IndEx 2020 Content Tracks
Over the course of 2 days, IndEx 2020 will include sessions in a variety of formats addressing the following key issues:
Plotting the course for industrial companies when politics trumps economics
Ongoing US-China policy frictions, the ramifications of Brexit, the rise of populism in the world’s liberal democracies and a public rethinking of how capitalism’s wealth should be apportioned here at home, are just some current examples of how economics is taking a back seat to politics in shaping the current operating environment. This IndEx 2020 content track will include a prominent keynote speaker addressing the major political issues facing industrial companies now and into the future — and what those issues may mean for industrial managers, owners, and other stakeholders. Supplementary panel/breakout sessions on the impact of politics will focus on China, the new calculations needed for off-shoring and on-shoring investment decisions, the global battle over intellectual property and successful ways industrial companies can engage legislators and regulators in Washington.
What's next in industrial automation
With the pace of technological change on the factory floor accelerating, industrial managers and owners face new challenges in areas including capital investment, product creation and marketing, and cybersecurity and risk management. For many industrial companies, in fact, automation and greater IoT-driven interconnectivity is even changing business models. This session and related panel/breakout sessions will touch on these issues and the policy issues surrounding a more automated workplace.
How ESG investing and populism are reshaping industrial company operations
Investing based on environmental, social and governance criteria may have started as a fringe movement among investors in public companies, but it has now gone mainstream and is shaping decision-making at industrial companies large and small, and whether publicly or privately owned. At the same time, rising populist sentiment on the right and left poses threats to a “business as usual” approach. This session, conducted in association with the Aspen Institute, as well as related panel/breakouts, will focus on the ways in which industrial companies are meeting ESG demands for greater energy efficiency, green operating environments, workplace health and safety concerns, and better community relations. Also covered will be the corporate governance issues where the interests of ESG investors and populist leaders may overlap, including concerns over the rights, responsibilities, and expectations of various business stakeholders.
The workforce of the future is here now
Industrial companies need more, better-trained workers. They also need more unskilled workers, as well as fewer workers.
Contradictory? Yes, but industrial companies are being buffeted by economic and technological forces that are creating — and will continue to create — greater complexity in finding, training and retaining the right workforce. This session and associated panel/breakout sessions will focus on solutions for industrial companies, with an emphasis on engagement strategies, worker training, diversity and inclusion efforts, safety concerns, and compensation.
Value-creation in tough times
While the formula for enterprise value creation remains the same — revenue and costs each trending in the right direction — the tools to accomplish the job keep changing, especially in a slowing global economy. This portion of the agenda will deal with approaches industrial companies are taking and the tools they are using to continue creating value for their owners. Subjects to be covered include the use of big data and analytics to help make revenue-generation and expense reduction more efficient, and e-commerce techniques that are transforming industrial sales.