IESE Business School

Franz Heukamp, Dean of IESE

Overview of the Conference
Jordi Canals, IESE

10:45-11:45  Plenary Session 1
The impact of Artificial Intelligence on developing holistic general managers and sustaining profitable growth
-Dominique Hanssens, UCLA 

Moderator: Julián Villanueva, IESE

11:45-12:45  Plenary Session 2
The role of the general manager in the new economy: can we save people from technology dysfunctions?
-Jeffrey Pfeffer, Stanford University

Moderator: Fabrizio Ferraro, IESE

12:45-14:00  Lunch  

14:00-15:00  Plenary Session 3  
Artificial Intelligence and its impact on business education 
-Franz Heukamp, IESE
-Ilian Mihov, INSEAD
-Bernard Yeung, National University of Singapore

Moderator: Africa Ariño, IESE

15:00-16:00  Plenary Session 4
Artificial Intelligence: its impact on managing people and developing leaders
-Peter Cappelli, Wharton

Moderator: Marta Elvira, IESE

16:00-16:30  Coffee break

16:30-17:30  Plenary Session 5

Artificial Intelligence: new challenges for leadership and management
-Dario Gil, IBM Watson
-Tomo Noda, Shizenkan University Graduate School of Leadership and Innovation
Moderator: Sandra Sieber, IESE

 Plenary Session 6
How to develop the  general managers of the future in the AI world
-Ricardo Forcano, BBVA  
-Nico Rose, Bertelsmann

Moderator: Anneloes Raes, IESE

April 19, 2018

The Future of Leadership Development Conference Series

The Future of Management in an Artificial Intelligence-Based World

The Future of 
in an Artificial 
Based World

April 20, 2018

8:30-9:30  Plenary Session 7
How to think about strategy and organization in an AI world?
-Julian Birkinshaw, LBS

Moderator: Bruno Cassiman, IESE

9:30-10:30  Plenary Session 8
The role of senior managers in transformation and leadership development in an AI context 
-Ibukun Awosika, The Chair Centre Group
-Hans Ulrich Maerki, Mettler-Toledo
-Paco Ybarra, Citi
Moderator: John Gapper, Financial Times

10:30-11:00  Coffee break

11:00-12:00 Plenary Session 9
The new challenges of the CEO in an AI era
-Bruno di Leo, IBM Corporation

-Marc Puig, Puig
-George Yeo, Kerry Group
Moderator: Eric Weber, IESE

12:00 Some final remarks

The current technology revolution is reshaping industries, making business models obsolete, growing new companies with a different set of capabilities and creating disruption and social change. In a digital, big data, machine-learning, robotics and artificial intelligence-based world, the role of general managers is more important than ever. The competencies that they need are changing fast. At the same time, there are some classical attributes of the general managers’ functions – providing a sense of purpose, developing a long-term perspective, and engaging people and making teams functional, among others - that are still relevant, but that may take new dimensions in this new, changing business world.

What companies, people and society in general will expect from senior managers in a few years’ time will be different from their current skills and capabilities. At the same time, technology is disrupting companies and communities. CEOs, board members and general managers, as the ultimate stewards of a company, need to reflect on how to manage this process and help come up with constructive solutions. The purpose of this conference is to discuss these relevant issues for leadership, governance and management with an inter-disciplinary perspective. Speakers include leading management and leadership scholars, AI experts, CEOs and senior general managers, and deans of leading international business schools.

This is the fifth edition of The Future of Leadership Development Conference at IESE. This series was launched in 2008, right before the explosion of the financial crisis. Each conference addressed some major topics in business education: leadership, ethics and business social impact (2008); globalization and leadership development (2011); the future of the MBA Program to develop a new generation of leaders (2013); and innovation and entrepreneurship in global leadership development (2015).

Franz Heukamp, Dean, IESE Business School. Conference Co-organizer
Jordi Canals, Professor, IESE Business School, Conference Co-organizer

Barcelona, April 19-20, 2018

Contact us for further information about the conference

Cristina García
+34 93 253 4200

Fabrizio Ferraro
Professor of Strategic Management, IESE

Marta Elvira
Professor of Strategic Management and Managing People in Organizations, IESE
Puig Chair, IESE


Bruno Di Leo
Senior Vice President, 
IBM Corporation

Jeffrey Pfeffer
The Thomas D. Dee II 
Professor of
 Organizational Behavior, Stanford University

Paco Ybarra
Global Head of Markets and Securities Services,

Franz Heukamp



Tomo Noda
Founder and Chair, Shizenkan University Graduate School of Leadership and Innovation, Japan

Marc Puig
Chairman and CEO,

Julian Birkinshaw
Deputy Dean (Programmes), LBS
Academic Director of the 
Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Ibukun Awosika
Chairwoman of 

First Bank of Nigeria
Founder & CEO, The Chair Centre Group

Jordi Canals
Professor of Economics and Strategic Management, 

Peter Cappelli
George W. Taylor 

Professor, Wharton
Professor of Management
Director, Center for Human Resources

John Gapper
Chief Business Commentator, 
Financial Times

Anneloes Raes
Associate Professor of Managing People in Organizations, IESE

Eric Weber
Professor of Accounting and Control, IESE