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Partner Event (ASP): Guilds, Teams and Networks
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When: Sep. 22, 2010
From 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Suffolk University (Business School)
73 Tremont Street
Boston, Massachusetts  02108
Contact: Jennifer von Briesen

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About the Topic

In recent years, a powerful reality has taken hold, largely unnoticed, in businesses: Mid-tier executives can move stock prices downwards by magnitudes earlier associated with errors by CEOs and CFOs. Research shows most companies are vulnerable, since this reality is rooted in a subtle, but profound, change that has occurred simultaneously: Companies increasingly compete not as individual entities, but as members of networks they form with others. Networks expand customers’ choices, and give companies access to previously inaccessible resources. But they also allow formerly isolable problems to propagate with blinding speed and trigger widespread crises.

Executives face a challenge comparable to the one that their predecessors did in the 1980s, when Lean thinking swept the world. Lean made teams the core organizational building blocks and thereby forced a complete re-thinking of decision-making processes. Until executives embraced these transformational changes, most businesses struggled, and many went bankrupt. What new "doctrines of good management” must today’s executives adopt?

The talk will draw on research originally done at HBS and extended elsewhere. It will also report on the pioneering efforts of a handful of global companies to change dated assumptions embedded in their strategies, processes, and culture. Finally – and perhaps most importantly – it will be interactive and will actively draw upon the collective experiences of the attendees.

About the Speaker

Dr. Amit S. Mukherjee
Co-founder - Ishan Advisors


Amit authored The Spider’s Strategy, which was named "One of the 30 Best Business Books of 2009.” Published by The Financial Times Press, it prescribes doctrines of management essential for a world increasingly dominated by competition among networks of companies. Articles by Amit, or about his research, have appeared in Business Digest, Chief Learning Officer, Harvard Business Review, Leader to Leader, Management Science, and other media. He has also written chapters for several books on managing technology and operations.

Amit founded Ishan Advisors in 2004. He teaches executive programs, and consults with senior executives, at several global companies. Earlier, he was the founder/leader of Forrester Research’s strategy consulting practice; the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer of a NASDAQ-listed high-tech appliance company, TurboChef Technologies; a Partner/co-leader of two practices at Arthur D. Little; and a faculty member at INSEAD.

Amit earned his Doctorate in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, MBA from the Darden School of the University of Virginia, and Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) from BITS (India).

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