Cultural Transformation
in a Digital World

FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance - Singapore Management University Breakfast Event

20 June 2017, Tuesday   |   8.30am - 11.30am   |   SMU Administration Building

*** We are reaching full capacity and event registration will close at 2pm on Thursday, 15 June 2017.

According to the World Economic Forum, we are only at the beginning of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” and digital disruption has already caused just over half of the companies that comprise the Fortune 500 to disappear since the year 2000. 

The digital revolution is about customer-centricity and improving internal productivity. Companies are evolving business models to strengthen their digital innovation capabilities. Yet many struggle to translate new business models into a viable organisational structure and company culture.

The panel discussion will be touching on how companies can respond to the three main disruptive forces the world is facing today:

  1. Technology (automation and artificial intelligence)
  2. Pacific Pivot (the shift in economic power from west to east)
  3. Changing Demography (the ageing of society)

The panellist and speakers will address the following 3 major talking points:


How do we make working processes more nimble?

Do more companies need to adopt the agile management processes used in software - tighter feedback loops with customers, getting products to market faster? Are there limits to how easily this method can be deployed outside of software development? How can teams be organized to match flexible ways of working?

Pacific Pivot

Shifting powers from West to East

By 2025, half the world's biggest companies will be operating in emerging markets[1]. What does this mean for corporations? How can they understand their customers, where should they be based? What management techniques are required to run highly dispersed companies?


Low-cost labour will no longer deliver growth for Asia

In future, Asian countries will rely on their own consumers rather than exports. They will have to find productivity gains to keep growing. What does this mean for companies? How will they fill labour shortages as experienced workers retire? How can they keep an ageing workforce up to speed? And how can individuals maintain their employability while ageing?



Tuesday, 20 June 2017
8.30am to 11.30am

SMU Administration Building
81 Victoria Street
Singapore 188065

Admission is free, but we request you to
RSVP online


Time Activity/Detail


Registration and Breakfast Reception
8.50am Guests to be seated
9.00am Opening Address
Executive Director of SMU Executive Development, Katharina Lange
9.05am Welcome Address
President of Singapore Management University,  Arnoud De Meyer
9.15am Opening Address
President of IE University, Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño
9.20am Panel Discussion
"Cultural Transformation in a Digital World"
Moderated by Jeevan Vasagar
10.00am Audience Participation - Question & Answer session
10.15am Panel Discussion - Closing Remarks
10.25am Announcement of Partnership - with Financial Times | IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance and Singapore Management University, Executive Development

10.40am – 11.30am Tea Reception and Networking


Arnoud De Meyer
Singapore Management University

Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño
IE University

Katharina Lange
Executive Director,
Singapore Mangement University - Executive Development

Maarten Kelder
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Solutions,
Zuellig Pharma

Rohit Girdhar
Vice President, Strategy & Market Development APAC,
Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific

Arthur Leong
Senior Vice President
Strategy & Projects - Group Channels & Digitalisation
United Overseas Bank Limited




Jeevan Vasagar
Singapore and Malaysia correspondent
Financial Times 


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