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Peter Drucker Special Lecture: Leadership and Values in a Complex World

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Which kind of knowledge and experience do managers need in a world that is becoming ever more complex and volatile? Value-based leadership is perceived as an alternative to traditional hierarchy. This kind of leadership requires a culture of trust. Are we anywhere near this ideal?


Founder and President, Global Peter Drucker Forum, Vienna Introduction
Management Editor and Schumpeter Columnist, The Economist, London Abstract Key Note
The basic elements of modern business—globalisation, innovation and consumer power—all add up to one thing: complexity. Threats can come from any corner of the world. New technologies can reconfigure the basics of entire industries. Consumers can shift their allegiance in the blink of an eye. How can companies cope with this new world—a world of terrifying threats but also unprecedented opportunities? How can they avoid being swamped by unexpected threats? Or led astray by astonishing opportunities? They need to keep their minds sharper than ever before—by keeping up with trends in every corner of the world and every budding technology. But they need to keep their values sharper. The more complicated business becomes the more business people need to cleave to a central core of old-fashioned values such as truthfulness, integrity and stewardship.Values provide leaders with a guide through the complexity of the modern business world. They provide them with a shield against short term temptations. And they provide them with a way of maintaining the trust of their employees.
Member of the Board of Executive Directors, OeKB - Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG, Vienna
Chief Executive Officer, T-Mobile Austria and UPC Austria, Vienna
Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna
Country General Manager, IBM Österreich Internationale Büromaschinen Gesellschaft mbH, Vienna
Editor-in-Chief, Die Presse, Vienna Chair
Journalist and Presenter, Ö1 Journals and ORF Weltjournal, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna 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


Management Editor and Schumpeter Columnist, The Economist, London

 Adrian Wooldridge is The Economist's management editor and writes the Schumpeter column. He was previously based in Washington, DC, as the Washington bureau chief where he also wrote the Lexington column. Previously he has been The Economist's West Coast correspondent, management correspondent and Britain correspondent. He is the co-author of "The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea", "A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Hidden Promise of Globalisation", "Witch Doctors", a critical examination of management theory, and "The Right Nation", a study of conservatism in America. His most recent book is "Masters of Management: How the Business Gurus and their Ideas have Changed the World - for Better and for Worse".

Mag. Helmut BERNKOPF

Member of the Board of Executive Directors, OeKB - Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG, Vienna

1987-1994 WU Vienna University of Economics and Business
1994-1997 Manager, Corporate Finance, Bank Austria AG
1997-2000 Assistant Director, Head of Loan Syndications, Bank Austria Creditanstalt International, London
2000-2001 Executive Director, Head of Corporate Banking, Bank Austria Creditanstalt Romania S.A., Bucharest
2001-2004 Deputy Chief Executive Officer, HVB Bank Romania S.A. (previously Bank Austria Creditanstalt), Bucharest
2005-2006 General Manager, Head of CEE Division, Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG, Vienna
2007-2008 Deputy Chairman, UniCredit Bank, Russia (previously International Moscow Bank); Acting Chairman of the Management Board
  Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate and Investment Banking Austria, UniCredit Group
2008-2011 Member of the Management Board, UniCredit Bank Austria AG
2011-2012 Global Head of Private Banking UniCredit S.p.A., Senior Executive Vice President, Member of Business Executive Committee, UniCredit Group
  Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Commercial Banking
2013-2016 Member of the Management Board, UniCredit Bank Austria AG
since 2016 Member of the Board of Executive Directors, OeKB, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG, Vienna


Chief Executive Officer, T-Mobile Austria and UPC Austria, Vienna

2002-2006 Managing Director, Germanwings GmbH
2006-2008 Vice President Marketing, Lufthansa AG
2008-2012 Member of the Board, Austrian Airlines AG
since 2012 Chief Executive Officer, T-Mobile Austria GmbH

Mag. Christian KERN

Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna

 Christian Kern was sworn in as Austria's Federal Chancellor on 17th May 2016. After working as a journalist and in the Austrian Parliament and Federal Chancellery, Mr. Kern launched a career in the energy sector in 1997. At Verbund AG, Austria's largest energy utility, he was appointed to the group's management board in 2007. He then switched to the Austrian Federal Railways Group, where he served as Chairman of the Management Board from 2010 onward. In this capacity, he also became Chairman of the Brussels-based Community of European Railways (CER) in 2014. Under Mr. Kern's leadership, the Austrian Federal Railways investigated the railway operator's role during the Nazi era in a project entitled "Suppressed Years". Mr. Kern was born in Vienna on 4th January 1966, and he graduated from an academic secondary school in Vienna's 11th district (Simmering). He then went on to study sociology, political science and communications at the University of Vienna.

Mag. Tatjana OPPITZ

Country General Manager, IBM Österreich Internationale Büromaschinen Gesellschaft mbH, Vienna

 Studies of Commercial Science at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
1995-1998 Client Representative, Public Sector, IBM
1998-1999 Customer Services Executive, IBM Global Services
1999-2000 Manager Tivoli Sales, Software Group, IBM Austria
2000-2003 Manager of Software Group, IBM Austria
2003-2004 Executive Assistant to VP, SWG EMEA, IBM
2004 Director of WebSphere Business Integration Sales, EMEA, IBM
2005 Director of WebSphere Sales, Central Region, IBM
2005-2008 Director of Public Sector CEMAAS, IBM
2009-2010 General Business Enterprise Sales Executive for CEEMEA, IBM
2010 General Business Enterprise Sales Executive for CEE, IBM
since 2011 Country General Manager, IBM Austria

Rainer NOWAK

Editor-in-Chief, Die Presse, Vienna

1992-1997 Study of History and Political Science (without completing)
1994 Freelancer "Vorarlberger Nachrichten"
1996 Entry to "Die Presse"
2002 Editor, Domestic Policy Department, "Die Presse", Vienna
2004 Appointment to Department head "Chronik/Wien", "Die Presse", Vienna
2009 Appointment to Editorial Director for the new "Presse am Sonntag", Vienna
2010 Appointment to Head of Domestic Policy, "Die Presse", Vienna
since 2012 Editor-in-Chief, "Die Presse", Vienna
since 2014 Publisher, "Die Presse", Vienna
2017 Appointment as Managing Director, "Die Presse", Vienna

Mag. Cornelia VOSPERNIK

Journalist and Presenter, Ö1 Journals and ORF Weltjournal, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna

1985 Erstes Praktikum beim ORF, Slowenische Abteilung, Landesstudio Kärnten; danach Aktueller Dienst Kärnten
1986-1988 United World College of the Adriatic, Abschluss: International Baccalaureate
1989-1994 Studium Dolmetsch für Slowenisch und Italienisch, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Abschluss Mag. phil
1996 Wechsel in die Zeit im Bild 1 Redaktion mit Schwerpunkten Innenpolitik und Außenpolitik
1999-2001 Leiterin Korrespondentenbüro London, danach Außenpolitik ZiB und Moderatorin diverser Sendungen (ZiB1, Weltjournal)
2007-2010 Leiterin des ORF-Büros in Peking
2011-2012 Leiterin der Nachrichten ORFeins
seit 2012 Leiterin des neu gegründeten Büros Nordosteuropa
seit 2013 Moderatorin Ö1 Journale
seit 2014 Moderatorin ORF Weltjournal

Economic Symposium

show timetable


14:00 - 14:20OpeningPlenary
14:20 - 15:30Finance and the Real Economy: Together or Apart?Plenary
15:30 - 15:50Political CornerPlenary
16:50 - 18:30Making Finance Meet the Real Economy's RequirementsPlenary
20:30 - 21:30Miha Pogacnik: What Businesses can Learn from MusicPlenary
21:30 - 22:30Smart Blue Hour hosted by IBMSocial


08:00 - 08:45Sustainable Entrepreneurship - Book Presentation on the Business Model of the FuturePartner
08:00 - 08:45management club Business Breakfast "Integrationsfall Europa"Partner
09:00 - 10:10The Future of Corporate FundingPlenary
10:10 - 10:30Political CornerPlenary
11:00 - 13:30Working Group 01: The Real Economy and Finance in the "Network of Responsibility"Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Working Group 02: Business, Society and Politics: Assigning Responsibility for ResultsBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Working Group 03: What Happens to Our Values if Computers Learn how to Think?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Working Group 04: Touch the Future - Security and Identity in a Digital WorldBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Working Group 05: Living with Risk and SpeculationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Working Group 06: The Pension System as a Ponzi Scheme?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Working Group 07: Workforce Diversity: Living with and Managing Demographic ChangeBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Working Group 08: Implementing the New World of Work, a Progress ReportBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Working Group 09: Design Thinking as a Tool for InnovationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Working Group 10: New Energies for Europe - Between Cooperation and CompetitionBreakout
13:30 - 14:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
14:30 - 17:00Working Group 11: Connected Learning, Connected SchoolsBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Working Group 12: Financial Literacy, Decision-Making in Complex SituationsBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Working Group 13: Our Life After the Digital RevolutionBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Working Group 14: Prosperity for All? Austria's Top Managers in Dialogue with Ludwig ErhardBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Working Group 15: Rethinking Capitalism: The Future of Our Economic ModelBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Working Group 16: Alternative Sustainable Economic ConceptsBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Working Group 17: From Goodwill to Financial Company ValueBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Working Group 18: Back to the Real Economy - Towards a New Industrial Policy for EuropeBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Working Group 19: Industrial Production in the City of the FutureBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Working Group 20: Rating Agencies Between Governments and BusinessesBreakout
18:00 - 19:30Peter Drucker Special Lecture: Leadership and Values in a Complex WorldPlenary
21:30 - 23:30get2gether hosted by T-MobileSocial


08:30 - 09:00"Kater" BreakfastPartner
09:15 - 10:15The New Role of Central Banks in Crisis-ManagementPlenary
10:45 - 12:20New Growth in Europe?Plenary
12:20 - 12:30ClosingPlenary
16:45 - 20:00Generali 3 Banken Business Dialogue "Experiences and Values"Partner