ITC Annual Series Diploma
The new realities of the world require individuals, organizations, communities and nations to expand their knowledge of the global system and improve their understanding of the new dynamics of globalization that now impact education, business, government and civil society at all levels. The proliferation of new technologies, the explosion of new knowledge, and the re-invention of governments and governed around the world are key driving forces shaping the New Economy and the emerging global socio-political system.
This Non-Degree course is designed to enrich and expand the participant’s understanding of this new globalized reality by presenting each calendar year a series of videoconferences, under a broad theme, addressing various selected topics essential for productivity and global competitiveness, and is directed towards managers and executives, technical and professional personnel, educators, students and public servants at all levels.
Upon completion of this program, the student will be a professional with a broader global knowledge and skills, capable of leading and managing his or her productive activities and organizations more effectively and with a global vision.
Theme/Reading for ITC Annual Series
Theme: Entrepreneurship and Re-Invention in a New World
New ideas are being transformed into productive value at a rate never seen in recent eras, fueled by our evolving world of increased economic, social and political innovation, knowledge and globalized interactions. Furthermore, information and communication technologies now propel the planning, production, distribution and client support phases of just about all the resulting products and services from local and regional consumers to global markets, with Millennials taking over as the generation of greatest influence and impact on society.
Entrepreneurship is now the premier competitive advantage in education, business, government and civil society, requiring new leadership and managerial styles, re-designed organizational structures and protocols, higher level skills and competencies (i.e., global competencies), and social responsibility with environmental sustainability. These changes mandate re-invention of everything we do, in business, education, government and civil society.
The ITC Organization is proud to celebrate in 2016 thirty two years of uninterrupted efforts sharing global knowledge in support of the aspirations we all have around the world to improve our standards of living and contribute to a better and more peaceful world.
The unique 2016 ITC Annual Series will include crucial topics essential for better understanding the foundations and characteristics of entrepreneurship and re-invention today. Leadership with innovation, organizational visioning and culture, communication in an increasingly multi-generational workplace, and synchronizing strategies and competitive knowledge were selected as themes to be discussed by distinguished invited speakers in the context of our new global realities.
Leadership with Innovation: Adapting to Shifting Flows
It is estimated that as much as 25% of global GDP growth comes from global flows of goods, services, finance, people and data. These represent only 19% of the revenues of emerging markets, which make up an estimated 47% of global consumption. However, there are shifting patterns. For example, although companies from advanced economies have thus far been globalization’s leaders, there is now a new generation of competitors from the multinationals that are arising in emerging countries.Furthermore, small entrepreneurs are adding a new dimension to global competition as they begin to export across borders. New regional hubs are coalescing around the world in emerging countries powered by digitization, while knowledge-intensive goods are now the fastest-growing traded flows across the globe. This exciting videoconference will review how progress towards globalization’s new era will be uneven for organizations, communities and nations, and will discuss new strategic options organizations have to leverage and harness the shifting global flows that will define the future landscape of opportunities and challenges. The distinguished invited speaker will address some of the key global flows that we must all recognize and consider in our visioning, strategic planning and leadership initiatives for our organizations and communities of service.
Organizational Visioning and Culture: Changing Mindsets and Values to our New Global Reality
Organizations must now go beyond traditional leadership and managerial education and training programs to achieve change and performance goals in today’s new world of cultural interactions and global networking. Decision-makers and workers need to internalize and truly believe in the good of their vision, mission and strategies in order to lead and promote change in their organizations and communities. Mindfulness and values are now essential elements that must be aligned or synchronized to the globalized reality we all face now. The human/emotional dimension is increasingly the foundation for sustained performance and achievement in education, business, government and civil society. This exciting videoconference will address these important considerations and review the concept of organizational visioning as it relates to workplace culture and values. The well-recognized invited speakers will also describe the role mindfulness plays in developing conviction and clarity in decision-making and change initiatives, and the role of women as organizations tackle change and try to adopt innovative strategies to enhance inspiration, commitment and solidarity aligned to our new world reality.
Communication in an Increasingly Multi-Generational Workplace: The Impact of Millennials
Demographic trends and globalization have combined to make our workforce more multi-generational and diverse. In this context, various studies indicate that by 2016 those born from 1981 to 1997, known as “Millennials”, will replace Baby Boomers as the largest generation, and in five years they will represent almost half of the entire workforce. The implications of these dynamics for organizations and communities around the world are significant given the peculiarities of these Millennials and the other generations that must interact and work with them in an increasingly difficult and challenging global landscape. This exciting videoconference will address these important demographic considerations and the increasingly critical role of communication and language as Millennials become the most influential generational group of our times. The exceptional invited speaker, one of the most prolific contributors to the communication literature in recent years, will present views and recommendations on the topic based on his ample research and practical experience around the world. He will address the contrasting generational preferences and values that organizations must now learn to manage and harness at all levels, especially those of Millennials such as work/life balance, individualism, participation in social media, use of technology, world views, and others. We are entering the most diverse and globalized environment our society has ever seen, where Millennials will take leadership roles in workplace equality and multicultural sensitivity initiatives, global skills development programs, political change activism, and business responsibility standards, among other contributions that will shape the future of our world society.
Synchronizing Strategies and Competitive Knowledge to our New World: Market Intelligence and Big Data
Organizations must innovate, generate knowledge and create value aligned or synchronized to the changing global realities of their industry or service sector. Market intelligence and strategic visioning must now be based not only on managerial practices and executive intuition, but also on analytics and indicators based on “big data” and quantitative tools that allow monitoring, adaptation, evaluation and assessment, which are the key to continuous improvement and growth in today’s climate of risk and opportunity at the same time. This exciting videoconference will address these important considerations and review the role of Big Data in the strategic plans and decisions that organizations need to implement if they want to survive the new world of global competition and entrepreneurship we are living today. The exceptional invited speaker will present views and recommendations on the topic based on his ample research and practical experience around the world.
Action Plan Development
Develop and report an action plan based on the given terms of reference.