Monday, 20. February 2017

Continous Change in Management and Research

Continuous Change as a Management Responsibility and Research Discipline

Continuous and disruptive change isn’t just a hallmark of the latest political developments – in fact, it is no longer an exceptional situation and has actually evolved to the extent that we have come to accept it as normal. The main drivers: Technological progress and the digitalization of vast fields in the business world and in our communities.

At the end of 2015, based on these facts, the Wipro Center for Business Resilience came up with the idea of investigating these topics from various perspectives – from the scientific point of view and through the eyes of those confronted with change in their everyday lives – professionals and executives; based on case studies conducted in Europe, Asia and North America. 

The results have now been published in the book “Palgrave Handbook of Managing Continuous Business Transformation.” On more than 600 pages, 48 authors present their respective thoughts and insights. Seven of the authors have a WHU background; two are Kellogg-WHU Executive Program alumni.

The topics cover everything from “Digital Transformation in Manufacturing” to “Establishing Continuous Change” and “Rethinking Client Centricity to Reinvent Business Models.” The authors representing the academic field hailed e.g. from the Moore School, University of South Carolina, the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, the Saitama University (Japan) as well as the Henley Business School and the University of Reading (UK). RWE, Deutsche Bank and Capgemini executives examined the subject matter from the practical perspective. 

Professor Dr. Jürgen Weber, Associate Dean Corporate Connections, who is also one of the authors of the handbook, comments: “The initiative that resulted in the publication of this book goes hand in hand with a tradition we have maintained for more than 30 years at WHU – the tradition of combining scientific research and operational practice to examine and dicuss management and strategic questions companies find themselves confronted with in phases of technological breakthrough. Today, sharing these insights is more important than it ever was.”

Horst Ellermann, the publisher of the CIO Magazine and co-publisher of the Palgrave handbook, emphasises: “The WHU teaches continuous change instead of ad-hoc digitization. That’s exactly what we need. Formats such as the WHU CIO Leadership Excellence Program or CIOmove are extremely valuable because WHU scientists and alumni convert the generic blablabla about digitalization into something that is concrete and conceptionally tangible.” 

The “Palgrave Handbook of Managing Continuous Business Transformation” was released in mid January 2017 and is now available through booksellers or directly from the publisher as a hardcover book and in an eBook version.

The authors (f.l.t.r.): Dr. Peter Kreutter, Christian Bührer, Prof. Dr. Christina Günther, Prof. Dr. Christian Hagist, Nicole Gottschalck, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Weber. Not pictured: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Klaus Brockhoff