Keynote Speaker

Raiffeisen Software GmbH Lecture

Helmut Willke

Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, DE
Helmut Willke

Title: Next step in knowledge management: collective intelligence and the intelligent organization

Some considerable progresses in knowledge management at the level of individuals are set off by a pervasive lack of understanding the specific properties and needs of collective intelligence and of a genuinely learning organization. Here, systemic qualities and emergent properties come into play which still are poorly understood. These exigencies need a new conceptual approach for understanding the dynamics of organizational learning as prerogative for the intelligent organization.

About Helmut Willke

Ahmed Bounfour

Ahmed Bounfour, New Club of ParisNew Club of Paris (NCP), president

Title: Understanding the dynamics of digital transformation:  Acceluction in action


To understand the real nature of digital transformation, we need to consider its fundamentals, and especially the generative nature of digital and the way it continuously explore and accelerate the links between existing as well new value spaces.  Hence the concept of acceluction – “the accelerated production of links”, which aims at characterising the fundamental nature of the new production system related to digital. These links are the new drivers for value creating in digital spaces. We need to delineate their nature (transactional, organic, and semi-organic). Such a deep change in the way of “producing” has key implications for business models, for jobs creation and also for the global power of firms, nations and organizations.

We need also to characterise the  implications of acceluction within the context of ad hoc scenarios for the near and long term future. In this regards, the platformic scenario has important implications for societies and business models … and naturally for Europe.  More generally, by considering contrasting scenarios (Polyspaces, Mesospaces, Platform rules, data and networks abundance, …), the analysis  delineates implications for firms and societies in terms of ad  hoc decisions (investments, Innovation,  IPRs, market power , human capital management…).

About Ahmed Bounfour
Ahmed Bounfour is  Chair Professor at Paris -Sud University where he holds since 2008  the European Chair on intellectual capital , the  first academic chair dedicated to intangibles ( )  and President, The New Cub of Paris . He is the author de dozen papers on intangibles at Micro , meso and Macro levels.  IT, digital and value creation. In digital, he is leading several projects dedicated to cloud computing, data assets valuation and digital transformation. Among these, the ANR research project on “Cloud Computing and Organizational Design – CBOD  ( and also the international research programme ISD – Information Systems Dynamics, leaded by CIGREF Foundation ( ISD led, among others to designing scenarios for the 2020 enterprise, around the concept of acceluction. Among his recent publications : Digital Futures, Digital Transformation: From lean production to acceluction (Springer).

Invited Speaker

Hermann Sikora

CEO Raiffeisen Software GmbH, Austria
Hermann Sikora, Raiffeisen Software GmbH

Title: The Impact of Digitalization on Management

Digitalization has an immense impact on private as well as on business life. It is absurd to think that traditional management will be effective and efficient enough in the digital age. Not only business models will have to change, but also management methods. However, many top managers have no idea how to “move” among the many challenges given by digitalization. Instead, they often have an uneasy feeling about information technology, yet being of paramount importance for the well-being of enterprises or even their prime success factor. Finding and developing a strategy is more difficult than ever.
The lecture will focus on what top managers should be aware of and suggest how to cope with the many disruptive changes brought about by the advent of the digital age.

Ross King

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria

Title: A View on Open Data in Austria

Ross King, AIT Tomorrow Today Shooting by krischanz.zeiller. 11.5.2010Abstract:
Today we live in a digital Europe. The records of our governments, research institutions, industries, and culture are increasingly created in digital form or are being digitized. There are several reasons for providing Open Access to these records that include moral and economic arguments as well a purely pragmatic ones.
This lecture will give an overview of some Open Access/Open Data related initiatives in Austria, with an emphasis on those in which AIT is directly involved, including our work on an institutional Open Data repository.

Klaus North

Wiesbaden Business School, Hochschule RheinMain, Deutschland

Title:  Agile Knowledge ManagementKlaus_North

KM practices are still largely associated with stabilizing organizations in predictable contexts. With increasingly turbulent and complex business environments KM will have to enhance agile organizational performance by developing quick learning loops and high responsiveness to uncertain und unknown situations. The contribution will explore what “agile” means for KM and its value proposition including instruments, practices and organizational anchoring.