Bled, October 11-12, 2018: The annual international HR Forum was titled “The Changing Society: Implications for the HR Function”. 80 participants and eminent speakers from 16 countries gathered at the event to discuss the HR challenges of today’s changing business environment with a focus on one of the most crucial challenges - negative demographic trends.
Speaker at the Forum Adam Kotsis from The Boston Consulting Group presented the results of the study of the global work landscape and highlighted 12 forces that will revolutionize how organizations function. Currently, there are 5 generations in Europe that are working together and have very different terms of values, attitude to change, technology and motivation. That they can successfully work together confirmed the speakers at the conference by presenting some good practices. Among them Klaus Niedl of Austrian Novomatica, Rob Veersma from Gazprom International and Yogi Sriram from Larsen & Toubro Limited, India.
Many roundtables and workshops created a dialogue between business people, entrepreneurs, state and educational institutions and they all agreed to continue to implement reforms and improvements as an ecosystem. A very important aspect was presented by Dr. Alenka Braček Lalić from the IEDC-Bled School of Management, who says that the competencies of the leaders needed to meet the challenges of the business world are: agility, people management, readiness to change, innovation and creativity, complex problem solving, quick decision-making, negotiation and sales, communicativeness and team work and mentoring.
Prof. Danica Purg, Dean of IEDC - Bled School of Management and President of the CEEMAN Management School, presented the Manifesto, a document which offers criticism and a new vision of management education around the globe. She invited all participants to support the movement.
The conference was concluded by Dr. Astrid Sheil from the California State University, San Bernardino and visiting Professor at IEDC with the following thoughts: "The challenges we face are not easy and are all connected and interconnected. When solving one, we cannot avoid solving others. The work of the HR managers requires that they keep up to date and it’s on them to inform their management of actions that need to be taken. "