Digital Transformation for Organisational Resilience

Organisations often face challenges related to adapting to new management and operational practises that arise from the use of disruptive IT technology. This becomes even more problematic when change is continuous and accelerated, as not all organisations are flexible enough to survive under these conditions and often exhibit cultural and organisational inertia.

During the programme, students will learn how to analyse work processes and organisations and develop new ways of working through an interactive design process, using intrapreneurial and participatory actions and experiments. They will visit companies and interview various stakeholders to get a more practical insights of their operation and challenges they are facing.

Overview

The work at the summer school takes place in teams of students solving concrete challenges of mulinational companies from various industries such as pharmaceutical, energy, banking, gaming, mobility, insurance and health. At the end, the students will pitch a strategic plan for applying digital transformation in a selected organisation, present their solutions and receive a grade from both the companies and the professors.

Over a two-week period, participants will hear renowned international experts - Julian Birkinshaw, Vaughn Tan, Miha Škerlavaj - in the field of entrepreneurship and the use of digital technologies that have the potential to address some of the biggest challenges facing organisations of the present and the future.

As the program has a focus on business innovation and entrepreneurship, there is no need to have specific technical background to join our Summer School.

Lecturers

Vaughn Tan, Ph.D.

is a London-based strategy consultant, author, and professor. He specializes in designing organizations that are resilient to and benefit from uncertainty. He has worked with the food and beverage industry for over a decade and is active in legal technology, structured data, and regenerative agriculture. He works with businesses and non-profits to make them more innovative and resilient in uncertain environments. Since 2013, he has been an assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at University College London's School of Management. His first book, The Uncertainty Mindset (2020), is about how to use uncertainty to drive innovation and adaptability. It is based on years of research with some of the most innovative culinary R&D teams in the world. It is published globally by Columbia University Press.is a London-based strategy consultant, author, and professor. He specializes in designing organizations that are resilient to and benefit from uncertainty. He has worked with the food and beverage industry for over a decade and is active in legal technology, structured data, and regenerative agriculture. He works with businesses and non-profits to make them more innovative and resilient in uncertain environments. Since 2013, he has been an assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at University College London's School of Management. His first book, The Uncertainty Mindset (2020), is about how to use uncertainty to drive innovation and adaptability. It is based on years of research with some of the most innovative culinary R&D teams in the world. It is published globally by Columbia University Press.

Miha Škerlavaj, Ph.D

is the Vice Dean for Research and Professor of Management at the School of Business and Economics, University of Ljubljana and an adjunct professor of leadership and organizational behavior at BI Norwegian Business School. He is a valued teacher, workshop facilitator, and awarded researcher who published in prestigious international research journals including the Academy of Management Journal, the Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Organizational Behaviour, the Leadership Quarterly, and the Human Resource Management. He also published a book Capitalizing on creativity: Fostering the implementation of creative ideas at work (Edward Elgar) and a case study about Outfit7 at INSEAD Case Publishing. He has extensive practical experience through workshops, training, and consulting assignments for clients in Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, and China. Prof. Škerlavaj teaches Ph.D., EMBA, executive, and master of science programs in Europe and Asia and regularly facilitates workshops with practitioners on organizational development and change, leadership development, human resource management, creativity, and innovation management-related topics.

Aleš Pustovrh, Ph.D.

is a teacher, researcher, investor, and founder. He works mainly in the startup industry. He also works as an assistant professor at the School of Economics and Busines, University of Ljubljana, where he is most active in the field of economic and business studies of innovation. His startup career began with the COINVEST project, a platform for connecting high-tech companies with investors. He was one of the founders of the leading regional venture accelerator - ABC Accelerator in Ljubljana, Slovenia - and one of the founders of ABC First Growth, the VC arm of ABC. He is currently a partner at Fil Rouge Capital, a venture capital fund. In his work and studies, he stays closely connected to the South, East, and Central Europe, using the different environments and experiences as input for his research.is a teacher, researcher, investor, and founder. He works mainly in the startup industry. He also works as an assistant professor at the School of Economics and Busines, University of Ljubljana, where he is most active in the field of economic and business studies of innovation. His startup career began with the COINVEST project, a platform for connecting high-tech companies with investors. He was one of the founders of the leading regional venture accelerator - ABC Accelerator in Ljubljana, Slovenia - and one of the founders of ABC First Growth, the VC arm of ABC. He is currently a partner at Fil Rouge Capital, a venture capital fund. In his work and studies, he stays closely connected to the South, East, and Central Europe, using the different environments and experiences as input for his research.

Matej Černe, Ph.D.

is Associate Professor of Management and Organization at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has published 69 peer-reviewed scholarly articles in the fields of leadership, creativity/innovation, and (digital) work design. He has 10+ years of business consulting experience, his bids won more than 10 Mio € worth of research grants, and he has previously acted as Head of the Open Innovation Systems Laboratory at the Centre of Excellence for Biosensors, Instrumentation, and Process Control. Currently, he manages several academic and practitioner projects, including the latest‚ research journey. #HumanizingDigitalWork.

Ana Kyra

is the co-founder of Servis 8, the Slovenian Institute for service design innovation, a partner at the Co-Creation School, and co-initiator of Service Design Drinks Slovenia, a community event for Service Designers and UX professionals. She studied industrial design at the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts & Design, Faculdade de Belas Artes in Lisbon, and is now completing her MBA in Service Innovation and Design at Laurea University in Helsinki. She explores ways to empower, engage and support individuals and organizations to effectively co-create. Experienced in design research, facilitation, and experience design, she supports organizations and teams to solve their challenges co-creatively.

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