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04: Peripheral Business Locations – Disadvantage or (Underestimated) Potential?

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Working Group
in deutscher Sprache

Many leading companies in Austria are located in peripheral locations outside major cities. But what are the reasons behind these locations and location decisions? Are peripheral locations a competitive disadvantage or are regional location factors underestimated? With the expert testimony of representatives of different companies, we will discuss the role of regional factors in their location choice. What challenges will companies face in the future within the European framework when choosing a location?

Member, Provincial Government of Lower Austria for Economic Affairs, Tourism, Technology and Sports, St. Pölten Introduction
Chief Executive Officer, KAHLES GmbH, Guntramsdorf
Chief Executive Officer, REHAU Austria and Region Southeast Europe, Vienna
Chief Executive Officer, Erste Raabser Walzmühle M.DYK, Raabs/Thaya
Chief Executive Officer, F. LIST GmbH, Thomasberg
Acting Head, Representation of the European Commission in Austria, Vienna
Division Head, Business Locations & Services and Department Head, Investor Services, ecoplus. The Business Agency of Lower Austria, St. Pölten Chair

Dr.in Petra BOHUSLAV

Member, Provincial Government of Lower Austria for Economic Affairs, Tourism, Technology and Sports, St. Pölten

1991-1994 Marketing Manager, Railtours Austria
1995 Head, Marketing and Sales Department, Rogner-Thermen Blumau, Stegersbach
1996-2001 Chief Executive Officer, Archäologiepark Carnuntum Ltd.
2001-2004 Chief Executive Officer, Congress Casino Baden
2004-2008 Minister for Labour, Social Affairs, Sports, Culture, Provincial Government of Lower Austria, St. Pölten
2008-2009 Minister for Youth, Education and Sports, Provincial Government of Lower Austria, St. Pölten
since 2009 Minister of Economic Affairs, Tourism, Technology and Sports, Provincial Government of Lower Austria, St. Pölten

Mag. Robert ARTWOHL

Chief Executive Officer, KAHLES GmbH, Guntramsdorf

 International Business Studies, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Vienna
 Studies, Lund University, Lund
 Commercial Project Head, Siemens Austria
 Commercial Head, I-Center Vienna, Siemens Austria
 Commercial Head, Business Division: Project Development, Siemens Austria
 Chief Executive Officer, MWW Metallbearbeitungs GmbH&CoKG
 Chief Executive Officer, Kahles GmbH, Guntramsdorf

Mag. Rafael DAUM

Chief Executive Officer, REHAU Austria and Region Southeast Europe, Vienna

2000-2003 Assistant Manager for the Board Region Southeast Europe, REHAU Austria, Vienna
2004-2006 Assistant Supervisory Board REHAU Group, REHAU Switzerland, Bern
2007-2009 CEO Regional Executive Board Region East, REHAU Russia, Moscow
since 2010 CEO, REHAU Austria and Region Southeast Europe, REHAU Austria, Vienna

Mag. Lisa DYK

Chief Executive Officer, Erste Raabser Walzmühle M.DYK, Raabs/Thaya

1995-1998 Agrarmarkt Austria Marketing GmbH, Vienna
1999 Oracle Corporation, Vienna
2000-2002 Language School Blaise & Pascal, Vienna
since 2002 Erste Raabser Walzmühle M. DYK, Raabs an der Thaya
since 2005 General Manager, Erste Raabser Walzmühle M. DYK, Raabs an der Thaya
2006 Economic and Business Administration, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna

Mag. Michael GROISS

Chief Executive Officer, F. LIST GmbH, Thomasberg

1995 Economic and Business Administration, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
1991-1996 Audit Manager and Revision Assistant, Deloitte Touche GmbH, Vienna
1996-1999 Manager, Consolidation & Finance Reporting, Hörbiger International GmbH
1999-2006 Head of Finance and Member of the Board, Hörbiger Kompressortechnik Europa, Holding, Vienna
since 2006 Chief Financial Officer, F.LIST GmbH, Thomasberg
since 2008 Chief Executive Officer, F.LIST GmbH, Thomasberg

Mag. Dr. MAS Johann SOLLGRUBER

Acting Head, Representation of the European Commission in Austria, Vienna

1989 Graduation, Law and Economics, University of Graz
1992 Doctorate, Law, University of Vienna
1999-2001 Postgraduate, Master's Degree, International Politics, M.A.S. Bruxelles, Université Libre de Bruxelles
1990-1996 Legal Advisor, Federal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vienna
1996-1998 DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission, Brussels
1998-2003 Administrator, DG Taxation, European Commission, Brussels
2003-2010 Team Leader / DG Coordinator, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission, Brussels
2010-2012 Head of Sector / Acting Head of Unit, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission, Brussels
since 2012 Head of political department, European Commission Representation in Austria, Vienna
since 2014 Teaching, Law University, Vienna
Acting Head, European Commission Representation in Austria, Vienna

Mag. Martin FASSL

Division Head, Business Locations & Services and Department Head, Investor Services, ecoplus. The Business Agency of Lower Austria, St. Pölten

1984-1989 Higher Technical College HTL - Höhere Technische Lehranstalt, department construction engineering, Mödling
1990-2000 Academic Studies, Business Administration, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Vienna
1998-2000 Sales, Gigasport, Kastner & Öhler AG, Brunn/Gebirge
2000-2002 Junior Consultant, Bene Consulting GmbH, Waidhofen/Ybbs and Frankfurt/Main
2002-2006 Project Manager Investor Services, ecoplus. Business Agency of Lower Austria, Vienna
since 2006 Division Head, Business Locations & Services and Department Head, Investor Services, ecoplus GmbH, Vienna/St. Pölten
since 2008 Executive Director, Vienna Region Wirtschaft.Raum.Entwicklung GmbH, Vienna
Executive Director, Vienna Region Marketing GmbH, Vienna
since 2015 Executive Director, TFZ - Technologie- und Forschungszentrum Seibersdorf GmbH, Seibersdorf

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    show timetable

    01.09.2015

    08:00 - 10:30Charity Soccer Match – Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
    12:00 - 12:50OpeningPlenary
    13:30 - 14:20Understanding Inequality – an Empirical AssessmentPlenary
    14:40 - 16:10Inequality of Opportunity – Causes, Impact and InterventionsPlenary
    16:10 - 16:30Political CornerPlenary
    16:30 - 20:00ecoplus Lower-Austria EveningSocial
    16:30 - 17:30Rankings and Reality – Austria’s Economic Competitiveness Put to the TestPartner
    16:30 - 18:30InEquality from a Female PerspectivePartner
    18:30 - 20:00The Entrepreneurial Economy – How to Become a Champion?Plenary
    20:00 - 21:00Illuminating AlpbachSocial
    20:30 - 21:30Young Talents – Late Night ConcertCulture

    02.09.2015

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

    02.09.-01.09.2015

    Magenta NightSocial

    03.09.2015

    06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club 01: In Conversation with Dan ShechtmanBreakout
    06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club 02: In Conversation with Angelika KreschBreakout
    06:30 - 07:30“Kater” Breakfast – Back to NormalityPartner
    07:00 - 08:30Beyond Clichés – China’s Political and Economic StrategiesPlenary
    09:00 - 10:20How to Grow or Not to Grow – that is the Question!Plenary
    10:20 - 10:35ClosingPlenary
    14:45 - 18:00Economic DialoguePartner