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Economic Symposium


Conflict and cooperation are core elements in theoretical and real economics. Either may prove successful in different situations. But what lies between conflict and cooperation? Is the human in its economic decisions more attuned for conflict or for cooperation? Do businesses thrive in an environment of competition or of cooperation? And is our global economy moving towards more free trade or more protectionism?

At the Economic Symposium 2017 businessmen and businesswomen, economists and entrepreneurs explore the different dimensions of conflict and cooperation, from micro to macro levels. Be inspired in order to identify solutions for your own business and receive clues on how to navigate in the complex environment of tomorrow.

Economic Symposium

show timetable


14:00 - 14:30OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 15:30Conflict or cooperation? The human factor in the economyPlenary
16:15 - 17:45Business 2050: Europe's search for the competitive edgePlenary
19:30 - 21:30The Alpbach Debate: globalisation and free tradePlenary


09:00 - 10:30Peter Drucker Morning Session: Artificial intelligence and the future of workPlenary
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 01: Basic income or welfare state?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 02: Low productivity growth despite the digital revolution? Lessons for EuropeBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 03: Competition boosts business. Cooperation spurs prices?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 04: The machine colleague - friend or foe?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 05: Climate protection & economy. (No) contradiction?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 06: Foreign direct investments - curse or blessing?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 07: Leadership in complex times: doing the splits between conflict and cooperationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 08: Business location vs. intact environment - an irresolvable conflict?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 09:Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 10: It's the innovation, stupid! How to become a successful entrepreneur in the digital ageBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 11: Cooperation in international trade vs. autonomyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 12: Social partnership: hitting the breaks or starting the engine for future development?Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 13: Rethinking climate - a new storyline on economy and societyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 14: Homo faber digitalis: the working (wo)man in the global digital marketBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 15: Cooperation vs competition: economic policy in the EUBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 16: Trends and counter-trends - conflict and cooperation in the economyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 17: Jailhouse rocks? Or wouldn’t it be better to break out of the prisoner’s dilemma altogether?Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 18: How the lack of IT and network security threatens the European digital economyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 19: Conflict through cooperation: legal liability for human rights abuses in global supply chainsBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 20: There can only be one? Revisiting corporate successionBreakout
18:00 - 19:30Don't confuse trying with doing!Plenary
22:00 - 00:00Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 10:00Alpbach Hike: Panoramic EncountersPlenary
08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubPlenary
11:00 - 12:30We learned nothing from the crisis!Plenary

General Partner European Forum Alpbach 2017