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Developing e-Leadership – the skills agenda

A European Commission Regional Cluster Event
3rd June 2014 from 9.30 to 16.00
at Henley Business School,
Greenlands Campus, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 3AU, UK



Need for e-Leadership

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 realise 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 at Henley Business School is one of ten regional events organised by the European Commission across Europe. The objectives of the event are to:

  •           Inform stakeholders keen to promote innovation through e-Leadership.
  •           Communicate the e-leadership Curriculum Profile and quality approach
  •           Provide insights and lessons from e-Leaders in practice


This event is organised by the European Commission, Directorate-General Enterprise & Industry and Henley Business School in conjunction with sponsors, BCS and EuroCIO.

Agenda: Developing e-Leadership Skills

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Prof. Sharm Manwani, Executive Professor, Henley Business School

08:45 – 09:30


09:30 – 10:15

Introduction and Welcome from Sponsors


Prof. John Board, Dean, Henley Business School

Prof. Liz Bacon, President, BCS and Paul Costelloe, EuroCIO

André Richier, European Commission DG ENTR 


10:15 – 11:00

ICT trends and their implications for e-leadership skills

Marianne Kolding, Vice President, IDC Europe


11:00 – 11:30

The European e-leadership education ecosystem

  • Why e-leadership? Demand and supply gaps

  • European and national policies on e-skills and e-leadership

  • Roles for industry, governments and higher education

Simon Robinson, Director, empirica GmbH


11:30 – 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 – 13:00

Towards European e-Leadership curriculum profiles and quality labels

  • Demand for e-leadership and learning outcomes

  • Supply of e-leadership skills and quality approach

Paul Costelloe, MSc., MBA., Director Executive Education , EuroCIO

Birgit Hanny, M.A., M.B.A., Deputy Director, ASIIN


13:00 – 14:00

Buffet Lunch

14:00 – 15:15

E-Leadership in Practice

  • Case studies programmes and individuals

  • Use of e-Leadership curriculum profiles to shape programmes

  • Summary of lessons for e-Leaders and key stakeholders

Prof. Sharm Manwani, Executive Professor, Henley Business School

Conrad Thompson, Global Business Design Leader, PA Consulting

Dr Christoph Burtscher, Director of Strategy, Late Rooms Group


15:15 – 15:45

Panel discussion: New Curricula for e-leadership skills

  • Key directions to close the e-Leadership skills gap

  • Partnerships between key stakeholders

  • Practical next steps


  •   Sponsors and Industry representatives


15:45 – 16:00

Summary and Conclusions




Further information

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

For event details:
Charlotte Zittel, Events Manager
Henley Business School, University of Reading
+44 (0)1491 418777

Event Secretariat
empirica GmbH
Oxfordstr. 2, 53111 Bonn, Germany
Inna Bludova: Inna.bludova(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