Alumni Weekend in London to Offer Innovative Perspectives on Leadership

Members of the Haas community will gather in London May 31 to June 2 for events with alumni, business and thought leaders, and Haas faculty who will provide new insights into successful leadership. The highlight of the weekend is a daylong symposium: “Reframe. Redefine. Rethink: Perspectives on Leadership & the Business World” on June 1 at Club Quarters, St. Paul’s.

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Connson Chou Locke, PhD 08, a lecturer in management at the London School of Economics and Political Science and developer of the school’s organizational behavior core course, will discuss her research using social and cognitive psychology to analyze the complex power dynamic between managers and employees. She examines how communication styles, such as nonverbal behavior, affect perception, judgment, and conduct in workplace situations.

Paul Tiffany, PhD 83, a senior lecturer who’s taught strategic management at Haas since 1993, will present “Strategic Management in Transition: A New Paradigm?” He’ll discuss limitations of current models and offer a new approach to how leaders can best achieve competitive advantage. His work is based on the concept of Dynamic Capabilities pioneered by Haas Professor David Teece 15 years ago. The two are collaborating on a new book aimed at expanding the influence of Dynamic Capabilities.

Lecturer Rajiv Ball, who teaches in the Berkeley MBA for Executives and Executive Education programs, will lead an interactive session in which participants practice using empathy to build stronger professional and personal relationships.

Dean Rich Lyons, BS 82, will share how the Haas School’s mission and four Defining Principles differentiate Berkeley-Haas leaders and moderate a conversation with alumni from the fields of finance, consulting, and entertainment who are redefining how we do business.

Three gatherings will be highlights of the London weekend: a welcome reception on Friday, May 31, at Frog Capital near King’s Cross station; a networking dinner overlooking the Thames and the Tower of London on Saturday evening; and an intimate Sunday breakfast June 2 with Dean Rich Lyons at Club Quarters, St. Paul’s.