Digital Transformation – Why learning from Africa

Last week I was in Nairobi, Kenya. And I got another glance on how the “digital revolution” is changing societies. Not only in Africa, but all over. I have been with Bitange Ndemo, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication. He is seen as an important enabler of the “digital transformation” in Kenya. Wealth through the use …

First Innovation, then Regulation

Nairobi

First Innovation, then Regulation – What we can learn from Africa “You can not innovate under regulation. You have to take risks”, says Bitange Ndemo, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication in Kenya. He knows. During his time in government, from 2005 to 2013, the transformation of the Kenyan ICT sector has been forged: undersea submarine cables, …

Software is eating the world – about African innovation

Software is eating the world – about African innovation “Why software is eating the world” has been the title of a famous essay by Marc Andreessen in the Wall Street Journal in 2011. Being in Nairobi, I have been heavily reminded on that. While arriving at the airport, I buy a local Safaricom SIM-Card, put it into …

Agile Europeans in Africa

Why we need agile Europeans in Africa “Many Europeans still treat Africans like children”, said James Shikwati, a Kenyan born intellectual, at a panel discussion in Hamburg, showing how European behavior is perceived in Africa. In the same discussion I argued that Africa and Europe are drifting apart and that we Europeans should better do something about it. Otherwise we lose …

Dambisa Moyo at the Druckerforum in Vienna

Dambisa Moyo, bestselling author and a big voice when it comes to abandon development aid for Africa, comes to the Global Peter Drucker Forum to Vienna on November 5 and 6, 2015. In her blogpost at the Drucker Blog, Dambisa rises concern that digitalization and its accompanying annihilation of jobs will specifically hurt African countries with their growing and …

It’s the Operating System, stupid! – A quest for a European Humanistic Management Movement

by Hans Stoisser (with contributions from Lukas Michel) THIS BLOGPOST WAS FIRST PUBLISHED AT THE DRUCKERFORUM’S BLOG   “Enough! Enough of the imbalances that is destroying our democracies, our planet, and ourselves,” writes the Canadian management thinker Henry Mintzberg.“ A society out of balance, with power concentrated in a privileged elite, can be ripe for …

A different Global Society

“Enough! Enough of the imbalances that is destroying our democracies, our planet, and ourselves,” that is the first sentence the Canadian management thinker Henry Mintzberg wrote in his new book “Rebalancing Society”. He refers to our “unbalanced society”, where the relationship between public and private sector has become distorted. An overall dominating private sector has …