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Mastering the complexity of a growing global footprint

The real globalization of our footprint started in 1995, when the company was privatized and acquired by the Benetton family. This brought a new wave of enthusiasm and ambition.

Sustainability

Putting water in the mainstream of your business strategy

In the past, water as a resource worried only a few industries. This has rapidly changed due to the scarcity of water around the world, especially in the emerging markets. Companies now need a clear view on the role water plays in their value creation and what they can do about it.

Strategy, Technology & innovation management

Opportunities and challenges for energy players in the...

Fracking technology has recently enabled the large-scale exploitation of vast amounts of shale gas and oil, impacting energy equations and balances across the world.

Oil & gas

Innovation: measuring it to manage it

Many executives struggle to manage innovation as they would other business processes. Most exasperating is the lack of a practical way of measuring innovation effectiveness and efficiency.

Strategy

Finding new growth: the case for innovation by enlargement

All companies are hunting for the “next big thing” – a major growth opportunity and platform to safeguard future revenues and profits. But simply analyzing megatrends is like a ritual rain dance: much hoopla with a most uncertain outcome.

Technology & innovation management, Strategy

Mastering the local-global balancing act in R&D

Companies around the world are expanding their local R&D footprint in emerging markets in order to strengthen their market position, gain access to local resources and reduce costs. But this creates a need to orchestrate cooperation between these dispersed R&D centers.

Strategy, Technology & innovation management

Crowd innovation fosters new business opportunities

As a practice, crowd innovation has been around for more than 200 years. But only in the digital age has it become the hot topic it is now. And it cannot be implemented with a “one size fits all” approach, but needs significant planning.

Telecommunications, Information technology, Media & Electronics (TIME) Technology & innovation management

Creating effective innovation ecosystems through IP...

Creating and commercializing new ideas using inputs from multiple partners has been used for many years as the foundation for an “innovation ecosystem”. However, collaborating businesses often don’t realize the benefits they expect.

Technology & innovation management

Innovation in regulated industries

Innovation in regulated service industries with a legacy of state ownership, such as public transport, remains a major challenge in many countries. What are the pre-requisites for innovation and what can policymakers and companies do individually to overcome the barriers?

Technology & innovation management

Mobile NFC – what’s all the hype about

Mobile Near Field Communication (NFC) has been discussed intensively over the past 24 months. Various players have geared up to enter the different market segments. Billions of dollars are at stake, but the winners are not yet in sight.

Telecommunications, Information technology, Media & Electronics (TIME) Technology & innovation management