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Artificial intelligence and the future of work

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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
Reader, Department of Computer Science, University of Bath
Digital Anthropologist and Author, Red Thread Inc., Paris
Chief Business Strategist, IBM Watson Group, New York
Chairman of the Management Board, Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna
Senior Editor, Harvard University Press; Author, Only Humans Need Apply, Cambridge

Dr. Richard STRAUB

Founder and President, Global Peter Drucker Forum, Vienna

Director, PC Sales IBM Austria Director, PC Unit, IBM Austria Assistant General Manager, PC Marketing, IBM EMEA Regional Director, PC IBM Central Europe and Russia Director, IBM Global Marketing and Sales Institute, Belgium Chief Learning Officer, IBM Global Sales and Distribution Group Director, Learning Solutions, IBM EMEA Associate Director, Corporate Services EFMD Senior Adviser, IBM Global Education Industry Senior Adviser to the Chairman, IBM EMEA
since 2006
since 2006
since 2006

Ph.D. Joanna J. BRYSON

Reader, Department of Computer Science, University of Bath

BA in Behavioral Science, The College of the University of Chicago Sole technical employee, Lawrence I Schulman & Co. / First Options of Chicago Project Leader for automating the exchange-floor staff, A M Investors, Chicago MSc in Artificial Intelligence, The University of Edinburgh Research Assistant, Human Communication Research Center, University of Edinburgh MPhil in Psychology, The University of Edinburgh PhD in Computer Science, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Fellow, Primate Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Harvard University, Cambridge Lecturer B (Assistant Professor), Department of Computer Science, University of Bath 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 Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Oxford University Reader (Associate Professor), Department of Computer Science, University of Bath Visiting Research Fellow, Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung, University Mannheim
since 2010

Array Rahaf HARFOUSH

Digital Anthropologist and Author, Red Thread Inc., Paris

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


Chief Business Strategist, IBM Watson Group, New York

Professional Freelance Photographer Managing Consultant, Global Bank, Emerging Market Start-Up Manager, Big Five Consulting Firm' Sales & Marketing Manager US West Coast; Transformation Manager, AT&T Director Europe, Relationship Technologies, BI & CRM, Teradata IBM Internal Sales Transformation Team Executive, IBM Executive Principal IBM Internal Sales Transformation, IBM Business Intelligence Practice Partner Nordic, IBM Analytics Consulting Leader West & South Europe, IBM Global Strategist, Big Data Analytics & Optimization, IBM
since 1982

Mag. Andreas TREICHL

Chairman of the Management Board, Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna

Master's Degree in Economics, University of Vienna Trainee programmes at Citibank, Morgan Stanley and Brown Brothers Harriman, New York Various management positions at Chase Manhatten Bank in New York, Brussels, Athens and Vienna Member of the Management Board, Erste oesterreichische Spar-Casse, Vienna Chairman of the Management Board, Erste oesterreichische Spar-Casse, Vienna

Array Julia KIRBY

Senior Editor, Harvard University Press; Author, Only Humans Need Apply, Cambridge

 Julia Kirby is a senior editor at Harvard University Press, focused on helping research-based books by scholarly authors reach broad audiences and influence current thinking. She joined HUP after a fifteen-year career at Harvard Business Review, where she worked with hundreds of management thinkers over the years to bring their ideas to practitioners across sectors of the economy and all around the globe. Her newest book, with Tom Davenport, is Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines (Harper Collins, May 2016). She also coauthored (with Chris Meyer) the 2012 book Standing on Sun: How the Explosion of Capitalism Abroad Will Change Business Everywhere, praised by The Financial Times as one of the best business books of its year. Prior to HBR, Julia worked in the management consulting industry, producing and packaging insights on emerging technologies, strategy, marketing, talent management, and leadership.

Economic Symposium

show timetable


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