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Artificial intelligence and the future of work

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in englischer Sprache

The automation of ‘knowledge work’ brings major changes to companies and alters the way we understand work itself. What will the workplace of the future look like once humans and machines interact on a cognitive level? As we redefine our perception of the division of labour, what role will the managers of the future play?

Founder and President, Global Peter Drucker Forum, Vienna Introduction
Reader, Department of Computer Science, University of Bath
Digital Anthropologist and Author, Red Thread Inc., Paris
Chief Business Strategist, IBM Watson Group, New York
President of the Supervisory Board, ERSTE Foundation, Vienna
Editor, Harvard University Press; Business Book Author, Boston Chair

Dr. Richard STRAUB

Founder and President, Global Peter Drucker Forum, Vienna

1984-1987 Director, PC Sales IBM Austria
1987-1992 Director, PC Unit, IBM Austria
1993-1994 Assistant General Manager, PC Marketing, IBM EMEA
1994-1995 Regional Director, PC IBM Central Europe and Russia
1996-1997 Director, IBM Global Marketing and Sales Institute, Belgium
1997-2001 Chief Learning Officer, IBM Global Sales and Distribution Group
2001-2005 Director, Learning Solutions, IBM EMEA
since 2006 Associate Director, Corporate Services EFMD
Senior Adviser, IBM Global Education Industry
Senior Adviser to the Chairman, IBM EMEA
since 2008 President, Peter Drucker Society Europe

Ph.D. Joanna J. BRYSON

Reader, Department of Computer Science, University of Bath

1986 BA in Behavioral Science, The College of the University of Chicago
1986-1988 Sole technical employee, Lawrence I Schulman & Co. / First Options of Chicago
1988-1991 Project Leader for automating the exchange-floor staff, A M Investors, Chicago
1992 MSc in Artificial Intelligence, The University of Edinburgh
1999-2000 Research Assistant, Human Communication Research Center, University of Edinburgh
2000 MPhil in Psychology, The University of Edinburgh
2001 PhD in Computer Science, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2001-2002 Postdoctoral Fellow, Primate Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Harvard University, Cambridge
2002-2010 Lecturer B (Assistant Professor), Department of Computer Science, University of Bath
2007-2009 Visiting Research Fellow, Methods and Data Institute, University of Nottingham
Resident Faculty and Hans Przibram Fellow, The Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Vienna
2010 Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Oxford University
since 2010 Reader (Associate Professor), Department of Computer Science, University of Bath
2011-2013 Visiting Research Fellow, Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung, University Mannheim
2015-2017 Visiting Fellow, CITP - Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University


Digital Anthropologist and Author, Red Thread Inc., Paris

2004-2006 Bchelor of Arts, Business Administration and Management, Ivey Business School at Western University, London (Ontario)
2006 Exchange Program, Media & Communications, HEC - Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Paris
Research Analyst & Media Strategist, New Paradigm Learning Corporation, St. Petersburg (Florida)
2006-2008 Research Analyst & Project Manager, Hotspex Market Research, Toronto
2008-2009 Indipendent Consultant
2009-2011 Associate Director, Technology Pioneers, World Economic Forum, Geneva
since 2012 Founder, Digital Foresight & Innovation Strategist, Red Thread Inc., Paris
since 2014 Adjunct Professor, Innovation & Emerging Business Models, Finance & Economics MBA Program, Sciences Po, Paris


Chief Business Strategist, IBM Watson Group, New York

since 1982 Professional Freelance Photographer
1986-1994 Managing Consultant, Global Bank, Emerging Market Start-Up Manager, Big Five Consulting Firm'
1995-1997 Sales & Marketing Manager US West Coast; Transformation Manager, AT&T
1997-2001 Director Europe, Relationship Technologies, BI & CRM, Teradata
2001-2002 IBM Internal Sales Transformation Team Executive, IBM
2003-2004 Executive Principal IBM Internal Sales Transformation, IBM
2004-2007 Business Intelligence Practice Partner Nordic, IBM
2007-2010 Analytics Consulting Leader West & South Europe, IBM
2010-2014 Global Strategist, Big Data Analytics & Optimization, IBM
since 2014 Chief Business Strategist, IBM Watson Group, New York

Mag. Andreas TREICHL

President of the Supervisory Board, ERSTE Foundation, Vienna

 Andreas Treichl has been Chairman of the Management Board of Erste Group Bank AG since 1997. He studied Economic Science at the University of Vienna and started his banking career in 1977 at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York as a credit analyst. Then he worked for Chase in various management positions in Vienna, Athens and Brussels. In 1994, he became Member of the Management Board of Erste Österreichische Spar-Kasse and on 1st of July 1997 Chairman of the Board. He managed the bank after the merger with GiroCredit and took it public. Under his leadership and initiative, the bank, which had been a purely local savings bank up to then, expanded into a leading financial services provider in Central and Eastern Europe with more than 15.9 million customers. Andreas Treichl established the ERSTE Foundation, was Chairman of the Board until 2012 and is Member of the Advisory Board since 2013. He launched numerous initiatives for social development and sustainability, e.g. good.bee and Zweite Sparkasse, enabling access to financial services for disadvantaged target groups.


Editor, Harvard University Press; Business Book Author, Boston

1984-1988 Manager, PwC - Coopers & Lybrand, Cleveland
1988-1992 Director, Computer Sciences Corporation, Cleveland
1992-1996 Director, Ernst & Young, Boston
1996-2000 Thought Leadership Center, Accenture, Boston
2000-2016 Editor, Harvard Business Review, Boston
since 2016 Editor, Harvard University Press, Boston

Economic Symposium

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08:00 - 10:30Charity Soccer Match – Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
12:00 - 12:30OpeningPlenary
12:30 - 13:30Conflict or cooperation? The human factor in the economyPlenary
13:30 - 14:15Meet the Speaker: Alex ‘Sandy’ PentlandPlenary
13:30 - 14:15Meet the Speaker: Ernst FehrPlenary
14:15 - 15:45Business 2050: Europe’s search for the competitive edgePlenary
16:30 - 18:00ecoplus and “So schmeckt Niederösterreich” Lower Austria EveningSocial
18:00 - 20:00The Alpbach Debate: globalisation and free tradePlenary


06:00 - 07:0017th management club Business BreakfastPartner
06:45 - 09:30Talk on the Mountain: Decide! Quickly! And correctly!Partner
07:00 - 08:30Artificial intelligence and the future of workPlenary
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 01: Basic income or welfare state?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 02: Low productivity growth despite the digital revolution? Lessons for EuropeBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 03: Competition boosts business. Cooperation spurs prices?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 04: The machine colleague – friend or foe?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 05: Climate protection & economy. (No) contradiction?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 06: Foreign direct investments – curse or blessing?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 07: Leadership in complex times: doing the splits between conflict and cooperationBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 08: Business location vs. intact environment – an irresolvable conflict?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 09: “The power of we”: conflict and cooperation between men and women in the economyBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 10: It’s the innovation, stupid! How to become a successful entrepreneur in the digital ageBreakout
11:30 - 13:00Lunch ReceptionSocial
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 11: International trade: cooperation vs. autonomyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 12: The social partnership: There’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend!Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 13: Talking climate: irritation and innovation engine for economy and societyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 14: Homo faber digitalis: the working (wo)man in the global digital marketBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 15: Cooperation vs. competition: economic policy in the EUBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 16: Trends and counter-trends – conflict and cooperation in the economyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 17: Jailhouse rocks? Or wouldn’t it be better to break out of the prisoner’s dilemma altogether?Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 18: How the lack of IT and network security threatens the European digital economyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 19: Conflict through cooperation: legal liability for human rights abuses in global supply chainsBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 20: There can only be one? Revisiting corporate successionBreakout
16:00 - 17:30Don’t confuse trying with doing!Plenary
17:00 - 18:30Fireside Talk: Minimum wage – curse or blessing?Partner


Magenta NightSocial


06:00 - 08:30Alpbach Hike: resources – from conflict potential to potential innovationPlenary
06:00 - 07:00Breakfast ClubPartner
06:30 - 07:30“Kater” BreakfastPartner
08:45 - 09:45We have learned nothing from the crisis!Plenary
09:45 - 10:30Conflict and cooperation in the social partnershipPlenary
14:30 - 18:00Economic DialoguePartner