Are you leading us into the Digital Economy?

The skills needed for rapid growth of SMEs and start-ups

21 April 2015 from 12.00 h to 20.00 h

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EIT ICT Labs Berlin Node
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7 | 6th floor
10587 Berlin (Germany)

 

Regional Cluster Event Report: Berlin, 21 April 2015 [PDF 612 KB]

Need for e-Leadership

e-Leadership is of crucial importance for companies – especially SMEs and start-ups - and industry to excel in their business operation. For effective e-leadership, the skills required are seen as those which enable people with very strong ICT skills to lead qualified staff from ICT and other disciplines towards identifying and designing business models and exploiting key innovation opportunities. Their success is defined as making best use of developments in ICT and delivering value to their organisations. Demand is growing throughout European industry to improve the quality of e-leadership, covering organisation leadership in ICT innovation to deliver business value. Research has confirmed a significant shortage of e-leadership skills across Europe - a call for action.
The European Commission e-Leadership initiative started in 2013 has focused on the leadership needs of top decision-makers and professional leaders at larger enterprises. These leaders oversee portfolios of both well-defined and emergent innovation opportunities. Successful design and implementation requires developing and engaging highly qualified staff to achieve the target value. With this further initiative on ‘e-leadership Skills for SMEs’ which started in 2014 the Commission is now targeting SMEs and start-ups.

Objectives

The objectives of the event are to:

  • Inform SMEs and start-ups about newly developed training and higher and executive education offers on e-leadership supporting them exploiting innovation opportunities emerging through developments in ICT and in delivering value to their organisation.
  • Communicate the e-leadership and the lessons learnt from these developments and the teaching of first cohorts of participants in different types of courses and in different countries to all stakeholders and keen to promote innovation through e-Leadership.
  • Inform about the European higher and executive education landscape and further training offers in the areas of e-leadership and digital entrepreneurship.
  • Demonstrate to institutions, universities and business schools e-leadership courses developed and piloted in different contexts and countries and for different target groups as well as lessons learnt and guide education and training institutions to develop e-leadership programmes.
  • Encourage employers – especially SMEs and start-ups - to make use of e-leadership programme and course offerings and to team up with education and training institutions to develop these in line with their needs.
  • Inform policy-makers and government representatives interested in promoting digital innovation and developing appropriate national policies and initiatives of different type and in different policy areas about already existing successful national policies and initiatives in this area which they may want to take as inspiration and for their own work.

Target groups

This event is targeted at innovative employers especially from SMEs and start-ups, entrepreneurs, current and aspiring e-leaders, professional associations, universities and business schools as well as (especially the morning session) policy-makers interested in promoting digital innovation and developing appropriate national policies and initiatives of different type and in different policy areas.

Attendance Fee

There is no charge to attend the event. Anyone expressing an interest will be sent a link to the outputs of this event.
Please register your interest here.

Registration

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This event is targeted at innovative employers, current and aspiring e-leaders, professional associations, universities and business schools as well as policy-makers interested in promoting digital innovation. There is no charge to attend the event. Anyone expressing an interest will be sent a link to the outputs of this event.

Agenda

Session 1: e-Leadership Policy and Education & Training Landscape

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Chairperson: Erik Neumann, Project Lead Software Campus, EIT ICT Labs

12:00 - 13:00

Registration + Welcome Snack

13:00 - 13:15

Welcome and introduction

  • Udo Bub, Managing Director, EIT ICT Labs, Germany

 

13:15 - 13:30

The European e-Leadership Skills Initiative: Introduction & overview
 

European Commission Policies and Initiatives on e-leadership

  • André Richier, European Commission DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (Belgium) Download PDF [500 KB]

 

13:30 - 13:50

e-Leadership Scoreboard and National Policy Initiatives
 

- e-Leadership Scoreboard

- National policies relating to e-leadership and digital entrepreneurship

- Initiatives and multi-stakeholder partnerships

- Benchmarking and e-Leadership Scoreboard

 

13:50 - 14:10

e-Leadership Education and Training Landscape

 

e-Leadership higher and executive education programmes and general training programmes

 

14:10 - 15:30

Panel Discussion: e-Leadership Policy and Training Requirements
 

e-Leadership competences for digital transformation of the economy - Views from the ICT industry

e-Leadership und SMEs – Views from the German ‚Mittelstand‘

  • Dr. Oliver Grün, President and Head of the Board, Bundesverband IT Mittelstand e.V. Download PDF [600 KB]

e-Leadership Skills Training – Views from a trade union

Digitization of Higher Education - Opportunities and case for action

The current and future role of higher and executive education institutions in e-Leadership education and training

  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Heiß, Vorsitzender von 4ING, des Dachverbands der Fakultätentage der Ingenieurwissenschaften und der Informatik Download PDF [600 KB]

e-Leadership Skills - Views from a provider of scholarships

  • Prof. Dr. Anabel Ternès, Managing Director, International Institute for Sustainability Management (IISM) at SRH Berlin, Representative of Konrad Adenauer Foundation Download PDF [700 KB]

 

15:20 - 15:30

Summary, Conclusions, Next Steps

15:30 - 16:00

Break

Session 2: e-Leadership for SMEs: Success Stories, Training Courses, Programmes, MOOCs

16:00 - 16:15

Welcome and introduction

  • Udo Bub, Managing Director, EIT ICT Labs, Germany

 

16:15 - 16:30

Innovation through e-leadership: Skills requirements in SMEs and Start-ups
 

- Results from interviews and a European survey of decision makers

- Case studies of successful SMEs

 

 16:30 - 17:30

Innovation through e-leadership: Successful SMEs – case studies
 

Digital transformation in building management: from a traditional product provider to a global player in products and services for building automation

 
 

Skills and people needs of fast growth SMEs

  • Siren Samuli, Managing Partner, Redstone Digital

 
 

Level the Playing Field of Education by Offering High-Quality Digital Study

 

 17:30 - 17:45

The e-Leadership journey for SMEs and start-ups: Teaching e-leadership and innovation...?
    

 17:45 - 19:00

e-leadership training courses & programmes for SMEs and start-ups
 

EIT ICT Labs Master School: Technical programmes with a Minor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Global Business Transformation Manager (GBTM) Master Certification

MOOCs – wie neue Konzepte die Aus- und Weiterbildung verändern

 

19:00 - 19:45

Discussion with speakers and participants

19:45 - 20:00

followed by

Summary, Conclusions, Next Steps
Cocktail Reception

 

 

 

 


The event is supported by the EC in the scope of the service contract to promote e-leadership in Europe (LEAD)

Further Information

e-Leadership Flyer
You can obtain background research on the e-leadership topic by accessing a flyer at the following web site: http://eskills-guide.eu/documents/

Local organizer contacts:
Erik Neumann: erik.neumann(at)ictlabs(dot)eu
Maren Lesche: maren.lesche(at)ictlabs(dot)eu

Event Secretariat:
Mira Zöller: mira.zoeller(at)empirica(dot)com
Werner B. Korte: werner.korte(at)empirica(dot)com

Event language
The conference language will be English but statements and contributions in German are possible.

Venue
EIT ICT Labs Berlin Node
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7 | 6th floor
10587 Berlin (Germany)

Contractor

A service contract has been awarded in December 2013 by the European Commission to a consortium led by empirica to undertake this work.

The event is supported by the EC in the scope of the service contract to promote e-leadership in Europe (LEAD)