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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 Chair


President, ÖGB - Austrian Trade Union Federation, Vienna

1979-1987 Works Council
1984-1987 Training Official, Regional Management: Vienna - Southwest
1985-1987 Deputy Chair for Manual Workers, Works Council
1987-1988 Political Secretary, Metalworkers Union
1988-1992 Deputy General Secretary, Finance Department, Metalworkers Union
1992-2006 Secretary General, Metalworkers Union (since 2000: Trade Union for Metal and Textile Workers)
2006 Executive Secretary, responsible for finances, Austrian Trade Union Federation
2006-2008 Chairman, Trade Union for Metal, Textile and Food Workers
since 2007 Member of Management, Austrian Trade Union Federation
2008-2009 Acting President, Austrian Trade Union Federation
since 2009 Elected President, Austrian Trade Union Federation

Assoc. Prof. DI Johannes GÄRTNER

Managing Director, XIMES GmbH, Vienna

1989-1992 Trade Union of white collar worker Austria - Research and consulting for shop stewards to support them in bargaining technological issues
1990-1992 Doctoral Studies, Vienna University of Technology
1992-2002 University Assistant, Faculty of Informatics, Vienna University of Technology
since 1997 Chief Executive Officer, XIMES GmbH, Vienna
2001 Habilitation, thesis "Software in Consulting", Vienna University of Technology; Venia docendi, Wirtschaftsinformatik (applied computer sciences in business and economics)
since 2002 Associate Professor, Faculty of Informatics, Vienna University of Technology


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

1978-1984 Studies of "Social Economy"
1980-1984 Adult Education
1984-1987 Scientific Project Assistant
1987-2000 Lecturer and Scientific Staff, Institute of Social Policy, University of Linz and Lecturer, Fachhochschule Sozialmanagement und Soziale Arbeit
1996 Doctoral thesis "Poverty and Time"
since 2000 Associate Professor, Institute of Societal and Social Policy, Johannes Kepler University Linz

Mag.a Sybille PIRKLBAUER

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

1990-1995 Master of Political Science, Publicity and Economics, University of Vienna and Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
1995 Assistant to a Member of Parliament
1996-2004 Expert, Unit for the European Social Fund, Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, Vienna
since 2004 Expert, Unit for Women and Family Affairs, Vienna Chamber of Labour, Vienna

Economic Symposium

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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