A training case developed by the UCU Leadership Center in partnership with the Lviv Business School of UCU (LvBS) will be used in the Canadian Ivey Business School. The case reveals the process of carrying out a reform in the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine after the Revolution of Dignity.
A group of researchers and experts from the UCU Leadership Center and the Lviv Business School of UCU were working on the training case. It outlines the story of work of the so-called “volunteer assault force”, that is, activists and volunteers who were working in the ministry after the events of the revolution in 2013-2014, and who set themselves a goal to introduce changes in the defense field of Ukraine.
The main protagonist (hero) of the case is Yuriy Husiev, who held the position of a Deputy Minister and was among the first people who came to the Ministry not from the civil service. He had financial and economic education, wrote a thesis on economics, and also completed a managerial program in leadership, management, economic development, and reforms at the Harvard Kennedy School. His experience, education, and approaches to management were atypical of the recent history of the Ministry of Defense.
The case was developed in partnership with the Ivey Business School (Canada), so, from now on, it is included in their database of training materials and will be used when conducting training programs. Andriy Rozhdestvenskyi, executive director of the UCU Leadership Center and co-author of the case, notes that it is very important for senior executives to draw conclusions not only from successful steps, but also from those steps that were not successful: “We had both successful reforms and unsuccessful ones, but it is important for leaders to reflect on both victories and mistakes. This case will help future and existing executives to see what is important when managing changes, and what key features of a leader are the most important for this. Ivey are known around the world for their powerful database of cases, and the fact that it is our case that was included in this database shows that world-class specialists work in the UCU Leadership Center and in the LvBS.”
Let us remind you that the UCU Leadership Center is a research and methodological project aimed at making a breakthrough in the development of methodology and teaching instruments for leadership courses: the Center’s activities presuppose the development of training cases about leadership and carrying out a study of the phenomenon of leadership in business, public administration, military and nonprofit sectors.