IEDP: Key Insights from UNICON’s Directors’ Conference 2021

IEDP: Key Insights from UNICON’s Directors’ Conference 2021

IEDP: Key Insights from UNICON’s Directors’ Conference 2021

Impressions, Insights and Takeaways – A Report From IEDP For The Executive Education Sector


Hosted by Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC)



Day 1: Supply

⊲ New emphasis on societal impact – in research, teaching, and community outreach.
⊲ New skillsets emerge in the remote working environment.
⊲ Culture of connectivity – new benefits and new risks.
⊲ New trend towards arts, culture, collaboration – soft skillsets.
⊲ Displaced employees require new skills quickly.
⊲ Opportunity to develop cross-discipline programs.
⊲ Opportunity to reimagine the executive education classroom of the future.
⊲ Need to go beyond content delivery – content is everywhere.
⊲ Lifelong learning – new skillsets required every 1–2 years.
⊲ Deeper, wider reach of learning via online as opportunity to be explored.

Day 2: Demand

⊲ From VUCA to BANI – Brittle, Anxious, Non-linear and Incomprehensible.
⊲ Mental health and work/life balance concerns.
⊲ Increased access to learning via online.
⊲ Reduction in skills/transfer gap – learning more quickly applied at work.
⊲ Screen fatigue – importance of in-person interaction highlighted.
⊲ Learning on the job – problem-solving assignments apply learning to real business problems.
⊲ Transformative, ‘life-changing’, experiential programs.
⊲ Individualization – increasing demand for personalized learning.
⊲ Half-life of skills reducing – need to renew skills more rapidly.
⊲ Skills portability – portable skills for modern career paths.

Day 3: Collaboration

⊲ L&D spending globally forecast to keep growing.
⊲ Growth bringing new competition and new value propositions to the market.
⊲ Executive education no longer for ‘top of the pyramid’ only – opportunity
for learning deeper and wider into organizations.
⊲ Rigour of university-based research a point of competitive advantage.
⊲ Need to increase pace, relevance, and immediate business application of thought leadership.
⊲ Credentialling/micro-credentialling power and market position of
universities offers competitive advantage for business schools.
⊲ Corporate universities partnering with consultants and business schools.
⊲ Alliances between business schools – co-creating value around a common aim.
⊲ Collaboration and integration within the wider footprint of the university.
⊲ Collaboration between business schools, organizations, and wider
society – balancing ‘performance with progress’.

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