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Even for long-established teams, moving from physical to virtual is a game-changer.

The Three Main Challenges of Remote Working

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 31, 2020

COVID-19 has forced us to adopt large-scale remote working with far less preparatory time than any of us would expect or want

Within the EU, we have already seen the ECB launch a new  Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme representing over 7% of GDP, a €37 billion “Corona Response Investment Initiative” from the European Commission, and liquidity support schemes by member states covering up to 13% of euro area GDP, according to the Eurogroup.

Support for business to ensure this economic crisis is short-lived

By: EBR | Thursday, March 26, 2020

Even by the standards of the 2008 financial crisis, the economic policy response by governments and central banks across the globe to the present crisis has been rapid and dramatic

Emissions reductions caused by economic downturns tend to be temporary — and can lead to emissions growth as economies attempt to get back on track. After the global financial crisis of 2008, for example, global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion and cement production grew 5.9% in 2010, more than offsetting the 1.4% decrease in 2009.

Can low-carbon investments help economies recover from coronavirus?

By: EBR | Friday, March 20, 2020

COVID-19 is having a big affect on the global economy, but green investment could help

Too many starving or obese people around the world combined with often wasteful food production without regard for climate considerations all add up to a food system that “serves neither the people nor the planet”. Aligning business models to improve nutrition and provide sustainable food systems, using artificial intelligence (AI), is one option.

Collaboration Unlocks Global Health Solutions

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Business is a force for good in global healthcare when partnered with academia and non-profits

In the stampede to build an AI strategy, executives fall into four main traps.

What Companies Tend to Get Wrong About AI

By: EBR | Monday, March 16, 2020

It’s almost impossible to pick up a trade journal, hear a start-up pitch or listen to a quarterly earnings call without hearing the two magic letters: AI

The intercontinental spread of a novel coronavirus in recent weeks has many businesses rushing to cloud computing, particularly work-from-home software. It is spreading thin IT consultancies that install those systems, such as Merlini’s 35-person shop, beSharp near Milan, and is also spawning extraordinary measures at the data centers that make up the “cloud.”

Working from home because of coronavirus and the impact on cloud firms

By: EBR | Monday, March 16, 2020

The spread of coronavirus has meant many businesses are rushing to cloud computing

Ecosystems have declined in size and condition by 47% globally compared to estimated baselines, and species populations have faced stark declines.

The hidden risks nature loss poses for businesses

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 4, 2020

As this past year’s news headlines have made all too clear, nature is in a state of emergency

An increasing number of companies are revising their policies and practices, including those relating to diversity and inclusion, human resources and accessibility, so that people with disabilities have better access to employment opportunities.

Getting people with disabilities into work requires data

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 19, 2020

People with disabilities – estimated to be about 15% of the world population – constitute a largely untapped pool of talent in the labour market. And they face a high risk of being marginalized further as the world of work undergoes rapid transformations, including technological developments, climate change and demographic shifts

The workplace is rapidly becoming a more flexible construct. In the UK, for example, more than 1.5 million people work from home full-time, nearly twice as many as ten years ago.

Are Offices Obsolete?

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The COVID-19 epidemic has highlighted the vulnerabilities of the traditional physically co-located office, forcing many Asian companies to work remotely. However, a small but growing number of tech companies are intendedly going “all-remote”. They may well be harbingers of the future of work

American companies are watching warily as the United States considers restricting export licenses for companies that sell products or share intellectual property with China, including General Electric, which sells aircraft parts to China as part of a joint venture with Safran, a French firm.

Trump Effort to Keep U.S. Tech Out of China Alarms American Firms

By: EBR | Monday, February 17, 2020

The administration wants to protect national security by restricting the flow of technology to China. But technology companies worry it could undermine them instead

In life as in business, if we want to understand – let alone change – behaviour, we first must excavate the mental models that drive it.

Discovering the Hidden Drivers of Decision Making

By: EBR | Friday, February 14, 2020

A time-tested technique from academic research can help practitioners better understand their stakeholders

The rise of HR can be traced back to the dawn of the industrial age, and the reason behind its creation is also at the very core of what renders it obsolete today.

It’s time to disrupt Human Resources if we want talent fit for the digital age

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The worst thing we ever did in corporate America was to take the most vital part of any company - the people powering it - and label it so dismissively as “human resources.”

It is time to move beyond the debate between “win-win” and “trade-offs”. The right avenue for achieving social impact depends on the setting.

The Force for Good Spectrum: Using Business as a Tool

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The new generation of business leaders is more keen than ever to employ its skills not just for making money but also for making progress on critical issues like climate change and inequality

More and more women are taking their careers into their own hands – 40% of US businesses are women-owned and the number of female entrepreneurs has skyrocketed by 114% in the last two decades.

5 ways companies can progress more women into leadership roles

By: EBR | Thursday, February 6, 2020

Gender equality and getting more women into leadership roles are trending topics

The introduction of ATMs surprisingly increased employment, but the traditional job changed and new roles evolved, which were customer-facing and involved skills as sales and customer service representatives.

How to accelerate digital literacy in the enterprise world

By: EBR | Thursday, February 6, 2020

The impact of automation on the workforce is stark: 59% of Germans will see their employment affected and 47% of current employment in the US is at high risk of computerization through the emergence of artificial intelligence

Succession is only one facet of a much broader slate of policies and practices that promote longevity in family business. The term for this brand of business discipline is institutionalisation.

What Distinguishes Europe’s Family Business Champions from the Rest

By: EBR | Thursday, February 6, 2020

Where do Europe’s family firms stand globally, in terms of creating sustainable, long-term value?

Banks that refuse to back controversial companies create space for less fastidious lenders to step in – and to gain advantage.

The Problem With Politically Motivated Funding Boycotts

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 29, 2020

United States presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, like many of her Democratic colleagues, dislikes private prison companies such as CoreCivic

The DoC drafted rules to lower the 25 per cent to 10 per cent and include more non- technical goods to give it more authority.

US bid to toughen sales ban to Huawei stalled

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The US Department of Commerce (DoC) has been looking at ways to further restrict Huawei since November 2019

Corporate executives and entrepreneurs have radically different orientations. While the former are taught and trained to identify and manage risks, the latter thrive on limitless thinking and the excitement of a high-reward, high-risk paradigm. In other words, the two groups perceive, think, act and speak differently. Executives’ and entrepreneurs’ words and actions can soon become “lost in translation”.

Is Your Innovation Process a Corporate Illusion?

By: EBR | Monday, January 27, 2020

The six common blind spots that severely constrain the performance of innovation labs

The laureates Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer are known for their work in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) which develop evidence-based recommendations for public policy and organisations in the fight against global poverty.

Turn the Office Into a Lab

By: EBR | Monday, January 27, 2020

Using randomized controlled trials, firms can find out what is really going wrong (and right) in their organisations

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Von der Leyen’s hunt for ‘leakers’ to the member-states

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

Politico let know, that, according to EU officials with direct knowledge of the investigations, European Commission officials are hunting for leakers

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