European Business Forum

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

Articles from No. 11, Autumn

Adapting Management Education in Post-Soviet Countries-The Case of Ukraine
As the first of the post-Soviet countries to have its own MBA, the Ukraine has realised the need to import Western-style management techniques. The challenge for business schools is finding people who can integrate their knowledge of open market economies...
An American in Stockholm
It is a bit past seven on a warm, sunny Tuesday morning in early September and I am standing in front of the imposing door of the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), waiting for the rest of my class colleagues to gather. Once assembled, we will get...
Atlantic Crossing: EBF Talks to Professor Mark Fishman of Novartis
Novartis re-ignited fears of a scientific brain drain from Europe to the US earlier this year when it unveiled plans to relocate its R & D headquarters to Boston and place Harvard Medical School professor Mark Fishman at the helm. [ILLUSTRATION...
Building an Innovation Engine: Disruptive Innovation Enables Companies to Do Business in Ways They Never Could before, but Its Turbulent Track Record Promotes Scepticism among Managers. New Research Shows How to Harness Its Strategic Value for the Long-Term by Following a Three-Step Blueprint
Think 'innovation' and the chances are you think start-up business before you think FTSE100 organisation. Conventional wisdom has it that large companies are too bureaucratic, too invested in the status quo, and too focused on the next earnings report...
CEMS DAY 2002. Official Launch of the CEMS Master in International Management (CEMS MIM)
From Barcelona to Bergen and from Dublin to Warsaw. October 22nd will see CEMS celebrating the official launch of the CEMS MIM, the first truly European Master's degree. The CEMS MIM offers a select group of the best students of CEMS academic members...
Corporate Governance Reform in Switzerland: The Following Is a Summary of the Highlights of the Debate, Attended by 40-50 Senior Executives from Leading Swiss and International Companies and Advisory Firms
On 13th September 2002, a workshop entitled 'Corporate Governance: empirical results and best practice' was held at the First International HSG Alumni Conference in Interlaken, Switzerland, in association with EBF. The workshop was led by Dr Winfried...
Europe's Opportunity
As EBF went to press for the autumn edition a year ago we were all reeling from the shock of the horrific terrorist attacks on the United States. Twelve months on the mood remains grim. Combined with continued fear and uncertainty about our security...
How Efficient Are Europe's Capital Markets?
Companies, investors, intermediaries and policymakers have had their faith in financial markets badly shaken this year. But even before the recent spate of corporate collapses questionable market practices were rife, corporate governance standards...
In My Opinion
This comparison of Italian and UK engineering plants comes to the rather surprising conclusion that there is no significant statistical difference where indicators such as quality or lead times are concerned. However, there are significant differences...
In My Opinion
BT's approach to measuring the impact of corporate social responsibility and reputation on customer satisfaction is clearly a good step along the right path, but there is still much further to go. Other companies should be encouraged to follow a similar...
In Search of New Organisational Forms: The Future MNC, Spawned by Advances in Information and Communication Technologies, Has the Opportunity to Tailor Its Organisational Structure from a Universe of Possibilities
The period around the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries saw the emergence of new enterprise structures, notably the creation of the first multinational corporations (MNCs). The spur was provided by technological advances in transport...
Italian and UK Manufacturing Compared: Research Has Shown Significant Differences between the Two Countries in Rates of Absenteeism and in the Involvement of Employees in Problem Solving Groups. the Implications for Managers Are Clear
Although the Italian economy has seen a steady growth in the importance of the service sector, manufacturing still plays a key role in the economy. It employs 32 per cent of the active population and accounts for about 33 per cent of the country's...
Lobbying in Brussels: Informing the Political Process
Lobbying has long been a dirty word, conjuring up visions of nefarious activity and usually involving payment for political favours. The title of a new book by the professor of political science at Rotterdam University does little to dispel this impression....
Mastering Strategic Renewal-Lessons from the Financial Services Sector: A New Cross-Border Study Suggests That Some of Europe's Most Established Financial Institutions Are Failing to Adapt to Regulatory and Technological Change. Top Management Can Choose from Four Clearly Defined Options
How do large multi-unit firms in the financial services sector reconcile the conflicting forces of profits for today and flexibility to adapt for tomorrow? Profits for today require order, control, and stability: adaptation for tomorrow requires...
Measure for Measure: Underpinning the Value of IT
A radical change is taking place in the way that companies are measuring the value of their IT investment. According to a recent survey from Unisys, traditional return on investment (ROI) is no longer viewed as the most significant criteria for technology...
Nailing the Myths of an International Assignment: People's Motivations for Accepting an International Assignment Are Rather Different from Their Most Positive Experiences, According to a New Survey
International assignments have become increasingly common as multinational companies seek to integrate and co-ordinate their businesses in a rapidly globalising world. In Europe, the main destinations for assignees (or 'expatriates' as they were once...
News from EBF Founders
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is active in developing new ideas for business and disseminating them through a variety of channels. Here are some recent initiatives: Global Building Public Trust: The future of corporate reporting. In the wake...
Quality in Business Education-The Lure of Accreditation
Issue 7 of EBF (Autumn 2001) considered the question: Does Executive Education really improve business performance? Contributors looked at different measures which companies and others use to assess the value of this activity. One year on, the articles...
Satisfying Customers through Corporate Social Responsibility: A Convincing Business Case for CSR Continues to Prove Elusive despite a Welter of Academic Studies. BT Group, However, Believes It Has Quantified a Highly Significant Link to the Bottom Line
With so many corporate leaders now convinced of the need for businesses to contribute to the wider societal goal of sustainable development one would expect no lack of convincing proof that corporate social responsibility (CSR) actually works. [ILLUSTRATION...
The Challenge of Investor Marketing: A Growing Headache for Many Executives Is How to Achieve a Fair Market Valuation for Their Company. Success in Courting Shareholders Requires the Same Professionalism as in Other Parts of the Business
It may seem odd to say so at a time when financial markets have just lost 40 per cent of their value 18 months--but the undervaluation of shares is becoming a growing preoccupation for the CEOs of traditional European companies. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
The Networking Game: As Business Picks Up after the European Holiday Season, Some of Our Entrepreneurs Find New Relationships Bringing a Breath of Fresh Air to Their Operations While Others Struggle to Communicate Their Message to the Marketplace
Out with the old, in with the new WordAppeal is a London and Paris-based online corporate communications consultancy. September is a very important month in France--the month of 'La rentree'. Pupils go back to school, the government returns to...
The United States of Europe and America: A Latter Day Jonathan Swift Offers His Modest Proposal for Easing Transatlantic Tensions
First allow me to apologise in advance to Jonathan Swift. Two hundred years ago, the creator of Gulliver's Travels proposed that the English eat the Irish as a remedy to the two islands' seemingly intractable assortment of woes. But time and the latest...
University Challenge: EBF Talks to Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Education and Culture
Viviane Reding is the European Commissioner for Education and Culture--a less high profile portfolio than trade, competition policy or agriculture perhaps but one which lies at the heart of the EU's ambition to become the world's most dynamic and competitive...
Why Capitalism Badly Needs Ethics: It Is Not Enough to Change or Re-Regulate the Rules of Corporate Capitalism. the Present Crisis Requires a More Substantive Transformation of Business
The moral foundation of capitalism needs to be re-considered and renewed. With the collapse of communism and the accelerated trend of globalisation a new stage of capitalism has arrived. Street protests in recent years in Seattle, Washington, Milan...
Why the Days of 'Non-Execs' May Be Numbered
EBF Issue 5 (Spring 2001) offered readers a wide ranging and extensive debate on the origins, principles, models and benefits of sound corporate governance. Since then the topic has hardly been out of the news, with the dramatic corporate collapses...