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12: The social partnership: There’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend!

Breakout / Working Group
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How can cooperation through social dialogue create win-win situations? The Breakout Session will show the potential for cooperation through negotiations for particular working conditions. We will focus on the practical applicability as well as on scientific findings on successful cooperation in business and work life.

President, ÖGB - Austrian Trade Union Federation, Vienna
Managing Director, XIMES GmbH, Vienna
Associate Professor, Institute of Societal and Social Policy, Johannes Kepler University Linz
Expert, Department of Women and Families, Vienna Chamber of Labour, Vienna

Array Erich FOGLAR

President, ÖGB - Austrian Trade Union Federation, Vienna

Works Council Training Official, Regional Management: Vienna - Southwest Deputy Chair for Manual Workers, Works Council Political Secretary, Metalworkers Union Deputy General Secretary, Finance Department, Metalworkers Union Secretary General, Metalworkers Union (since 2000: Trade Union for Metal and Textile Workers) Executive Secretary, responsible for finances, Austrian Trade Union Federation Chairman, Trade Union for Metal, Textile and Food Workers Member of Management, Austrian Trade Union Federation Acting President, Austrian Trade Union Federation
since 2007

Assoc. Prof. DI Johannes GÄRTNER

Managing Director, XIMES GmbH, Vienna

Trade Union of white collar worker Austria - Research and consulting for shop stewards to support them in bargaining technological issues Doctoral Studies, Vienna University of Technology University Assistant, Faculty of Informatics, Vienna University of Technology Chief Executive Officer, XIMES GmbH, Vienna Habilitation, thesis "Software in Consulting", Vienna University of Technology; Venia docendi, Wirtschaftsinformatik (applied computer sciences in business and economics)
since 1997


Associate Professor, Institute of Societal and Social Policy, Johannes Kepler University Linz

Studies of "Social Economy" Adult Education Scientific Project Assistant Lecturer and Scientific Staff, Institute of Social Policy, University of Linz and Lecturer, Fachhochschule Sozialmanagement und Soziale Arbeit Doctoral thesis "Poverty and Time"

Mag.a Sybille PIRKLBAUER

Expert, Department of Women and Families, Vienna Chamber of Labour, Vienna

Master of Political Science, Publicity and Economics, University of Vienna and Georgetown University, Washington D.C. Assistant to a Member of Parliament Expert, Unit for the European Social Fund, Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, 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