Otto Scharmer

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Otto Scharmer
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Otto Scharmer
Born1961 (age 57–58)
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Known for

Claus Otto Scharmer (born 1961) is a senior lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),[1] a Thousand Talents Program Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing,[2] and co-founder of the Presencing Institute.[3] He chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation that aims to help "stakeholders from business, government, civil society to innovate at the level of the whole system".[1]

Scharmer is author of the change management method and book Theory U, and he is co-author of the book Leading from the Emerging Future that outlines "eight acupuncture points for transforming capitalism".[4] In 2015 he co-founded the MITx u.lab,[5] a massive open online course for "leading profound change" in which more than 45,000 users from 185 countries have participated.[6] With his colleagues he has delivered leadership development programs for corporate clients and co-facilitated innovation labs on reinventing education, health, business, government, and well-being.[citation needed]

Theory U diagram.

Scharmer received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at MIT (2015),[7] and the EU Leonardo Corporate Learning Award for the contributions of Theory U to the future of management (2016).[8] In 2017 he was ranked #1 of the world's top 30 education professionals by[9]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Senge, Peter M.; Scharmer, Claus Otto; Jaworsky, Joseph; Flowers, Betty Sue (2004). Presence: exploring profound change in people, organizations, and society (1st ed.). New York: Currency/Doubleday. ISBN 038551624X. OCLC 61257585.
  • Scharmer, Claus Otto (2016) [2007]. Theory U: leading from the emerging future. A BK business book (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler. ISBN 9781626567986. OCLC 944179658.
  • Scharmer, Otto; Käufer, Katrin (2013). Leading from the emerging future: from ego-system to eco-system economies (1st ed.). San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler. ISBN 9781605099262. OCLC 813920439.


  1. ^ a b "Otto Scharmer – MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning". Archived from the original on 2016-07-27. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  2. ^ Xu, Qin (July 21, 2016). "Seeing whole picture vital to tomorrow's leaders". Archived from the original on 2017-02-19. Retrieved 2017-02-18.
  3. ^ "People – Presencing Institute". Archived from the original on 2016-04-12. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  4. ^ Scharmer, Otto; Käufer, Katrin (2014). "Transforming capitalism and self: from ego-system to eco-system economies". In Pirson, Michael; Steinvorth, Ulrich; Largacha-Martinez, Carlos; Dierksmeier, Claus (eds.). From capitalistic to humanistic business. Humanism in business series. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 190–205. doi:10.1057/9781137468208_12. ISBN 9781137468185. OCLC 884630944.
  5. ^ "Awareness-Based Systems Change with u.lab - How to Sense and Actualize the Future". Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  6. ^ "Advisors – Schumacher Center For New Economics". Archived from the original on 2017-05-01. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  7. ^ "Photos: Instructors in accounting and operations management recognized at annual teaching awards – MIT Sloan School of Management". Archived from the original on 2017-05-03. Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  8. ^ "Thought Leadership » Leonardo Award 2016 » Leonardo". Archived from the original on 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  9. ^ "Education Gurus 30 – Global Gurus". Archived from the original on 2017-05-03. Retrieved 2017-02-15.

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