Disruption & Adaptation26

Leading Business Transformation in a Digital Age

From hierarchy to a fast-moving, agile, and innovative networked organization

Leading Business Transformation in a Digital Age | Annika Steiber (Rendanheyi Silicon Valley Center)

Annika Steiber

April 26, 2022


Annika will present on her experiences with how Chinese management principles, based on agility philosophy, has been applied in the transformation of an over 100-year-old American company. In 2016, Haier acquired GE Appliances, a proud American company that was once a flagship division of the General Electric Company. After Haier’s acquisition, all of GEA became a proving ground for the introduction and ongoing refinement of the Chinese RenDanHeyi model. This unique story is told here in comprehensive form. Ingrained with the story are lessons and implications for managers everywhere, who may wish to transform their whole companies and instead of adding new processes and practices, implement a whole new management system for agility and innovation. 

About the Speaker

Annika Steiber

Dr. Annika Steiber is a Professor, Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Founder, Investor and the Director of the Rendanheyi Silicon Valley Center.

She is the author of soon eight management books including The Google Model: Management for Continuous Innovation in a Rapidly Changing World, The Silicon Valley Model: Management for Entrepreneurship, Managing in a Digital Age: Will China Surpass Silicon Valley? And the Transformation of GE Appliances.

The Rendanheyi Silicon Valley Center was founded in 2020 at Menlo College in collaboration with HMI. It focuses on management for the 21st Century with a mission of supporting forward-looking business leaders in managing their companies for long-term survival in a digital, fast-moving age by offering a new generation of business webinars and certificate courses.


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