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"As a self-made man, he founded Geely in November 1986, the company had nothing to do with automotive at all. Shufu and his brainchild were looking for an important place in the Chinese households with electrical equipment: refrigerators for the Chinese kitchens."

Li Shufu is pulling the strings at Volvo, Mercedes and Lotus

Will carmaker Volvo get a stock exchange listing in Stockholm, or may be in Amsterdam, as Bloomberg news agency claims?

They say it’s lonely at the top. But in the workplace, even team members are feeling lonely.

Four Ways Today’s Teams Are Making Us Lonely

By: EBR | Monday, April 19, 2021

Firms should see loneliness as an organisational issue, not a personal one. Aside from being associated with an array of health problems, loneliness reduces work performance and creativity

Businesses are increasingly leveraging cloud technologies to increase scalability, security and efficiency.

How businesses can realize the benefits of the cloud

By: EBR | Monday, April 19, 2021

More than 90% of businesses are leveraging cloud technologies and have started migrating applications to leverage the scalability, security and efficiency that the cloud provides. But most have not established cloud-native capabilities or achieved business impact at scale

Changes at team level will never take hold unless individuals’ objectives and behaviours are synchronised with those of the group.

A Seven-Step Choreography for Thriving Teams

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Remember the last time you tried to change your habits in a big way? Perhaps you made a vow to eat healthier, or to listen more actively during meetings. Whatever it was, whether you ultimately succeeded or succumbed to the force of old habits, you almost certainly struggled

"The purpose of public CBCR legislation is not to discredit or undermine tax authorities. While for tax administrations CBCR is a tax avoidance assessment tool, public CBCR is a risk assessment tool for national tax systems as a whole; informing public debate on taxation policy in Europe and beyond."

Greater corporate tax transparency is also good for business

By: EBR | Thursday, April 8, 2021

Far from making life harder for business, public country-by-country reporting will actually improve relations with investors, and benefit both companies and consumers

How our beliefs about creativity explain our ability to improve and sustain it over time.

Why Some Employees Improve Their Creativity and Others Don’t

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Innovation is vital to business, now maybe more than ever before. Firms have been wildly creative in developing breakthrough technologies and adapting to remote work. To successfully adapt to any change, firms rely on their workforce’s creativity

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"Companies can pivot to experience even if they don’t have the vision of a Steve Jobs, as long as they’re willing to look at themselves through customers’ eyes."

Who’s Afraid of the Experience Economy?

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Great brand experiences drive better business outcomes, during the pandemic and beyond

"Digital learning and learning via telepresence will become an accepted, “must-have” part of a blended working and learning environment."

The future of face-to-face: how COVID-19 will reshape learning and work

By: EBR | Friday, April 2, 2021

We are in the midst of a massive global social experiment. The very nature of our regular day-to-day, face-to-face training, meetings and work is being challenged at a fundamental level

"Our framework guides you through the forces driving Airbnb and other ecosystem-based businesses."

What Makes Business Ecosystems Succeed?

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Business ecosystems are an interesting and exciting phenomenon of the 21st century

"Today, more than a year since the emergence of COVID-19 and days before the Generation Equality Forum (GEF), hard-won gains for gender equality are at risk of rollback due to the disproportionate burden that girls and women have experienced throughout the pandemic."

4 ways the private sector can push for gender equality post-pandemic

By: EBR | Monday, March 29, 2021

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Economic Forum estimated that it would take almost 100 years to close the global gender gap

The field of operations management has deep roots in developing effective processes for people. How can we encourage further growth in this area?

Putting People at the Centre of Operations

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Operations management (OM), which is often associated with processing widgets and information, has permeated the workplace to such a degree that the HR function at companies like Google is now known as “People Operations”

"Enough with political correctness and pseudo attempts to make change happen. Now’s the time to step up or stop pretending."

The Darker Side of Organisational Life

By: EBR | Monday, March 22, 2021

Cultural change is not for the faint-hearted or the politically correct

Urban entrepreneurs on digital platforms have access to better offline information, which gives them an edge over rural entrepreneurs.

How the Rural-Urban Divide Plays Out on Digital Platforms

By: EBR | Thursday, March 18, 2021

In the West, villages are emptying out due to the lack of economic opportunities. Consider Italy where, in a bid to attract newcomers, a handful of municipalities have turned to selling houses for €1

“Hydrogen blending can be an especially cost-effective transitional option in those European regions without parallel or duplicated networks, or without (potentially) available gas infrastructure capacity, which can be easily repurposed to hydrogen in the short-term.”

Industry coalition calls for hydrogen blending into gas

By: EBR | Thursday, March 18, 2021

More than 90 energy companies, equipment manufacturers and gas network operators have called on the European Commission to consider hydrogen blending into natural gas for parts of Europe that cannot yet afford a dedicated hydrogen network

Data from online sources like Yelp can help you take the pulse of local business activity in the absence of updated official statistics.

What Yelp Reviews Can Tell Us About the State of the Economy

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Businesses generate a tremendous amount of digital exhaust – that virtual trail of data they collect as part of their operations

A number of industry associations, including steel group Eurofer, chemicals association CEFIC, cement association Cembureau, and Fertilizers Europe last week signed an email asking lawmakers to rethink the proposal and demanding the carbon border policy “co-exist with the current system of free allocation.”

EU Parliament votes to retain free CO2 quotas for industry

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The European Parliament has rejected proposals to phase out free CO2 pollution credits for industries covered by the EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), even as the bloc plans to gradually replace the scheme with a carbon levy at its border

"EU carbon prices have risen to record highs this year, with further rises expected as Brussels tightens climate policies."

Industry lobbies EU lawmakers to change carbon border levy plan

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Some of Europe’s largest industry groups have asked European Union lawmakers to change their position on the bloc’s planned carbon border policy

Failure to apply truly open, interoperable standards for automation tools is costly on all fronts and bold action is needed now to recover from COVID-19.

Universal automation is the innovation gateway the industry sector needs now

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 9, 2021

As the world strives to recover from the pandemic, industry has a golden opportunity to become a central pillar of global economic recovery. So, what will it take to get us there?

«The hiring outlook for women is a lot better than this time last year, but there is an urgent need to make up the lost ground caused by the pandemic.»

3 ways to build equal workforces as COVID-19 dents women’s career prospects

By: EBR | Monday, March 8, 2021

International Women’s Day marks almost a full year from when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic

"Results show that autonomous cars and drones are perceived as part of the critical infrastructure due to the large amount of data gathered and stored."

This is what European business leaders think about the future of autonomous machines

By: EBR | Monday, March 8, 2021

Autonomous machines, such as self-driving cars and drones, are a key future technology

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Li Shufu is pulling the strings at Volvo, Mercedes and Lotus

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Will carmaker Volvo get a stock exchange listing in Stockholm, or may be in Amsterdam, as Bloomberg news agency claims?

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