The DocNet Symposium provides a unique platform for academics, practitioners, doctoral alumni, and current DocNet members to come together and explore current and socially relevant topics from various perspectives. This year, we’re looking forward to inspiring discussions on decision making:
Decision Making – Art or Science?
Yes, or no? Now, or never? A, B, or C? Every day, we make roughly 100’000 decisions, of which only 100 are conscious. Is it actually possible to make “right” decisions? Is good decision making a science that can be studied and learned or rather an art which is largely out of our control and subject to coincidence? These and many more questions will be discussed and challenged at this year’s DocNet Symposium from various perspectives.


If you are interested in discussing those and many more questions related to this subject with academics, business leaders, and doctoral students, Register here and join us for the 15th DocNet Symposium!

Agenda 03.11.2017

from 08:30 Registration (Weiterbildungszentrum Holzweid, Holzstrasse 15, CH-9010 St.Gallen)
09:00 Opening Ceremony Decision Making: Art or Science?
Jannis Beese, President DocNet
Prof. Dr. Claude Siegenthaler, Host of the Symposium
09:15 Introduction Greetings from the President’s Board
Prof. Dr. Kuno Schedler
Vice-President Research & Facultiy, University of St.Gallen
09:30 Decision making as a science Taking Decisions – a Matter of the Heart or the Brain?
Prof. Dr. Esther Stoeckli
Neurobiologist and director Institute of Molecular Life Sciences University of Zurich

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence @ Google
Dr. Mahsa Behzadi
Research Program Manager, Google Research Europe

10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Taking the right decisions Act in a Improvisational Theatre
Manuela Mühlemann
Coach & Artist, attento GmbH
How to Manage International Wealth
Dr. Marc Dietrich
Entrepreneurs + Wealth, PwC Liechtenstein
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Decision making as a competitive advantage This way or that way? – A Personal Reflection on Decision Taking
Antonio Schulthess
Chief Executive Human Resources & Technical Services, Lufthansa Technik

How to Improve Innovation Decisions?
Markus Mettler
Founder BrainStore

14:00 Decision making as a controversy Prof. Dr. Monika Bütler
Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of St. Gallen
14:30 Coffe Break
15:00 Decision making as a race against time  Medical Emergency Decisions – slow down when it hurries!
Dr. med. André Keisker
Medical Head Jet Transportation, Swiss Air-Rescue (Rega)

From 200 analysts to 1 UBS House View – Making Investment Decision at the UBS Investment Office
Dr. Daniel Kalt
Chief Economist Switzerland and Regional CIO, UBS Switzerland AG

16:00 Open Space Discussion Making better decisions now!
Prof. Dr. Claude Siegenthaler
Host of the Symposium
16:30 Apéro