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Agility and resilience: Superpowers to handle complexity

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in englischer Sprache

Organisations are vivid organisms in complex and agile playing fields. Management, however, is often stuck in yesterday’s linear patterns of thought and behaviour. Celebrating the 10-year jubilee of the Peter Drucker Forum, we look at how management can build capacity for resilience in organisations of the 21st century.

Founder and President, Global Peter Drucker Forum, Vienna Introduction
Author; Columnist for, Washington D.C.
Executive Chairman, Umdasch Group AG, Amstetten
Professor, Innovation Management, Aalto University and Hanken School of Economics Helsinki
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, new&able Management- und Organisationsberatung GmbH, Karlsruhe Chair

Dr. Richard STRAUB

Founder and President, Global Peter Drucker Forum, Vienna

1984-1987 Director, PC Sales IBM Austria
1987-1992 Director, PC Unit, IBM Austria
1993-1994 Assistant General Manager, PC Marketing, IBM EMEA
1994-1995 Regional Director, PC IBM Central Europe and Russia
1996-1997 Director, IBM Global Marketing and Sales Institute, Belgium
1997-2001 Chief Learning Officer, IBM Global Sales and Distribution Group
2001-2005 Director, Learning Solutions, IBM EMEA
since 2006 Associate Director, Corporate Services EFMD
Senior Adviser, IBM Global Education Industry
Senior Adviser to the Chairman, IBM EMEA
since 2008 President, Peter Drucker Society Europe


Author; Columnist for, Washington D.C.

 Steve Denning is the author of nine books, including his new book, The Age of Agile (AMACOM, 2018). Steve is the former Program Director, Knowledge Management at the World Bank. He writes a column for on leadership, innovation and Agile management. He works with organizations in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. He also leads the SD Learning Consortium, a group of major private sector firms that are sharing knowledge about the Agile transformation journey.

Dr. Andreas J. LUDWIG

Executive Chairman, Umdasch Group AG, Amstetten

 Master and Doctorate Law Degree, University of Vienna
 Business Management and Economics, WU -. Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
 Professional Management Degree, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA
1984-1985 Assistant, Wiener Treuhand- und WirtschaftsberatungsgmbH, Vienna
1986 Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer, Swarovski America Ltd, Rhode Island, NE
1987-1990 Vice President Finance, Daniel Swarovski Corp., Männedorf
1991-1993 Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Zale Corporation, Swarovski Group, Dallas, TX
1994-2001 Chief Executive Officer, Tyrolit Group, Swarovsky Group, Schwaz
2001-2003 Managing Director, UBS Warburg, London
2003-2010 Chief Executive Officer, Zumtobel Group, Dornbirn
2010-2015 Chief Executive Officer, Umdasch AG, Amstetten
2016 Executive Chairman, Umdasch Group AG, Amstetten


Professor, Innovation Management, Aalto University and Hanken School of Economics Helsinki

 Professor Liisa Välikangas teaches innovation management at Aalto University and Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland. Previously she has been affiliated with Stanford University, London Business School and Keio University in Japan. She has also worked for Strategos, a strategic management consulting firm, and SRI International in California's Silicon Valley. She is known for her publications in strategic renewal and resilience (including The Resilient Organization, McGraw-Hill, 2010 and The Quest for Resilience, Harvard Business Review, 2003) and innovation management (Strategic Innovation, Pearson/Financial Times Press, 2015). She is Senior Editor of Management and Organization Review, a journal focused on China and emerging markets, published by Cambridge University Press. Her current research projects focus on the business and societal implications of digital technologies including blockchain and how to tackle very large problems, i.e., world challenges. Prof. Välikangas has consulted and worked with many small and large companies around the world and served in the board of the Finnish National Innovation Agency, Tekes.


Founder and Chief Executive Officer, new&able Management- und Organisationsberatung GmbH, Karlsruhe

 Dagmar Woyde-Koehler is founder and managing partner of the new&able management consultancy. Improvement of decision-making and cooperation through intelligent networking and agile use of organisational intelligence "in business and society" has been one of the key concerns of her work for over twenty years.
 As a long-time top manager she has gained an insider’s intimate knowledge of what makes major corporations tick. For her pioneering work in the introduction of intellectual capital reporting in the EnBW AG, a leading German electricity utility, in 2008 she was made Germany´s "Chief Learning Officer of the Year".
 In collaboration with Gebhard Borck she published the book "Wetten statt Planen" (Make Bets - not Plans), a provocative reassessment of the meaning and purpose of traditional corporate planning.
 Dagmar Woyde-Koehler is a member of the New Club of Paris, the Wertekommission (Initiative for Values-Conscious Leadership), the Forum Gute Führung (Forum for Good Leadership) and the European Leonardo Advisory Board.
 In 2004 she founded the MINDKISS Project, an international and interdisciplinary networking venture, which she has curated and managed ever since.

Economic Symposium

show timetable


08:00 - 10:30Charity Soccer Match – Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
12:00 - 12:30OpeningPlenary
12:30 - 13:30“I have a dream”: I dream of a diverse and resilient EuropePlenary
14:00 - 15:30The future of data economyPlenary
16:30 - 18:00ecoplus and “So schmeckt Niederösterreich” Lower Austria EveningSocial
18:00 - 19:30Innovation 101: The “diversity” factorPlenary


06:00 - 07:00Europe BreakfastPartner
06:00 - 07:00Swiss Country Breakfast: RicolaPlenary
06:00 - 07:00Swiss Country Breakfast: logitechPlenary
06:30 - 09:30Talk on the Mountain – Diversity: A moral responsibility or a tool to maximise profitsPartner
07:00 - 08:30Agility and resilience: Superpowers to handle complexityPlenary
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 01: Digital Future Game: Requirements for a digital societyBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 02: An unpredictable future – Digitalisation in individual trafficBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 03: Digital leadership – How states and businesses lead through the digital transformation successfullyBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 04: Demographic change and its effects on the future working lifeBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 05: Republic of fake news – How civil society and businesses become resilient to manipulationBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 06: Class conflict or social partnership in wage negotiations: What guarantees stability and flexibility?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 07: On the green grass and in business: If you don’t shoot, you will not score.Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 08: Specialisation and diversification – What businesses can learn from natural sciencesBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 09: The rising of “TECHNIUM”: Is it real, fantasy or artificial?Breakout
11:30 - 13:00Lunch receptionSocial
11:30 - 12:45WERIETY LUNCH LAB: Innovate diversity and co-create new concepts for resiliencePartner
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 10: Playmaker or match ball – Resilience in times of disruptionBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 11: Challenges of the digital economy: Pioneer or fast followerBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 12: Transparency instead of discretion? HR as a key for equal payBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 13: Strategic big data management: How to deal with the “new oil”?Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 14: We don’t need no education! Economic education as a business-location factorBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 15: Blockchain and the new cryptoeconomics: Are economy and society facing the next revolution?Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 16: Cyber security – Is resilience an utopia in a digital economy?Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 17: Differences that make a difference: Cooperatives vs. PLCsBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 18: Start-up spirit @ big corporation – how much is too much?Breakout
15:30 - 17:30WU CryptonightPartner
16:00 - 20:00Vienna Wednesday society of trade – Alpbach edition: How digital is our work?Partner
16:15 - 17:45Working in the age of overload – Better thrive than survivePlenary


Magenta NightSocial


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast ClubPartner
06:30 - 07:30“Kater” BreakfastPartner
07:00 - 08:30New mobility: Electric, shared or autonomous?Plenary
09:00 - 10:30Shock resistance: Downfall, intervention, resurrection?Plenary
14:30 - 18:00Economic DialoguePartner