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13: Better Decisions through Participation

Breakout / Working Group
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Employee participation mobilises existing knowledge within a company, generates new knowledge and motivates the participants actively to implement the jointly developed solutions. If different perspectives and types of knowledge are integrated, innovative and sustainable solutions and measures are possible. New media offers exciting new opportunities for supporting participatory processes. What are suitable methods and approaches for involving employees in decision-making? What opportunities and possibilities do they offer? What pitfalls must be considered? Please contribute to this discussion here:


Head, Human Resources Development, Erste Bank, Vienna
Business Unit Manager, SGS Austria, Vienna
Chief Information Officer, Vienna City Administration, Vienna
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, cbased, Vienna
Chief Audit Executive, OMV Aktiengesellschaft, Vienna
Head, Research Group Knowledge-Based Management, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business); Founder, Head of WaVe - Center for Vocation Coaching and Vision Development, Vienna Chair


Head, Human Resources Development, Erste Bank, Vienna

1990-1993 Personalberaterin, Take it Betriebsberatung, Wien
seit 1995 Personalentwicklung, zunächst Giro Credit, dann Erste Bank Oesterreich, Wien


Business Unit Manager, SGS Austria, Vienna

1992-2000 Head of Department, Commercial Project Management for Turn-Key Power Plants, Austrian Energy
2000-2008 Consultant, for Innovation and Product Development
2008-2010 Consultant, Organisation Development and Corporate Real Estate Management, M.O.O.CON
2011-2012 Managing Director, Strabag Energy Technologies
since 2013 Business Unit Manager, SGS Austria, Vienna

Mag.a Ulrike HUEMER

Chief Information Officer, Vienna City Administration, Vienna

1999-2002 Research Assistant, Institute for Constitutional Law, University Linz
2002-2003 Executive Officer, Municipal Council Villach
2003-2004 Executive Officer, responsible for "The Austrian Convention and Constitutional Reform", Austrian Association of Cities and Towns, Vienna
2004-2009 Executive Officer, Department of Finance, Municipal Council Vienna
2009-2014 Head of the Department, Tax and Revenue Management, Municipal Council Vienna
since 2014 Chief Information Officer, Vienna City Administration, Vienna

Dr. Hannes LEO

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, cbased, Vienna

1992 Ph.D., Business Economics and Economics of Trade, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Vienna
1990-2007 Researcher, Deputy Director, Austrian Institute of Economic Research, WIFO, Vienna
2008 Director, IZA - Institute for the Study of Labour, Bonn
2008-2012 Director, leoon Consulting, Vienna / Brussels
since 2010 Chief Executive Officer, cbased GmbH, Vienna


Chief Audit Executive, OMV Aktiengesellschaft, Vienna

1974-1977 Commercial Staff, Foreign Payment Transactions, CA-BV
1977-1978 Sales Consultant, Wiener Allianz Insurance, Vienna
1978 Division Manager Sales, Kronen Zeitung, Vienna
1978-1986 Materials Management, Procurement, Investmanagement and Pipelinemanagement, Bau und Montage - Zentraler Technischer Betrieb, OMV Aktiengesellschaft, Vienna
1984-1992 Diverse Extra-Occupational Education
1987-2002 Internal Auditor, Deputy Head Internal Audit, OMV Aktiengesellschaft, Vienna
1991-2002 Freelancer: Österreichische Akademie der Führungskräfte, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Interne Revision etc.
2003-2009 Management Board Member; CFO, Stiftungsrat Wacker Chemie, Supervisory Board OMV Bayern, OMV Deutschland GmbH
since 2009 Senior Vice President, Corporate Internal Audit; OMV Aktiengesellschaft, Vienna
2005-2006 Ashridge Business School, Ashridge
2014-2015 Diploma Studies Change Management, St.Gallen

Dr. Alexander KAISER

Head, Research Group Knowledge-Based Management, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business); Founder, Head of WaVe - Center for Vocation Coaching and Vision Development, Vienna

1988-1990 Angestellter, Siemens AG, Wien
1990-1999 Univ.-Ass., WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)
seit 2000 ao. Univ.Prof., WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)
2002 Gründer, WaVe - Zentrum für Wachstum und Veränderung, Wien
seit 2003 Leiter, WaVe - Zentrum für Wachstum und Veränderung, Wien
seit 2008 Leiter der Gruppe "Knowledge-Based Management" an der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
seit 2011 stv. Institutsvorstand, Institut für Informationswirtschaft, WU (Wirtschaftuniversität Wien)

Economic Symposium

show timetable


10:00 - 12:30Charity Soccer Match - Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
14:00 - 14:50OpeningPlenary
15:30 - 16:20Understanding Inequality - an Empirical AssessmentPlenary
16:40 - 18:10Inequality of Opportunity - Causes, Impact and InterventionsPlenary
18:10 - 18:30Political CornerPlenary
18:30 - 20:30InEquality from a Female PerspectivePartner
18:30 - 19:30Rankings and Reality - Austria's Economic Competitiveness Put to the TestPartner
18:30 - 22:00ecoplus Lower-Austria EveningSocial
20:30 - 22:00The Entrepreneurial Economy - How to Become a Champion?Plenary
22:00 - 23:00Illuminating AlpbachSocial
22:30 - 23:30Young Talents - Late Night ConcertCulture


08:00 - 09:0015th management club Business BreakfastPartner
08:00 - 09:00Digital Technology: From Inequality to Inclusion - Peter Drucker Breakfast ClubPlenary
09:00 - 10:10Growing Disparities in Wealth and Income - Is (More) Redistribution Necessary?Plenary
09:30 - 10:30The Throwaway SocietyPartner
10:10 - 10:30Political Corner2Plenary
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 01: The Welfare of Nations in the 21st CenturyBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 02: Being Family Friendly - Cosmetic PR or a Successful Route to Equality of Opportunity?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 03: Intergenerational Justice and Economic OutcomesBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 04: Peripheral Business Locations - Disadvantage or (Underestimated) Potential?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 05: Win-Win?! The Symbiosis of Big Business and StartupsBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 06: How Can Europe Overcome Disparity due to the Digital Revolution?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 07: Economic and Financial Education - What Has to be Done?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 08: Value Networks as a Key to a Successful Business LocationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 09: Leading Organisations - What Next?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 10: Tackling Social Injustice in EuropeBreakout
13:30 - 14:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 11: All the Same - All Different?Breakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 12: The Pension System - Unfair Rather than Equitable?Breakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 13: Better Decisions through ParticipationBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 14: Care as a Gender Political and Economic ChallengeBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 15: New Technologies - Old InequalitiesBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 16: Energy Supply in Transformation - Inequality in Access to Markets and Political PowerBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 17: Equality - Location Dependent?Breakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 18: Disabled Employees - Opportunities for Growth & InnovationBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 19: More Equal than Others? Modern Management between Leadership and ParticipationBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 20: The Investment Gap in Europe - How to Kick-start Growth?Breakout
18:00 - 19:30Shifting the Perception - Solutions to Combating InequalityPlenary
21:15 - 22:45Young Talents - Maja Osojnik BandCulture
22:00 - 00:00Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast Club 01: In Conversation with Dan ShechtmanBreakout
08:00 - 09:00Breakfast Club 02: In Conversation with Angelika KreschBreakout
08:30 - 09:30"Kater" Breakfast - Back to NormalityPartner
09:00 - 10:30Beyond Clichés - China's Political and Economic StrategiesPlenary
11:00 - 12:20How to Grow or Not to Grow - that is the Question!Plenary
12:20 - 12:35ClosingPlenary
16:45 - 20:00Economic DialoguePartner