Future Grid Managers Programme

Vlerick Business School Executive Education

Vlerick Business School Executive Education


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Who should attend

The Future Grid Managers Programme targets senior managers from power Distribution System Operators (DSOs) and Transmission System Operators (TSOs) in Europe. This programme is ideal for you if:

  • You need to build capabilities to shape the future of your business
  • You are looking for a platform to exchange best practices with other European DSOs/TSOs
  • You are a leader who believes that the future of the industry is shapeable
  • You have already embarked on a strategic innovation journey and are now hungry to address cross-departmental or cross-organizational challenges on a larger scale that goes beyond fine-tuning

About the course

A joint initiative of Vlerick Business School and Florence School of Regulation

The programme wants to tackle the management challenges and opportunities specific to the Transmission System Operators (TSOs) and Distribution System Operators (DSOs) in the power and gas industries in Europe.

Why This Programme?

The FGMP has been designed exclusively for senior managers in European Distribution and Transmission System Operators (DSOs and TSOs).

It gives you valuable insights into innovation, stakeholder engagement, leadership and entrepreneurship that will help you tackle challenges.

You have opportunities to explore best practices from both within the industry and outside it – and understand how to apply this thinking to your specific environment.

When you finish the programme, you’ll have:

  • A deep understanding of how sector trends and challenges can impact your organization
  • Enhanced leadership skills – and the tools you need to help your teams develop these skills themselves
  • The knowledge you need to develop business cases for your organisation – based on relevant topics like digital transformation or local energy communities
  • A valuable, Europe-wide network of peers who’ll all share best practice, experiences and ideas

What makes the FGMP stand out?

This programme takes learning far beyond theories and concepts. There’s a strong emphasis on experimenting, applying knowledge, testing ideas and getting regular feedback from our experts.

All elements of the programme are rooted in the real world of DSOs and TSOs – and are directly relevant to you and your organisation. The modules take place at leading European organisations – giving you opportunities to meet senior executives, listen to keynotes from C-suite leaders and gain deep insight into their successes, failures and best practice.

Our faculty, business speakers and executive coaches all have close ties to industry – and are here to share their expertise and help you to grow your network.

Detailed Programme

The FGMP comprises three modules, all held at different European DSO/TSO organisations.

Module 1: Shaping your environment - London

The EU Clean Energy Package simulation

What’s in these regulations? How will they affect organisations like yours – and the industry as a whole? What are the challenges? And importantly, what are the opportunities?

This business game, designed around the EU Clean Energy Package, gives you valuable insight into these wide-ranging, ambitious regulations – including the significant impact they can have on your organisation. You’ll gain an understanding of the fundamental economic, technical and policy considerations – and quickly develop strategies for finding common ground with other stakeholders.

Non-market strategy

To compete in today’s complex, uncertain world, you need to tailor your organisation’s strategy. It needs to work equally as well for your non-market environment – your organisation’s legal, political and social context – as for your market. In this session, you’ll analyse political, legal and social sources of tension and ambiguity. You’ll start to use a framework that will help you identify and address any issues that could harm your organisation’s reputation. And you’ll learn that if you handle these issues strategically, they could help you to gain a competitive edge.

Negotiation building on non-market strategy cases

When used well, influencing skills give you the ability to shape the thinking and behaviour of others – and to communicate information effectively. These skills help you build strong relationships, exert greater influence on colleagues, and present a positive image to your organisation. In this session, you’ll further refine your negotiating and influencing skills, so that you can connect even more effectively with stakeholders across the European energy landscape.

Module 2: Innovative business practices - Berlin

Business Model Innovation Bootcamp

Successful organisations don’t see a difference between customer focus and innovation. They take an outside-in perspective – using the market they operate in to create their strategy, rather than simply doing more of what they’re good at. This session is all about connecting, converting and collaborating. You’ll discover how to become an outside-in organisation by engaging with the market, addressing customer needs and entering smart partnerships. Through this hands-on and accelerated session, attendees will be coached through a series of activities to work on reflecting and designing more competitive and customer-focused business models. At the end of the day, participants will be asked to pitch their projects to a Senior Management Energy Committee.

Customer Engagement Concepts & C-level Keynote Speeches

The development of renewables, together with the digitization of the power system, have made possible a paradigm change at the European system level. The growing need for flexibility makes customers the key enablers of the energy transition: through smart networks, smart homes and new services, customers are now playing a more and more active role in the energy market, taking ownership of the way they use and consume their electricity. This shift will be the topic of discussion and reflection during this hands-on session, in which we will exchange best practices and experience.

Digital Innovation Key Concepts & C-level Keynote Speeches

Even though we live in a digital age, many people still have a vague definition of what digital means. Is it simply technology – big data, social media, the cloud and the internet of things – or does the concept of “digital” go beyond this? This session challenges you to explore what digital transformation really means. You’ll get a framework to help make transformation a success in your organisation – and you’ll take part in a face-to-face conversation with C-level keynote speakers from the energy sector.

Module 3: Organizational change and the future of energy - Rome

Cross-cultural collaboration and the Organisation Workshop (leadership simulation)

In this session, our experts will introduce you to cross-cultural collaboration and building trust by using the most recent research in the intercultural and business fields, with a focus on the international experience level and cultural mix of the group. The Organisation Workshop simulation considers leadership as part of a system – and focuses on improving the system rather than fixing people. By the end of the session, you’ll have a new appreciation of the issues experienced at all levels of an organisation.

Mergers and Acquisitions & C-level keynote speeches

Energy companies often resort to Mergers and Acquisitions to reach new levels of their business development and strategy. However, to avoid various risks and costly pitfalls in M&A management, such long-term investments and projects should be well-thought-out. This session will offer you the frameworks and language to consider all possible pros and cons of potential integration, understand a target company’s financial background and agenda, and develop awareness of relevant laws and regulations, recent trends, etc. First and foremost, you will have the opportunity to share and brainstorm on common challenges, exchange experiences and discuss high-level policies that can help turn risks into opportunities.

Future grid scenarios

For the final session, you’ll join thought leaders and executives for a round-table discussion of topics such as the impact of technology on TSO & DSO, sector coupling, and the start-up ecosystem.


Smaranda Boros

Smaranda is a Sherpa guide who helps her clients change their world by challenging and supporting them to explore the world within and around. Currently Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Vlerick Business School, Smaranda has been involved in both university education (Babeş-Boly...

Barney Jordaan

Barney Jordaan is professor of management practice at Vlerick. He holds a doctorate in law from Stellenbosch University, where he was professor of law until 1997 teaching employment, contract and intellectual property law. He thereafter taught negotiation at Stellenbosch University Business Schoo...

Stijn Viaene

Stijn is a passionate Faculty Member with his mind set on teaming up business and IT for value creation.Stijn is passionate about what it means to successfully create a digital enterprise, capturing the value that comes with the use of novel technological advances such as big data, analytics, soc...

Fredrik Hacklin

And over 30,000 online and printed journals + well-known business databases like Bloomberg, Euromonitor,... available for you. Fredrik Hacklin is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Vlerick Business School and Managing Director of the Corporate Innovation Lab. He further serves as Associate Professo...

Daniel Dobbeni

And over 30,000 online and printed journals + well-known business databases like Bloomberg, Euromonitor,... available for you. Daniel Dobbeni is Executive in Residence at Vlerick Business School. In his role he is chairman of the advisory board of the Centre for Energy Management. Daniel Dobbeni ...

Leonardo Meeus

Leonardo Meeus is Associate Professor of Energy Markets at Vlerick Business School in Brussels, Belgium. Before joining Vlerick, he worked in Ireland for an energy infrastructure project developer, and in Italy for the Florence School of Regulation at the European University Institute. Leonardo ...

Ian Smyth

Ian Smyth is not only the host of the first module, he will also enlighten you with his testimonial on how UKPN is developing new business models and succeeds in creating a whole new playfield! Ian joined UK Power Networks as Director in August 2016, to lead the commercial division called UK Powe...

Kerstin Fehre

Kerstin Fehre is Professor of Strategy at Vlerick Business School and the Programme Director of the Masters in International Management and Strategy. Before joining Vlerick, she was an Assistant Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). She earned her PhD at RWTH Aachen University...

Eliza Hochman

I am CEO and co-founder of World of Insights, a company transforming corporate learning through engaging games. World of Insights specializes in participative corporate games, which blend card and board game features with simulation, video and online learning. I have led an international career a...

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