Speakers and Chairs Bios

Platzhalter Speakers
Fredmund Malik

Founder and Chairman, Malik Management Institute
for Complexity, Management, Governance and Leadership



Prof. Dr. Fredmund Malik has developed new management systems which improve and partly revolutionize the functioning of organizations. His innovative methods apply where conventional management reaches its limits. He bases his systems holistically on the complexity sciences, systemics, cybernetics and bionics.
Malik received his doctor’s degree in Complex Systems in St. Gallen. He was Professor for General Corporate Management, Governance and Leadership at the University of St. Gallen, guest professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and also a member of the board at the Institute for Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen. Today, he is Special Professor at the renowned Chinese universities.
In 1984 Malik published his first classic on system-cybernetic management, Strategy of the Management of Complex Systems. In 1997 he first described and predicted by the name of “The Great Transformation21” what we experience today: a long and protracted phase of mostly unexpected societal turbulence including financial collapse and debt crises as well as technological, demographic and economic revolutions. Contrary to mainstream opinion, early on Malik has localized the roots of these turbulences not in the world of finance only but much more so in the growing complexity of today’s global systems and the inadequacy of conventional management methods to effectively deal with complexity.
He received the Cross of Honor for Science and Art of the Republic of Austria, the Heinz von Foerster-Award for Organizational Cybernetics and is a member of several business and public advisory boards. He is also member of the Advisory Board of the European Peter F. Drucker Society and has participated as panelist at the conference a lot of times. Malik and Peter Drucker had a close relationship for many years. They met regularly to discuss current developments in management. What interested Peter Drucker most was the development of Malik’s holistic systems.

Malik is also the author of more than 10 for the most part award-winning bestsellers and some 300 further publications. His classic Managing Performing Living was selected amongst the best 100 business books of all time.
Peter F. Drucker said: “Malik has become the leading analyst of, and expert on, management in Europe. [...] He is a commanding figure—in theory as well as in the practice of management.