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Christoph Mohr
Warum der Vice Chairman von Goldmann Sachs International zu den Stammgästen des ISC-Symposiums zählt: Ein Interview mit Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach
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Vice Chairman Goldman Sachs International, London

You have been a regular guest to the ISC Symposium. What is your personal interest in this event?

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I enjoy the symposium for a number of reasons, first the student involvement. They typically ask perceptive and probing questions in a forceful way, which would not be asked if it were a regular management conference. Second it is international, with students, participants and speakers from many countries. Third, at the same time it is a distinctly Swiss event in many ways. This year the address by Ruth Metzer Arnold, the Swiss Minister of Justice was simply outstanding. She had something to say which all politicians should listen to, and it grew out of her own Swiss experience. Fourth, I especially appreciate the way the conference attempts to integrate economics, politics, social issues and values.

What is Goldman Sachs' interest in this event (if any)?

Goldman Sachs employs many alumni of St. Gallen and is proud to support one of Europe's leading business schools in this way.

The founding principle of the ISC Symposium is the dialogue between the leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow. Do you think that this still works?

The dialogue between the leaders of today and tomorrow was much in evidence at this years conference, with students fearlessly challenging business leaders on a range of issues. In the sessions I chaired they did it both to the political and the business leaders.

If you had to give a personal resumé of this year's event, what are the lessons learnt this years?

Lessons learnt this year: one, the case for direct democracy and scepticism about the EU rests on powerful arguments and is much stronger than Eurocrats think or perceive. Two, companies cannot operate without core values. The idea that business and ethics do not mix is not sustainable. But raising issues of values forces us to think deeply about the source of our values and their religious and philosophical foundations. Three, our existing educational structures need to be much more flexible and innovative to meet the needs of such a rapidly changing world. Most countries need a radical shake-up in their school and university systems, which is run in the interests of teachers and professions. Four, a number of speakers emphasised that competition is good for business and not just consumers.
Dieser Artikel ist erschienen am 30.07.2001