Europe supports authoritarian Chinese development model in Ethiopia

Recently I had a very interesting talk with my colleague Johannes Fiedler, architect and urban planner, who just came back from Ethiopia where he spent one year as a Visiting Professor at the University EiABC (Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development). Read what he is saying about Ethiopia, the Chinese development model, …

Is Shareholder Value Thinking a thing of the past?

I’ve just got a link from McKinsey, the management consulting firm, to a recent statement of Bill George, Harvard Business School professor and former Medtronic CEO, on rethinking capitalism. “I don’t subscribe to the notion that companies do exist to create value strictly for the shareholders. I think they are there to create value for the …

Nelson Mandela and Change Management 3.0

The South African transition from the apartheid regime to a multi-racial democracy in the early 1990s was one of the most successful change management projects in history. It is commonly agreed that Nelson Mandela was the leading figure and without him things would have gone differently. Although the greatness of Nelson Mandela stands out, present-day change …

Europe and Emerging Africa, part 3 – Europe’s Chance

Europe is the largest provider of development aid to African countries. Although aid is still very much needed in certain places, it increasingly becomes an outdated concept. It is also outdated because its influence on Africa’s realm of ideas has become limited. Global economic development is possible Today we know that global economic development and …

Roger Martin’s puzzle – a world of constant complexity?

It was almost in the last session of the 2-day Global Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna on November 15, 2013, when Roger Martin came up with a very different thought: The complexity of our world has actually not increased. It is just the unaddressed “inter-domain complexity” which makes us feel like everything has become more complex. Inter-domain …

Europe and Emerging Africa, part 2 – “China in Africa”

China’s State-Capitalism and US-Shareholder Value Thinking The economic success story of several African countries over the last 15 years has a lot to do with the emergence of non-Western countries, particularly China, India, Brazil, Turkey, and other Asian and Arabic nations. Today, more and more of these so called “South-South” cooperations are in place and …

Europe and Emerging Africa, part 1 – Emerging Africa

Emerging Africa is on the move The economic performance of Africa’s 54 countries more than doubled in real terms since 2000 (GDP based on PPP + 145,2%), income per capita improved alone in Sub-Sahara Africa from 1.380 to 2.580 USD per year. Although in absolute terms the economic performance of the continent is still quite …

Mozambique – terrorism threat yes, civil war no

Maputo, 24.10.2013 – „Mozambique shall put at stake all its economic boom?“, my vis-à-visis asks. And answers herself: „No way!“  We are sitting in Sabores, a recently opened restaurant in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, the current boom land of Southern Africa. The restaurant is located between new office buildings in the new business district …

Complexity and Management – The European Approach

The European Management approach is rooted in Systems Theory and Complexity Thinking. In this respect it is very different from mainstream management thinking and by its very nature it is capable of coping with the complexity of our new world. Richard Straub, founder of the Peter Drucker Society Europe, looks into a recent blogpost of …