Robert A. Sedlák has been appointed a 5-year Guest Professorship at the East China Normal University (ECNU). The bestowal of his title took place on July 5th 2013, during a festive ceremony at Shanghai’s ECNU. Concurrently, the ECNU and the SEDLÁK & PARTNER International Consulting Group undersigned the cooperation contract to establish the “ECNU-S&P Research Center for ICT-Enabled Systemic Changes and Innovations”. The research center will be co-managed by Prof. Zhu (Dean of the Distance Education College, ECNU) and Guest Professor Robert A. Sedlák (Managing Partner and Chairman of SEDLÁK & PARTNER International Consulting Group).
The ECNU-S&P Research Center’s goal is to develop and validate appropriate concepts, models, methods and tools, effectively utilizing them as well as the modern information and communication technologies (ICT) within the context of change processes in organizations and in the education sector. In particular, the research will focus on which change impulses are triggered when using ICT and how these impulses will provoke sustainable culture changes, not only in education but also in other sectors, such as business and healthcare. In the stage that follows, innovative PERFORMANCE SIMULATORs will be produced as an ICT to significantly increase the teachers’ qualifications.
As remarked by Guest Professor Robert A. Sedlák, “I am very pleased to see that the ECNU-S&P Research Center’s establishment will promote the research exchange between China and Germany. Innovation, particularly in the education sector, always comes across resistances in terms of the organizational structure. I am certain that, by applying modern information and communication technology – such as the development and production of innovative PERFORMANCE SIMULATORs -, we’ll be capable of sustainably achieving the necessary changes of organizational structures and personal competencies development.”