Laccetti and Agere Systems technical expert to present at prestigious Oxford Round Table

Stevens professor, alumnus will discuss new leadership for a global age

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Silvio Laccetti, a Professor in Stevens Institute of Technology's Humanities and Social Sciences Department, and Chris Hamilton, a member of the executive vice president's technical staff with Agere Systems and a Stevens alumnus, will unveil a new global technology leadership paradigm, Technogenesis Leadership Curriculum at the Oxford Round Table.

The event is to be held August 13-18, 2006, at St. Anne's College, Oxford University. Agere, based in Allentown, Pa., is a global, multi-billion-dollar semiconductor technology company.

The Oxford Round Table promotes human advancement and understanding through the improvement of education. It provides a forum for the study and consideration of current issues facing state and national systems of education. The Round Table meets periodically and each session is comprised of a small select group of leaders from both the public and private sectors of various countries.

This year's theme is "History as a Guide to the New International Order." Of particular interest will be presentations regarding globalization, migration of peoples, economics and military power, and other relevant aspects influencing the competition of nations. Laccetti and Hamilton's talk, "New Leadership for a Global Age," will describe a novel leadership studies program that combines a humanistic approach (history, literature and philosophy) with a behavioral science approach (anthropology, organization psychology and psychological diagnostics).

Laccetti will focus on leadership in the context of new globalism, a timely topic. "Are we developing the best leaders we can?" he asks in his presentation. "No, we're not developing leaders who are best able to actualize the potential of the new global age. Current models don't work well in the new 21st century context."

Because business is seemingly the most influential sector of society, new business leaders must be well trained not only in their disciplines but in technology and in the humanities as well. Liberal arts education has to be equal to other areas, in effect creating a new "trivium" as the basis for leadership development.

Additionally, Laccetti stresses the importance of gender differences in 21st century leadership and why women in leadership roles throughout society can be a transforming agent of 21st century life. "What's missing in a lot of leadership training is the role of faith and the role of will," he added. "Willpower and faith don't seem to be very important items anymore in terms of leadership development. With faith and willpower of your own, you can accomplish huge things."

In recent years, Laccetti has worked with local manufacturing in the global economy, specifically the Northern New Jersey embroidery industry, and has been a social commentator through Knight-Ridder News Service. It is his contention that the world does need a new approach to leadership if the global age is to benefit all people worldwide.

Hamilton proposes a new model for Technogenesis® (creative origins of new technology) leadership development. This model reflects a new leadership paradigm based on globalization of technology and business solutions, global products with local understanding and values, specifically:

  • Views of technology-enabled globalism
  • Functions of leadership in the age of technology
  • Thought leadership and innovation
  • Leadership in highly competitive systems

Hamilton will discuss the impact of a globalization of technology and new business leadership paradigm by presenting relevant influences, trends and drivers, as well as a case study of cultural leadership models. He will contrast leadership models developed globally and, in particular, Finland.

"Technology-enabled globalism is all about companies and governments providing unified, complete and seamlessly functioning technology system solutions to lower overall production costs while boosting overall corporate productivity and performance levels," said Hamilton. "Companies and governments that can perfect these systems for customers and citizens will have the most advantageous leadership positions in this new millennium."

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About the Oxford Round Table
The Oxford Round Table is a unique forum, not a conference in the conventional sense, but rather an opportunity for select leaders in the public and private sectors and scholars to discuss government policy over a five-day period in a collegial atmosphere in the ancient city of Oxford. The Round Table does not set a specific agenda, but rather allows the discussions of participants to develop and flow in response to issues and concerns presented at each meeting. While avoiding topical prescription, the Round Table does seek to stimulate discussion and elicit meaningful dialogue by suggesting certain themes for discussion.

The results of certain of the deliberations have been published and distributed to individuals, governments and academic institutions around the world. Previous Oxford Round Tables have produced several books. Round Table publications traditionally convey varied approaches for improving government policy at institutional and governmental levels. For more information, visit www.oxfordroundtable.co.uk/.

About Stevens Institute of Technology
Established in 1870, Stevens offers baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science, management and technology management, as well as a baccalaureate in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. Located directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan, the university has enrollments of approximately 1,780 undergraduates and 2,700 graduate students, and a current enrollment of 2,250 online-learning students worldwide. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at www.Stevens.edu.

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