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Revolutionary heavyweights. Large business and the state in the age of technological breakthroughs

KAZAN HALL, October 16 11:20 — 12:45

Over the last two decades, the Fourth Industrial Revolution has transformed companies, whole sectors and consumer markets, and created completely new models. Disruptive innovations are appearing and spreading at an ever increasing rate, and we are faced with a high likelihood of even greater changes which will affect companies, state organisations and private citizens. Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum, points out in his book, “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”, that despite the huge opportunities that new technological realities are opening up for us, they also bring with them a number of risks: the necessary changes may be too much for companies, governments will have difficulty regulating and introducing the new technologies, and a range of new economic and social imbalances may develop. The complex nature and the scale of the changes that are taking place during the Fourth Industrial Revolution require new instruments and strategies.

  • How can companies accelerate global progress?
  • What change management strategy can best ensure the quick and successful implementation of the new decision making processes?
  • Which business models for the digitalisation of business should be used as benchmarks, and which models can be considered as failures?
  • What role should the state play in the Fourth Industrial Revolution? Encouraging business, setting an example, or not intervening at all?