Celebrating 80 years of economics in Aarhus

The economics and management departments of Aarhus BSS celebrate 80 years of economics in Aarhus by hosting a one-day conference on the subject “Economics and our society in the coming years”.

06.04.2017 | Ingrid Marie Fossum

In the S-building, Professor Andrew W. Lo, MIT, Professor Anders Kofod-Petersen, Alexandra Institute and Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, Chairman of the Lego Group will give presentations on the subject “Economics and our society in the coming years”.

Dato fre 18 aug
Tid 10:30 15:30
Sted The S-building (2610) at Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V

Research and research-based education in the field of economics in Aarhus began in the autumn of 1936, when the Department of Economics at Aarhus University was founded. The main objective was to create a degree programme in business economics, but economics as such has always been an important element in the department’s now 80 years of existence. The first Master’s degree in Economics and Management (cand.oecon) was awarded in the summer of 1940. 

Aarhus School of Business commenced its activities in 1939, and the Bachelor’s degree programme in Economics and Business Administration (HA) began in 1951. The first Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration (cand.merc.) was awarded in 1969.

The economics and management departments of Aarhus BSS, now offering the research-based degree programmes MSc in Economics and Business Administration (cand.merc), MSc in Economics and Management (cand.oecon) and MSc in Business Administration (cand.soc), celebrate the 80 years of economics in Aarhus by hosting a one-day conference on the subject:

“Economics and our society in the coming years”

In light of artificial intelligence, big data etc., society will undoubtedly change in the coming years. Hence, economics will also change as experiments and huge panel data are becoming available, and the rise of bounded rationality makes it difficult to uphold the current neoclassical orthodoxy.

The conference programme:

10.30  Can Financial Engineering Cure Cancer?    
By Professor Andrew W. Lothe Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor of Finance and the Director of the Laboratory for Financial Engineering at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

11.30   Artificial Intelligence is the new black - will it change the T?   
By Anders Kofod-Petersen, Deputy Director at the Alexandra Institute with responsibility for activities in Eastern Denmark and Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim.

12.30 – 14.00 
Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 Evolution of digitalization in the LEGO Group – a roadmap
By Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, Chairman of the Lego Group
Cand.oecon (1995) and PhD (1998), CEO (president) of Lego from 2004 to 2016.

15.00-15.30 Panel Discussion

The presentation by Jørgen Vig Knudstorp will last approximately one hour. The remaining time will be spent on panel discussions. The panellists are: Anne-Lise Høg Lejre, Vice President, Danish Technological Institute and Jens Riis Andersen, Associate Partner, McKinsey. 

Registration for conference and Aarhus BSS Summer Festival:

All members of the Department of Economics and Business Economics and the Department of Management are invited. Students of economics and management are also invited to the conference.

As the conference takes place on the same the day as Aarhus BSS throws its Summer Festival with the participation of alumni and graduates celebrating their 25th, 40th, 50th, and 60th anniversary, the merc. and oecon. graduates are also invited to the conference. These participants will be treated to a special joint lunch.

However, as room capacity is limited, registration is required. 

Contact:

Organising committee: Jakob ArnoldiAndrea CarugatiEmma von EssenKlaus G. GrunertLars FrederiksenMarie HerlySvend Hylleberg (Chair), Anders Bredahl KockÖzlem Dursun-de NeefAllan Sørensen, and Marcel Turkensteen

Administrative assistants: Charlotte Sparrevohn and Betina Sørensen
Communication partner: Ingrid Marie Fossum

Aarhus BSS, Meddelelser
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