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Mi., 27. Nov.


ifo Institute for Economic Research

PPA Industry - Academia Summit 2019

This summit, featuring lectures from experts as well as open discussions between HR professionals and academics, was the first of a prospective series of events to establish a community and strengthen the exchange between cutting edge research and HR practice.

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PPA Industry - Academia Summit 2019
PPA Industry - Academia Summit 2019

Time & Location

27. Nov. 2019, 10:45 – 18:00

ifo Institute for Economic Research, Poschingerstraße 5, 81679 München, Germany

About the event

This summit brought together HR professionals from various industries and leading academic researchers to foster exchange of knowledge and experiences. Participants had the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research in the field and ‘frontier’ HR practices, they entered the debate on trends and challenges in HR and discussed use-cases of applying big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence to workforce analytics.

The summit was the first in a prospective series of events to establish a community and to strengthen the cooperation between HR practice and academic research. Download the flyer

Keynote Speakers

Carsten Bertling (Henkel AG)

Global Head Compensation & Benefits, Processes & Systems, Org Mgmt & Analytics

Jordi Blanes-i-Vidal (London School of Economics, CEPR and CEP)

Associate Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy 

Dietmar Eidens (Merck KGaA)

Chief HR Officer (CHRO) Group Human Resources

Maria Guadalupe (INSEAD)

Professor of Economics, the Academic Director of the INSEAD Randomized Control Trials Lab

Sahil Tesfu (McKinsey & Company)

Associate Partner

Catherine Thomas (London School of Economics, CEPR and CEP) 

Associate Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy 

Barbara Wittmann (LinkedIn)

Country Manager for Germany, Switzerland and Austria

Christoph Zeiss (Heads! Executive Consultancy)

Co-Founder and Managing Director 

Conference Details

Workshop organizers: Florian Englmaier, Thomas Fackler, Nadzeya Laurentsyeva

Conference venue: ifo Institute, Poschingerstrasse 5, 81679 Munich, Germany

Preliminary Agenda

10:30 – Registration desk opens

10:45 – 11:00 Welcome and PPA Launch

11:00 – 12:30 Keynote lectures I

 11:00 Dietmar Eidens (Merck AG): “Replacing gut feeling with people analytics”

    11:30 Maria Guadalupe (INSEAD): “Tracking team performance in agile organizations”

    12:00 Carsten Bertling (Henkel AG): “Data quality as prerequisite for value-adding predictive analytics”

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:15 Keynote lectures II

    13:30 Jordi Blanes-I-Vidal (London School of Economics, CEPR and CEP): “Communication and workplace information flows”

    14:00 Barbara Wittmann (LinkedIn):  "People success - Measure, evaluate, predict"

    14:30 Catherine Thomas (London School of Economics, CEPR and CEP): “How to encourage firm-specific and more general skill-building”

    15:00  Sahil Tesfu (McKinsey & Company) “Development of an HR Performance Index” 

15:15 – 15:30 Coffee-break

15:30 – 17:00 Interactive discussion sessions on "The future of the firm - challenges for modern HR " in three breakout groups:

     *HR management in an agile world

     *Digitization and workplace information flows

     *Diagnostics – identifying and developing talent

17:00 – 18:00 Plenary discussion. Introduction and lead by Christoph Zeiss (Heads! Executive Consultancy)

18:00 -  Buffet Dinner & Drinks

About Workshop Organizers

This Summit is organized by Predictive People Analytics - a platform for knowledge exchange between academia and firms on state-of-the-art HR practices, issues, and opportunities. PPA brings together academic researchers and HR professionals to generate new insights and develop tools by leveraging the latest technological advances and cutting-edge economic research methods.

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