IMI National Management Conference 2016 2016 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM   September 29th 2016 IMI Conference Centre Register Now


IMI NMC 2016

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Managing Disruption, Seizing Opportunity

On the 29th of September 2016, the IMI’s well established National Management Conference  will take place under the theme of “Managing Disruption, Seizing Opportunity”.  The conference will provide over 250 of Ireland’s C-Suite audience with the latest insights from local and global thinkers and leaders who have driven business success in disruptive environments.

The IMI remains the leader in business management and executive education in Ireland so this year’s conference will ensure Irish business leaders can equip themselves with the necessary tools and insights to manage disruptive environments, and identify and seize all opportunities to succeed.

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  • 7.45-8.45
    Registration / Breakfast
  • 8.45-8.50
    Welcome and Introduction
    Jonathan McCrea, broadcaster and founder of Whipsmart Media, Conference Moderator
  • 8.50-9.00
    IMI Opening Address
    Dr Simon Boucher
  • 9.00-9.30
    An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
  • 9.40-10.30
    Imitation to Innovation – China’s Next Strategic Advantage
    George Yip, strategist and author of China’s Next Strategic Advantage
  • 10.30-11.00
    Economic lens – looking positively beyond the immediate
    Professor Frances Ruane, economist and former Director of the ESRI
  • 11.00 -11.30
    Coffee & Networking
  • 11.30-12.30
    Managing and Motivating People in Disruptive Times
    Adrian Furnham, leadership and talent consultant, psychologist and author
  • 12.30-12.50
    Pension Disruption and the Paradigm shift
    Eoin Kennedy, Head of Product, New Ireland Assurance
  • 12.50-1.00
    Q&A and Summary
    MC – Jonathan McCrea
  • 1.00-2.00
    Lunch in the Atrium
  • 2.00-3.00
    Superbosses – how exceptional bosses master the flow of talent
    Sydney Finklestein, leadership expert, author and Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
  • 3.00-3.40
    Transformation through culture
    Pat Lam, Head Coach of Connacht Rugby
  • 3.40-3.45
    Summary and wrap up.
    MC – Jonathan McCrea
  • Note: Timings are subject to change

Keynote Speakers

  • Adrian Furnham

    Adrian Furnham was educated at the London School of Economics where he obtained a distinction in an MSc Econ., and at Oxford University where he completed a doctorate (D.Phil.) in 1981. He has subsequently earned a D.Sc. (1991) and D.Litt. (1995) degree. Previously a lecturer in Psychology at Pembroke College, Oxford, he has been Professor of Psychology at University College London since 1992.

    Professor Furnham is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is among the most productive psychologists in the world. He is on the editorial board of a number of international journals, as well as the past elected President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. He is also a founder director of Applied Behavioural Research Associates (ABRA), a psychological consultancy. He has been a consultant to over 20 major international companies, with particular interests in top team development, management change performance management systems, psychometric testing and leadership derailment.

    He has written over 1200 scientific papers and 82 books and since 2007 he has been nominated by HR magazine as one of the 20 Most Influential People in HR.

  • Sydney Finkelstein

    Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he teaches courses on Leadership and Strategy.  He is also the Faculty Director of the flagship Tuck Executive Program, and has experience working with executives at a number of other prestigious universities around the world. He holds degrees from Concordia University and the London School of Economics, as well as a Ph.D. from Columbia University in strategic management.

    Professor Finkelstein has published 20 books and 80 articles, with several bestsellers. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, and has had three books nominated for the Academy of Management’s Terry Book Award, the most prestigious such honor
    in the field.

    Professor Finkelstein is a recognized thought leader on leadership, strategy, and corporate governance, and is listed on the “Thinkers 50,” the most prestigious ranking of management thinkers in the world. He is well known for his keynote speeches and television appearances, and is a regular columnist for the BBC. He has also worked as a consultant and speaker for major companies around the world.

  • Jonathan McCrea

    Jonathan McCrea is a multi-award-winning TV and radio broadcaster and founder of Whipsmart Media, a communications consultancy that helps clever people spread their clever ideas. Focused on science of dealing with media, message and and motivation, Jonathan has trained executives from some of the largest med, tech, science organisations in the world. He frequently gives talks on future technologies and the art of effective communication. With 13 years’ experience in broadcasting and journalism across TV, radio and print, Jonathan has interviewed interesting people from all walks of life from Bruce Willis to Noam Chomsky.  He is just finishing up filming on a new travel science series looking at future trends for TV3 which saw him travel to China, Chernobyl and The Galapagos. Jonathan has written on science and technology for the Irish Times and the Irish Independent and is currently writing his first book, ‘Say that Again’, The Science of Communicating with Impact.

    Twitter: @jonathan_mccrea

  • George S. Yip

    George S. Yip is a Professor of Marketing and Strategy, and Associate Dean for Executive Programmes at Imperial College Business School. Previous academic positions include Professor of Strategy and Co-Director of the Centre on China Innovation at China Europe International Business School (until end June 2016), Dean of Rotterdam School of Management – Erasmus University, and Harvard, UCLA, Cambridge Judge (Beckwith Professor of Marketing and Strategy) and London Business School (Professor of Strategy and Associate Dean, MBA). Author of China’s Next Strategic Advantage: From Imitation to Innovation (2016), Strategic Transformation (2013), Managing Global Customers (2007), Asian Advantage: Key Strategies for Winning in the Asia-Pacific Region (1998), and Total Global Strategy (1992 and 2012). Over 100 publications, including in Strategic Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review and California Management Review. Current research on innovation in China, how multinational companies partner with start- ups for innovation in China and India, market shaping design innovation, and the role of global account plans in corporate strategy.

  • Frances Ruane

    Frances Ruane served as Director of the ESRI from 2006 to 2015.  She previously taught in the Dept of Economics at TCD, and earlier in her career she work at Queens University in Canada and at the Central Bank of Ireland and the IDA.

    In Ireland, her current activities include chair of the Interdepartmental Group on Making Work Pay for People with Disabilities at the Department of Social Welfare, membership of the Public Interest Committee of KPMG, and an Honorary Professor in the Department of Economics at Trinity College, where she contributes to the MSc in Economic Policy Studies. She is also a Research Affiliate at the ESRI and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. Outside Ireland, her current activities include membership of the Economic Advisory Group in Northern Ireland, the Executive Committee of the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC), the Council of Economic Advisers in Scotland, and the Scottish Standing Council on Europe. Her current research interests are in enterprise development and FDI policy.
    Earlier in her career, she has served as a member on a number of Irish State Boards, including the National Board for Science and Technology, the National Theatre Company (the Abbey Theatre), the IDA, Forfás and BGE. A graduate in Economics, Politics and Statistics of University College Dublin, Frances studied Economics at Nuffield College and was awarded the degrees of B.Phil. and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.


  • Pat Lam

    Pat Lam is a New Zealand born rugby union coach who in May led Connacht Rugby to their first championship win in the Guinness Pro12 competition. Of Samoan descent he was previously an international player representing New Zealand and Samoa as well as playing in the English Premiership. Pat first played for Samoa in 1991 and went on to captain them and represented them in three World Cups, retiring from international rugby after the 1999 tournament. Interestingly Lam was capped once by the All Blacks in 1992 in a non-test game against Sydney while also representing the Barbarians.

    Pat is an engaging and passionate speaker who imparts his experiences & learnings on building a winning culture, process driven activity, leadership and community engagement throughout his distinguished career but most especially through the prism of the recent evolution of Connacht Rugby. He is also a strong advocate of building on success to advance the wider aspirations of an organisation and it’s community.


  • Eoin Kennedy

    Eoin Kennedy, New Ireland Assurance

    Eoin is responsible for the development of new pensions and investment products for the company across its three distribution channels.  He has served on a number of Society of Actuaries working parties considering the challenges facing future retirees, and what the life and pensions industry can do to meet those challenges.  Eoin holds a Bachelor of Actuarial and Financial Studies degree from UCD, is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK).

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