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Fast technological change means that the people operating constantly evolving machines need to learn new skills – quickly. Our current education system adapts to change too slowly and operates too ineffectively for this new world.

What the next 20 years will mean for jobs – and how to prepare

By: EBR | Friday, January 18, 2019

The next two decades promise a full-scale revolution in our working lives. Before we look into the next 20 years, let’s take a quick look at the present – and something once considered paradoxical

The 2016 New Skills Agenda aimed to improve the quality of skills on (the supply side _labour force) training and to make the skills acquired more visible and comparable from one country to another. Data on ICT skills should also be improved in order to better anticipate developments and help people make better career choices. Skills acquired in non-formal ways should also be assessed and validated

The role of digital transformation in labour markets and business ecosystem

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Information and communications technologies (ICT) play an increasingly important role in our professional and private lives, and digital competence is of growing importance for every individual

We expect the keys to success will be just as different in 10 years’ time. Several developing trends are likely to fundamentally reshape the future competitive environment, including the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence, the changing global economic order, and increasing scrutiny of the broader contribution of business to society, to name just a few

5 ways for business leaders to win in the 2020s

By: EBR | Thursday, January 3, 2019

The winners in business have shifted markedly in the last decade

UK security officials issued a new public warning to Huawei, saying the Chinese company must fix problems in the equipment it provides to British networks or risk a further deterioration in an increasingly strained relationship. This warning came straight after receiving the message from the American ally that the security of their telecoms networks and supply chains must be safeguard

Huawei in heavy weather

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, December 3, 2018

Germany and Britain are preparing for auctions for 5G, the superfast service that will enable a new generation of digital products and services

Ten things to know about competitiveness

By: EBR | Friday, October 19, 2018

Even as globalization has led to unprecedented gains for many from the movement of goods, services, people and ideas, there are those who have lost out – economically, politically or culturally

The work landscape in 2022

By: EBR | Friday, October 12, 2018

I am likely stating the obvious but it needs to be stated as often as possible – the world is changing and it is changing fast

Ten years after the fall of Lehman, corporate debt may be next bubble

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Ten years after the financial crisis, the seeds are being sown for the next potential meltdown

5 things to know about the future of jobs

By: EBR | Friday, September 21, 2018

The future of work is increasingly becoming today’s reality for millions of workers and companies around the world

Lessons for Europe from China’s astonishing startup success

By: EBR | Friday, September 21, 2018

When I moved to China in 2014 to start my company, the country was still in the slow process of opening up its massive economy and developing its major foreign policy initiative, One Belt One Road

Why Asia's future is female

By: EBR | Friday, September 14, 2018

Asia is a powerhouse of growth in the global economy. From the 1980s onwards, economic development across the region has lifted millions out of poverty and doubled Asia's share of the world economy. However, signs are there that things are moderating

The WIR “schafft es”, already more than 80 years

By: EBR | Monday, September 10, 2018

The Swiss alternative currency called WIR is a ‘Wirtschaftswunder’ before its time. It exists already more than 80 years. One in six Swiss companies accept it as an alternative currency to the Swiss Franc

7 key challenges for the future of ASEAN

By: EBR | Thursday, August 30, 2018

The ASEAN region, made up of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam, boasted a combined GDP of roughly $2.77 trillion as of 2017, with predictions for enviable GDP growth rates of around 5.3% per year through 2019

The Chinese are changing the smartphone world

By: EBR | Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Chinese telecom giant Huawei is now the second largest vendor of smartphones worldwide

How millennials became the world’s most powerful consumers

By: EBR | Friday, June 8, 2018

They are the biggest global generation — and their choices ??are upending business? from the US to China

Forty-eight countries have adopted and agreed to support and monitor implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct, at the OECD’s Annual Meeting at Ministerial Level taking place this week in Paris. OECD countries, together with Colombia and Lithuania who have been invited to join the Organisation, plus Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Peru, Romania, Tunisia and Ukraine are the adherents to this new instrument.

Efforts to drive more responsible business conduct through new OECD instrument

By: EBR | Thursday, May 31, 2018

Ministers from OECD and developing economies have committed to step up their efforts to promote responsible business conduct by companies in order to drive more inclusive and sustainable economic growth

New professions. Technology creates more jobs than it destroys, but change is painful. A recent McKinsey study reveals that 56% of new jobs are in brand-new professions. If you take a look at the World Economic Forum's career page, you’ll see the kinds of professionals we’re looking for: experts in artificial intelligence, the internet of things, specialists in cyber-security, internet governance, social media, start-ups, machine learning, robotics, 3D printing, autonomous vehicles, Blockchain and so on.

4 mega-trends for the future of work

By: EBR | Friday, May 11, 2018

We’ve become accustomed to thinking that technological advances are eliminating jobs and tasks that require low-level professional qualifications

Trying to apply the old model of determining strategy in the corner office and issuing orders is simply ineffective and inefficient today. From “Commander-in-Chief”, the CEO has become “Chief Enabler of the Organisation”. His or her role is to enable other employees to perform.

CEOs should be Chief Enablement Officers

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Leadership is about energising people rather than issuing orders

The 7 forces that will change the way you work

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Technological and social forces are transforming how work gets done, who does it, and even what work looks like

The hope is to bust the blockchain hype and encourage a practice approach by shifting focus to the business problem and away from a particular technological solution.

These 11 questions will help you decide if blockchain is right for your business

By: EBR | Friday, April 27, 2018

One of the most unique aspects of blockchain is its high number of evangelists – people who believe blockchain can solve everything from global financial inequality, to the provision of ID for refugees, to enabling people to sell their houses without an estate agent

The United States, while actively encouraging closer Japan-India relations, has also criticized China in its new National Security Strategy: “China is using economic inducements and penalties, influence operations, and implied military threats to persuade other states to heed its political and security agenda. China’s infrastructure investments and trade strategies reinforce its geopolitical aspirations.”

The challenge to China’s New Silk Road

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) is a collaborative vision shared by India and Japan to create a growth corridor and industrial network connecting Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Africa across the Indo-Pacific region

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N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

With apologies to Bob Dylan for using his already so often (mis)used words: ‘The Times They Are a- changin’

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