EU Business School holds several key research conferences during the year, both exclusively, as well as with partners.
The research conferences serve as a platform for academics, experts, and local and international researchers to collaborate within the framework of the research strategy for the year. The conferences aim to promote an exchange of opinions on topical issues, and also discuss the challenges faced in the areas of research and expertise. Each year, the conferences are dedicated to a specific theme announced in a call for proceedings 8-10 weeks in advance.
The 2018 Research Conference was entitled “Beyond Leadership: Humanity”. The conference took place on May 24th, 2018 at EU Business School Geneva. It added to the outcomes of our successful Leadership Seminar in November 2017, which provided deep insights into management aspects of the 4th industrial revolution, with respect to the interactivity between things, tasks and technology. EU Business School selected an interesting theme for this research event focusing on the missing link: although the world has never been a better place to live, the current global leadership architecture is archaic. We believe it is time to go back to the basics and focus on the most important trends. And the missing link in these multifold trends seems to be the human being: what role for the individual in our common future? The 2018 Research Conference was seeking to bridge the gap between pragmatic solutions and our common future.
The first session, entitled: “Leadership vs. Responsible Management?” was dedicated to the human side of leadership and its importance. It included discussions on coaching as an individual solution to collective responsibilities and looked into family business and start up leadership specifics, as well as into many other related aspects of management.
The second session investigated the human element in technology development based on the example of the Blockchain technology, covering privacy issues in Blockchain usage, the role of the individual in the new architecture of data management and Sustainable Development Goals in relation to the new technology development. These and other topics were discussed amongst peers during the session “From Server to Value Chain?”.