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05: US Focus Back on Industry – Blessing or Curse for Europe?

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The revival of US manufacturing has received extensive attention. Hal Sirkin and his colleagues from the Boston Consulting Group popularised this idea in their seminal book “The US Manufacturing Renaissance”. They argue that while China is losing its cost advantage, low energy prices have recently made the US attractive for manufacturing. In contrast, Europe’s manufacturing sector is in decline despite its major contribution to innovation, research and overall productivity. In a discussion with CEOs of leading Austrian companies, Hal Sirkin will address the question of how changes in global economics are affecting Europe’s industrial sector.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, voestalpine AG, Linz
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board, OMV Aktiengesellschaft, Vienna
Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group Inc., Chicago
Deputy Governor, State of Upper Austria, Linz
Professor, Head DOM Research Lab, University of Arts and Design Linz

Dr. Wolfgang EDER

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, voestalpine AG, Linz

Studies of Law, University of Salzburg, PhD in 1976 Joining of (former) VOEST-ALPINE AG Member of the Board of successor company voestalpine AG Member of the Board of voestalpine AG and Chief Executive Officer of Steel Division Deputy Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Steel and Automotive Divisions

Dr. Gerhard ROISS

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board, OMV Aktiengesellschaft, Vienna

Head of Marketing, OMV Group; appointed to the Board of PCD Polymere GmbH Chief Executive Officer of the Board, PCD Polymere GmbH Appointed to the Executive Board, with responsibility for Plastics and Chemicals, OMV Group Assumed responsibility for the Exploration and production business, OMV Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer, with responsibility for Refining and Marketing, including Petrochemicals, OMV Group
 Studies of Economics at the Universities of Vienna, Linz and Stanford (USA)


Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group Inc., Chicago

 MBA University of Chicago
 BS Wharton School

Mag. Dr. MBA Michael STRUGL

Deputy Governor, State of Upper Austria, Linz

Diplomstudium der Rechtswissenschaften, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz LIMAK General Management Program, Linz, Emory University/Atlanta Studium "International Finance", Graduierung zum MBA, University of Toronto Doktoratsstudium der Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz ÖVP Pressereferent Landesparteileitung Oberösterreich ÖVP Wahlkampfleiter OÖ Landtagswahl, Landesparteileitung Oberösterreich Creativ-Direktor, Werbeagentur Zoffel-Hoff & Partner, Wiesbaden Wahlkampfleiter Nationalratswahl, Österreichische Volkspartei Stv. Landesgeschäftsführer, ÖVP Landesparteileitung Oberösterreich, Mitglied des Bundesrates Entwicklung und Betreuung der Wahlkampagnen für Dr. Christoph Leitl und KommR Viktor Sigl, Abgeordneter zum OÖ. Landtag Landesgeschäftsführer, ÖVP Landesparteileitung Oberösterreich Wahlkampfleiter OÖ Landtagswahl, ÖVP Landesparteileitung Oberösterreich Klubobmann, ÖVP Landtagsklub Wahlkampfleiter OÖ Landtagswahl, ÖVP Landesparteileitung Oberösterreich Landesrat für Wirtschaft, Arbeit, Tourismus, Raumordnung Regionalentwicklung, Europa und Sport, Land OÖ Landesrat für Wirtschaft, Arbeit, Energie, Tourismus, Sport, Raumordnung, Regionalentwicklung und Europa
  während des Studiums: IMAS-Meinungsforschungsinstitut Linz
  Wirtschaftskammerwahl Österreich/Oberösterreich
seit 2013
seit 2015


Professor, Head DOM Research Lab, University of Arts and Design Linz

 Michael Shamiyeh helps organizations to define the framework for compelling innovation strategies, to sense, create, and implement desired futures, and to build their own capabilities, systems, and structures that are right for change. His customers include leading international enterprises from the fields of engineering & assembly, global energy & materials, as well as consumer & leisure.
 He is founder and head professor of the Design Organization Media (DOM) Research Lab at the University of Arts and Design Linz, which is an internationally recognized academic research and consultancy center for innovation and change, based at the University of Arts and Design in Linz, Austria, and CEO of Shamiyeh Associates Limited, a firm that works to create desired futures.
 Michael studied management at the University of St. Gallen (PhD) and architecture at Harvard University (MArch-postprofessional), the Architectural Association in London (MA), and the Technical University of Vienna (Dipl-Ing/MA). He has published in many international journals, books, and popular media. His most recent publications include "Driving Desired Futures: Turning Design Thinking into Real Innovation" (2014) and "Porsche Prinzip Innovation" (2013).
 The work of Michael and his team has won many awards, including two Gold Medals for "Best Invention" given by KIWIE, Korea (2010), and by the World Intellectual Property Organization (2010), and the Innovation Prize (2009), awarded by the Austrian Ministry of Science.

Economic Symposium

show timetable


12:00 - 12:10OpeningPlenary
12:10 - 13:40New Goals for the EconomyPlenary
14:10 - 15:40The End of Conventional WisdomPlenary
15:40 - 16:00Political CornerPlenary
16:30 - 17:30Umverteile und herrsche. Wem gehört der Wohlstand?Partner
18:00 - 19:30Learning from the Care EconomyPlenary
19:30 - 20:30Smart Blue HourSocial
20:30 - 21:45Cello Goes Tango or Cello Goes South AmericaCulture


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


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club 01: In Conversation with: Alexa L. WesnerPartner
06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club 02: In Conversation with: Franz FischlerPartner
06:30 - 07:00“Kater” BreakfastPartner
07:00 - 08:00The Economy According to the MediaPlenary
08:00 - 08:30Cooperation in EuropePlenary
09:00 - 10:20Europe’s Economy and the Next GenerationPlenary
10:20 - 10:30ClosingPlenary
20:00 - 21:30Brunnhilde – DJanes NightCulture