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Disruptive Technologies

The "So­cial Tech­nolo­gies AG" of the Elite Grad­uate Pro­gram “Fi­nance and In­for­mation Man­age­ment” orga­nized in May 2018 for the first time an event on the topic "Dis­rup­tive Tech­nolo­gies: In­ven­tion - Im­ple­men­tation - Impli­cati­on". This was the motto of a panel dis­cussion with guests from vari­ous com­pa­nies.

Many technological innovations are of disruptive nature

Many tech­nolog­ical inno­va­tions are dis­rup­tive in nature with seri­ous con­se­quences for socie­ty, busi­nesses and peo­ple. Nev­erthe­less, these tech­nolo­gies are often the driv­ers of new value crea­tion.

How does tech­nolog­ical inno­vation emerge in large com­pa­nies? How are the re­spec­tive pro­jects im­ple­ment­ed? What influ­ence do they have on peo­ple as indi­vidu­als and socie­ty? All these ques­tions had to be dis­cuss­ed dur­ing the panel dis­cussion on "Dis­rup­tive Tech­nolo­gies: In­ven­tion - Im­ple­men­tation - Impli­cati­on". On the even­ing of 16 May, more than 50 guests met for a panel dis­cussion of the "So­cial Tech­nolo­gies AG" of the 14th year of the Elite Grad­uate Pro­gram Finance and Information Management (FIM).

The focus was on the prin­ciple that no tech­nolog­ical inven­tion leads to broad ac­ceptance and mar­ket suc­cess as long as the value is not com­muni­cated to the cus­tomers and the inven­tion is suc­cess­fully im­ple­ment­ed. Mod­erated by Stephan Drey­er, stu­dent of the 14th FIM class, the guests Markus Dau from prac­tice part­ner Carl Zeiss, Dr. Her­bert Mayer from prac­tice part­ner Hilti and Manfred Pum­berger from BMW dis­cuss­ed vari­ous top­ics, which are or will be­come rele­vant for all com­panies due to the digi­taliza­tion of the dif­ferent indus­tries.

In 15-minute im­pulse lec­tures, each guest first pre­sent­ed his expe­rienc­es of what com­panies in turn con­trib­ute to the digiti­zation of the re­spec­tive indus­try, how em­ploy­ees, socie­ty and other stake­hold­ers are af­fected and what re­spon­sibil­ity the com­panies have in this re­spect. Af­ter­wards, the dis­cussion was open and the audi­ence partic­ipated ac­tive­ly.

Finally, the panel­ists spent a lot of time at a small stand­ing recep­tion in a re­laxed at­mosphere to dis­cuss re­main­ing ques­tions with the partic­ipants in a small­er group. All sides per­ceived the even­ing as very inter­esting, en­ter­taining and excit­ing, so that a con­tinua­tion is planned for 2019.

Text: Elite Graduate Program "Finance and Information Management“