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Economic Symposium

At the Crossroads: Re-Imagining Europe's Economy


Can Europe's economy still fulfil its most important promise of providing employment and increasing welfare? Events in recent years have raised doubts among many citizens, especially from the younger generations. A lack of prospects is causing widespread resentment. We will discuss how Europe's economy could be re-imagined to increase competitiveness and meet society's needs in a better and more sustainable way.

What are and what should be the goals of economic activities? Are there any strategies or models today that reconcile economic, social and ecological objectives? Do we need new macroeconomic approaches to understand recent developments? Which are Europe's core competences in global value chains? Which changes in the business world do young Europeans expect and how are they trying to adapt their businesses in order to deal with the coming challenges? How can (European) politics support them in becoming more active citizens?

Illustrations with key messages

Abdul Dube, visual facilitator, has captured key messages and conclusions of this year’s vibrant discussions and visualized them for us. Step by step you can revisit discussions in graphics and pictures (Copyright: Abdul Dube)

ECN14 Official Opening & New Goals for the Economy  ECN14 Learning from the Care Economy  ECN14 Global Division of Labour  ECN14 Europe's Economy & the next Generation

ECN14 The End of Conventional Wisdom  ECN14 The Economy according to the Media  ECN14 Peter Drucker Special Lecture

Economic Symposium

show timetable


14:00 - 14:10OpeningPlenary
14:10 - 15:40New Goals for the EconomyPlenary
16:10 - 17:40The End of Conventional WisdomPlenary
17:40 - 18:00Political CornerPlenary
18:30 - 19:30Umverteile und herrsche. Wem gehört der Wohlstand?Partner
20:00 - 21:30Learning from the Care EconomyPlenary
21:30 - 22:30Smart Blue HourSocial
22:30 - 23:45Cello Goes Tango or Cello Goes South AmericaCulture


08:00 - 08:4514th management club Business Breakfast "Österreich braucht Europa"Partner
09:00 - 10:10Global Division of Labour - How Can Europe Prosper?Plenary
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 01: Hayek vs Keynes: The Most Important Liberal EconomistsBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 02: A New Economic and Competition Model for EuropeBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 03: Critical Success Factors of Entrepreneurial EducationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 04: Intellectual Property - A System at the Crossroads?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 05: US Focus Back on Industry - Blessing or Curse for Europe?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 06: Clash of Generations - Corporate Cultures Put to the Test by New Working EnvironmentsBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 07: Re-IndustrialisationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 08: Work to Live, or Live to Work? - Changing Working EnvironmentsBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 09: Putting User Innovation to WorkBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 10: The Future of Corporate Learning - What Makes Businesses Successful?Breakout
12:10 - 12:30Political CornerPlenary
13:30 - 14:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 11: The EU's Energy and Climate Policy - A Threat to Our Industries?Breakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 12: Inequality Before and After the Financial CrisisBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 13: Schengen for Data: What Is Necessary, What Is Feasible?Breakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 14: Good Is the Enemy of Great - What Distinguishes Leading Enterprises from Others?Breakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 15: Room for CreativityBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 16: Business Development Based on Design ThinkingBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 17: The Key to Innovation - People, Mindset, TechnologiesBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 18: Sharing Economy - Cooperatives in the 21st CenturyBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 19: The Economic Future of EuropeBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 20: From Wallet to Smartphone - Challenges and Opportunities of the Digital World of FinanceBreakout
18:00 - 19:30Peter Drucker Special Lecture: Property or Communities? The Upcoming Challenge for CompaniesPlenary
21:00 - 22:00Don't Mind the GapCulture


Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast Club 01: In Conversation with: Alexa L. WesnerPartner
08:00 - 09:00Breakfast Club 02: In Conversation with: Franz FischlerPartner
08:30 - 09:00"Kater" BreakfastPartner
09:00 - 10:00The Economy According to the MediaPlenary
10:00 - 10:30Cooperation in EuropePlenary
11:00 - 12:20Europe's Economy and the Next GenerationPlenary
12:20 - 12:30ClosingPlenary
22:00 - 23:30Brunnhilde - DJanes NightCulture