Since Kotter socialised his eight steps of change, a sense of urgency is widely regarded as the catalyst of change. However, by now the world has become rich in opportunity. Digital technologies provide previously unimaginable affordances, new business models rewrite established ways of revenue and cost management, and a digitally literate, hyper-connected community of customers has re-defined established provider-consumer roles.

In this inaugural seminar, we'll shift the notion of a ‘A Sense of Ambition’. No longer do organisations rely on the narrative of a burning platform but proactively articulate desired roadmaps. Instead of resourcing the fixing of current problems, they invest their resources into overcoming roadblocks in the way towards their ambitious goals. They are as comfortable with design as they are with analysis.

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  • AEST (UTC+10): 8-9am, Thursday 21 October 2021
  • EDT (UTC -4): 6-7pm, Wednesday 20 October 2021


Online via Zoom.

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James C Rhee

Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan

James Rhee is an acclaimed impact investor, CEO and educator. He transforms people, brands and organisations by identifying and unleashing purpose with mathematical and creative systems. As CEO, he reinvented Ashley Stewart, a brand serving and employing predominantly Black women, proving the power of diverse ecosystems and serving as a blueprint for multi-stakeholder capitalism. His most current venture, Red Helicopter, drives change at the intersection of education and money. James is a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and executive-in-residence at the MIT Leadership Center. James also serves as the John H. Johnson Chair of Entrepreneurship at Howard University.

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Michael Rosemann

Director, QUT Centre for Future Enterprise

Dr Michael Rosemann’s main areas of research are the management of innovation, business processes and trust.

He has implemented four industry-funded chairs at QUT, the Woolworths Chair in Retail Innovation, the PwC Chair in Digital Economy, the Brisbane Airport Chair in Airport Innovation, and most recently, the Cisco Chair in Trusted Retail and Logistics.

Michael is also the author/editor of eight books, more than 350 refereed papers and editorial board member of ten international journals.

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Professor Rowena Barrett

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Entrepreneurship), QUT

Professor Rowena Barrett is an expert in thinking innovatively and being entrepreneurial to get things done. In leading QUT Entrepreneurship, she brings academic and practical understanding of motivations and drivers for action.

In the strategic collaboration between MIT and QUT, she and her team work closely with the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship to share learning and develop programs of benefit to QUT and MIT students.

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