Keynotes

We are pleased to confirm the following keynotes for the BAM2021 Virtual Conference:

Wednesday 1st September

‘Leadership lessons from Covid - working with the complexity of a rapidly evolving environment
Dr David Nabarro, Special Envoy for COVID-19, World Health Organisation and John Atkinson

Covid-19 brought an unstable and rapidly unfolding situation. Normal crisis responses were found wanting as the outbreak became a pandemic and impacted widely across society. Organisational leadership in every sector has been challenged by this shift in the global environment. Leaders that have adapted quickly to this situation have exhibited ‘living systems leadership’ through treating their organisations as ecosystems operating in symbiosis with a changing external and internal environment. What is meant by ‘living systems leadership’ will be expanded by drawing on vignettes from David and John’s experience of working with the rapidly evolving circumstances of Covid. These will be linked to shape a projection for how leadership might become more effective for the future.

 

Dr David Nabarro

Dr David Nabarro

John Atkinson

John Atkinson

 


Friday 3rd September 

Prof Ruthanne Huising

Prof Ruthanne Huising

emlyon Business School

'Expertise for the 21st Century' Ruthanne Huising, Professor and Director of Research Center for Work, Technology and Organization, emlyon business school 

Despite concerns about the role of experts in contemporary society and claims of the crisis or death of expertise, our reliance on expert groups has not diminished. Yet there is evidence of ongoing changes in how expertise is produced, institutionalized, evaluated, and valued in organizations and beyond. I consider the implications of such changes in relation to organizational and societal challenges such as the pandemic and climate crisis, suggesting new forms of expertise needed in the 21st century.