WU Executive Academy
Professor Jonas Puck, Academic Director of the MBA Energy Management.
OPEC bulletin 8–9/17
Nobody can reliably predict today what the future of
global energy supply will look like. While fossil fuels will
continue to dominate the global energy mix for many
more decades, the energy mix will continue to evolve with
a greater role for non-fossil fuels, particularly renewables.
It begs the need to ask questions such as: How might this
transition take place? What new technologies will have
the potential to meet the ever-increasing demand for
energy around the globe? What can the energy industry
do to tackle environmental issues? And what particular
challenges will this present for managers in the energy
In the following interview,
Professor Jonas Puck
Academic Director of the MBA Energy Management,
explains not only why focusing on executive education will
help overcome energy challenges in the future, but also
what valuable benefits an MBA in energy management
can bring for professionals and executives alike who
want to make sure they are ready for the imminent
transformation of the energy sector.
E d u c a t i o n
Executive education as the
way to power the future
Prof Puck, why do you think continuing
education and training are crucially important for
managers in the context of coping with the challenges
of global energy supply in the future?
We live in incredibly dynamic times: What is an
unqualified success today may be doomed to failure tomorrow.
The energy sector, too, is becoming more and more unpredict-
able. Markets, technologies and the economic environment in
general are constantly and, even more importantly, radically
changing. The greater the environmental uncertainty and vola-
tility, the more important the edge specialized education and
training can give you.
What we urgently need today, especially in the energy industry,
is managers who are capable of responding flexibly and adequately
to changes in their environments. However, they cannot do this
unless they see the broader context, are aware of how things inter-
relate and understand what effects their interventions will have.