Authors' Ideas
The Age of Transformation

Questions & Answers

This series is about leadership in a world filled with challenges and revolutionary changes. Conversations will focus on the second book in the Global Business series released by Oxford University Press, Global Business in the Age of Transformation.  Klein and Joshi authored this book to examine the complexities and pressures of rapid change and present simple solutions that can help stay relevant even as the ground continues to shift. 
 

1.    Everyone seems to know a successful business must be relevant to customers and pay attention to changing customer needs. The theory is incredibly easy but it is the execution that is hard. What are some barriers, gravitational forces that keep thinking stuck in old ways of doing things?

2.    In your book, you talk about change blindness. What are some ways that this blindness is evidenced?

3.    In your book you talk about the disruptive role of technology are far-reaching. What do you mean by that?

4.    Your book talks about geopolitical factors that affect not only business but lifestyles. What is causing this to happen?

5.    Leadership is taking a new shape in what is called the hyperdynamic twenty-first Century. What are the causes of this change?

6.    You have stated that the six major influences on change are human intelligence, globalization, technology, inequity, scientific disease control, and educational relevance. How do these big changes and big challenges affect leadership?

7.    Your thinking about leaderships ability to become “trusted citizens” is interesting. In a rapidly changing world, what do leaders have to do to stay relevant?

8.    Leadership today has to address multiples of different types of diversities. The inclusive character of diversity is a key competitive advantage for global business. Is there a formula that can help leaders develop a sense of what it means to lead a highly diverse organization?

9.    The conversation in your book reminds us that the issues of change are not that different than they have always been. In a world have seems to explosively change, how can you say that there is no difference?                    

10.    You have talked in your recent book about the necessity for transformational leaders to pay attention to everything.  How is it possible for leaders to do that? What do they have to do?

11.    As you have explained in your book, research has identified some pitfalls and practicality of the absorption of technological change within organizations. What are some of the hazards and realities organizations experience as they confront digital technology?