The Future of Business – Putting Vision and Strategy back on the agenda
By Professor Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School
“…it is striking that very few business, political and social leaders or organisations have a vision and strategy which moves beyond the ‘where are we now?’ to answer the ‘where are we going and how do we get there?’ questions.”
Welcome to the launch of the new annual Trinity Global Business Forum which will take place on the last Thursday of May every year. The Forum is intended for anyone who is interested in engaging with the Trinity business community in order to address the main issues facing business as well as to network and make things happen. Participants at the event include Trinity alumni, professors, students, and others in the business world who have an interested in engaging with the pivotal issues for business. The event is comprised of keynote speakers and panels addressing some of the key issues facing business today such as flexible work, ethical leadership, social entrepreneurship, making manufacturing work in Ireland, leading in an uncertain world, the accommodation shortage, preventing another financial crises, managing the wealth of nations…through to meeting the business leaders of the future, getting beyond the hype about entrepreneurship and gaining an insight into the managing and making of the Pogues!
While these are clearly some of the pressing issues in today’s highly uncertain and rapidly changing business environment, it is striking that very few business, political and social leaders or organisations have a vison and strategy which moves beyond the ‘where are we now?’ to answer the ‘where are we going and how do we get there?’ questions. People are very clear about what they are against – whether that is water charges, high taxation, social deprivation and unethical levels of wealth inequality – but there are few leaders or organisations who have a clear strategy which outlines a vision for the future and a strategy to deliver it. This void is reflected in the global kick-back against the political establishment which can come in diverse forms such as voting for Trump in the USA, for Brexit in the UK or for political parties and independents in Ireland who prefer opposition over government.
One of the ambitions behind the Trinity Global Business Forum is to develop a vision and strategy for business and society that focuses on developing economic prosperity, social well-being and an ethical society. To this end, we commence this first forum with the theme ’The Future of Business’ where speakers and panels will not only be addressing some immediate practical concerns but will also be formulating a vision and strategy for the future. Guided by Trinity Business School’s DNA with its core values of: putting in more than you take out, being creative, analytical rigour and putting good ideas into action, we intend to put vision and strategy back onto the agenda for business, politics and society.
We are so fortunate to have an eminent business community to draw on for this initiative and who have been so generous with the time and expertise in taking part in the event. We invite you to join in on this agenda and hope to see you on May 26.