Senior Executive Forum - Professors H. Leonard & K. Lakhani - Harvard Business School


Professor Herman 'Dutch' Leonard
Professor Herman 'Dutch' Leonard Professor of Business Administration - Harvard Business School
Herman B. “Dutch” Leonard is Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration and Co-Chair of the Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard Business School, and George F. Baker, Jr. Professor of Public Management at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and faculty Co-Director of the Kennedy School’s Program on Crisis Leadership.
He teaches about leadership, crisis management, organisational strategy, and corporate social responsibility.
Professor Leonard was a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risk from 2008 to 2012.
He has provided advice to numerous international, national, state, provincial, local, non-profit, and private organisations and executives about risk management and crisis leadership and preparation and recovery.
He was a member of the board of directors of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a 1.2 million member Massachusetts non-profit health insurance company, and of the boards of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, of the Hitachi Foundation, of the Massachusetts Health and Education Facilities Authority, and of Civic Investments.
Professor Karim Lakhani
Professor Karim Lakhani Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration - Harvard Business School
Karim R. Lakhani is a Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and the Principal Investigator of the Crowd Innovation Lab and NASA Tournament Lab at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science.
He specialises in the management of technological innovation in firms and communities.
He is the co-editor of two books – Revolutionizing Innovation: Users,
Communities and Open Innovation (2016) plus Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software (MIT Press), a book on community-based innovation and has also published teaching cases on leading organisations practicing distributed innovation including:, InnoCentive, Google, Myelin Repair Foundation, SAP, Threadless, TopCoder and Wikipedia.
Prior to coming to HBS he served as a Lecturer in the Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship group at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Professor Lakhani has also worked in sales, marketing and new product development roles at GE Healthcare and was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group.

Event Overview

The forces operating on today’s leaders and the demands placed on them by customers, regulators, communities, and other stakeholders are rising in complexity and ambiguity.
Digital disruption and technological change is now impacting all types of organisations in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. 

Leaders in these organisations not only need to understand how the change impacts their organisation’s business and operating models but also need to move their organisations through the transformation.
Digital innovation is causing leaders to re-think organisational strategy by realising the role of data analytics and ecosystem participation as central pillars through which the organisation delivers its products and services.

What thinking, processes and systems can we put in place to respond?

How can leaders organise themselves and others to meet these often conflicting demands?

We will explore the challenges and opportunities raised by digital transformation and how organisations need to become more agile to thrive in this era, as leaders in for-profit, non-profit and governmental organisations face challenges that are in some ways increasingly similar – demands for rapid innovation, demands to respond to multiple different constituencies, demands to improve services and outcomes and products while lowering costs.
Responsiveness and rapid invention are increasingly central to success.

Fee includes cost of tuition, printed program materials, accommodation at the Hyatt Regency Perth, WA and all meals from lunch on Wednesday 1 August to breakfast only Saturday 4 August 2018.
*AIM WA Corporate Gold and Silver Members please call to enquire about your additional discount.

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  • Event code S18050-08
  • Duration 12.00noon Wednesday 1 to Saturday 4 August 2018 (2.5 days)
  • Dates
    • 01 - 04 August, 2018
  • Location
    • Hyatt Regency Perth
    • 99 Adelaide Terrace, PERTH WA
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