Programme
Foresense provides you with a powerful overview of the trends shaking business and society, while also enabling you to customize your experience to your unique context. Deepen your knowledge and expand your toolkit for tackling issues that impact your business most. We will update the programme to the new 2021 date continuosly.
Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Arrival and Pre-Programme
Hotel Einstein
Late Afternoon
Social event
St.Gallen City Tour (optional)
Keynotes
CEO Apéro
Evening
Social event
Welcome Reception and Dinner
Keynote
Lise Kingo and Dr. Yves Daccord
Thursday, 16 September 2021
Inspiration
Hotel Einstein
Morning
Keynotes
Geopolitics and Risk
Prof. Simon Evenett, PhD
Developments in Technology
Prof. Dr. Karolin Frankenberger
The Historical Perspective
Prof. Dr. Caspar Hirschi
The Power of one
Prof. Dr. Judith Walls
What kind of leaders does it take for businesses not only to prioritise but to realise sustainability? Business success in this challenging area often has to do with the personal characteristics and background of leaders. Learn what it takes for leaders to transform their companies into sustainable powerhouses while responding to pressures from stakeholders.
Responsibility and Purpose
Prof. Dr. Omid Aschari
Finding Purpose in Technology
Nicholas Storm
Afternoon
Panels
Responsibility and Health
Adrian Locher and others
In this session, panellists discuss topics around health and responsibility. The situation around Covid–19 has shown that health is a valuable good. Who is responsible for a society’s health? Can the responsibility be left mainly to the individual, the health-insurances and the pharma-companies? How much intervention and regulation do we need from the governments? And how will AI change the healthcare system?
Sustainability and Mobility
Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh and others
Panellists in this session will talk about questions around sustainability and mobility, such as: Where is the automotive industry headed? Will we still be driving cars and flying 777 aeroplanes? Or will it all be replaced by e-Bikes, flying cars or even by home-office and virtual travel experiences?
Evening
Social Event
Networking Activity and Dinner
Friday, 17 September 2021
Insights
Executive Campus, University of St.Gallen
Morning
Keynotes
The Workplace of the Future
Simona Scarpaleggia
New Leadership
Prof. Dr. Heike Bruch
Responsibly Shaping the Future
Selection of workshops
Strategy
Geopolitical Risks and Decoupling
Prof. Simon Evenett, Prof. James Davis
The resurgence of populism in many nations’ politics has shown that globalisation is more fragile than many thought. Business leaders are scrambling to catch up in a world where great power peace and open borders can no longer be taken for granted. In this session, James Davis and Simon Evenett will lay out the business and government dynamics that are driving the decoupling of national economies, highlighting the deeper, less well known underlying forces at work. Participants in this workshop will then work in groups, assessing the threats to viability of leading international business models and possible counter-measures.
Leadership
Intuition in decision making... (still) helpful?
Prof. Dr. Gudrun Sander
Decision-making is a key leadership competency. Our intuition, our gut feeling is usually regarded as a powerful tool to quickly assess facts, recognize patterns and relate observations to previous experiences. In this way, intuition can help us gain a more holistic view of a problem and make decision-making processes more manageable. Therefore, it is worthwhile to have a closer look at how our intuition and our gut feeling actually work. Is it still helpful in times of robot recruiting etc.?
So you want to be a CEO…?
Prof. Dr. Winfried Ruigrok
tba
China’s Governance Model, Alternative to the West?
Prof. Dr. Tomas Casas i Klett
China is leveraging the technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution such as AI, fintech or gene sequencing while developing unique governance approaches to unlock their full potential and tackle humanity’s biggest problems. It does so from cultural and institutional bases that are deep and distinct from the ones that emerged in Europe from the Enlightenment onwards. The first set of session questions will revolve around the actual differences and similarities between Chinese and Western governance, for example between ‘state surveillance’ and ‘surveillance capitalism’. Issues of accountability, human rights or elite quality will be discussed via specific cases. As we do, a pivotal question will naturally arise: could China’s governance be an effective alternative for the 21st century in terms of economic and human development? Expect a thought-provoking and slightly disruptive session.
Technology
De-Mystifying AI
Prof. Dr. Johannes Binswanger, Marc Schöni
In the second machine age, value creation relies on data, more than ever before. However, for many companies switching to data-based business models comes with major challenges. In what way do data actually contribute to creating value? What processes are suitable to be automated by machine learning and AI? What and how much data do you need for this? Is the data you currently have in your systems good enough? Do you need a dedicated data science team? What are the major factors of success and failure of data-based projects? In this session, you interactively develop an enhanced awareness for opportunities of data-based value creation. Furthermore, we discuss the practical challenges of implementing data-based projects.
Disruption through Decentralization
Prof. Dr. Alexander Braun
This session addresses senior executives of large multinational firms, who want to explore the potential of blockchain technology to disrupt their industry. We will discuss the consequences of decentralized organizations and decentralized value networks for the cornerstones of your business model. Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), also known as Blockchain Technology, automates data sharing in a tamper-proof and distributed fashion. It is a means to move from traditional value chains to efficiently orchestrated ecosystems and to facilitate transactions on a peer to peer basis, that is, without middlemen. Experts see DLT as one of the major transformative technologies of our time, which will drive disruption through disintermediation and revolutionize the way value is shared among stakeholders. Hence, the rise of a DLT-based business logic could reshape the fundamental economic infrastructure of entire markets.
Finance
TBA
Afternoon
Selection of workshops
Strategy
The Digital Transformer’s Dilemma
Prof. Dr. Karolin Frankenberger
Many managers of established companies face the challenge of transforming their company into a successful digital future. It is not enough to spread a little "digital glitter" over the core businesses. Instead, a two-step strategy is necessary: on the one hand, careful thought must be given to how the traditional core of the company can be digitized, and at the same time completely new (digital) possibilities for value creation must be developed and realized. This is a dilemma that is not easy to overcome and in many cases leads to the failure of the transformation. The session shows in an interactive format between academics and practitioners how managers can successfully master this dilemma.
Design Thinking
Prof. Dr. Falk Uebernickel, Dr. Rachel Brooks
tba
Leadership
Trust in Agile Innovation
Prof. Dr. Jan Marco Leimeister
tba
Technology
Accelerated Disruption
Prof. Damian Borth, Adrian Locher
The impact Artificial Intelligence will have on the next 100 years will go well beyond how the steam engine has impacted our world in the 19th century. In this session, we will help you to develop a deep understanding of the topic and how to distinguish buzzwords from real-world impacts. Following an introduction about cutting-edge academic research, we will introduce you to the “St. Gallen AI Canvas”. It’s a structured approach that not only helps you to analyze the status quo and future potential of AI in your industry but as well gives you practical guidance in the successful execution of strategic AI initiatives.
Finance
Financial Leadership in the Digital Age
Prof. Dr. Klaus Möller, Prof. Thomas Truijens
The starting point of this workshop will be an overall perspective of the current global challenges that especially financial leaders are facing in these times of disruption. The individual challenges will be reviewed from the perspective of their impact on corporate value generation. In a second step, available tools in the context of the digitalization of the finance function will be discussed. Particular attention will be given to the topic of predictive analytics. Based on a real-world example, the potential financial impact of predictive analytics will be illustrated. However, the workshop will not stop at digital developments. After all, financial management of the multinational enterprise still faces fundamental issues like the need for a global perspective on service and product profitability. The challenge of defining key performance indicators and financial incentives in a way that overall global strategy implementation is fostered, moving the decision-maker beyond the limited local view, remains one of the key financial leadership challenges of today and will be addressed in the workshop, once again based on specific application examples. This workshop is aimed at CFOs and others with finance-related responsibilities within their companies. Those with an interest in the topic are invited to attend, however, a strong background in finance is expected.
Saturday, 18 September 2021
Impact
Executive Campus, University of St.Gallen
Morning
Keynotes
Positive Psychology & Change
Prof. Barbara Fredrickson, PhD
Afternoon
Keynotes
What Heroes and Heroines do differently
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Jenewein
Social event
Farewell Reception
Back to home

Foresense
University of St.Gallen
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9010 St.Gallen
Switzerland

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Foresense is a new top level programme initiated and offered by the Executive School of the University of St.Gallen. The programme targets senior and top level managers in international corporations who value thinking outside the box and see themselves as drivers of the future.