Future Grid Managers Programme
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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 energy sector in general, and the electricity transportation and distribution business in particular is likely to face more changes in the next 10 years than in the last 100. A whole range of concurrent issues like organisational challenges and changes in regulation will mean that there are many options and decisions to be made that will not only affect the future of the industry, but certainly you as a business leader!
The Future Grid Managers Programme is a truly unique offering towards Senior Managers in European DSOs and TSOs. We bring together thought experts in the energy field from academic, business and institutional levels and build together a platform to create visions for the future.
As a perfect run-up to the Vlerick programme, with a focus on the managerial and leadership challenges, Florence School of Regulation has the online programme called EU Electricity Network Codes. This course provides experts a platform to share experiences with the implementation of the Network codes, while also providing an opportunity to the community of non-experts to get up to speed with these rules that affect all stakeholders
Module 1: Our business in 2030 – seeing the bigger picture
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.
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 the competitive edge.
Business model innovation
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.
Module 2: Fostering new business opportunities
Digital transformation vs digital innovation
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 digital leadership game designed to prepare you for the future.
Negotiation and influencing
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 to 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 you can connect even more with stakeholders across the European energy landscape.
Module 3: Leaders of the future grid
Leadership in times of turbulence
This 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. You’ll know how to identify and avoid predictable and dysfunctional patterns – and how to deal with challenges that stand in the way of success. You’ll also have a number of strategies up your sleeve to help you build the successful partnerships that make for successful organisations.
The ins and outs of the European Commission and Parliament
How do these institutions make decisions? And how do their policies translate to national levels? In this session you’ll gain answers to both of these important questions.
Future grid scenarios
For the final session, you’ll join thought experts and executives for a round-table debate to discuss the many new business models to come in the next 10 years.
This could include topics like:
- 2050 energy future scenarios
- Electricity network pricing, taxes and levies
- Story H2020: Energy storage regulations and business models
- Local energy communities
- Innovative business models
- TSO and DSO cooperation and coordination
- Renewable energy business models
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