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Patents: The worst incentive scheme for innovation, except for all the others?

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The initiative was supported by several alliances, such as ATTAC Germany, medico international, and ZeroCovid.org. There was also a public petition running with the title “Kill Patents – revoke…

Minding the gender wage gap

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A more precise statement would be something like, “In the US, according to 2019 CPS data, the ratio of women’s to men’s median earnings for full-time, year-round workers, aged 15 years and older, was…

Career shocks: How to spot them, how to survive them

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Career paths are becoming increasingly turbulent, with unexpected events beyond a manager’s control exercising influence on their plans, expectations, and sense of self. Academics have labelled such…

China's interventions in the tech industry: The dark side of state capitalism

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Bad state or good state? The traditional answer in the free-market West is simple: The state should set frameworks and rules, ensure internal and external security, protect property rights, provide…

Hidden champions – adapting to change through innovation

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For these so-called hidden champions – a term coined by Professor Hermann Simon – innovation is a core, defining feature alongside a focus on narrow markets, a high degree of customer orientation,…

In corporate transformation, learning is a leadership imperative

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Over the last two decades, the automotive industry has undergone a profound transformation. A number of factors have driven this disruption: Regulators have pushed for emission-free, carbon-neutral…

To win with AI, focus on our humanity

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The bacteria have developed resistance and the number of deaths is on track to hit ten million a year, making the tragedy of Covid-19 pale by comparison. Scientists have tried for decades to find a…

Predicting burn-out risk in the digital era

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“Nineteen years ago, my ‘perfect’ life fell apart. I had no energy. I could not handle sound, light, or movement. I could not focus or handle information. I could not eat, sleep, or cry. My hard disk…

The umpire can’t also own the team

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Last year, business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce raised $374 billion in the US alone, corresponding to 10 percent of its total retail revenue (Statista). Amazon emerged as the dominant e-commerce…

Governing the digital ID – How Germany and the EU plan to reclaim our digital sovereignty

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The implementation of digital identity schemes at the national level offers huge economic potential for countries. According to one study from McKinsey Global Institute, countries that implement a…