Leading in an Era of Geopolitical Turmoil

Most CEOs came of age during a period of globalization, when free markets and trade were assumed to be net goods. But the ground has shifted.

David S. Lee
Hong Kong University Business School

In the global business landscape, more and more business organizations and leaders are becoming reluctant geopolitical actors. Executives face new challenges that include supply chain obstacles, trade policies, and the competition for access to technology and markets. Too often, they view these as isolated risks, analyzing them individually, when they should be assessed holistically. In the Arthur D. Little Executive Bootcamp Leading in an Era of Geopolitical Turmoil, you will explore how risks are increasingly driven by the new national security economy1 and you will discover why navigating it is essential.

Led by expert David S. Lee, and working with executives from diverse industries and geographies, you’ll leverage three mini business cases over the two, two-hour sessions on back-to-back days to:

  • Explore the 4 key elements of the new national security economy: connectivity within and between societies, geopolitical competition, technological innovation, and the evolving role of the private sector all shape business leadership and decision making
  • Discover how these developments interact to create holistic risk — and learn how you can assess this risk more accurately
  • Understand the potential critical consequences of 2nd and 3rd order effects on decisions — and why they are too often overlooked or miscalculated

Traditional siloed risk management can obscure the cumulative vulnerability caused by geopolitical issues. However, this very real exposure and liability should be factored into decisions such as:

  • Who is on the organization’s board?
  • How does senior management vet plans?
  • How does the organization weigh politics and national interest in its decision making?
  • How do executives assess risk and ensure resiliency?
  • How are you training teams to take into account holistic risk?, and more

Join this bootcamp to identify the emerging, holistic risks your organization faces in the national security economy. Gain the tools you need to reduce exposure and leverage the global business landscape for competitive advantage and success. Learn the answers to questions such as:

  • How can leaders update their operating assumptions to navigate this new world?
  • How do you build expertise to interpret and navigate how geopolitics intersects with business?
  • What does it take to connect the dots between political risk and other traditional business risk factors?

Day 1, Mar 15, 2023 | 8am-10am EDT | 1pm-3pm CET | 4pm- 6pm GST | see your local time
Understanding Geopolitical Risks: Emergence of the New National Security Economy

Day 2, Mar 16, 2023 | 8am-10am EDT | 1pm-3pm CET | 4pm- 6pm GSTsee your local time
Factoring Globalization Trends into Strategies & Decisions: Tools for Leadership Success

Seats in Leading in an Era of Geopolitical Turmoil are limited; register your team today.


Who Should Attend: Teams of 2-5 executives and decisionmakers


  • EDT: Mar 15 and 16, 8:00am-10:00am
  • CET: Mar 15 and 16, 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • GST: Mar 15 and 16, 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • See your local time


  • Arthur D. Little clients: contact your ADL Partner or Anne Mullaney for your special invitation.
  • Non-clients: $4995 per team.

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The phrase "new national security economy" is coined in the upcoming book A Perilous Moment: Navigating the New National Security Economy by David S. Lee and Brad Glosserman.

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