Developing-Leaders-issue-37-2021

14 | Developing Leaders Issue 37: 2021 Leadership Scoping the Path Ahead for Exec Ed After a turbulent year, new best practices for executive learning in the new normal are emerging for university-based business schools and their corporate clients. F or over a decade university-based business schools have been striving to build competence in their clients around managing the VUCA environment. The last twelve months has seen as live a road-test of that theory as anyone could have wanted or predicted—of how organizations cope with all four of the VUCA elements: volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. As Bruce Wiesner, Associate Dean for Executive Education at UBC Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, notes, business schools have been on the same road-test themselves. “We are living the same disruption and challenges as our clients,” he remarks. While businesses are reimagining the workplace of the future, and rethinking what they need from executive learning, business schools are having to respond—to evolve their understanding of what executive education delivery will look like in the coming years. In this article we examine how the business school response to the global pandemic has progressed since the initial shock announcements and ‘stay at home’ directives which echoed around the globe in the second half of March 2020—and focus on the new practices in executive learning, that are beginning to emerge from both the client and provider sides of the sector. By Roddy Millar

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