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Managing Insecurity or Managing in Security?

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Organisations have moved from tightly controlled management approaches to models that are more flexible. One gives the illusion of security while the other aims to liberate the creative power of a company. Which management approaches are useful to ‘liberate’ workers in times of rapid transformation?

Founder and President, Global Peter Drucker Forum, Vienna Introduction
Professor, Leadership and Innovation, ESCP Europe Business School, Paris
Chairman Emeritus, Tupperware Brands Corporation, Orlando
Chief Executive Officer, Austro Control GmbH, Vienna
Editor, Harvard University Press; Business Book Author, Boston Chair

Dr. Richard STRAUB

Founder and President, Global Peter Drucker Forum, Vienna

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

Isaac GETZ

Professor, Leadership and Innovation, ESCP Europe Business School, Paris

 Isaac Getz studied over 300 companies in 30 countries and wrote on topics of leadership, corporate transformation, employee engagement, and freedom and responsibility culture. He is a co-author with Brian Carney of the award-winning international best-seller Freedom, Inc., translated to a dozen of languages, author of the award-winning 'The Liberated Company' (2017) and together with Bob Davids and Brian Carney of 'Leadership without Ego' (2018). Getz's work and action have been instrumental in the rise of the corporate liberation movement in Europe. It includes Michelin, Airbus, Decathlon, several Belgian ministries, French Social Security, municipalities, and hundreds of other companies and institutions, which have transformed their command-and-control organizations into freedom- and responsibility-based ones. In a recent study by FNEGE (The French National Foundation for the Management and Business Education), 1600 French managers have named him to list of the world 50 most influential management thinkers. Isaac Getz's work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Strategy+Business, Financial Times, The Globe and Mail, Le Monde, Il Sole 24 Ore and other leading media on four continents. He is a columnist in Le Monde and won the best Op-Ed 2017 award. His latest co-authored article has appeared in Harvard Business Review online.


Chairman Emeritus, Tupperware Brands Corporation, Orlando

 Rick Goings is Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tupperware Brands Corporation. Throughout his career, he has held a number of global senior management positions in Europe, Asia and the U.S. Goings is an engaged Member of the World Economic Forum’s Gender, Education and Work initiative, a UN Women (UNW) HeForShe IMPACT Champion and founding member of their Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council. He serves on the national board of the Smithsonian Institution, as well as Presidential Precinct and Rollins College. The former French President Nicolas Sarkozy recognized Goings as a "Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur", the People’s Republic of China awarded him the Marco Polo Award and the Holmes Group named him Chief Executive Officer of the Year. Goings was educated at Guilford College and is the recipient of honorary doctorates from Bryant College and Rollins College.

Dr. Valerie HACKL

Chief Executive Officer, Austro Control GmbH, Vienna

2011 Aufbau der Bildungsinitiative "Teach for Austria"
2012-2014 Assistentin des Vorstandsvorsitzenden, ÖBB-Holding AG
2014-2015 Leiterin Konzernstrategie- und Unternehmensentwicklung, ÖBB-Holding AG
2015-2018 Mitglied des Vorstandes, ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG
seit 2018 Geschäftsführerin, Austro Control GmbH


Editor, Harvard University Press; Business Book Author, Boston

1988-1992 Director, Computer Sciences Corporation, Cleveland
1992-1996 Director, Ernst & Young, Boston
1996-2000 Thought Leadership Center, Accenture, Boston
2000-2016 Editor, Harvard Business Review
since 2016 Editor, Harvard University Press

Economic Symposium

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14:00 - 14:40OpeningPlenary
14:45 - 15:45The New World Trade (Dis)orderPlenary
16:00 - 16:30Europe’s Dream of a Leading Role in the WorldPlenary
16:45 - 17:15Revisiting Friedrich August von Hayek – A ControversyPlenary
17:30 - 18:15Capitalism and Democracy – A Power Struggle?Plenary


08:30 - 09:15On the Agenda: Data and the Future of WorkPlenary
08:30 - 09:15On the Agenda: Sustained MobilityPlenary
08:30 - 09:15On the Agenda: Responsible BusinessesPlenary
09:30 - 10:30Managing Insecurity or Managing in Security?Plenary
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: Company Future Under Scrutiny? Scenarios from Limitation to LiberationBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: How Data Determines the Fortunes of States, Corporations and IndividualsBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: What Can and Should AI Do? What Kind of Regulation Does Innovation Need?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: Freedom of Choice vs. Regulation When Switching to Alternative DrivesBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: How to Avoid the Commodity Trap?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: The Liberty of Offensive PlayBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: ‘Ecosystems’ of Digital Champions: How Can Other Businesses Keep Up?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Ready for the Future – Which Skills Do We Need?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: We and The Digital World – Society and Business in TransitionBreakout
12:30 - 14:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 10: Free Trade – of Course!? Can Free Trade Enjoy Sustainable Success?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: How Vulnerable Is Our Economy?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Yellow Vests and Energy Poverty: Questions of Distribution in Climate and Energy PolicyBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: Open Talent Economy – Seeking New Approaches in an Uncertain World of WorkBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Safe Nutrition – between individual self-realization and societal goalsBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: The Erosion of Trust Undermines Economic Behavior. How to Restore it?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Digital Identity: Brave New World?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: The Spy You Love in Your PocketBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: How to Cope with Complexity: A Playful Session with Eigenland®Breakout
16:15 - 17:30Unleashing Europe’s Digital PotentialPlenary
18:30 - 20:30Viennese Wednesday Society of Trade – Edition Alpbach: Consumer Protection in Between Climate Crisis and DigitizationPartner
22:00 - 23:55Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 09:0019th Alpbach Europe Breakfast: Europe on the MovePartner
09:15 - 10:00On the Agenda: The Impact of the Financial IndustryPlenary
09:15 - 10:00On the Agenda: Powering the Energy TransitionPlenary
09:15 - 10:00On the Agenda: Connected IndustriesPlenary
10:15 - 10:45How to Navigate Global TransformationsPlenary
11:00 - 12:30The ‘How To’ in Building Future-Ready BusinessesPlenary