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Strategy Matters: Turning Ideas into Actions

Faculty: Thomas Lawton
Date: Friday, December 06, 2018
Location:  The Hilton Grand Place, Carrefour de l’Europe 3, 1000 Brussels
Sign In: 8:30 AM
Session: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Event Description

In this seminar we lay out an integrated and dynamic process for thinking about and doing strategic management. Adopting a strategic approach renders managers better able to make decisions during unstable and uncertain periods and more able to deal with complexity, diversity and varied sources of information both inside and outside their organisations. The underpinning principle is the balance between change and consistency. To achieve breakthroughs in performance, managers need to recognise and maximise where excellence exists inside the organisation, while at the same time identifying and seizing opportunities outside.

Dr. Thomas Lawton is Visiting Professor of Business Administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in the USA and Professor of Strategy and International Management at the Open University Business School in the UK. He is also Managing Director of Kilcolman Associates, a firm that advises clients around the world on leadership development and growth strategy. Organizations he has worked with include Bombardier, China Industrial Bank, Enterprise Ireland, IBM, the Irish Stock Exchange, the International Air Transport Association, Phoenix Group, UnionPay, United Technologies and Volvo Group. He has been Academic Director of the Executive MBA in International Financial Services Management for JP Morgan Asset Management, facilitated senior management and board level workshops and run MBA and executive programs on corporate strategy, leadership and international business dynamics at universities and corporations in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. He has published close to 50 articles in leading journals including Academy of Management Perspectives, International Business Review, Long Range Planning, Organizational Dynamics and Strategic Organization. He is the author or editor of 8 books, including Breakout Strategy (McGraw-Hill, 2007) and Aligning for Advantage (Oxford University Press, 2014). Dr Lawton is active in a number of professional and academic organizations and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Irish Journal of Management and Long Range Planning. A frequent media commentator, he has been cited or published in outlets including Fast Company, European CEO, The Conversation and U.S. News & World Report.