There was no 1989 and even seasoned optimists will admit that it’s too early to say whether there will be a 2029.
I can well remember kicking off the ITMP programme with a new group of students twenty years ago in November 1998. I had just returned from Finland and my first sabbatical in Turku. At the Kauppakorkeakoulou as it was called then, where Pertti Widen had invited me – known today as the Turku School of Economics. Twenty years later, Luciana, is this week kicking off the ITMP group (« cohort » – ugly word) which will graduate next year. Bon courage à toutes et tous!
Ten years ago, in November 2008, we launched a smallish but multitalented group that was to graduate in 2009. Under Jean Pierre Texier’s guidance and thanks to Beatrice’s editorial resilience they published the book « Innovation et Retournement » which you can still order today.
Those 9 students whitewater-rafted their way through a 6 month full time programme which was trying to deliver the sorts of leadership and problem solving competencies mentioned in several of the articles I’ve been reading recently as I prepare to tutor the IS Project Management online course set up at TSE by Prof. Hannu Salmela.
Reading and assessing 550 posts in one week is always quite a job, but the way Hannu and his team have designed the course encourages (usually) good and (sometimes) exceptionally mature, sparkling and insightful discussion and debate from people who are, after all, still young and just at the start of their careers. 2029 definitely needs plenty of them if it’s to be better than 2009 or 1999.