September 4, 2023
15:30 - 17:30
KAFD, PIF Tower, Auditorium ground floor

General presentation

  • Topic: Empowering Organizations: Redesigning Management Models for Success in a Dynamic 
  • Speaker: Prof. Sebastian Becker
  • Duration: 3:30 – 5:30
  • Format: in-person only
  • Language: English language only
  • Target: CAFS members

Content of Masterclass

This masterclass is about what a management model is, i.e. what an organization’s management processes are and how these fit together with its leadership principles. Many organizations use a command-and-control management model, even though they operate in much more dynamic and uncertain environments and would like to attract employees that seek much more responsibility and are more innovative than what their Command-and-Control management model suggests. With the Viable Map method (co-developed by Sebastian Becker), organizations have a tool at hand that allows them to discuss their management model, then diagnose whether it is aligned or not, and then design one that better fits the organization. For example, if an organization seeks to be more agile, steer with purpose or attract creative high potential.


1. What is a management model?

2. How can managers and executives diagnose their management model and see whether it needs to be improved?

3. What is a command-and-control management model, and what is an empowered management model?

4. Which organizations have an aligned and coherent management model and how is this a competitive advantage for them?

About Prof. Sebastian D. Becker

Sebastian D. Becker is the holder of the Nexans chair for “Orchestrating sustainable business transformation”. He learned his Ph.D. from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (Vallendar, Germany) in 2011 and his M.Sc. (Diplom-Kaufmann) in business administration from EBS Business School (Oestrich-Winkel, Germany). He is an alumnus of the International Teachers Program (ITP).

Before joining the HEC Paris faculty, Sebastian was a post-doc at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. He was a visiting scholar at University of Innsbruck (Innsbruck, Austria), NHH (Bergen, Norway), Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), and HEC Paris (Paris, France).

Sebastian’s research examines the diffusion, change, and implementation of accounting and control techniques in private and public sector organizations. He has a particular interest in budgeting and forecasting, is an expert on Beyond Budgeting and co-authored the “Viable Map workbook” which includes a method to diagnose and design management models. He also studies management techniques in startups, incubators and entrepreneurial ecosystems. His research has been published or is forthcoming in Contemporary Accounting Research, European Accounting Review, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Financial Accountability and Management, and Journal of Business Economics

Organisers, Sponsors & Partners

  • Organizer Name: HEC Paris
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