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03: Competition boosts business. Cooperation spurs prices?

Breakout / Working Group
german language

According to theory, more competition spurs market growth leading to innovation and diversity. Does collaboration in the form of cooperatives increase prices for consumers and producers or does it shift profit margins? What is the role of digitalisation? Is the food system going to be more democratic?

General Secretary, Austrian Chamber of Agriculture, Vienna
Chief Executive Officer, REWE International, Wiener Neudorf
Austrian Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism, Vienna
Habilitated Associate University Teacher, Department of Economic and Social Sciences, Institute of Marketing and Innovation, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Chief Executive Officer, RWA - Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG, Vienna
Chief Executive Officer, forum. ernährung heute, Vienna

Dipl.-Ing. Josef PLANK

General Secretary, Austrian Chamber of Agriculture, Vienna

Referent für Vieh und- Fleischvermarktung in der Niederösterreichischen Landeslandwirtschaftskammer Abteilungsleiter für Vieh und Fleisch, Agrarmarkt Austria Vorstandsvorsitzender der Agrarmarkt Austria, Wien Landesrat für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt, Naturschutz, Katastrophenschutz, und Energie mit besonderem Schwerpunkt für erneuerbare Energie in Niederösterreich Geschäftsführer der RENERGIE (Raiffeisen Managementgesellschaft für erneuerbare Energie), Wien Präsident, Dachverband Erneuerbare Energie Österreich Abteilungsleiter, Landwirtschaftskammer Österreich Präsident, Österreichischer Biomasseverband Generalsekretär-Stellvertreter, Landwirtschaftskammer Österreich
 Volksschule in Rogatsboden; Hauptschule in Scheibbs; Oberstufe des Bundesrealgymnasiums, Scheibbs; Universität für Bodenkultur, Agrarökonomik -Abschluss 1982
seit 2015

Dkfm. Frank HENSEL

Chief Executive Officer, REWE International, Wiener Neudorf

Sales-Manager, Nestle AG Deutschland Vorstandsassistent (und andere Funktionen im Unternehmen), SPAR AG Hamburg Direktor (gesamtverantwortlich für den Bereich Supermarkt/Großhandel für alle Regionen Deutschlands), SPAR Handels AG Deutschland REWE Group im internationalen Bereich, REWE Zentral AG Geschäftsführer, REWE Ungarn Vorstandsmitglied, BILLA AG Österreich, zuständig für Italien und Vorsitz der Geschäftsführung für BILLA/Standa Italien Vorstandsmitglied, REWE Group Austria Vorstandsvorsitzender, REWE Group Austria
  Studium der Betriebswirtschaft

Array Elisabeth KÖSTINGER

Austrian Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism, Vienna

Assistant, Carinthia District Health Insurance Fund Federal Head, Austrian Rural Youth Organisation Delegate to the European Council of Young Farmers Federal Chair, Austrian Young Farmers' Association Vice-Chair, Austrian Farmers' Federation President, Eco Social Forum Europe Vice-Chair, Political Academy, ÖVP - Austrian People's Party Federal Vice-Chair, Austrian People's Party
 Studied journalism, communication and applied cultural studies, University of Klagenfurt
since 2009
since 2015

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Siegfried PÖCHTRAGER

Habilitated Associate University Teacher, Department of Economic and Social Sciences, Institute of Marketing and Innovation, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Graduation University Assistant

DI Reinhard WOLF

Chief Executive Officer, RWA - Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG, Vienna

ÖRWZ - Österreichische Warenzentrale Leadership positions: Chief Executive Officer Genol and Chief Executive Officer Fert-Import, Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG Member, Executive Board, RWA - Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG Member of the Board, BayWa AG
since 2009
since 2013

Mag. Marlies GRUBER

Chief Executive Officer, forum. ernährung heute, Vienna

Research Assistant, forum. ernährung heute, Vienna Science Editor, Ernährung/Nutrition - Austrian Journal for Science, Law, Technology and Economy Scientific Advisor, forum. ernährung heute, Vienna Lecturer for Health Promotion and Prevention, School for Health and Nursing Care, SMZ East, Vienna Lecturer for Nutritional Communication, University of Applied Sciences, Dietetics, St. Pölten
 Master Programme in Nutritional Sciences, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University Vienna and Karolinska Institute, Department of Bioscience, Unit for Preventive Nutrition, Huddinge
since 2013

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