Reflections on the "leadership under complexity" workshop

Wicked problems have a more profound effect on our future than ever before. Still, we are unsure how to run our governments, organisations and companies the way that these complex problems could be solved. We asked 29 leadership experts and here’s what they said we should do.

Writers

Yves Doz

Professor, INSEAD

Eeva Hellström

Senior Lead, Foresight and Strategy, Sitra

Mikko Kosonen

Jenna Lähdemäki-Pekkinen

Specialist, Foresight, Sitra

Keeley Wilson

Senior researcher, INSEAD

Published

Addressing complex societal challenges – or what are known as wicked problems – is placing ever greater demands on national and regional governments, international organisations and corporations. Although wicked problems are having a more profound effect on our future than ever before, we are reluctant to engage with their underlying complexity. Our policymaking and strategic tools are ineffective and our institutions and leaders ill-prepared. With this conundrum in mind, we convened the Leadership under Complexity workshop to gain a deeper understanding of how governments and corporate leaders could learn to thrive amid continuous complex change and turn wicked problems into fortuitous opportunities.

Publication details

Title

Reflections on the "leadership under complexity" workshop

Authors

Yves Doz, Eeva Hellström, Mikko Kosonen, Jenna Lähdemäki and Keeley Wilson

Place of publication

Helsinki

Year of publication

2017

Publisher

Sitra

Outlook

14 p.

ISBN (PDF)

978-951-563-988-2

publication_subject

leaders; management; policy making; decision making; strategic leadership; governments; organisations; corporate leaders; future; complexity; society; challenges; problem solving

Series

Working paper

Theme

Foresight and insight

Sitra produces long-term foresight data in anticipation of the future. In addition, we aim to support Finnish society in interpreting and making use of this data. This work will help decision-makers, companies, communities and individuals, to prepare for the future.

Writers

Yves Doz

Professor, INSEAD

Eeva Hellström

Senior Lead, Foresight and Strategy, Sitra

Mikko Kosonen

Jenna Lähdemäki-Pekkinen

Specialist, Foresight, Sitra

Keeley Wilson

Senior researcher, INSEAD

Published

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