Archive for November, 2011

IMD Criterion of the month: War against Short-Termism

November 26, 2011

By Suzanne Rosslet-McCauley, Deputy Director, IMD’s World Competitiveness Center

Over the past two decades, a short-term view has imbedded its roots at all levels of society: individuals seeking double-digit returns on share prices and property investments; brokers doing high-frequency trading; companies fixated on quarterly results; and politicians promoting “quick-fix” and often populist policies to win elections.

At the same time, the focus on sustainable development has risen as we face environmental crises, climate change and resource depletion.

Is this a contradiction? In the top 20 most competitive countries, 13 nations have companies that place a high priority on sustainable development. But is this the same as sustaining competitiveness in the long run?

No. Sustainable competitiveness is much more than a strategy for the environment; it implies achieving competitiveness gains today without compromising future competitiveness.

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Povl Tiedemann

November 2011


University Autonomy threatened by austerity: EUA warning – University World News observation

November 21, 2011

By David Jobbins

An authoritative study of university autonomy across 26 European countries has found “worrying signs” that the economic crisis and austerity measures have led to instances of tighter controls of university budgets, “unnecessary” administrative burdens and reduced financial autonomy. Estonia and the UK rank highest on scorecards that rate tertiary systems in four areas of autonomy.

The study includes four scorecards which rank and rate higher education systems in four autonomy areas: organization, finance, staffing and academic autonomy.


Povl Tiedemann

November 2011

EUA Launches University Autonomy Scorecard Report

November 18, 2011

From EUA’s News Release:

EUA has this week published a major new report, which compares university autonomy across 26 European countries. In addition to an in-depth analysis of the current state of institutional autonomy in Europe, the study includes four scorecards which rank and rate higher education systems in four autonomy areas: organizational, financial, staffing and academic autonomy.

The two-year Autonomy Scorecard project was supported by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme and carried out in conjunction with EUA’s project partners, the German Rectors’ Conference, Universities Denmark, the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland and the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. The national rectors’ conferences, EUA’s collective members, collaborated throughout the project.

The report, “University Autonomy in Europe II – The Scorecard”, can be downloaded here

Povl Tiedemann

November 2011

Professors take academic road to the East

November 13, 2011

By Della Bradshaw in the Financial Times

A decade ago most aspiring business professors headed West, to the US. These days they are heading in the opposite direction: Asia is becoming the hotspot for the top management thinkers, writes Della Bradshaw for the Financial Times.

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Povl Tiedemann

November 2011

Lorange and Tao – Doing Business in China

November 1, 2011

Lorange Institute of Business Zurich is joining forces with Tao China Center Switzerland on December 7, 2011 by arranging a Networking / Meetup event on Doing Business in China.

Lectures are given by: Dr. Hans Roth, Josef Mondl, Charles de Brabrant, Peter C. Feldinger, Dr. Karl Pilny.

During the sessions and during the breaks the panel will offer insights in political, economic and social aspects of the supreme question on how to do business in China.

The event is intended for managers and entrepreneurs looking for valuable clues and contacts, and for best practices in doing business in China, whether they are planning or entering the market, or are facing new challenges.

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Povl Tiedemann

November 2011