Program

Friday, 22 November 2013

20:45 pm Reception
19:00 pm Opening & Welcome Address
Alfred Gaffal, President Bavarian Industry Association (vbw)
19:15 pm Keynote speech
Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, German Federal Minister of Education and Research
19:40 pm Panel discussion “Innovation and Jobs – Friends or Foes?”
Panelists: David Arkless (CEO ArkLight Consulting), Dr. Kaigham J. Gabriel (Corporate Vice President Motorola Mobility), Aart De Geus (Chairman of the Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung), Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Herrmann, President Technical University Munich
Moderation: Dr. David Nordfors, President IIIJ

Saturday, 23 November 2013

9:00 am Registration and Coffee
9:15 am Welcome/Framing i4j Munich
Moderation: David Nordfors, Conny Czymoch
  Session 1 "Innovation 4 Jobs"
9:30 am Panel 1
Mikko Kosonen (CEO SITRA), Peter Kleinschmidt (Member of the Board, Claussen-Simon-Stiftung), Patrick Windham (President Windham Consulting), Dr. Stefano Scarpetta (Director for Employment, Labor and Social Affairs, OECD), Dr. Caroline King (Government Relations Director, SAP AG)
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Lightning Talk Session 1
11:30 am Table Discussions 1
12:30 am Lunch
  Session 2 "Jobs 4 Innovation"
1:30 pm Panel 2
Prof. Randolf Rodenstock (Vice President, Confederation of German Employer Organisations), Prof. Dr. Mariano Gago (President LIP), Prof. Dr. Willem Jonker (CEO EIT ICT Labs), Sven Otto Littorin (Senior Consultant, IIIJ), Prof. Dr. Michael Nelson (Principal Technology Policy Strategist, Microsoft)
2:30 pm Lightning Talk Session 2
3:00 pm Break
3:30 pm Table Discussions
4:30 pm Presenting the next i4j Summit(s) and Summing up - end comments by organizers


Section 1: Innovation 4 Jobs

In advanced economies of today innovation is the principal driver for productivity growth and economic progress. In times of financial and economic distress innovation is even more important because stimulus budgets are tight and countries essentially have to grow out of debt, thus creating employment opportunities on a larger scale. In the quest for the most promising innovation model many factors come into play, such as the general industrial structure, the composition and nature of key markets or the regional specificities regarding the work force or capital funding. Apart from that, a more general issue arises: Will technical advances in information and telecommunication as well as automation and robotics ultimately lead to more or less jobs? Which consequences will arise for consumers, producers and society?

Important issues addressed in this section include:

  • What are the crucial underlying factors for selecting the most appropriate innovation model?

  • Can entrepreneurship and company-directed R&D co-exists as innovation models?

  • Will compound innovation between industry and services create a new wave of holistic innovation and will this eventually reconcile jobs and innovation?

  • How can public innovation policy address job creation?

Section 2: Jobs 4 Innovation

Innovations do not just emerge but are created by those people who are devoted to developing new products and processes and to turning them into market successes. Long-term demographic trends make such people increasingly scarce. In order to still be able to adequately fill the jobs required for innovation it is important to provide necessary skills. Not only do these include skills and knowledge in specific professional areas, but also such qualifications often mistakenly described as “soft skills”, e.g. entrepreneurship and street-smartness. Also, innovation is not always being produced on demand, but it is generated as a by-product of other processes. For innovation to thrive it is imperative to embed and to support creative spaces within the work process that increase such innovative fallout.

Vital questions in this section include:

  • How can strategies for skills development be generated without falling for the ‘pretence of knowledge’ over which skills will be required in the future?

  • How can the matching between skills supply and demand be improved?

  • How can the within-firm organization of work be geared towards more ‘innovative fallout’?

  • How can innovation that creates jobs for most citizens compete on the market with innovation that destroys jobs?

  • How can a better coordination be achieved between funding, science, training institutions, the public sector and companies in order to facilitate a thriving innovation eco-system?

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