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Research

Download our research papers to learn more about how business leadership and purpose have evolved over the past 125 years.

Four contexts of business leadership shaping the 21st century

Research: Four contexts of business leadership shaping the 21st century.

Over the last 100 years, four distinct contexts of business leadership have emerged around the globe: rationalist, humanistic, wholistic, and spiritual-based.

Four Contexts shaping the purpose and meaning of business in the 21st century

Research: Four contexts shaping the purpose and meaning of business in the 21st century.

The role of meaning and purpose in business has evolved and expanded over the past 125 years, continually giving new shape and dimension to the nature of business and work.

White paper: Learning in the Knowledge Era

Slideshow: Learning in the Knowledge Era

How do we learn in the knowledge era, also known as the Intangible Era? 
   

Based on research conducted by the International Center for Vocation Education and Training (ICVET) in Australia, this slideshow highlights the key factors for developing our human potential in the knowledge era. The associated white paper “Wisdom Leadership” was commissioned and written specifically for the research project.

Urgencies for Innovation

Where are your greatest urgencies for being innovative and producing innovations that make a difference?

Where are your greatest urgencies for being innovative and producing innovations that make a positive difference? 

Innovation means much more than just new products, services, technologies, and processes. To view innovation from a wholistic perspective, we've identified 5 domains of innovation, each with a different aim. Often, an innovation in one domain requires complementary innovations in other domains “to make the whole thing work.”

White Papers, Videos & Slideshows

VCI’s thought leadership in the field of innovation centers on 4 principles:

  •    Expanding the often-narrow understanding of “innovation”
  •    Focusing on human values – the qualities of good character found across cultures – as the foundation for what, why and how we innovate
  •    Encouraging holistic perspectives that consider input from, and the impact on, the larger whole of stakeholders
  •    Offering a comprehensive, integrated set of programs in which each module directly empowers the innovation process that individuals and groups use to do their innovative work

 Below you will find white papers and slideshows that will expand your perspectives about innovation.

White paper: Jump-Shifting HRs Impact on Business Performance

White paper - Jump-Shifting HRs Impact on Business Performance

A perfect storm has arisen in business pressure, business priorities, and HR maturity that offers HR a pivot-point opportunity to transform - to jump-shift - its impact on overall business performance.

White paper: Accelerating the Impact of Innovation Campaigns

White paper: Accelerating the Impact of Innovation Campaigns

CEOs want growth, and innovation drives growth. Innovation sponsors are relying more and more on innovation campaigns utilizing IT-based idea management systems.

White paper: Bringing Human Values to the Forefront of Corporate Innovation

White paper: Bringing Human Values to the Forefront of Corporate Innovation

The call today is not just for more innovation, but for innovation that is motivated to achieve consistently positive and beneficial outcomes: innovation with a conscience.

White paper: Evolving Corporate Innovation

White paper: Evolving Corporate Innovation

Human Values and a wholistic perspective are critical components for evolving the field of corporate innovation today.    

White paper: The Moral Compass Behind the Invisible Hand

White paper: The Moral Compass Behind the Invisible Hand

If we’re to recover from the our economic crisis, it will take more than just new economic policies and systems; it will take a complete overhaul of our moral faculties as well as a wholistic view of business and leadership.

Slideshow: Enabling Innovation Today and Tomorrow

Slideshow: Enabling Innovation Today and Tomorrow

There are myths about innovation that must be demystified in order to put innovation into the hands of every person.