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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Webinar: Developing Strategic Agility for Turbulent Times

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented economic upheaval and uncertainty. Companies the world over have lurched into crisis and a battle for survival.

Please join us on April 21, 2020 for this special webinar with CEIBS Professor Jeffrey Sampler on how to develop a more agile and proactive strategy for your organisation amidst turbulent times.

During this lecture, Prof. Sampler will introduce key principles of strategy that will help companies prepare themselves better for turbulent times. Prof. Sampler challenges conventional strategic thinking and reveals why the typical tools of strategy are so badly out of sync with our needs, where ‘business as usual’ is no longer a relevant approach. He argues that strategic change is just as important as strategic formulation and that strategic change is not a sign of weakness. He uses case studies to illustrate principles of successful strategic planning to prepare you for a post-COVID-19 environment. Finally, you will learn how to be prepared and proactive, rather than reactive, even when the future is uncertain.

This event is organised in collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

About the Speaker

Jeffrey L. Sampler is a Professor of Management Practice at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). He previously served as a faculty member at London Business School and the University of Oxford for over 20 years. In addition, he has collaborated with MIT’s Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) for over two decades.

Prof. Sampler’s research straddles the intersection between strategy and technology. He is currently researching digital technologies as a driving force in the transformation of many industries. His other area of focus is exploring the nature of strategic planning in very turbulent and rapidly growing markets – his book, Bringing Strategy Back, gives companies insights for planning in such environments. His research interests also include the strategic implications of new technology, and the management of information as a strategic resource. His paper with John Cross and Michael Earl on the “Transformation of IT at British Petroleum Exploration” won first prize in the Society of Information Manager’s paper competition. He has written two books on the economic transformation of Dubai, Sand to Silicon and Sand to Silicon – Going Global.

Prof. Sampler is (Acting) Associate Dean for the Global Executive MBA programme at CEIBS. The CEIBS Global EMBA programme, ranked 5th globally by the Financial Times for the last two years, is a part-time programme that balances ‘China Depth’ and ‘Global Breadth’ for high achieving business leaders who want to take their career and personal development to the next level. With modules available in 11 countries worldwide, a diverse student body from more than 20 countries, and two integrated tracks running between China, Europe and Africa, the CEIBS Global EMBA programme provides unparalleled opportunities for participants to expand their global network, while plugging into China’s largest business school alumni network.

Event Details

Date: April 21, 2020
Time: 10:00am-11:30am (Beijing time)
Venue: Online
Language: English

Agenda (Beijing time):
10:00am-11:00am     Strategic Agility for Turbulent Times with Prof. Jeff Sampler
11:00am-11:30am     Q&A

Contact: For enquiries, please contact Gemma Fu at fgemma@ceibs.edu

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