European Business Forum 2020 (online)

As the world slowly emerges from the pandemic, we focus on what it takes to compete in today’s changing world, and look forwards to how business can shape a better future, for itself and society.

Theme of European Business Forum 2020 was Competing in a changing world. Some questions, which resonate during the forum:

  • How can you win in this changing world?
  • Why do we need to reimagine capitalism now?
  • Have you the courage to step up, to lead a better future?

Over the last three years, the European Business Forum has brought together some of the world’s best thinkers – Michael Porter to Alex Osterwalder, Erin Meyer and Roger Martin, Rita McGrath and Marshall Goldsmith – helping business leaders to explore and shape a better future together.

 

Program of European business Forum 2020:

 

09.00 – 10.00 (CET) : Business Recoded: Have you the courage to create a better future?

Peter Fisk is professor at IE Business School, and founder of the European Business Forum. He hosts the event again this year, online. In a time of unprecedented disruption and uncertainty, how can business find a new way forwards? He introduces the big themes from his new book, “Business Recoded” (free to participants), including an interview with Jens Haugaard, CEO of Hydac A/S.

10.00 – 10.40 : Tech for Life: The role of technology, business and society

Lars Thinggaard is a technology entrepreneur and former CEO of Milestone Systems (part of the Canon Group). Lars is co-author of the book “Tech for Life” with Jim Hagemann Snabe, and a firm believer in the Scandinavian approach to management, where all employees are encouraged to participate in the company’s success by freely contributing their input, ideas, and opinions.

10.40 – 11.00 : Break

11.00 – 12.00 : World Competitiveness Index, and the Rise of Denmark

Arturo Bris leads the IMD World Competitiveness Center, and is author of the annual World Competitiveness Index. He explores competitiveness in a pandemic, and focuses on how Denmark has risen to become Europe’s leading nation, and #2 in the world, and what this means for the nations, business and people.

12.00 – 12.30 : Competing with Innovation Hubs, unlocking the power of entrepreneurs

Lone Ryg Olsen is EVP of business and innovation at Aarhus University, focused on creating more value for society through entrepreneurship. She has a background in HR and communications, was previously CEO of the Danish Food Cluster, and is now a member of various company boards. She will focus on the power of collaboration to enable small business to succeed in a changing world.

12.30 – 13.30 : Lunch

13.30 – 14.00 : Competing with Talent and Knowledge, unlocking the potential of technology

Rasmus Larsen is the Provost of the Danish Technical University. DTU was recently ranked as #2 technology university in the world for research by WURR. Rasmus will talk about the role of talent and knowledge, and how DTU became an international world-leading technical university including DTU´s established strategy of collaboration with businesses, through initiatives like DTU Skylab.

14.00 – 15.00 : Reimagining Capitalism, How Business Can Save the World 

Rebecca Henderson is professor at Harvard University. Her new book “Reimagining Capitalism” (free to participants) is shortlisted for the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year. It explores what it will take to build a just and sustainable capitalism.  She will present a wake-up call for saving capitalism from itself, saying business can change the world and you can be part of that.

15.00 – 15.20 : Break

15.20 – 16.20 : How can your business seize the new opportunities of a changing world?

Leadership panel includes Jens Haugaard, an engineer and CEO of the technology business Hydac A/S; Mikael Trolle, former CEO of the Danish Volleyball Federation, and now CEO of the Dreams and Details Academy.

16.20 – 16.30 : How the European Business Forum can help you?

Bjarke Wolmar, CEO of the European Business Forum, gives a quick update on the new services being launched with the goal to inspire European business leaders to create a better future, with more positive impact on the world. New services include a range of education programs, bringing together faculty from the world’s leading business schools.

16.30 – 16.45 : Look forwards, not back

Peter Fisk reviews the day, and summaries the key messages and concepts to apply to your business, as you work through crisis, and build for a better future. This includes “the survive and thrive” matrix, a practical tool to move forwards, to have the courage and confidence to reimagine your future, that delivers more positive impact, starting right now.

 

This year’s European Business Forum is made possible with the support of

 

  • IDA … the Danish association of engineers, and a thought leader in technology for business
  • Hydac … the German-based technology company are specialists in hydraulic machinery
  • Nordea … the Finland-based financial services company serving business and individuals
  • IMD … the Swiss-based business school that focuses on world leading executive education

 

Tickets included two free books – “Reimagining Capitalism” by Rebecca Henderson, and “Business Recoded” by Peter Fisk. Students can access the content free, which will also be available on demand after the event.

 

 

Speakers at European Business Forum 2020

 

 

 
 
The European Business Forum is made possible with the support of:

 Arturo Bris

World Competitiveness 2020, with Arturo Bris, IMD Business School.

The main focus of the speech is the IMD World competitiveness 2020 Report. Arturo is going to talk about why Denmark is number 2 in the world and number 1 in Europe in overall competitiveness and provide future recommendations for Denmark on how we will achieve number 1 in the world.

 

Rebecca Henderson

Reimagining Capitalism, with Rebecca Henderson, Harvard Business School.

Rebecca´s research explores what it´s going to take to build a just and sustainable capitalism.  She will present a wake-up call and an indispensable guide for saving capitalism from itself. Rebecca believes that business can change the world and you can be part of that.

Lars Thinggaard

Putting trust back in technology, with Lars Thinggard, Enterpreneur and former CEO of Milestone Systems.

Lars Thinggaard is a technology entrepreneur and former CEO of Milestone Systems (part of the Canon Group). Lars is co-author of the book Tech for Life. Alongside his dedication to technology, Lars is a firm believer in the Scandinavian approach to management, where all employees in a company are encouraged to participate in the company’s success by freely contributing their input, ideas, and opinions.

Jens Haugaard

The role of the CEO, panel debate with Jen Haugaard, CEO of Hydac A/S.

Jens spent the last 21 years of his career leading the company Hydac A/S, a danish subsidiary of a German concern Hydac International. As a CEO and a board member of a company, Jens will share his knowledge about the role of the CEO.

 

 

Mikael Trolle

Dreams and Details, panel debate with Mikael Trolle, CEO of Dreams and Details Academy.

Michael Trolle is the CEO of Dreams and Details Academy. Mikael was the CEO of Volleyball Danmark and works as a lecturer at CBS Executive. He is the co-writer of Dreams and Details – Reinvent Your Business and Your Leadership from a Position of Strength. He has also written other books on leadership, motivation, and sports. Michael Trolle believes that great leadership is knowing how to reimagine and reinvent your company again and again.

 

 

 

 

 Peter Fisk

Business Recoded, launch of a new book, by Peter Fisk, IE Business School.

Peter Fisk will talk about how danish companies can use the strong competitive positions for new strategies in business leadership and innovation. His vision inspires companies to have the courage to create a better future, which can occur in many different forms.

 

Rasmus Larsen

Research world ranking number 2, On how to be an international Technical Elite University, with Rasmus Larsen, DTU.

Danish Technical University (DTU) has been ranked as 2nd best university in the overall research in the world. Rasmus will talk about how they became an international world-leading technical university including DTU´s established strategy of collaboration with businesses.

Lone Ryg Olsen

Building  world competitiveness through hubs for innovation , with Lone Ryg Olsen, Executive Vice President, Business and Innovation, at Arhus University.

Lone is responsible for Aarhus University’s commitment to creating more value for the society in regarding to intrepreneurship, research-based companies and more knowledge in all parts of the business community.

 

 

Ida Bratting Kongsted

Responsible business and leadership, panel debate with Ida Bratting Kongsted, the CEO of Danish Management Society (VL).

Ida has great experience in executive management, currently working as a the CEO of Danish Management Society (VL). The mission of VL is to contribute to the success of society by fostering and encouraging knowledge and understanding of modern leadership.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics of previous European Business Forums have included

• Smarter Innovation and Faster Growth … watch the review
• Making Better Choices for a Better World … watch the review
• How Europe can learn from Asian business … watch the review

World class speakers at European Business Forum have included:

• Michael Porter, on Shared Value
• Erin Meyer, on the Culture Map … watch the interview
• Alex Osterwalder, on the Invincible Company … watch the keynote
• Rita McGrath, on Seeing Around Corners … watch the interview
• Roger Martin, on Making Better Choices … watch the keynote

World Competitiveness of Denmark

1st, 2nd, and 6th place

Danish companies in the world top 6 sustainable companies

Research ranking of Danish Technical University

World ranking of Århus
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