imagining the future of executive education 

This article was first published in 2019 in the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network eZINE Volume 2 no 1 

Business and education leaders from over 138 international companies and business schools, convened for the third annual MERIT Summit “Co-creating Learning Organisations” held 15-17 January, 2019. The innovative learning and networking forum brought together over 200 high-profile corporate HR and business education strategists from across Europe and the US for whom ‘co-creation’ is the future-proof organisational development approach.

Taking to the stage to debate “academic knowledge vs business in practice” were Giuseppe Auricchio (IESE Business School), Paul Coyle (Entrepreneurial Mindset Network), Koenraad Goris (PwC) and Catalina S. (Vodafone).

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Paul Coyle reflected afterwards “I really enjoyed the Summit but found myself wondering if the discussions were a little too safe. I consider that entrepreneurship is about imagining significant and, therefore, sometimes disruptive change.  So I was keenly aware that I hadn’t heard the need for something more than simply incremental change.

Maybe we can try to imagine a time in the future when we would be saying to each other “Wow do remember how we used to do executive education? What were we thinking? This new way is so much better.”  

How long will it be before we are having that conversation? This year, next year or in 5 years? 

And what part can each of us play in bringing about these changes sooner rather than later? Can you imagine the future of executive education?” ◼️