Manfred Bornemann

Manfred Bornemann earned his Ph.D. in 1998 on "Measuring Instruments in Knowledge Management" as an assistant professor at the Karl Franzens University of Graz, Austria. He specialized on issues relating to the management and valuation of intangible assets. Since then he published regularly in international conferences and built a reputation as speaker in topics of Intellectual Capital Management, Organizational Learning and Innovation. He was invited to teach at more than 15 international business schools and universities. Since 1996 Manfred developed his consulting company Intangible Assets Consulting in Austria and successfully contributed to issues of the assessment and management of Intangible Assets from the perspective of applied research. So far more than 200 projects have been completed. Project sizes range from startup companies to small and medium sized organizations to stock noted companies in almost all sectors of industry. The project scope covers for-profit as well as non-profit and public administration. Among the key achievements so far ranks an ongoing research project "Intellectual Capital Statement - Made in Germany" in the context of the Working Group on Intellectual Capital (Arbeitskreis Wissensbilanz) since 2004. Visible results are a well established guideline and a software solution for the evaluation and management of intellectual capital. After early positive results, the project won EU-commission funding under the name of InCaS in a broad consortium. The experiences of these prototypes could be published and were well received by German readers. Current topics of work include the development of policy instruments for knowledge-intensive organizations, the development of approaches for Integrated Reporting and identification of patterns for the management of Intellectual Capital in the context of Organizational Learning. He spent the last years observing and sometimes shaping the topic of IC in various academic and commercial activities related to identifying and understanding IC and dedicated efforts to the question: "how to systematically create value from IC?".

    Keynote topic: The impact of IC on strategy implementation and change (in the knowledge economy)

Gary N. McLean

Gary N. McLean (Ed.D., Ph.D. hon.) is president of McLean Global Consulting, Inc., a family business. As an OD practitioner, he works extensively globally, especially in Asia. He recently worked in the Graduate School of Management in the International Islamic University of Malaysia as “Renowned Scholar.” He teaches regularly in the PhD program in HRD at NIDA (National Institute for Development Administration) in Thailand. Previously, he was a Senior Professor at Texas A&M University. He is professor emeritus and co-founder of the HRD program at the University of Minnesota. He served as President of the Academy of Human Resource Development and the International Management Development Association. He has served in editorial roles on a number of peer-reviewed journals in HRD and management. He is extensively published with books, book chapters, and journal articles. He has also presented numerous keynote addresses and workshops. His research interests are broad, focusing primarily on organization development and national and international HRD.

    Keynote Topic: “How Do We Know Reality - and Who Cares?” - The Role of Research

Costantin Bratianu

Dr. Costantin Bratianu is professor of Strategic Management and Knowledge Management, UNESCO Department for Business Administration, and Founding Director of the Research Center for Intellectual Capital, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania. He is co-founder of the international journal Management Dynamics in the Knowledge Economy, and associate editor of Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Conference on Knowledge Management and chairs sessions on Knowledge dynamics and Knowledge strategies. He is a member of the International Association of Knowledge Management. He was one of the Guest speakers at the first edition of TAKE in Aveiro. His academic interests are: knowledge dynamics, knowledge management, intellectual capital, and strategic management.

Keynote topic: Strategic Thinking

Strategic thinking is about the future and it reflects the capacity of making decisions in complex situations with high levels of uncertainty. Our school education gives us a low level of understanding these phenomena and our mind has a natural tendency of avoiding uncertainty. My presentation is focused on the different thinking models we use currently in making decisions and shows which of these models are capable of understanding the future and making decisions for the future. My presentation is addressed to all people who are interested in developing their capacity of thinking and making decisions for the future in conditions of complexity and uncertainty.

Velimir Srića

Velimir Srića is a professor of management at University of Zagreb and a visiting professor at UCLA, with a PhD in IT management and an MBA from Columbia University. He has been a visiting professor at Renmin University in China and various universities in Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Montenegro, and Dubai. He is also a program director of DELFIN (Developing Effective Leadership for Innovation), a private consulting firm. He was CEO of Croatian Institute for Informatics, Minister of Science and a member of the Government of Croatia. He is a member of The Club of Rome, a World Bank expert on Change Management and a member of The European Academy of Science and Art. He is a Fulbright scholar and Eisenhower Fellow and was elected President of Zagreb’s city assembly. As a consultant, he worked with many regional companies, including Coca Cola, Fina, Gorenje, dm, Uljanik, INA, PBZ and Krka. He is a coauthor of the International Encyclopedia of Business and Management and has published more than 70 professional books and 500 articles. Further information:

    Keynote topic: Knowledge Economy in the Digital Transformation Era

Markus F. Peschl

Markus F. Peschl is Professor of Cognitive Science and Innovation at the University of Vienna. His research is driven by the question as to how novelty, novel knowledge, and innovations come into the world. He focuses on the interdisciplinary areas of future-oriented innovation (“Emergent Innovation”), knowledge (creation), (epistemology of future) potentials, cognition and the design of so-called “Enabling Spaces,” i.e. spaces for the generation of new knowledge and innovations. He is co-founder of “theLivingCore Innovation- and knowledge architects”, where he serves as chief scientific officer. Markus Peschl has published more than 150 articles and six books.

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   Keynote topic: How spaces can support knowledge and innovation work

Special Session:  Round Table

José M. Viedma

José M. Viedma is a Doctor of Industrial Engineering, a graduate in Economics and Professor of Strategic Management of Intangibles at UPC Polytechnic University of Catalonia and UPC School of Professional & Executive Development in Barcelona, Spain. He has held top executive positions in computer services and management consultancy firms. He is president and founding partner of the “Intellectual Capital Management System” and founding partner of M&A Fusiones y Adquisiciones. He is also founding member of “The new club of Paris”, CISC (Comunidad Iberoamericana de Sistemas de Conocimiento) and IAKM (International Association for Knowledge Management). Jose teaches and researches on the subject of knowledge management and intellectual capital management at the micro level and knowledge economy and knowledge based development at the macro level. He is an advisory board member for a number of journals. His current field of interest is focused on the strategic management of knowledge, intellectual capital and intangible assets practical research and he has consulted and developed a number of management frameworks and systems worldwide. His international research has crystallized in practical methodologies such as ICBS, SCBS, CICBS, RICBS and NICBS.  Further information can be found in:

    Keynote Topic: IC and KM the Macro Dimension