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 Impact of Technology on the Quality of Management and Leadership:  Can We Save Organizations 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, NUS

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, Institute for Strategic Leadership and Shizenkan University
Moderator: Sandra Sieber, IESE

 Plenary Session 6
How to Develop the  General Managers of the Future in an AI World
-Ricardo Forcano, BBVA  
-Nico Rose, Bertelsmann

-Ann Rosenberg, SAP
Moderator: Anneloes Raes, IESE

19:30  Reception and dinner

April 19, 2018 - Day 1

The IESE 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 - Day 2

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 the Senior Managers in Transformation and  Leadership Development in an AI Context 
-Hans Ulrich Maerki, Mettler-Toledo
-Paco Ybarra, Citi
Moderator: John Gapper, FT

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

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

12:00 Some final remarks

12:15 Lunch. Farewell



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In a digital, big data and artificial intelligence-based world, the attributes and capabilities needed are changing fast. And the role of general managers is more important than ever, as the current technology revolution is reshaping industries and changing business models. The purpose of this conference is to discuss those relevant issues with an inter-disciplinary perspective. 

IESE Business School
C/ Arnús i de Garí 3-7
08034 Barcelona


Barcelona, April 19-20, 2018

Contact us for further information about the conference

Cristina García
+34 93 253 4200

Peter Cappelli
George W. Taylor 

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

Ricardo Forcano
Dario Gil

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

Julian Birkinshaw
Peter Cappelly


Dominique Hanssens
Bruno di Leo

Bruno Di Leo
Senior Vice President, 
IBM Corporation

Ilian Mihov
Jeffrey Pfeffer

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

Nico Rose
Ann Rosenberg
Paco Ybarra

Paco Ybarra
Global Head of Markets and Securities Services,

George Yeo
Bernie Yeung


Hans Ulrich Maerki
Franz Heukamp

Franz Heukamp



Tomo Noda

Tomo Noda
Founder, Institute for 
Strategic Leadership

Marc Puig
Chairman and CEO,

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