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How Leaders Manage the Future in Changing Times - Executive Seminar with Dr. Paul Schoemaker

Globally renowned author and speaker Paul Schoemaker leads an executive seminar sharing best practices in strategic foresight for changing industry environments, drawing on his professorial days at the University of Chicago and Wharton, as well as his broad experiences as a business leader across the globe.

Facts about the seminar

Date: 30 November 2018

Duration: 09:00 - 17:00

Venue: Aarhus BSS, Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V

Price: DKK 6,900 excl. VAT and incl. course materials, lunch and refreshments.
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Registration deadline: 16 November 2018. Registration cannot be withdrawn after the deadline.

Your takeaways

  • You will learn a new conceptual framework and practical tools to promote innovative as well as disciplined leadership in volatile and complex environments.
  • The participative format allows you to apply the methods to your own business or organisational context, and provides specific processes you will be able to apply going forward.
  • You are invited to share and learn from a pertinent case example from your own work experience, such as an unresolved live situation entailing strategic decision-making under uncertainty.


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About the seminar

Most managers handle risk well but uncertainty poorly. This means opportunities are missed and threats recognised too late. This executive seminar shows how foresight capabilities improve decision-makers’ ability to deal with ambiguous information, loosely structured problems, deep uncertainty, and complex trade-offs. The focus will be in areas such as technology scanning, competitive intelligence and strategic exploration to develop a unified approach to thriving in turbulent environments. The aim is to manage uncertainty better by envisioning multiple future scenarios and developing flexible strategies and options. It also includes dynamically monitoring a changing landscape and making timely strategic adjustments. 

The programme draws upon the intellectual underpinnings of such fields as strategy, marketing, scenario planning, organisational theory (sense-and-respond organisations), innovation and emerging technology management, latent-needs analysis, behavioural decision theory and cognitive science more generally. It builds on Schoemaker’s articles and books, including his early research on at University of Chicago’s Center for Decision Research and subsequent work at Wharton’s Mack Center for Innovation Management.

Who should attend?

This is an expert seminar with a global leader in the field of strategic foresight, innovation and executive decision-making. It is aimed at senior managers and leadership in companies or the public sector, or other thoughtful practitioners who need to interpret weak signals about emerging threats or opportunities and then respond in a timely as well as appropriate manner in the face of unresolved uncertainty. The seminar is relevant for most C-level positions (CEO, CMO, CFO, CTO, CIO), strategic planners, market development managers, R&D executives, consultants, and specialists in competitive intelligence and market research.


Photographed by Don Marsella
Profiting From Uncertainty, FreePress

Dr Paul Schoemaker is an author, educator, researcher and entrepreneur in strategic management and leadership decision-making. He was a professor at the University of Chicago and served for many years as the research director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School, where he was also a professor teaching strategy and decision-making. He has consulted to over a hundred organisations around the world (five of which in Denmark) and served as executive chairman of three companies, two in the US and one in Europe. He has also been involved in the founding and leadership of multiple entrepreneurial ventures, including his own.  Paul has written more than ten books including: Wharton on Managing Emerging Technologies (Wiley, 200), Winning Decisions (2002), Profiting from Uncertainty (Free Press 2002), Peripheral Vision (Harvard Business Review Group 2006), Brilliant Mistakes (Wharton Digital Press, 2011), Winning the Long Game (PublicAffairs/Perseus 2014) and See Sooner-Act Faster (MIT Press, 2019). He has published over 100 academic and applied papers including five in the Harvard Business Review, eight in Berkeley’s California Management Review, and eight in the MIT Sloan Management Review.  He also writes a monthly column for For further details, see