Why Germany Should Leave the Eurozone

Despite its financial and exporting strength, Germany’s growth has decelerated sharply over the past decade. Obviously the European Debt Crisis has also a huge impact on the German economy. Charles Dumas, Chairman & Chief Economist of Lombard Street Research, explains why he recommends an euro-exit for Germany and which problems might appear if Germany holds on to the euro.

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Emerging Market Futurology

Over the past decades growth rates in emerging markets have often hit double digits. In his article John Plender, Contributing Editor and Columnist at the Financial Times and Board Member of The Stern Stewart Institute, explains why spectacular growth rates of the past cannot be replicated in the future, as the economic models pursued by many of the larger developing countries are broken.

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The German Energy Model – An Idealistic Experiment or Role Model for Other Regions?

Many international observers from business and politics are asking why the German economy is needless embarking on the adventure of restructuring its energy system -an adventure that is just as radical as it is expensive. Dr. Michael Süß, Member of the Managing Board and Chief Executive Officer Energy Sector Siemens AG, explains why the German economy will even benefit from this turnaround.

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The German Energy Turnaround: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

The energy turnaround is a long-term transformation of the German energy supply system. With a planning horizon of four decades its successful implementation requires comprehensive and efficient project management. Dr. Günther Bräunig, Member of the Executive Board KfW Bankengruppe, is giving an outlook of upcoming challenges and opportunities, such as, early civic involvement, appropriate incentive instruments and the availability of long-term funding.

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The Hidden African Lions – Growth Opportunities beyond >> BRIC<<, >>MIST<< etc.

The top-tier growth opportunity countries are Brazil, Russia, India and China commonly known as “BRIC”. The question arises whether there is not anything beyond these countries? Stern Stewart research has ranked all African nations and identified the six most attractive African economies of tomorrow and came up with surprising results. In this article you will find insights what makes each of these economies worth watching.

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The Stern Stewart Institute Annual Summit 2012 Review: What Leaders Think

When looking at the macro environment there is certainly a great deal of uncertainty. It is not much about knowing about a bad turn, but, rather, not knowing much at all. Will rising inflation and the euro crisis lead to the euro breaking up? Will the German energy turnaround be successful? How should growth and market shifts be managed? Those are some of the questions, discussed at this Annual Summit of the Stern Stewart Institute. Konstantin Wrona and Arne Allée, Partners at Stern Stewart & Co, are giving an overview of current expectations related to the German energy turnaround and why cost efficiency is key -especially for more complex organizations.

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The >>Do<< and >>Don’t<< Strategies in the Quest of Raw Materials

In recent years, certain raw materials and types of energy have exhibited strong variability and price increases. This led to strategic challenges for companies and called some governments into action. Ines Kolmsee, Chief Executive Officer SKW Stahl-Metallurgie, explains how cost increases and limitations on the availability of raw materials require different strategies and management instruments and how what the government should do to support competitiveness.

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Winds of Change and Macroeconomic Uncertainties

The Zumtobel Group is one of the few global players in the lightning industry. Since Lightning uses 19 percent of the electricity produced worldwide, energy efficiency has turned out to be a significant growth driver for the lightning industry. Dr. Harald Sommerer, Chief Executive Officer of The Zumtobel Group, talks about upcoming changes and the importance of active management in order to benefit from those changes and keep on growing in the future.

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Building on Megatrends for the Long Term

Market ups and downs pose major challenges for market players, challenges, presenting both opportunities and risks. Especially in today’s times of flaring volatility, the ability of ride out market fluctuations is often a matter of survival. In this connection global trends, which cause fundamental changes and go far beyond regional or short-term bounds are key for a successful strategy. Dr. Frank Stieler, Chairman of the Executive Board of HOCHTIEF AG, illustrates with several examples how megatrends can be used as stabilizers for long-term success.

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Fear of Cannibalization

Today, the traditional retail sector is having a hard time using the opportunities presented by the Internet to expand or complement its business models. New concepts and parameters have changed customer expectations and behavior. The goal for established players sounds simple: The right products at the right time at the right price. Former President and CEO of Metro AG Dr. Hans-Joachim Körber, Chairman of the Board of Air Berlin plc and Board Member of The Stern Stewart Institute, explains why decision-makers often lack in the ability to think out of the box and what opportunities will open up.

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The World in Transition – This is Just the Beginning

The European model has, until recently, been considered by many countries of the world as exemplary. We can turn our attention to luxury topics like animal welfare, our psychological well being and aid for older people. Will our economic model keep working in future too, or are we already matched and overtaken by those who once considered Europe as exemplary? This is the question, which is discusses from different perspectives by Stefan Borgas; President & CEO of ICL. Furthermore he gives an overview on non-European economies and which changes will have the greatest impacts on economies all over the world in the future.

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