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 2013

9th Annual ECLF Conference

Towards a New Paradigm of Corporate Learning

June 17 - 19, 2013

Allianz Executive Learning Center Kempfenhausen
Munich, Germany


As the pace of disruptive change accelerates, and the shelf life of business models becomes shorter, the role of learning as an enabler of sustaining competitive success increases in importance. However, these challenges can only be marginally addressed through a traditional learning model that is rooted in formal classroom instruction.

Fueled by the opportunities of new collaborative technologies, many have realized that an impactful learning function needs to move from being a mere provider of services to creating and enabling a participatory learning culture, and embed this culture deeply in the everyday business practices of a company and its value chain. Developing this ambitious new role is not easy; it challenges established mindsets, processes, and role prescriptions, and it requires the development of new capabilities for corporate learning organizations.

Our 9th annual conference will take a closer look at this challenge. We will explore the future of learning as an integrated business practice that is capable to support organizations in dealing with the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) we all face, and we will discuss strategic paths that could lead us there.


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:

  • Christian Finckh, CHRO of Allianz Group will discuss with us the Strategic Role of Learning and development within Allianz Group, and its contribution for the strategic and organizational development of the company.
  • Jens Meyer, Managing Director of CEDEP, INSEAD's Executive Learning Center will provide insights how a premier provider of Executive Education the future of learning as a more embedded and holistic practice. As an expert on Blue Ocean Strategy, he will also discuss with us innovative strategies for value creation that are based on an enabling approach.
  • A Panel of Business Leaders from GE, Allianz, and Infineon who are in charge of major transformational projects will explore the role and the potential impact of learning as a critical element of their mission.
  • Our host and Allianz' CLO Andrew Clayton will take us through the evolution of the company's learning architecture and outline his perspective for the future: Learning as a key element in the HR value chain, and a credible instrument for helping to shape and execute strategy and strategic initiatives.
  • Barbara Heitger, a thought and practice leader on creating agile and resilient organizations, will talk with us about design principles for a new business model of Corporate Learning.
  • We will gather in smaller groups to to jointly map the issues and challenges we all face on the way to transforming the Learning Function, and to define milestones on the way to the new paradigm.
  • Also, as always, we will have our popular peer-to-peer Focus on Members Issues session...
  • ... and ample time for informal conversation, for instance with a Gala Dinner at the Lake Starnberg.
  • After the conference participants will have the opportunity to visit the Allianz Dialogue Center that has developed an innovative approach to foster leadership skills.




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.