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Fast/Forward Half Day Seminar

Make your company fit for the future


14 March 2018
VENUE: Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Sandton, Johannesburg

Half day with Professor Julian Birkinshaw – Deputy Dean of London Business School and author of Fast/Forward – Make your company fit for the future.

Professor Julian Birkinshaw, Deputy Dean of the London Business School and author of the best seller Fast/Forward – Make your company fit for the future will present a half day seminar on what is required for leaders and organisations to function optimally today and in the future.

Fast/Forward is a contrarian new approach that challenges the traditional “rules” of business success. Professor Birkinshaw argues that the strategies that worked in the past could now position your organisation for failure. In short, we operate in a world where “best practices” no longer apply. And the only rule of success is this: The rate of change within an organisation must equal the rate of change externally

In uncertain rapidly changing times, Fast/Forward organisations are scanning the horizon for winning opportunities. Instead of questing after more analysis, they are now responding with agility by making smart intuitive decisions.

At this half-day seminar, Julian Birkinshaw, will show general management and executives across all disciplines how to implement the new rules in their organisations and empower their teams to become more agile in the new world of business.

Professor Birkinshaw will paint the big picture of a new approach to strategy and provide concrete business insights as well as models and tool kits that you can use to make your company fit for future.

Who should attend

This seminar is open to all decision makers from all industry sectors who include:
  • VPs
  • Directors
  • C Level executives
  • Senior Managers
  • Advisors
  • Specialists
  • Academics
  • Researchers and Consultants

Why you should attend

  • Receive insights on the leadership qualities required to implement future-fit strategies, providing practical ways to cultivate to those qualities
  • Find out how you can create a compelling strategy coupled with an adaptive and caring performance culture based on the Fast/Forward approach
  • Get equipped to tackle the key challenge facing all organisations today: staying relevant in a world of accelerating change.

For more information about the Seminar, please contact Katie van der Schyff on or +27 11 706 6009.



13h30 - 16h00: SEMINAR STARTS

Seminar content includes:

  • How to stay ahead of the curve
  • New models of management
  • Identify the paradoxes of success
  • The action imperative of strategy
  • Linking strategy back to purpose
  • Ambidextrous leadership for an agile world
  • Becoming an unreasonable manager!



About Professor Julian Birkinshaw

Julian Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Deputy Dean for Programs, and Academic Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management Research (UK), and a Fellow of the Academy of International Business.

He has a PhD and MBA degree in Business from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Stockholm School of Economics, 2009.

Professor Birkinshaw's main area of expertise is strategy and on such specific issues as strategic agility, digital transformation, corporate entrepreneurship, and innovation. He is the author of fourteen books, including Fast/Forward (2017), Becoming a Better Boss (2013), Reinventing Management (2010), Giant Steps in Management (2007), Inventuring: Why Big Companies Must Think Small (2003), and Entrepreneurship in the Global Firm (2001), and over eighty articles. He is active as a consultant and executive educator to many large companies, including Arup, Rio Tinto, SAP, ABN AMRO, GSK, ABB, Ericsson, Kone, Exxon, WPP, Bombardier, Sara Lee, HSBC, Akzo Nobel, Roche, Thyssen Krupp, UBS, PWC, Coloplast, Tata Group, HCL Technologies, GE, BBC and Novo Nordisk.

Professor Birkinshaw was ranked 43rd in the most recent “Thinkers 50” list of the top global thinkers in the field of Management. He is regularly quoted in international media outlets, including CNN, BBC, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, Bloomberg Business Week and The Times. He speaks regularly at business conferences in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia nd will be speaking fro the first time in South Africa.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Would you like the opportunity to market your company’s products and services to delegates at this seminar?

For information on sponsorships and exhibitions please contact Barbara Spence


14 March 2018 - Fast Forward Half Day Seminar
R1 500.00 excl. VAT

Please note:

  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking and conference material
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"Bureaucracies and meritocracies are poorly adapted to the uncertainty of the modern world. Birkinshaw and Ridderstrale make the case, instead, for the “adhocracy”, run by “ambidextrous” leaders who favour action over inertia or “analysis paralysis”. Leavened by colourful examples from business and beyond, this is a pragmatic manual for change."

We will offer a 15% discount if you pre-book a team of ten or more delegates, there are limited seats. So, if you would like to attend, please RSVP as soon as possible.


For more information and to book your seat contact Katie van der Schyff on +2711 706 6009


To book your seat contact Magdeline Matlatse on +2711 706 6009

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