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FERDINAND A KOVACIC MA MBA
EDUCATION | LEARNING. MA Economics | University of Graz. MBA Finance | New York University | STERN School of Business | Fulbright Scholar. Life-long Blended Learning
ACADEMIA. Assistant Professor | Institute of Economics | University of Graz. Economics | Economic Policy. History of Economic Theory | JM Keynes
PHARMA | ANIMAL HEALTH. Pharmaceuticals | Agriculture | Eli Lilly and Elanco | Research and Manufacturing. Multi-National Corporation | Emerging and Developing Markets | Central and Eastern Europe | North Africa | Near and Middle East. Finance | Operations | Leadership | Multiple Functional Roles | Project Management | Business Development | Post-Merger Integrations
YOUTH WORK. Association of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides Austria | Scout Leader | Skills for Life Program. Mentoring | Erzdioezese Wien | Hands-On | Young jobseekers
EUROPE-AFRICA. Worktank Europe-Africa | Co-Founder | Association Board Member
PERSONAL. Photography. Music | Design | Arts. Philosophy | Social Sciences | Environs. Outdoors.
»A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.« Robert A Heinlein
KOVACIC CONSULTING e.U.
Kovacic Consulting is an Independent Service Boutique that provides (1) Strategic Project and Initiatives Management in the various “dimensions of organisations” of strategy, organising, culture, leadership + team development, innovation, and operational excellence.
In parallel, the company (2) supports the development of people and organisational capabilities via modular concept work and customised, strategic learning pathways, building on a comprehensive business and organisation management system and Business Academy.
This dual purpose is best achieved by a thoughtful, pragmatic, yet economical (3) integration of project work and learning interventions, thus enabling the simultaneous delivery of project results and development of capabilities.
Special attention is given to work in a global environment, specifically in (a) emerging markets (Africa), the (b) long-term economic and financial viability; and (c) the synergies of the inter-generational youth-elder nexus.
For the current portfolio overview, see Academy with the 7-D Development Process and the two sections Modules | General Skills and Modules | Global Skills.
Ways of delivery range from one-off presentations, workshops or customised concept development to long-term accompaniment or interims management support.
The overall approach is based on three short reflections (1-3) and one key principle (4):
Delivering results means effectively bridging the full 360° cycle from initial diagnosis to final delivery. Much good intent and strategic an innovation work fails in the execution phase. Reasonable investments into pro-active “boundary spanning”, i.e. the thoughtful orchestration and alignment of resources and organisational capabilities across “silos” – together with honest feedback loops – are critical.
Total effectiveness arises not solely from optimising single parts, but equally from improving relationships amongst them. A careful (sometimes even “down”) scaling and matching of projects and initiatives together with proper pacing and timing can help avoid negative feedback loops. Quite often, less is actually more. This, however, requires a culture of shared understanding and mutuality.
Successfully working off the project or the initiative is insufficient. Developing permanent and long-term internal capabilities needs to take place in parallel, rather rapidly, in an economical way and based on immediate needs. This is best done (a) project-based within (b) the framework of a strategic and modular curriculum (see Academy). In times of escalating ambivalence, increased attention must go to enhancing methodological cabilities directed at exploration, organising connectivity and dealing with interdependencies and dynamics.
In the face of increasingly limited global resources we need to engage in mutually workable compromises continuously and deliberately: the type and shape of a common future which can assure long-term sustainability and safety for all of us. How we approach and solve this is as much a question of our idea of man and nature as, say, one of technological advancements. My target group are hence principled and constructively critical leaders at all levels and their teams who care about delivering organisational and business results as well as about contributing to “Total Impact”.
Economics | Teaching | Research
Emerging | Developing Markets
Integrated Supply Chain Management
Acquisition | Post-Merger Integration
Pharma | Animal Health
Strategizing | Strategy Implementation
Risk | Credit Management
Legal Entities | Establishment | Dissolutions
Ethics & Compliance | Internal Controls
T&D | Leadership
Operations | Operational Excellence
Business Planning | Reporting
Commercial Services | Export Business
IT Systems Development
Lean Project | Program Management
»Effective executive leadership comprises three equal components: producing desired results, ensuring long-term sustainability, and enhancing the well-being of the workforce.« Pete Hammett
Project KOVALENTICS ®
I have named the works of developing and publishing this integrated business and organisation management system together with its concepts »Project Kovalentics ®«. The word »covalent« (kovalent in German) refers to a chemical, molecular bond between a pair of atoms in which both atoms contribute to a stable electronic configuration. Unity in the face of polarity, achieved through reciprocity, so to speak. It fits the endeavours well, to help contribute to practical orientation and long-term stability in the face of complexity and increased antagonisms by connecting the dots.
Everything is a remix. I am collecting, varying/transforming and combining a multitude of inputs from a variety of sources when developing comprehensive approaches, concepts and (arts/design-based) interpretions in the form of cartographies and other (visual) overviews. When doing so, I do, as all of us, stand on the shoulders of others and build upon their work.
Homage. I do study my sources very carefully. Much of the inspirations come in the form of collectivised knowledge, whereby identification of the originator(s) is no longer feasible without undue efforts. Wherever the sources are known, however, and the originator(s) can be identified with reasonable effort, homage is paid to them and their contributions.
References. Credit is given by citing references to key sources, inputs, authors, articles, books, websites and other materials on each respective drawing, graphic or written contribution. No “all rights reserved” inputs are used at the best of my knowledge. Inputs with “some rights reserved” licenses remain off course unaffected by the stricter license of the (new) mix. References must not be removed.
Kovalentics ® is a registered trademark. All materials are published under this trademark. It is part of the attribution and must not be removed from the materials.
Creative Commons. The content of this site is made available under a Creative Commons [CC] license with porting 4.0 (intl) and 3.0 (AT, DE, CH). Materials can be copied, distributed or translated under the conditions of Attribution [BY], NonCommercial [NC] and NoDerivatives [ND].
- [BY] Attribution. Information cited from this web site must be referred to as Ferdinand A Kovacic | Kovalentics ® | https://kovalentics.at.
- [NC] NonCommercial. By default, NONE of the materials or concepts from this website can be used for commercial purposes without my explicit consent. Education: The content of this site can be freely used for personal development or educational purposes such as presentations or workshops when free of charge. Educational institutions charging for course-work in any form, however, need to request use. Publishing: Permission to use any graphic material herein in any form of publication, such as an article, a book, or a conference presentation, on any media must be requested prior to use. Commercial entities: Commercial companies in general, and individual consultants or consultancy firms wishing to use materials also need to contact me. Fees depend on the intended scope of use and are generally reasonable. Not-For-Profits: A wholescale copy, adoption and organisation-wide roll-out of the business and management system presented here (see especially the section Academy) is considered commercial-type use. Authorisation can be granted but only upon request and respective coordination.
- [SA] ShareAlike. The majority of contributions allows for the adaptation of work for your own purposes. In the case of redistribution (copy, publish, display, communicate), however, you have to attribute this original work here and use the same CC license. See the license included in the individual contribution.
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Copy, vary, combine …
I have borrowed the expression »everything is a remix« (in the Credits tab) from Kirby Ferguson‘s clever and entertaining website Everthing is a Remix https://www.everythingisaremix.info/. And as to the topic of honest copy, see the helpful little book Steal link an Artist (DE: Alles nur geklaut) by Austin Kleon https://austinkleon.com
»Sorgt doch, dass ihr, die Welt verlassend, nicht nur gut wart, sondern verlasst eine gute Welt.« »When you leave this word, make sure you have not only acted for good, but leave behind a good world.« Bertolt Brecht