In Search of European Leadership

Most leadership literature is based on American experience. Is it possible to identify a more European approach?

Eurosclerosis Revisited

The productivity boom benefits the U.S. more than Europe. Five reports explore why.

Expectations Unfulfilled?

Over a ten-year time span, from 1993 to 2003, the early expectations and eventual experiences of European executives were examined in a longitudinal study. In 1993, a cross-sectional sample of executives was polled about their plans and forecasts concerning the coming single market. In 2003, a similar sample of executives was surveyed regarding what they felt had come to pass over the first decade of … [ Read more ]

The Economic Impact of an Aging Europe

The aging of European populations will threaten living standards and prosperity.

Is Europe losing its innovative edge?

Is Europe too resistant to change? This is a tough question for Europe’s businesses to address as they strive to commercialise ideas that will become winning products and services in the global marketplace. Likewise it is a pressing question for policy makers, as stimulating innovation is one of the most pressing items on the EU agenda. This EBF debate offers discussion on the question by … [ Read more ]

Unfinished Business-European Competitiveness and the Single Market

A number of barriers are limiting growth opportunities in the European market today. This comprehensive report-the result of surveys of about 450 business leaders from the European Union, the United States and Japan-looks at the major business barriers within the single market. We also lay out five key actions companies can take to overcome those barriers.

Think Global, Act European

The E.U.’s growth to 25 countries is forcing multinational managers to recast how they “glocalize.”

Towards a single European entrepreneurial space

How can Europe breed and grow more pan-European high potential ventures?

Lisbon Revisited – Finding a New Path to European Growth

What’s happening with the European economy these days? With a few notable exceptions, Europe’s economies remain mired in a cyclical downturn, with a less-than-promising longer-term outlook. This report, a joint project of Accenture and the European Policy Centre, takes a look at what has transpired in the four years since the Lisbon Summit of the European Union. Despite significant progress in some areas, such as … [ Read more ]

Can we turn Europe’s differences to business advantage?

Recent geopolitical events have polarised attitudes in Europe and the US – but how has this affected business? Is Europe more or less confident than it used to be of its distinctive business model? More than ten years after the creation of a European single market, have European companies started to resemble each other (as some economists predicted)? Or is corporate diversity as strong and … [ Read more ]

Socialist Entrepreneurs

The founding fathers of European socialism are testimony that the principles of good management are universal, no matter what the ideology.

Differences Between European and American IPO Markets

What a treat! European Financial Management has a cool paper by Jay Ritter discussing the differences between the US and European IPO markets. For instance: did you know that in Germany there is a “when issued market” that allows trading in the shares prior to issuance. For what it is worth, this is sort of like how the opening lines are set … [ Read more ]

Corporate Responsibility Revisited

In the third issue of EBF (autumn 2000) the question was posed: Will the internet encourage more responsible business? The debate provoked interest not just because of the ‘new’ economy angle but because Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) slowly seems to be moving from the periphery of corporate strategy into mainstream European thinking. Here EBF publishes more contributions to that debate. Valérie Swaen and Isabelle Maignan … [ Read more ]

Steer clear of B-school ‘spin’

Business schools in Europe appear to be focusing more on managing their reputation and identity than on disputing the rankings. This is a wise strategy.

Does the ‘European’ management model really have a future?

For the more chauvinistic European executive the very question could be impertinent. For the unthinking global imperialist it can be equally dismissed. As far as most of us are concerned this question presents an important challenge at the end of a decade which has seen growing support for the gospel of shareholder value, ever closer European integration, and the rise and rise of an Internet … [ Read more ]

And the New Economy Winner Is…Europe

The European Union is emerging as a formidable competitor among world economies, thanks to an aptitude for cross-border management and an ease with cultural diversity.

The Cluster Effect: Can Europe Clone Silicon Valley?

Silicon Valley still dominates the technology map, but European high-tech clusters are closing in.

Editor’s Note: aside from the main topic, this article offers a decent overview of the concept of technology clusters.

Rediscovering Europe’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

In today’s challenging economic environment, the entrepreneurial skills of Europeans have never been more important. A new study on entrepreneurship identifies significant barriers that must be overcome if the entrepreneurial culture in Europe as a whole is to be strengthened.

1992 and all that – does Europe have a Single Market ten years on?

It was meant to be the decade that launched Europe as a global economic superpower. Companies operating inside the EU would achieve new economies of scale as internal trade barriers tumbled, cross-border competition would hasten the restructuring of inefficient businesses, and national protectionism would become a thing of the past. But what has happened since the ‘arrival’ of the Single Market on 1st January 1993? … [ Read more ]

Europe’s different levels of employee ‘engagement’

“Europe’s top performing employers see people as a vital strategic asset. In a survey undertaken by Hewitt Associates in France, Germany, UK and Austria top performers ranked human resources (HR) first when asked what would have most impact on their ability to compete in Europe…Hewitt Associates’ ‘Best Employer Best Results’ survey sought to understand how the management and development of an organisation’s people resource affects … [ Read more ]