of the ACLL program faculty, will introduce his tool kit for Creating an Organizational Practice of Strategic Dialogue
  • We will further enhance our discourse through 4-5 Topical Round Tables that allow for an in-depth investigation of specific cases and challenges from some of our member companies
  • And, also as always, we will have our peer-to-peer Focus on Members Issues session
  • ... and ample time for informal conversation, for instance with a Dinner Cruise on a boat in Stockholm's harbor and a Gala Dinner in Stockholm's famous Old City.




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.