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What It’s Like to Be a Gig Worker During a Pandemic

By: EBR | Monday, March 1, 2021

Last year, media reports showed surreal images of previously bustling streets laying empty as stores were shut and WFH became the norm

"Now, European business is repeating the recipe of success from its past, most pro-activity. Significant investment in R&D, green development and digitalisation are the key words in Brussels and boardrooms alike. But without another wave of globalisation, they may amount to little more than active inertia."

The Fourth Globalisation and EU business families

By: EBR | Thursday, February 18, 2021

The often-unsaid truth of European business is that it is shockingly concentrated in a relatively small number of families. Part of that is by design

"There is an intangible aspect to successful boards that cannot be captured by curating the right CVs."

The Group Dynamics That Define Well-Functioning Boards

By: EBR | Thursday, February 18, 2021

From the outside, it’s not so difficult to distinguish well-functioning corporate boards from problem-plagued ones

“Over 20% of startups [in healthcare] actually emerged in the first few months of the pandemic. That’s not conceivable in any other economic sector.”

Over 20% of digital healthcare startups emerged during the pandemic

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation of healthcare, encouraging numerous innovative startups to step up and address previously unmet challenges

Big changes are coming for organisations and organisation designs. Whether they will be for good or ill depends on how leaders confront three key possibilities uncovered by the pandemic.

Prospects and Pitfalls for the Post-Pandemic Organisation

By: EBR | Monday, February 15, 2021

As a researcher who studies organisations and their designs, I am often asked to make predictions about the future of organisations after Covid-19

"When the first COVID 19 outbreak in the UK shuttered restaurants, the hospitality industry was supported by government schemes that kept workers in certain industries semi-afloat."

Restaurants and Society After COVID: A Report from London

By: EBR | Monday, February 15, 2021

Open restaurants will lift the spirits of society as a whole. That is especially important for the young

"With less than 10 years to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Decade to Deliver is underway, and leaders must act for impact now."

The circular economy can help save the planet –? if we start innovating now

By: EBR | Thursday, February 11, 2021

As we begin 2021, businesses face a complex matrix of challenges – from rising geo-economic tensions to the urgency of the climate crisis

Most firms that try to build an ecosystem would be better off joining an existing one. The first step is for them to know where they would fit.

The Five Essential Roles of Corporate Ecosystems

By: EBR | Thursday, February 4, 2021

Many companies want to build ecosystems as part of their strategy. They want to become “like Google” or “like Apple” in their attempts to unite firms around themselves. Not all succeed

Fragmentation among top leadership teams is widespread. CEOs should pay heed – and sharpen their most important strategy execution tool.

What Ails Corporate Executive Committees?

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 2, 2021

“A feeble Executive implies a feeble execution of the government”

A careful look at how some firms responded to the Covid-19 crisis reveals a new, more effective supply chain frontier.

Overcoming Barriers to Supply Chain Agility

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Globalisation of trade and decades-long innovation in supply chain networks have resulted in significant benefits for all stakeholders – greater efficiencies, lower costs, greater access to markets to name just a few

The momentum for sustainability is strong despite misgivings over current financial strains. Few businesses can afford to ignore it.

How Boards Can Steer Companies to “Build Back Better”

By: EBR | Thursday, January 21, 2021

As the novel coronavirus swept the globe last year, the European Union, China, Japan and the United Kingdom announced ambitious plans to cut emissions over the next decades

Put the framework at the heart of your sustainability strategy. Start by using it to audit your internal resources.

How the SDGs Can Change Your Organisation, From the Inside Out

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 20, 2021

As an organisational mission, sustainability is hard to wrap your head around

"Businesses need to watch three drivers of risk: political, technological and societal."

These are the top risks for business in the post-COVID world

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Over the past year, the business landscape has become much more precarious due to protracted uncertainty and confusion in pandemic response approaches, the challenges of vaccine rollouts and emerging virus variants - and spillover effects into other risks

"By supporting manufacturing and production ecosystems to become more resilient, sustainable and inclusive, we can enable manufacturers and their ecosystems to become the driving force behind a new wave of booming global economic and social prosperity."

Manufacturing can be the engine of global recovery

By: EBR | Friday, January 15, 2021

COVID-19 has given the world a sharp reminder that manufacturing and production sectors – and their enabling supply chain ecosystems – remain the most real and significant force in the global economy

"At a time when more than half of Americans say the pandemic has negatively affected their mental health, employees are needing and increasingly demanding additional support from their employers."

The priority for workplaces in the new normal?

By: EBR | Friday, January 15, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it painfully clear that the wellbeing of the workforce is in jeopardy

"We all have our own part to play in creating the world we’d like to see, but it’s certainly clear that even small spheres of influence can have momentous impacts with the right actions."

Social enterprises can change entire industries

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Social enterprises certainly act as influential drivers for the sustainability transition. Yet other individuals and businesses should also consider playing their part and become recognized as contributors to a better world

When it comes to making a difference, thinking “bigger is always better” leads to tunnel vision – especially for social enterprises.

The Three Dimensions of Social Impact

By: EBR | Friday, January 8, 2021

The “bigger is better” mindset has spread beyond the business world to the world of social impact. And for good reason: After all, isn’t it better to serve more people, and to seek efficiency through scale?

TrendForce noted a greater proportion of devices produced this year are likely to support 5G, with 37 percent of new handsets expected to use the latest network technology compared to 19 percent in 2020.

Huawei plunged out of device top 6

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, January 7, 2021

TrendForce, an analyst company, predicts global smartphone production to begin its recovery in 2021 after dropping 11 percent in 2020

The tough lessons of 2020 will provoke two major developments in B2B, having to do with technology and people.

The Post-Covid Future of “Everything as a Service”

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 5, 2021

If you work in the B2B space, you have almost certainly encountered the term “servitisation”

COVID-19 prompted about 30% of employed adults to take a leave of absence, according to a new World Economic Forum-Ipsos survey.

This is how COVID-19 has impacted workers’ lives around the world

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Stress, anxiety and loneliness have increased among working people, according to a new survey, underscoring the ongoing toll of the COVID-19 pandemic

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