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Economic dialog at Northern Institute of Technology Management

Opening event to be held under the theme "Work 4.0 – Humans or Machines?“

The Northern Institute of Technology Management (NIT) will host the first Hamburg Economic Dialog on January 26, 2017 at 6.00 pm. Entrepreneurs and managers from Hamburg’s SME sector will come together to discuss the challenges of digitalization. The theme of the first event is: “Work 4.0 – Humans or Machines?” Impulse speeches by Verena Fritzsche, CEO of NIT and by Christian Günner, Head of Division for Customers and Process Development at Hamburg Wasser, will be followed by an open panel discussion with representatives of business, science, politics and start-ups.

Key qualifications in future

The fourth industrial revolution offers employers great potential to complete procedures online, manage machines centrally and to save manpower. The question of man or machine is no longer simply economic as ethical concerns play a role in decision-making as well. During her speech, Fritzsche will highlight at risk jobs, new professions and qualifications needed in future. Günter will give insight into urban water supply networks and how they could be used to transfer data.

Exchange between companies and start-ups

During an open panel discussion, speakers and delegates will discuss the influence of digitalisation on personnel polices and possible changes to the labour market. The event aims to create a stimulating exchange of ideas and views between clusters and networks, established companies and start-ups, commerce, science and politics. The organisers wish to hold the Hamburg Economic Dialog once every three months focusing on issues such as “Snap Queen meets Fax Veteran – How do I lead whom?” “E-Commerce, Sharing and Co. – clever use of new business models” and “What can mid-sized companies learn from start-ups?”

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Registration for Economic Dialog

Registrations are being accepted until January 19, 2017 on möglich.

About Northern Institute of Technology Management (NIT)

At northern Germany’s hub for management education especially for engineers, the (NIT) Northern Institute of Technology Management, students learn how to manage and lead responsibly through the changes that come with digitalization. The emphasis is on technology and entrepreneurial management, digital transformation and new leadership. Founded by 40 professors at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), the NIT has developed into an acclaimed business school for engineers, attracting students from all over the world to northern Germany. The NIT Digital Thinktank initiates workshops, lectures and network events to bring together figures and those interested in digital change. More information can be found on

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