European Business Forum

European Business Forum is a magazine specializing in International Business topics.

Articles from No. 19, Autumn

A New Executive Director to Continue the Progression of CEMS
An HEC Master of Management graduate, 38-year-old Francois Collin (left) began his career in marketing, working with several international companies. His career brought him back to HEC as Director of International Executive Programmes where he has...
Basel II Promises Cheaper Banking: The Diversity and Complexity of Capital Markets Are Addressed in New Banking Regulations Set to Be Phased in after 2007
A recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the European Commission estimates that the introduction of new rules for banks could release some five per cent of bank capital--about [euro]100billion--in the European Union. Known as Basel II, after the...
China Adjusts Strategies for Speeding Economic Growth: China Has Learned Hard Lessons from Its Long History of Revolution and Reform, but the Country Now Seems Poised to Achieve Its Aim of Catching Up with the West
For centuries, China was the 'middle kingdom' surrounded by a group of barbarian tributary states. Its advanced culture, technology, philosophy and level of economic development made it the dominant power in Asia as long as 3,000 years ago. Indeed,...
Executive Education
In an era when knowledge is becoming the most important source of competitive advantage, executives need to be able to draw on the knowledge of business schools. This new section of EBF aims to close the gap between academics, managers and leaders....
Funding Europe's Future: EFB Talks to Francis Carpenter, Chief Executive of the European Investment Fund
European Investment Fund (EIF) was created in 1994 as the European Union's specialist vehicle to support innovation and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the EU and in Central and eastern Europe. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Located...
Gateways to the World: People Don't Move to New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong or Tokyo Because They Are Cheap or Pleasant Places to Live. They Move Because These Cities Hold Great Opportunities to Do Business and Work with Successful and Talented People
Recently, we have seen a proliferation of surveys in business magazines like Fortune and Forbes that are really nothing more than lists. Some of my favourite lists--which many magazines now publish for their individual countries--are those that tell...
How Serious Are the Alternatives to Globalisation?
Big businesses have enthusiastically embraced globalisation, seeking out and profiting from new opportunities--wherever their brands, capabilities and technology have taken them. Yet a consensus is emerging that globalisation has reached a turning...
Insights on Offshoring, Outsourcing, Consumer Groups and Consultancy
EDITOR'S NOTE The in depth section of EBF represents a change of style and pace. While the preceding EBF debate dealt with different facets of globalisation, here we look at some important consequences of globalisation: outsourcing, offshoring and...
Medieval Economics Revisited: Protectionism Grew out of Mercantile Economics 500 Years Ago. Although Long Discredited, Ailing Industries in the US and Europe Are Often Rescued by Mercantilism
Economic theories, like economies themselves, tend to run in cycles, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the arguments about free trade and protectionism. Today, with free trade firmly established as orthodoxy among economists, policy makers...
News from EBF Founders
PricewaterhouseCoopers is active in understanding the evolving global business environment and its implications. Here are some recent examples: Europe EU Enlargement Industry Series PwC Global Industrial Product Group has released a series...
Outdated Accounts: A Survey of the UK Investment Community Shows That Today's Regulatory Reporting Model Is Failing to Make Visible Some of the Most Basic Building Blocks of Good Financial Reporting
"I'm not a big fan of airy-fairy stuff." "Complete nonsense with no underlying rationale." "I don't believe it." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Quotations from a review of the latest Hugh Grant film? British reactions to the new European Union constitution?...
Spotlight Falls on EU Pension Reform: The EU's Financial Services Action Plan Includes Important Measures for Savings and Pensions. but a Sharper Focus on Universal and Voluntary Pensions Will Be Needed to Achieve Pensions Harmonisation across Europe
In May 2003, the European Union ushered in one its first directives regarding the creation of a single financial market for pensions, an important part of its Financial Services Action Plan. To come into effect in August 2005, 'Directive 2003/41/EC'...
Towards a Dynamic New Europe: Young Professionals from 22 Countries Reflected on the Global Challenges Facing the Enlarged Europe at September's Annual Open World Initiative in Bled, Slovenia, as Marian Hovarth Reports
The recent enlargement of the European Union (EU) and its impact on the future of the Continent and the world was the theme of The Open World Initiative (OWI), a global network of the next generation of leaders in politics, business, media and academia...