Company Profile

The History of IQPC

Peter F. Drucker, the man who invented modern management, made observation his life's work. His seemingly simple ideas often elicited startling results. IQPC evolved from Drucker's definition of innovation and we continue to reinvent ourselves using his analytical frameworks. Drucker once said:

Innovation is the design and development of something new, as yet unknown and not in existence, which will establish a new economic configuration out of the old, known, existing elements.

It will give these elements an entirely new economic dimension. It is the missing link between having a number of disconnected elements, each marginally effective, and an integrated system of great power.

In the 1970s, the publishers of Industry Week magazine co-founded a company called Penton Learning Systems.

Its mission and purpose was to "supply the missing link between a number of disconnected colleges and universities, each marginally effective in designing and developing short courses for managerial and professional workers, and an integrated system of great power."

The concept was simple. Let's say Michigan State University offered the best short course on Developing the Annual Marketing Plan and California Institute of Technology offered the best short course on Energy Management for Commercial Buildings. MSU could "import" CIT's Energy Management course and export its marketing planning seminar to CIT. If 100 schools entered the consortium, and each provided just one outstanding seminar and faculty member, then every institution would have access to 100 outstanding seminars and faculty members.

The concept proved valid. 105 colleges and universities joined the consortium. Schools, such as Southern Methodist University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Cincinnati, California Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, and the like became active "importers and exporters" of timely seminars that could be offered to their local markets.

For 15 years, Penton Learning Systems managed this consortium with great success. It assisted in the design and development of over 30,000 short courses/seminars in the fields of quality management, project management, finance and accounting, marketing management, strategic planning and implementation, and the like.

Building on Experience: Knowledge is the Business

Defining powerful niche-course topics or problem-specific topics was a skill that was integrated into the structure of Penton Learning Systems. Knowledge is the business as much as the customer is the business.

Successful planning is always based on maximizing opportunities. And the need for designing, developing and marketing conferences in niche-based topics became quite apparent.

On the foundations of the university and college consortium business, IQPC was born in 1989.

From Small Beginnings...

IQPC now has offices in major cities across six continents including: Berlin, Dubai, London, New York, Sao Paulo, Singapore, India, Sydney and Toronto. IQPC leverages a global research base of best practices to produce an unrivaled portfolio of problem-solving conferences.

Each year IQPC offers approximately 2,000 worldwide conferences, seminars, and related learning programs with special emphasis on:

Planning Ahead to Stay Ahead

Once again, we are using Drucker's definition of innovation to create a total, continuous learning experience for delegates and a powerful new marketing and sales channel for sponsors.

This time we are leading the application of new social media by connecting conferences, industry portals, event web sites, webinars, online newsletters, display advertising and content-rich videos, each less effective as stand-alone elements, and integrating them into a system that provides extraordinary benefits for both delegates and sponsors.

Read more about how social media is leading this new chapter.

Turn Creative Imitation into Productivity Improvement & Innovation

Now more than ever before every enterprise must look after the fundamentals and manage for tomorrow. Indeed, every enterprise now needs concepts and approaches for finding what should be done and how to go about doing it.

True, we live in a business world that worships innovation. But by far as Harvard's Ted Levitt reminded us, the greatest flow of newness in most organizations is not innovation at all. Rather, it's imitation.

IQPC's customers want solutions to their problems. Solutions that have met the concrete test of application. That's why we've always viewed our mission and business purpose to provide proven and tested solutions that improve an organization's productive capacity and performance.

We facilitate the process of creative imitation, learning to imitate with unique adaptation and enhancement from the best! IQPC's long history in meeting the real solution needs of our markets and customers will help organizations apply knowledge to the tasks of productivity improvement and the creation of new wealth.

Inspiring Thought Leaders & Stellar Speakers

We invite leading practitioners and academics to share insights, expertise and solutions to today's escalating challenges. Simply put: Our conferences provide attendees with both the fundamental and cutting-edge information they can use immediately.

IQPC also ensures our delegates are introduced to inspiring thought leaders and stellar speakers; General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.), U.S. Secretary of State 2001-2005, Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York, General Tommy Franks (Ret.) Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command, and Larry Bossidy, former CEO, Allied Signal and Honeywell are just a few of IQPC's most recent keynotes.

We conduct exhaustive research into our speaking panels, only inviting domain experts with practical knowledge or peer reviewed research that can solve your current challenges. From Oil and Gas events in Dubai, Finance events in New York, Rail conferences in Brussels and Marketing Summits in Singapore, IQPC transfers expertise around the world, keeping its delegates competitive, profitable and delivering maximum ROI.

Some of our most recent have included:

Notable Speakers

  • Dr. Ahmed Abbas
    Integrity and Quality Department Manager
    ADGASDXB

  • Dr. Ed Bailey
    Process Safety Authority, Regional HSSEOA, International Operations East
    Talisman Energy DXB

  • Kerstin Gunther
    Vice President – Fixed and Mobile Network Affairs
    Deutsche Telekom UK

  • John Norris
    Commissioner US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
    Energystorage USA

  • Kees Onstein
    Chief Executive Officer
    SolarTotal Oman

  • Jonnie Cahill
    Chief Marketing Officer Telefónica O2 Ireland UK

  • Frank de Reij
    CPO
    AirFrance Exchange

  • Phillip Bramwell
    Group General Counsel
    BAESystems Exchange

  • Rose del Col
    Vice-President, Americas Prepaid Products
    AMEX Brazil

  • Mark Harden
    Group CFO
    Coca Cola Exchange