Blockchain is perhaps the most transformational yet misunderstood technology of our time. This essential webinar explains how it works and its huge potential impact across all industries.
April 26, 2017
14:00 UK Time (15:00 CET; 09:00 EST)
Speaker: Christoph Burger, Senior Associate Dean, ESMT Berlin
Format: 20-25 min talk and 10-15 min Q+A
Executives across industries need to understand the cutting-edge, decentralized digital technology (‘blockchain’), its potential for disruption, and how it might affect their business in future.
We reap massive benefits from working together. But strong trust is scarce. Since the early days of our societies, trust boundaries between individuals, businesses, institutions, and governments have prevented us from collaborating and dealing freely with each other. The blockchain can be seen as the core of a digital trust machine that people can use to replace the human and labor-intensive processes we have traditionally employed to overcome trust boundaries – such as trusted third parties (banks, notaries, platform providers such as AirBnB, certifiers such as Fairtrade…) or expensive investigations through regulators and audit firms.
The bitcoin payment network showcased that it is possible to perform high-value transactions, that is, send money around the world as simply as an e-mail, without the need for complicated systems of settlement and clearing processes run by banks and payment processors. The past two years have seen significant replications of the technology.
In this webinar it is our goal to provide a practical introduction to Blockchain for executives across industries in order to understand its disruptive potential.
About the Speaker
Christoph Burger is Senior Associate Dean of Executive Education and Senior Lecturer at ESMT Berlin. Christoph studied business administration and economics at the University of Saarbrücken (Germany), the Hochschule St. Gallen (Switzerland), and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA). He has taught microeconomics at the University of Ann Arbor, was project leader at Otto Versand, worked as a strategy consultant at Arthur D. Little and as an independent consultant, and was vice president at the Bertelsmann Buch AG.
Christoph has professional experience in strategy, post-merger integration, equity financing as well as customer and supplier management. He has solid international experience, spanning Northern and Eastern Europe and the United States.
At ESMT, Christoph directs and teaches in the open enrollment programs Decision Making and Entscheidungs-/ Verhandlunsgtechniken as well as in customized executive programs for clients such as BDI, Deutsche Lufthansa, E.ON, European Business Congress, and T-Systems. He has previously taught in the MBA program of Guanghua School of Management of Peking University and the EMBA and CEO program of CKGSB. He also runs discussion forums such as the Climate Lunch series together with BDI, WWF.