Ir. Paul Bessems is an author, trainer, strategic advisor, entrepreneur, international speaker (co-)author of fifteen management books. He helps organizations with perspective change, future-driven leadership, sustainability strategies, data-driven organizing and collaboration in ecosystems.
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Ir. Paul Bessems is an author, trainer, strategic advisor, entrepreneur, international speaker (co-)author of fifteen management books. He helps organizations with perspective change, future-driven leadership, sustainability strategies (CSRD), data-driven organizing (IoT, blockchain, AI), collaboration in ecosystems and developing and implementing transformation programs.
He connects the innovators, builders and leaders of a sustainable, digital and decentralized future. He is mainly concerned with organizing sustainable prosperity with a focus on perspective change, courageous leadership, system innovation, relevant technology and transformation. He helps private, public and political organizations with their sustainability strategy, KPIs and data processes in the context of ESG objectives and CSRD obligations. He specifically supports them with his own solutions such as the ‘Community Model Canvas’, ‘Idealized Design’, ‘Double-track Strategy’ and the ‘Digital Assembly Line’. And more generally with: sustainable innovations, developing ecosystems, data-driven organizing and future-oriented curricula for educational institutions. Finally, he works industry-agnostic.
Paul studied business administration and organizational science at the Eindhoven University of Technology. In 1992 he introduced the Harvard Case Method in the Netherlands and set up master’s programs and doctoral research, among other things.
Paul is founder and chairman of the Weconomics Foundation. Weconomics is a network of hundreds of partners who contribute independently and together to the mission and ambition: ‘Work Less Achieve More: halving office work within one generation’. The core of this is the combination of modern organizational science and data technology. This makes us more productive, creating surplus that can be used in sectors where there are shortages. Think of: education, healthcare, safety, democratization and the circular economy. According to Paul, shortages in collective sectors can be difficult to solve with more money, but with more time.
In addition to his work as chairman of the Weconomics Foundation, he is also CEO of Weconet Technologies BV, theme manager data-driven logistics of Logistics Community Brabant and co-founder/lead of the BrainBloc data experience lab on the TU/e ??campus in Brainport Eindhoven.
Organizations are faced with more and more regulations (think of ESG and CSRD) in a tight labor market and IT systems that actually need to be retired. If you don’t want digital bureaucracy and want to use generative AI, you have to organize data-driven. But how do you do that?
Digital transformation is not the same as digitization. It requires a change in the shape of the organization. And you can only transform someone if you are transformed yourself. How do you recognize a transformational leader, how do you become one and what can you do with it?
Despite billions of investments in IT, management and development, productivity in offices is growing little or not at all. The idea that automation makes us more productive is incorrect. How is that possible and what can you do about it? How can you improve productivity for your organization and ecosystem?
Developing a strategy for a sustainable, digital and decentralized future is not easy. What do you need to take into account, how do you develop a digital radar for turbulent times and how do you set up a transformation program that prepares you for a fundamentally different future?
A blockchain-based digital assembly line works within a business ecosystem and is an automated chain of decentralized databases and processors. The Internet of Things and blockchain create rich data that you can bring together with data logistics to generate an answer to a question via artificial intelligence, verify a claim or, for example, produce information from data. What the physical running ban has done in factories, the digital running ban will do in offices. But how do you set up such a digital assembly line?
More and more organizations want to collaborate smartly in communities or consortia. But how do you set up a business ecosystem and more importantly: how do you ensure that it continues to work? Paul Bessems has more than thirty years of experience in designing and developing business ecosystems. With the advent of the internet, blockchain and the digital assembly line, the need is only increasing. The reason is very simple: by working together smartly, you save tens of percent on your operational costs and improve the reach and quality of your product or service.
We will have to combine new organizational forms with disruptive data technologies such as: blockchain, internet of things and artificial intelligence. Together, these form the digital assembly line with rich data and data logistics. But applying new data technologies in old organizational forms will be counterproductive. How can you make optimal use of technology by combining it with new ways of organizing?