The dramatic increase in network density and complexity has an immense impact on society and organizations. The changing face of consumer and employee relationships, volatile markets, and changing values and expectations make old management models redundant. Executives need to find a way out of the complexity trap. In this course, you’ll learn how digitization and increasing network density affect society, leadership, and work, and you’ll discover why individual intelligence has to be extended to collective intelligence. We’ll introduce you to a method that quantitatively and qualitatively analyzes the culture of systems, and show how this method has been implemented in large-scale studies.
Monday, April 24, 2017 09:00 (UTC) to Tuesday, May 23, 2017 09:00 (UTC)
Language: English

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Course Summary

The dramatic increase in network density and complexity has an immense impact on society and organizations. Decision-makers are faced with the fact that consumers and employees are much more powerful than before, that future developments in markets are increasingly hard to predict, and that the values and expectations of (potential) employees are becoming increasingly diverse. Old management models based on hierarchy and planning don’t work in such dynamic systems, and executives need to find a way out of the complexity trap.
In this course, you’ll learn about the effects of digitization and increasing network density on society, leadership, and work, and discover why individual intelligence has to be extended to collective intelligence. You’ll also learn how pattern recognition reduces complexity without altogether avoiding it. We’ll introduce you to a method that quantitatively and qualitatively analyzes the culture of systems, and show how this method has been implemented in large-scale studies on ‘leadership excellence’ and the ‘future of work’. You’ll see the challenges organizations are faced with and the need for a paradigm shift in current leadership practice. In addition, we’ll provide you with food for thought about the future of our society, work, and leadership, and invite you to share your thoughts and ideas in our discussion forum.

Course Characteristics

  • Starting from: April 24, 2017, 09:00 UTC, open until May 23, 2017, 9:00 UTC (What does this mean?)
  • Duration: 2 weeks (2-3 hours per week), however the course is open for 4 weeks
  • Weekly assignments, both to be completed by May 23, 2017, 09:00 UTC
  • Course language: English
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Course Content

Week 1: Management of Unpredictability

Week 2: Future of Leadership and Work

This course is hosted by openSAP. The content is provided by nextpractice.

Target Audience

  • CxOs, change management and HR practitioners
  • Students, business professionals, and anyone who is interested in understanding the impact of digitization on leadership and work.

Course Requirements

There are no formal requirements for this course.

Course contents


  • Week 1:

    Management of Unpredictability
  • Week 2:

    Future of Leadership and Work
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Dates and Statistics


This course was held from Apr 24, 2017 through May 23, 2017.

7143 learners enrolled.

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Frank Schomburg is co-founder and managing partner of nextpractice GmbH in Bremen. He graduated in computer science and worked as a project manager for production IT systems in a number of industrial companies. Together with other partners, he founded a software development company. This experience equipped him with important skills and competencies for the foundation of nextpractice GmbH in 2000.

In an interdisciplinary team of computer scientists and psychologists, he and Prof. Dr. Peter Kruse developed the fundamental concepts of the nextpractice tools. Today, as a consultant, he develops concepts for using these tools in companies and supervises their implementation.

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