Regional Cluster Event

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New Curricula for e-Leadership

Delivering Skills for an innovative and competitive Europe

29 September 2014 from 8.30 h to 16.30 h


Central European University - Business School

FRANKEL LEÓ ÚT 30-34. H-1023 BUDAPEST, Room 101

Need for e-Leadership

e-Leadership is of crucial importance for companies 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 organizations.
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 focuses 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.

Focus of Initiative and Event

The European Commission initiative found that closing the e-leadership skills gap requires a range of educational ecosystem actions. In particular it needs strong collaboration of demand and supply stakeholders to create new educational offers. Pilot work shows that this leads to innovative and relevant content for e-leadership curricula.
The present event is one of ten regional events organised by the European Commission across Europe. It is hosted by the Central European University Business School together with VSIZ – the CIO Association Hungary, EuroCIO – the European CIO Association, IVSZ – the Hungarian ICT Association and EIT ICT Labs.

The objectives of the event are to:

  • Inform stakeholders keen to promote innovation through e-Leadership.
  • Communicate the e-leadership Curriculum Profile and quality label approach
  • Disseminate lessons from pilot developments
  • Guide education institutions to develop e-leadership programmes
  • Encourage employers to make use of e-leadership programme offerings.

Agenda: New Curricula for e-Leadership Delivering Skills for an innovative and competitive Europe


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Zoltan Buzady, Associate Professor of Management and Organization, MBA Program Director of the CEU Business School

 08:30 - 09:15


 09:15 - 10:10

Welcome and introduction

 10:10 - 10:30

The European Commission activities from e-skills towards e-leadership skills


 10:10 - 10:30

e-Leadership - What it is and the European e-leadership education ecosystem

  • Why e-leadership?

  • What it is?

  • E-leadership demand

  • E-leadership supply: higher and executive education offers, shortages and gaps

 Werner B. Korte, Director, empirica GmbH, Bonn (Germany)
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 10:30 - 10:50

ICT trends and their implications on skills and e-leadership


 10:50 - 11:20

Coffee Break

 11:20 - 12:20

Industry demand for e-leadership

-Demand for e-leadership skills and related higher and executive education programme

Digital transformation of banking – a do-or-die game

The urgent need for e-leaders – practical experiences and case studies from large corporations and global players in Hungary


 12:20 - 12:40

Plenary Discussion

 12:40 - 13:40

Buffet Lunch

 13:40 - 14:00

Towards European e-Leadership curriculum profiles and quality labels

  • Supply of e-leadership skills and curriculum profiles

  • Quality label principles, criteria, processes and awarding

Birgit Hanny, Deputy Director, ASIIN
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 14:00 - 14:50

 e-Leadership in practice 1

  • Existing offers and experiences

  • Use of e-Leadership curriculum profiles to shape programmes

  • Summary of lessons for stakeholders

Prof. Dr. Sharm Manwani, Henley Business School
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e-Leadership in practice 2

  • CEU Business School offers and experiences

  • MSc in IT Management mapping to and conformance with e-leadership curriculum profile

 Achilles Georgiu, Program Director, MSc in IT Management, CEU Business School
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 14:50 - 15:20

Coffee Break

 15:20 - 16:20

Panel discussion

New Curricula for e-leadership skills meeting industry demands

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  • Stakeholder perspectives: relevance, appropriateness, timeliness
  • Critical success factors
  • Scalability and sustainability
  • Potential for using new curricula for e-leadership development
  • Practical next steps



  • Zsolt Veres, General County Manager, IBM

  • Ferenc Alfőldi, CIO, Takarekban

  • Viktor Lénárt, CEO, GROW

  • Ádám Horváth, Leader of Education Working Group at ICT Association of Hungary (IVSZ)

  • Pál Kerékfy, Lecturer of „Executive MBA for IT” (former CIO of Deloitte Central Europe)

  • Sharm Manwani, Professor at Henley Business School *

  • Anders Flodström, Director Education, EIT ICT Labs *


Moderator: Achilles Georgiu, Program Director, MSc in IT Management, CEU Business School

 16:20 - 16:30

Summary and Conclusion

Zoltan Buzady, Associate Professor of Management and Organization, MBA Program Director of the CEU Business School
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Further information

e-Leadership Flyer
You can obtain background research on this topic by accessing a pamphlet at the following web site:

For event details:
Maria Baksay
Programs Manager at CEU Business School
Email: baksaym(at)ceubusiness(dot)org
Telephone: +36 1 887 5046

Event Secretariat:
empirica GmbH
Oxfordstr. 2, 53111 Bonn, Germany
Mira Zöller: mira.zoeller(at)empirica(dot)com
Werner B. Korte: Werner.korte(at)empirica(dot)com
Tel.: +49 228 98530-0


This initiative was launched by the European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry in January 2013

Carried out by: