kingston university



9-13 APRILE 2018


An intensive week of learning and discussion to rethink strategic development of talents and leadership in the era of Digital Transformation

GEMA Business School and the University of Kingston work together to offer the Italian HR professionals a study experience that will revolutionise their way of thinking the Strategic Talent Development.

With Janice Caplan, a renowned international expert in talent management, author of authoritative publications, CIPD vice president and GEMA Business School director of London campus, and Jelena Petrovic, Professor and Academic Director of HR programme at Kingston Business School, will give you a deep understanding of innovative approaches to the Strategic Talent Development in the Digital Transformation era.

Conference chairman: Daniele Bianchi, President of GEMA Business School

Facilitator: Marco Autorino, Advisor of GEMA Business School

Top Manager and experts from international organisations will also participate.

London Experience

The Experience

Live an experience with a programme that goes beyond its content

Our London programme is designed to be more than an academic proposition: it includes visits to leading organisations and activities that will take place in the City of London. You will see, feel and learn about living and working in London in a way you can only do through this kind of first-hand experience. You will understand the outlooks, values, lifestyle, and customs of London, gain insights into how Londoners see the world. You will meet HR executives and Senior Managers of leading companies across the UK. 

Our proposal is, without doubt, an invaluable opportunity for all professionals who want to face the international context and be actors and protagonists of Change.

Why to participate?

Every day our world becomes more and more connected:Digital Transformationis changing business models and organisations in every sector and generates profound impacts also on Talent Management and on styles and skills of Leadership. We live in the world where talent has no nationality, businesses have no boundaries, and opportunities abound for those who want to take advantage of them.

Our proposal is, without doubt, an invaluable opportunity for all professionals who want to face the international context and be actors and protagonists of Change.

The Professionals

This programme is designed for HR professionals who aspire to make a significant contribution to the future of their organisation.

HR managers, Professionals of Top Managers and Organizational Development Practitioners, Consultants, Academics, Trainers, HR business leaders, and those who have interest in HR can gain from this experience to broaden their own cultural and professional horizons. You will also have a chance to meet your colleagues from other countries.

Our staff of GEMA Business School will be with you to support you with any personal or organisational needs.  


The program includes classroom seminars, company workshops and meetings with international top managers.


The seminars will be held at the City of Westminster College: an iconic building that has won awards for its architecture, and that is situated in Paddington, a central and redeveloped part of London, close to the well-known Marble Arch. 

Corporate Workshop

We will visit some of the UK's leading and most successful businesses ,to learn how they are building a multicultural team,, taking advantage of new technologies, dealing with uncertainty, and developing new business models. You will gain insights into the different cultures and business styles of each organisation and hear about the challenges they face every day.


Day 1: "From talent acquisition to talent retention in the Digital Age"

Seminar: "Difficulties in hiring and retaining the right people".

At a global level, one of the biggest problems is to attract, develop, motivate and retain talent. It is a managerial process already known but today, in the era of the digital revolution and globalization of the labor markets, it should be rethought. The systems and logics of talent management and organisational development that have functioned in the past are not effective nowadays.

The principal of “shared values, shared visions and shared knowledge” is not just the basis of modern day management thinking; it represents the supporting column for the management of the most talented elements on which organizations are encouraged to invest. 

During this first day the Talent Development Model of Janice Caplan will be presented. It will introduce the topics of the week. Starting from the individual perspective, the model deals with the topics of “future focus”, “self-management succession” and "people databank and shared management". 

Workshop: Sony Music 

"Increase innovation through global organization" 

Leady by: David Reay, Global OD Director, Elvin Turner, Consultant in Innovation and Lecturer, Henley Business School.  

Day 2: "The role of HR as self-empowerment enablers"

Seminar: "Identify the limits within which people need self-manage".

It is essential to create the conditions for developing talents. This means to identify the boundaries within which individuals can manage themselves. The commitment of the individual and the Talent management go hand in hand, one impact significantly on the other. 

The involvement of the resource is the yardstick to evaluate the success of your talent development strategy. The determinant is "the work context", within which ambiguity of the role can be minimized and while transparency and sharing can be optimized. Therefore, a goal to achieve is to be able to integrate the processes of your recourses with business strategies that will determine behaviors consistent with the processes themselves. 

The key topic that emerges is the rejection of the old approach of “command and control” and the appearance of shared responsibility. Considerable benefits can be found in having strategies based on human capital rather than on the traditional approach based on the market or on the classic top-down one adopted by many companies. Managers have to consider any resource in terms of human capital rather than single contribution.  

  Workshop in BBC Broadcasting House 

"The leader as a coach: how coaching can become a resource for organizational transformation".

Talk lead by: Tony Worgan, Head of BBC Leadership and Personal Development.  

Day 3: "Anticipate change with Learning Agility"

Seminar: “New skills to be acquired periodically” 

Management of learning and career seen from the perspective of a person: the pace of change will always be faster, to the point that people will need to acquire new skills in ever shorter times. Learning agility and anticipation of change become essential elements for talent management in the digital era.

In management it is necessary to make sure that the workplace becomes an effective environment for learning, in which experience is valued and shared. The organizations need to manage their systems, processes and data collection mechanisms to support learning and individual development, highlighting and supporting opportunities for individual growth. Without a proper design of enabling elements it is rather unlikely that resources can be properly organized and valued. 

Corporate Workshop: Lloyd’s of London 

"Inclusion and diversity in business is strongly regulated through different jurisdictions". 

Talk lead by: Annette Andrews, HR Director. 

Corporate Workshop: London Stock Exchangenge 

"Regulations and transparency: audit of the HR function" 

Talk lead by: Herve Geny, Group Chief Internal Auditor.


Day 4: "Leadership and Digital Transformatione"

Seminar: "How to help grow and retain leaders".

Normally, leaders develop all those operational skills that are indispensable for maintaining the status quo in the company. However, this involves important critical issues. We need the leaders who are able to create business models quickly in order support new ways of working.

The leaders who are able to drive change despite the uncertainties and ambiguities of the scenarios. The leaders who are able to maintain a global perspective. The leaders who know how to decide quickly whether to strengthen their business or to close it.

Corporate Workshop: Busuu 

"Entrepreneurial leadership: how to retain and grow resources for the fast business growth".

Talk lead by: Bernhard Niesner, Founder and CEO 

Corporate Workshop: ARUP 

"Shared Organisational Property". 

Talk lead by:<a href="" target="_blank" data-entity-id="" data-link-type="external"> Alden Whittaker-Brown</a>, COO

"Global mobility and talent development in a global business" 

Talk lead by: Liz Hammond, Talent Director  

Day 5: "Liquid Leadership"

Seminar: "Recognize the constant development of leadership".  

Strategic leaders have to possess humility and intelligence to admit that learning and development are constant processes. They should be able to admit their vulnerabilities, and admit that they do not always have an answer to all the questions that they are asked.  

We always need the leaders who are liquid and adaptive, with great listening skills, able to get on the same wavelength with the constantly changing environment.

Business Networking

Gala Dinner

ceremony for the conclusion of the course at the Reform Club


The program is limited to 25 people, the maximum number for company visits. 

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