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Agility and resilience: Superpowers to handle complexity

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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
since 2006 Senior Adviser, IBM Global Education Industry
since 2006 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

1984-1985 Revisionsassistent, Wiener Treuhand- und Wirtschaftsber.gmbH, Wien
1986 Assistent des Finanzvorstandes, Swarovski America Ltd, Rhode Island
1987-1990 Vice President Finance, Daniel Swarovski Corp., Feldmeilen
1991-1993 Chief Financial Officer und Chief Operating Officer, Zale Corporation (Swarovski Gruppe), Dallas, Texas
1994-2001 Chief Executive Officer, Tyrolit Gruppe (Swarovski Gruppe), Schwaz
2001-2003 Managing Director, UBS Warburg, London
2003-2010 Vorstandsvorsitzender, Zumtobel Gruppe, Dornbirn
 Seit 2016 Sprecher des Vorstands, Umdasch Group AG, Amstetten
2010-2015 Vorstandsvorsitzender, Umdasch 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


10:00 - 12:30Charity Soccer Match - Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
14:00 - 14:30OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 15:30"I have a dream": I dream of a diverse and resilient EuropePlenary
16:00 - 17:30The future of data economyPlenary
18:30 - 20:00ecoplus and "So schmeckt Niederösterreich" Lower Austria EveningSocial
20:00 - 21:30Innovation 101: The "diversity" factorPlenary


08:00 - 09:00Europe BreakfastPartner
08:00 - 09:00Swiss Country Breakfast: RicolaPlenary
08:00 - 09:00Swiss Country Breakfast: logitechPlenary
08:30 - 11:30Talk on the Mountain - Diversity: A moral responsibility or a tool to maximise profitsPartner
09:00 - 10:30Agility and resilience: Superpowers to handle complexityPlenary
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 01: Digital Future Game: Requirements for a digital societyBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 02: An unpredictable future - Digitalisation in individual trafficBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 03: Digital leadership - How states and businesses lead through the digital transformation successfullyBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 04: Demographic change and its effects on the future working lifeBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 05: Republic of fake news - How civil society and businesses become resilient to manipulationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 06: Class conflict or social partnership in wage negotiations: What guarantees stability and flexibility?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 07: On the green grass and in business: If you don’t shoot, you will not score.Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 08: Specialisation and diversification - What businesses can learn from natural sciencesBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 09: The rising of "TECHNIUM": Is it real, fantasy or artificial?Breakout
13:30 - 15:00Lunch receptionSocial
13:30 - 14:45WERIETY LUNCH LAB: Innovate diversity and co-create new concepts for resiliencePartner
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 10: Playmaker or match ball - Resilience in times of disruptionBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 11: Challenges of the digital economy: Pioneer or fast followerBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 12: Transparency instead of discretion? HR as a key for equal payBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 13: Strategic big data management: How to deal with the "new oil"?Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 14: We don't need no education! Economic education as a business-location factorBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 15: Blockchain and the new cryptoeconomics: Are economy and society facing the next revolution?Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 16: Cyber security - Is resilience an utopia in a digital economy?Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 17: Differences that make a difference: Cooperatives vs. PLCsBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 18: Start-up spirit @ big corporation - how much is too much?Breakout
17:30 - 19:30WU CryptonightPartner
18:00 - 22:00Vienna Wednesday society of trade - Alpbach edition: How digital is our work?Partner
18:15 - 19:45Working in the age of overload - Better thrive than survivePlenary
22:00 - 00:00Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubPartner
08:30 - 09:30"Kater" BreakfastPartner
09:00 - 10:30New mobility: Electric, shared or autonomous?Plenary
11:00 - 12:30Shock resistance: Downfall, intervention, resurrection?Plenary
16:30 - 20:00Economic DialoguePartner