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Implementing Beyond Budgeting, 2nd Edition by Robert S. Kaplan, Bjarte Bogsnes

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Closing Remarks

When we started out in Borealis way back in 1995, before Beyond Budgeting even had a name, I was convinced that what we had discovered was so brilliant that it could only be a question of time before this would become the new way of managing organizations.

It has not happened on that scale, not yet. The adoption has been slower than for many other concepts, for reasons already discussed. I feel, however, that we are approaching a tipping point, given the huge interest not just from organizations around the world, but also from academia and the consulting business. It can only be a question of when, not if. The uncertainty and pace of change in our business environments is not slowing down. People's expectations toward their employers and leaders keep increasing. Beyond Budgeting may be the most important new idea out there addressing the totality of these radical changes, due to its broad scope and coherent approach. A number of other management innovation concepts and communities are also attacking traditional management. The more we join forces, the stronger we will be. I don't care what we end up calling it, as long as it helps organizations to become more agile and more human. One day, we will all smile about how we used to think about leadership and management. Just like we now smile about the time before the Internet.

An indication of the strong interest is all the requests for keynotes and workshops that keep coming in. Personal highlights include addressing ...

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