The Taylor Institute develops and manages Research, Graduate and Executive programs related to business and management. The Institute brings together a learning ecosystem made of multi-stakeholders including Faculty, partner Universities, Business and Organizations, Thought Leaders and Think Tanks. The aim of the Institute is to prepare for critical thinkers who are culturally literate, ethically aware, intellectually courageous and business savvy. We envision leaders that become responsible, compassionate, and collaborative in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.

In the 21st century new knowledge is created dynamically and collaboratively, and it is also quickly replaced. In the workplace, people need to be adaptive learners and unlearners at the same time, a challenging reality for most. To facilitate the individuals who live these challenges daily, the Taylor Institute creates learning experiences in which learners, while working with the latest knowledge, are assisted in their process of unlearning and making space for new learning dynamics. This focus helps to bolster confidence in situations of uncertainty and temporary failure, reducing dependence on long-term planning, coherence and persistence.

The Taylor Institute proposes to create a learning platform and invite partners who share the same vision to collaborate. Franklin University Switzerland, as the guiding stakeholder and host of the Institute, offers its global brand and reputation, its network of alumni and associates, and its facilities to its partners who can share in crafting learning experiences and promote them as part of this platform.

Research and Programs at the Taylor Institute study and educate to promote the following principles:

  1. Flourishing, Entrepreneurial Business

    Our planet is under tremendous stress, and Business has been part of the problem for too long. Today, the reality is that past methods have become unsustainable, not only socially and environmentally, but also financially. Businesses that become part of the solution have great benefits waiting for them, a multi-trillion-dollar opportunity. The shift from unsustainable to sustainable to flourishing is an exciting opportunity for any business and for the good of our future generations. What is the legacy we want to leave on this planet?

    The Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world calls for agility and responsiveness in business. Acquiring an entrepreneurial mindset for a corporation, your own company, an NGO or an Institution provides competitive advantage in this context. A shift in mindset, however, is not a technical challenge for which we can simply skill up. It is an adaptive and transformational process for which we have to work more deeply and continuously. How can I contribute to my organizations more strategically, and yet with an entrepreneurial mindset? What are the opportunities I am not seeing?

  2. Responsible and Collaborative Leadership

    When we stop talking about organizations as a third person, we realize there are always people behind decision making and the outcomes of such organizations. While governance systems and organizational design shape the ability of people to make such decisions, individuals have an opportunity to exercise their leadership every day and at every crossroads. Courage and sense of responsibility can make us better people and better leaders. How do we wake up our courage and sense of responsibility to the point that we will always argue for the better decision? What part of my leadership potential have I not explored yet?

    Better decisions are the ones we take after engaging in collaborative efforts. Rarely do we face problems that have linear solutions, and technology will soon take care of those on its own. Most issues in business and within any organization are complex and require team and multi-stakeholder collaboration. Effective collaboration is a skillful and mindful exercise that we tend to fail most times. Do I have the skills and mindset of a responsible and collaborative leader?

  3. Innovation that is both Digital and Human

    A fast-paced world needs a pipeline that is always full of innovative solutions. The 21st century has reinforced the use technology to support our progress. New generations of digital technology have proven to be able to evolve exponentially fast. How do humans best leverage this opportunity to benefit from it for social, environmental and financial evolution? What will cities and workplaces look like 10 years from now? Will I be competitive?

Taylor Institute Contact

Carlo Giardinetti
Dean of Global Outreach and Executive Education
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