04. December 2015

Business, Technology and Science Present Future Visions 2030

Bild: Andreas Röbl

Employees of the Linz Center of Mechatronics GmbH (LCM), scientists from the Institute of Strategic Management at the Johannes Kepler University and representatives of the firms of Atos, Fronius, LineMetrics, Pöttinger and Rosenbauer met this week at the JKU Science Park for the concluding workshop of the Open Foresight project "Human-Time-Machine 2030". The results of several Foresight workshops that had been organized with these companies, 30 expert interviews, comprehensive research and an international Delphi study with over 170 participants were presented in the form of a remarkable journey through time.

"In a highly dynamic and complex world, the study of long-term, strategically relevant developments plays a key role in success," say Gerald Schatz, CEO of the Linz Center of Mechatronics, and Prof. Franz Strehl, head of the Institute of Strategic Management, who launched the project with their teams. "Our journey through time focused our thoughts on the year 2030: together with representatives from science and industry we anticipated branch-specific developments in the fields of human-machine interface and machine-to-machine communication and especially their consequences for future business models."

Complexity management and effectivity management for the customer, simple and customized user interfaces, intelligent data use and the ability to cooperate are just a few of the important challenges for the future. Gerald Schatz argues, "The fact that complexity continues to increase at the same time as customers require reduced complexity will open up a wide range of opportunities for new business, for example. But the new technological possibilities, increasing digitization and networking, resource shortages and customers' productivity targets will also play an important role in the development of new business and service models."

Text: Institute of Strategic Management, Johannes Kepler University / LCM

Bild: Andreas Röbl