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07: Leadership in complex times: doing the splits between conflict and cooperation

Breakout / Working Group
german language

Managers are confronted increasingly by organisational complexity: traditional matrix structures; new, agile organisation designs; the blurring of boundaries in and between companies. Against this backdrop, effective leadership has to resolve conflicts quickly and directly as well as ensure open and trustful cooperation. How can this balancing act succeed?


Managing Partner, Speedinvest Heroes Consulting GmbH, Vienna
Managing Director, BRZ - Bundesrechenzentrum GmbH, Vienna
Director Human Resources, T-Mobile Austria, Vienna
Regisseur, TELE Haase Steuergeräte Ges.m.b.H., Vienna
Director Human Capital, Deloitte Austria, Vienna Chair


Managing Partner, Speedinvest Heroes Consulting GmbH, Vienna

1993-1999 Datenwerk/ Blue C
1999-2002 Independent Consultancy Services
2002-2005 Research Studios, Seibersdorf
2006-2007 Stay in Silicon Valley
2008-2011 The Merger Consulting GmbH
2011-2013 Independent Consultancy Services, Speedinvest GmbH & Co KG, Vienna
2014-2015 Company start-up "Wilde Welt"
since 2016 Company start-up "Speedinvest Heroes Consulting GmbH", Vienna

Mag. Markus KAISER

Managing Director, BRZ - Bundesrechenzentrum GmbH, Vienna

2001 Business Administration, Auditing and Trusteeship, Finance Law, WU (Vienna School of Economics and Business)
1998-2003 Senior Project Manager, Siemens Business Services, Vienna
2004-2006 Managing Director, Siemens Business Services Romania, Bucharest
2006-2010 Senior Vice President, Head of Operations, Siemens IT Solutions and Services, Munich
2010-2011 Senior Vice President Business Unit Solutions Germany, Siemens IT Solutions and Services, Munich
2011-2015 Senior Vice President Consulting and Systems Integration Germany, Atos, Munich
since 2016 Managing Director, Bundesrechenzentrum GmbH, Vienna


Director Human Resources, T-Mobile Austria, Vienna

1986-2000 Professional tennis player
2009-2011 HR Manager, Huawei Technologies Austria, Vienna
2011-2015 Head of Human Resources Austria and Slovakia, Unibail-Rodamco, Vienna
2015 Head of Human Resources, ContourGlobal, Vienna
2016 HR Director Renewable, ContourGlobal, Vienna
since 2016 Director Human Resources, T-Mobile Austria, Vienna


Regisseur, TELE Haase Steuergeräte Ges.m.b.H., Vienna

1986-1989 Tool maker, Daimler Benz AG
1996-1997 Founder and Managing Director, S+B GmbH Technical Services and Shareholder, Meacon GBR Media Design
1997-2009 Production and SAP Planning, Festo Didactic GmbH Assembly
2006-2009 Management, Orderfulfilment Center Beck IPC GmbH
2009-2011 Company takeover of Beck IPC GmbH, Managing Director and Shareholder, Development of Business areas Renewables and E-Mobility
2011-2013 Consulting in the field of Change Management, TELE Haase and Partner, mission-e-motion GmbH
since 2013 Operational Regisseur and Creator of the "company of the future" together with TELE company owner Christoph Haase

Mag. Jan KRIMS

Director Human Capital, Deloitte Austria, Vienna

1999-2000 Assistant to Dr. Hannes Jarolim, Member of Parliament
2000-2001 Freelance Facilitator and Project Manager
2002-2005 Head, Research and Planning, Social Democratic Party of Austria
2006-2012 Consultant and Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting GmbH
since 2013 Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting GmbH

Economic Symposium

show timetable


10:00 - 12:30Charity Soccer Match - Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
14:00 - 14:30OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 15:30Conflict or cooperation? The human factor in the economyPlenary
15:30 - 16:15Meet the Speaker: Alex 'Sandy' PentlandPlenary
15:30 - 16:15Meet the Speaker: Ernst FehrPlenary
16:15 - 17:45Business 2050: Europe's search for the competitive edgePlenary
18:30 - 20:00ecoplus and "So schmeckt Niederösterreich" Lower Austria EveningSocial
20:00 - 22:00The Alpbach Debate: globalisation and free tradePlenary


08:00 - 09:0017th management club Business BreakfastPartner
08:45 - 11:30Talk on the Mountain: Decide! Quickly! And correctly!Partner
09:00 - 10:30Artificial intelligence and the future of workPlenary
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 01: Basic income or welfare state?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 02: Low productivity growth despite the digital revolution? Lessons for EuropeBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 03: Competition boosts business. Cooperation spurs prices?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 04: The machine colleague - friend or foe?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 05: Climate protection & economy. (No) contradiction?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 06: Foreign direct investments - curse or blessing?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 07: Leadership in complex times: doing the splits between conflict and cooperationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 08: Business location vs. intact environment - an irresolvable conflict?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 09: "The power of we": conflict and cooperation between men and women in the economyBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 10: It's the innovation, stupid! How to become a successful entrepreneur in the digital ageBreakout
13:30 - 15:00Lunch ReceptionSocial
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 11: International trade: cooperation vs. autonomyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 12: The social partnership: There's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend!Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 13: Talking climate: irritation and innovation engine for economy and societyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 14: Homo faber digitalis: the working (wo)man in the global digital marketBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 15: Cooperation vs. competition: economic policy in the EUBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 16: Trends and counter-trends - conflict and cooperation in the economyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 17: Jailhouse rocks? Or wouldn't it be better to break out of the prisoner's dilemma altogether?Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 18: How the lack of IT and network security threatens the European digital economyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 19: Conflict through cooperation: legal liability for human rights abuses in global supply chainsBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 20: There can only be one? Revisiting corporate successionBreakout
18:00 - 19:30Don't confuse trying with doing!Plenary
19:00 - 20:30Fireside Talk: Minimum wage - curse or blessing?Partner
22:00 - 00:00Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 10:30Alpbach Hike: resources - from conflict potential to potential innovationPlenary
08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubPartner
08:30 - 09:30"Kater" BreakfastPartner
10:45 - 11:45We have learned nothing from the crisis!Plenary
11:45 - 12:30Conflict and cooperation in the social partnershipPlenary
16:30 - 20:00Economic DialoguePartner