Track / Overview

The track AI & Leadership aims to discuss implications of artificial intelligence on organizational behavior, with a specific focus on leadership. How does AI influence leadership, human interactions and social relationships at the workplace?

Artificial Intelligence is already part of our lives and will continue its impact on management and the workplace. Yet currently, research and practice have been more focused on the question how to make AI applicable for organizational solutions and to raise user trust in AI. Relatively little is known, however, how AI will in turn change human interactions for instance leadership processes or organizational cultural aspects. Hence in our session we ask how various forms of AI/ML incl. robotics, whether it is performance control mechanisms in HR or robots in healthcare, change our everyday social communication and behavior patterns.

Possible questions addressed are:

  • How will human behavior and interaction at the workplace change in the AI era? 
  • How can AI make leaders more empathetic and/or more efficient? But also could AI have a negative impact on leader behavior and attitudes, for instance by reducing leaders attention span? 
  • Are we underestimating the critical thinking skills needed to supervise an AI and how would these have to look like? 
  • Will AI help us to be more humane at the workplace or could AI make organization culture and team coherence potentially worse by leading to a higher work intensification?
  • How will AI/ML, including automation, influence empathy, trust, and human relationships at the workplace? Can we reinvent leadership or in the worst case, lose the human touch? 

Track / Schedule

Welcome and Introduction

With Marisa Tschopp

Human + Kind: Creating Values-Driven, Ethically Aligned Design

With John C. Havens

Leadership in the era of AI

With Stephanie Kaudela-Baum

Big Data, Algorithms and Datafication at Swiss Workplaces

With Simon Schafheitle

Humanizing the inhuman: How (and why) does this apply for robots and AI?

With Jamie Gloor

Challenges and learnings with our first digital employee

With Pascal Strölin


The impact of leadership on generating business value with AI.

With Afke Schouten

Leadership in the Age of AI: encoding Autonomy, Agility, and Purpose in an AI-driven Organization

With Ulli Waltinger

The Business Data Science Canvas – A journey into the creation of Data Science projects through the questions of human and AI interaction

With Benedikt Ramsauer

Wrap up and closing

With Simon Schafheitle

Track / Speakers

Marisa Tschopp

Researcher, scip

Simon Schafheitle

Post-Doc and Director of "People Analytics" Research Group

Jamie Gloor

Research Fellow, University of Zurich

Pascal Strölin

Head Digital Business Development, UBS Asset Management

Afke Schouten

Founder, AI Bridge

Benedikt Ramsauer

Data Scientist & Co-Founder, Swiss Statistical Design & Innovation

Ulli Waltinger

Technology Head, Siemens AI Lab

Stephanie Kaudela-Baum

Professor & Head of Competence Center, Lucerne University

John C. Havens

Executive Director, The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems 

Track / Co-organizers

Marisa Tschopp

Researcher, scip

Daniel Schmidlin

Executive Director Corporate Programs, SGMI Management Institute St. Gallen

Simon Schafheitle

Post-Doc and Director of "People Analytics" Research Group

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