Symposium debates ways to actively shape the future

Digital transformation and the changes it brings about are influencing companies all around the world, as well as other areas of life. Gearing business and society in general to future developments will require wide-sweeping transformation processes. To deal with the challenges we face, it will not be enough to have good managers – it will become increasingly important to have good leaders. The School of International Business and Entrepreneurship (SIBE, part of Steinbeis University), associated with the Springer journal, Leadership, Education, Personality: An Interdisciplinary Journal, organizes its first symposium on Leadership in a Digital World. The event, which will take place in the Haus der Wirtschaft (House of Commerce) in Stuttgart on November 22, 2019, aims to examine the exact influence of digital transformation on requirements – not only of future leaders, but also in terms of how we will structure our work.

Digital transformation is shifting business away from purely “managing” people toward actively shaping the future by introducing innovations and transformation processes in open-ended, complex situations, often dictated by dynamic framework conditions. Despite the tremendous importance of this issue, research on the connections between digital transformation, leadership, and work design is slow getting out of the starting blocks. In addition to examining key issues of research, it is also important to think about leadership in a digital world, including in business. The symposium will thus look explicitly at links between the two areas, in keeping with principles of sharing know-how. There will also be different types of events to do justice to the needs of different interest groups.

For example, the latest research findings will be presented, based on submissions made by international scientists before the event in response to a call for proposals. Research will be subject to double-blind peer reviews. To consider the current situation from a business angle, representatives of companies will give keynote speeches on the challenges they currently face. The idea of the program is to offer speeches, posters, and a workshop to make it easier for delegates to become actively involved in discussion. The event is being organized in collaboration with Eurac Research from Bolzano (Italy).

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Igel
    Scientific director of the Educational Technology Lab at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
  • Dr. Andrej Heinke
    Vice President, Future Research and Technology Strategy Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Dr. Ingmar Hoerr
    Co-founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board, CureVac AG


  • Dr. Sylke Piéch
    Senior Research Manager of the Education Technology Lab at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

For further information and online registration go to www.steinbeis-sibe.de/lepj-symposium.


Liane Windisch (author)
Senior Expert Research
Steinbeis School of International Business and Entrepreneurship GmbH (SIBE) (Herrenberg)