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International line-up of speakers, including Peter Drucker, explain why collaboration strategy should be high on the corporate agenda

London, 1 June 2001: Business Intelligence, the UK’s leader in independent authoritative advice on emerging trends and practices, is bringing together some of the best international business speakers to share their vision of the Collaborative Business world of the future. Collaborative Business Forum 2001 is taking place on 3 July 2001 at The Cumberland Hotel, London.

David Harvey, director of Business Intelligence and author of the white paper, Creating the Collaborative Business, comments, “For most businesses, collaboration will be the biggest challenge they face this decade. Our research reveals that networks, groups and communities of people are beginning to realise that they can make more money, save more money and perform better collectively than they can individually. This important event of keynotes, meetings and group discussions will enable businesses to gain a clear view on where they need to be positioning themselves to thrive in the business environment of the future.”

The line-up of international speakers include amongst others Peter Drucker, the world’s most important and influential management thinker; David Ticoll, chairman of Digital 4Sight and a leading authority on innovative business strategies for the digital economy and Larry Hochman, European Business Speaker of the Year, previously a director with British Airways and Air Miles and one of Europe's best known speakers on Change.

Commenting on the importance of the event, Peter Drucker explains, “Demographics, technology and globalisation – the three driving forces of today’s society and economy – will make collaboration, alliances and partnerships the most important area of corporate strategy both in attracting, holding and making the productive high-grade Knowledge Worker, and in corporate growth, development and innovation. Few businesses and fewer executives are yet prepared for this or have acquired the necessary skills and attitudes to be successful, as colleagues rather than as bosses and subordinates, and as partners rather than as owners. This makes Business Intelligence’s Collaborative Forum, a crucial event, if not a turning point.”

Larry Hochman, who will be challenging delegates on the extent customers will exert control in the future, comments, "I believe there is no New Economy! There are only new and different tools to accomplish what businesses have always had to do...which is to MAKE A PROFIT! And in order to make a profit in the kind of world we live in today, the collaboration that matters most is not only the one between a business and its customers, but also the collaboration between customers themselves! This collaboration will give customers power beyond our every imagination, with Customer Communities leading to Customer Unions. My speech will paint pictures of a future where customer collaboration plays a dominant role in the success or failure of EVERY business."


Editors Notes

- If you would like to attend this important event please contact Helen Williamson/Fiona Cousins on 01252 728040 or email:

- Copies of Business Intelligence’s white paper, Creating the Collaborative Business, can be downloaded from (click on Download Resources)

- The sponsors of this event are Peoplesoft, SAP and J D Edwards

- An anthology of Peter Drucker’s sixty years of writings on Management, under the title, The Essential Drucker will be released in early September by Butterworth/Heinemann in the UK and by Harper Collins in the USA. Peter Drucker will be speaking at the Collaborative Business Forum via satellite link.

- Larry Hochman is based in the UK and can be contacted at

Business Intelligence

For more than a decade, Business Intelligence has tracked the leading-edge management concepts and practices shaping business, especially those that involve the application of information technology. Its authoritative programme of conferences, exhibitions, training courses and publications helps organisations to gain a vital edge in devising their own strategies to achieve superior performance. Recently, the company has featured many of the pioneers of collaborative organisational and management practices in its reports and conferences. They range from Internet router suppliers Cisco Systems and stockbrokers Charles Schwab to Ford and Sainsbury’s to Pfizer. All are actively exploring collaborative opportunities in different areas of their business.

For further information please contact:
Helen Williamson/Fiona Cousins, Cobalt Blue Marketing Communications Tel: 01252 728040 Fax: 01252 728041 or

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