Chicago GSB Alumni Club – Strategic Management Practices Issues Group

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

February 15, 2008: 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Start your Friday morning by updating your MBA, discussing the latest management concepts, sharing insights with fellow GSB alums, extending your network and still make it to the office by 9 AM. These discussion sessions are designed to provide a highly interactive, engaging forum of particular value to alumni responsible for developing, influencing or executing enterprise strategies and policies. The Strategic Business Practices Issue Group consists of a series of monthly small group discussions bringing a practical focus to current research in business strategy, organizational design, and general management practices. This group is all about participation and making connections while learning about the latest management concepts. A differentiating feature of this group is the focus on engaging member dialogue while creating community and connectedness across the members. (There is no invited speaker or formal presentation.) The facilitated discussion starts with reactions to a selected background reading (available online from a leading strategy, business, or academic publication) before branching out into a broader exploration of the topic as participants share their own personal and practical experience of what works, what doesn’t, and how to tell the difference. Our topic for the February meeting will be Leadership.


CharterMast Partners LLC
11 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

The February meeting will focus on Leadership. We will explore the topic through a facilitated discussion of “Introducing T-Shaped Managers: Knowledge Management’s Next Generation” by Morten T. Hansen and Bolko von Oetinger from the March 2001 issue of the Harvard Business Review. How can your firm strike the delicate balance between having its unit managers equally committed to both their company’s overall success and their own units’ performance? The author’s answer is; by cultivating T-shaped managers who share ideas and expertise across the company while also focusing on the performance of their own unit. This cross-unit collaboration pays huge dividends while fending off rivals, integrating merged businesses and driving continual innovation. Please be sure to read the article ahead of time and come prepared to join in the discussion. Come ready to share your thoughts as the key to the success of this event is your participation! If you are unable to locate this article in your back issues, it can be purchased for a nominal fee from the Harvard Business Review website. Many corporate and local libraries also have access to this information. Our past topics have included: participative management, closing the gap between strategy and execution, innovation and how successful leaders think. Future articles will explore additional areas of strategy. Suggestions for future articles or future topics are welcome. Please send your information to Topics and articles for future meetings are decided on a month-by-month basis. This is a discussion event and will not present a featured speaker. Meetings are usually held on the third Friday of the month in the 11 South LaSalle Building. Meetings in 2008 will be: March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17 and November 14. It is important that this group stays in compliance with applicable laws and regulations regarding the protection of intellectual property and copyrights. Accordingly, we are not able to provide copies of articles that are discussed, but we do direct you to sources where these articles are available either for free or for purchase. Most sites that provide articles in downloadable format stipulate that these articles are for personal use only and not for distribution to others. Please respect whatever limitations or conditions are attached to the articles you download.


No Charge


Register Online
Email confirmations will be provided on or before February 13.

Deadline: 2/12/2008


Dennis Aust 


Other Information

Because of limited space, and to provide sufficient opportunity for everyone to participate, attendance is strictly limited to 20 people. If this event is oversubscribed, priority will be given to GSB Alumni Club members who RSVP before February 8. Please feel free to bring coffee and/or breakfast to enjoy during the discussion.