Results of the conference „Disrupt yourself – Work, Leadership and Organizations in the Digital Age”

Last week, on September 28, 2017, TUM School of Management’s Chair for Strategy and Organization, held by Prof. Dr. Isabell M. Welpe, organized the conference “Disrupt yourself – Work, Leadership and Organizations in the Digital Age” at TUM main campus.  The conference was aimed at providing practitioners, researchers and politicians with clear action strategies on how to implement the digital transformation in society, companies, leadership and work design.

First, the central results of the project “Digital Work Design – Turning Risks Into Chances (DWD-TuRiChan)” of TUM School of Management’s Chair for Strategy and Organization were presented. The main research questions of the projects were as to whether digitalization changes work conditions and how widespread this phenonemon already is. Furthermore, the project was aimed at finding answers to the questions which opportunities and risks derive from the digital change and how work, leadership and organizations have to be designed to maximize the chances and minimize the risks. Besides the presentation of the results, keynote speeches were given by Gisbert Rühl, CEO of Klöckner & Co SE, Babette Fröhlich, Chief Human Resources Officer of OSRAM Licht AG, Professor Martin Nowak, Director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at the Harvard University and Frank Kohl-Boas, Head of HR Northwest Central and Eastern Europe at Google. In addition, there was a panel discussion with Gisbert Rühl, CEO of Klöckner & Co SE, Andreas Ahamer, authorized representative of TELE Haase Steuergeraete Ges.m.b.H. and Friedrich Grosse-Dunker, Co-Founder of Dark Horse GmbH & Co. KG.

Several core challenges of digitalization could be identified, among others: There is no uniform solution, every company has to find its own solution that fits its specific demands. Employees have to be convinced rationally and emotionally of the digitalization, fears and resistance could possibly be reduced by enhancing knowledge. It is crucial that digitalization efforts are supported from top executives. Furthermore, several competencies were defined to be necessary for a successful digital transformation, such as openness, curiosity, courage, flexibility and willingness to learn. Factors that could threaten the digital progress could be ignorance, distrust, hesitation or perfectionism.

More information on the conference can be found here.

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