The forecasts are currently driving beads of sweat down the foreheads of many SMEs: falling exports, low economic growth (if any), rising energy prices, uncertain supply chains. But the glass is also half full: SMEs are more flexible than large corporations and can therefore exploit untapped opportunities more quickly. One possibility: to push ahead with research and development in order to be able to offer optimised or new products quickly.
The word “crisis” is being used inflationarily right now, because we are spoiled by years of growth and economic success. And now this: still a pandemic, uncertain supply chains, plus a war-related energy crisis and the climate crisis that can hardly be explained away after a dry summer. Yes, these are more difficult times than five years ago – for people and for the economy. But crisis winners – crisis losers: is that the right question? [Read more…]
Everyone is currently talking about saving energy, unfortunately not so much in the context of the climate crisis, but out of concern about extremely high energy costs this year and especially next year. At the same time, digitalisation is being driven forward in business and administration. Does that fit together? After all, digitalisation also consumes energy, for example in the production of digital devices, in data transmission or for cloud solutions. [Read more…]
New Work – is this concept still viable for the future in view of the numerous challenges we are currently facing? Do New Work methods succeed in adapting companies to a changed world of work and changed economic conditions? A simple “yes” or “no” is unfortunately not enough here. [Read more…]
Crisis has become part of everyday life – and I’m not the only one who feels this way since the start of the 2020 pandemic. That’s why I find BANI, a new approach to clarifying the framework conditions of our time, all the more interesting. What are the differences to VUCA, the model that has preoccupied us since the late 1980s, early 1990s? And what does this mean for companies, also from the SME sector? [Read more…]