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02: Low productivity growth despite the digital revolution? Lessons for Europe

Breakout / Working Group
in deutscher Sprache

Productivity growth results in greater value added, higher wages and more prosperity. But productivity trends have been diverging in Europe on national and industry-sector levels. What are the consequences for businesses competing in the global market? How do digitalisation, investment, innovation and regulation impact productivity? What can Europe do?

Chief Executive Officer, Magenta Telekom, Vienna
Director, IHS - Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna
President and Chief Executive Officer, Austrian Airlines AG, Schwechat/Vienna
Vice President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna
Editor, Die Presse, Vienna Chair


Chief Executive Officer, Magenta Telekom, Vienna

2002-2006 Managing Director, Germanwings GmbH, Cologne
2006-2008 Vice President Marketing, Lufthansa AG, Munich
2008-2012 Board Member, Austrian Airlines AG, Vienna
since 2012 Chief Executive Officer, Magenta Telekom, Vienna

Dr. Univ.-Prof. Martin KOCHER

Director, IHS - Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna

2002 Doctorate, Economics, University of Innsbruck
2002-2007 Assistant Professor, University of Innsbruck and University of Amsterdam
2007-2010 Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, University of Munich
2010 Full Professor in Behavioral and Experimental Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich
since 2011 Full Professor of Economics, University of Munich
Affiliate Professor, University of Gothenburg
2012-2013 Dean, Department of Economics, University of Munich
2013 Affiliate Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
2013-2016 Professor of Economics, Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich
since 2016 Director, IHS - Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna


President and Chief Executive Officer, Austrian Airlines AG, Schwechat/Vienna

1976-1978 Mechanical Engineering, Technische Universität Darmstadt
1978-1979 Military Service, W15, Electronic Warfare Unit
1979-1981 Training Commercial Pilot, Lufthansa Flight Training, Bremen / Phoenix
1982-1987 First Officer B 737, Lufthansa Passage, Deutsche Lufthansa AG
1987-1996 First Officer A 310, Lufthansa Passage, Deutsche Lufthansa AG
1996-2005 Captain B 747-200, Lufthansa Cargo
1999-2000 Airline Operation Lufthansa Cargo
1999-2001 Fleet Captain Operations, B747-200, Lufthansa Cargo
2000-2005 Training Captain B 747-200, Type Rating Examiner (TRE), Lufthansa Cargo
Qualification to Test Flight Execution B747-200, Lufthansa Cargo
2001-2002 Head of Operations Center, Lufthansa Cargo
2002-2004 Head of Business Unit, Global Freighter Operation, Lufthansa Cargo
2004-2008 Accountable Manager, SVP Transport & Flight Ops, Lufthansa Cargo
2005-2008 Captain MD11, Lufthansa Cargo
2008-2011 Chief Executive Officer, Jade Cargo International, Shenzhen
2011-2015 Member, Lufthansa German Airlines Board, Operations & Hub Frankfurt, Deutsche Lufthansa AG
Chief Operating Officer, Deutsche Lufthansa AG
since 2015 Member of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer, Austrian Airlines AG


Vice President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna

1985-1990 Business Administration, Johannes Kepler University, Linz
1990-1991 Internship, Pipe Liners Inc., New Orleans, USA
1991-1992 Managing International Subsidaries, Engel Austria
since 1992 Rabmer Group; 1992 Commercial Director, 1996 Co-Owner and Single Proxy, since 1999 Managing Director of several national and international subsidiaries
1993-2000 Member, Board of Directors, Raiffeisenbank Altenberg
1997-2005 Member, City Council, Altenberg and Linz
2002-2004 Chairwoman, Board of Directors Norditube SA, Sweden
2002-2003 Deputy Chairperson, Young Entrepreneurs (Junge Wirtschaft OÖ)
since 2002 General Manager, Rabmer Group, Altenberg
2003-2015 Vice President, WKOÖ - Economic Chamber Upper Austria
2004-2010 Member, Supervisory Board, Raiffeisenlandesbank OÖ
2007-2015 President, Environmental Technology Cluster, Upper Austria
2009-2015 Member, Economic Board, Diözese Linz
2010-2016 President, "Women in Business - Upper Austria"
2011-2015 Deputy Chairperson, Federal Division for Skilled Crafts and Trades
Vice President, UEAPME - European Association of SMEs, Skilled Crafts and Trades and Chair, UEAPME Committee for Sustainable Development
since 2011 Sole Shareholder, Rabmer Group, Altenberg
2013-2015 Member, High Level Group KET - Key Enabling Technologies
2014-2016 Member, Advisory Council, ACR - Austrian Cooperative Research
2015-2017 Chairwoman, Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions
since 2015 Vice President, WKÖ - Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
2016-2017 Chairwoman, Supervisory Board, SVC GmbH, Vienna
since 2016 President, UEAPME - European Association of SMEs, Skilled Crafts and Trades

Mag. Judith HECHT

Editor, Die Presse, Vienna

1996 Legal Internship, Higher Regional Court Vienna
1996-2009 Lawyer, Division Real Estate, Vienna Insurance Group, Vienna
2004-2012 Freelance Journalist, Der Standard, Vienna
2009-2013 Freelance Journalist, FORMAT, Vienna
since 2012 Editor, Die Presse, Vienna

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