The French magazine, L’Express, is proposing five trends that managers should be aware of:
1. Learn from historians
2. Learn to experiment
3. Go into start-up mode
4. Encourage team members to leave their comfort zones
5. Become influential
So, does ITMP prepare for this?
1. Two historical musts are (a) Robert Darnton’s book on Diderot and D’Alembert’s business model for the 18th century Encyclopédie. It exists in French of course too. (b) Daniel Roche’s la Culture Équestre de l’Occident. No better explanation of an industrial ecosystem and industrial symbiosis than 19th century hippomobility. Thousands of tons of horse manure collected daily from the streets of Paris and sold to the farmers in the Parisian region to grow the grain that fed the horses….
2. ITMPs do this all the time
3. We now have 3 modules on start ups: (a) Etude d’opportunité d’une innovation (b) semaine start up (c) semaine green start up.
4. We are obsessed with going out of comfort zones. Explore! Take risks! Reflect! Explore! Take risks! Reflect! We (teachers) try and lead by example…
5. Within 4 weeks every ITMP had a blog on an innovation passion of his or her choice.
If you don’t believe us…just ask the students!