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The European Business Review January/February 2019

The European Business Review is a leading business intelligence magazine designed to ensure that its readers make informed decisions. It provides them indispensable insight, current best practices and is their best source of new ideas about what’s important. The European Business Review readers embrace leadership in their jobs and their lives. Their affluence, education, achievements, and wide ranging experience are unparalleled. They are the men and women who shape the world we love, the world we live in.

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6 Issues

in this issue

9 min.
the four toxic symptoms of success

All companies make mistakes but success – especially huge success – can blind companies to their mistakes until it’s too late to recover. Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of Nokia, shares hard-earned lessons from Nokia’s near-death experience in 2012: How to recognise and prevent the toxicity of success. When I joined Nokia’s board of directors in 2008, Nokia was on top of the world. In the late 1990s, Nokia had emerged from obscurity to become a powerhouse in the hottest new industry of the time: mobile phones. Its phones had cutting-edge technology and sexy designs, and people around the world were gobbling them up. The company owned over half of the global smartphone market. It had better brand recognition than Toyota, Intel, Walt Disney – better even than McDonald’s. Four years later, Nokia was…

1 min.
about the author

Risto Siilasmaa is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia Corporation since 2012 and was interim CEO in 2013 and 2014. As Chairman he led Nokia through its transformation from an ailing devices company to a successful network infrastructure player through the divestiture of the Nokia device business to Microsoft and the acquisition of Nokia Siemens Networks and the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. He is also the author of TRANSFORMING NOKIA: The Power of Paranoid Optimism to Lead Through Colossal Change as well as the founder and chairman of F-Secure Corporation, a Finnish cybersecurity company.…

10 min.
craftsmanship meets technology

“For the first time in our history, we have brought together the production of movement parts, movement assembly and case-making in one place.” In the new IWC Manufacturing Center, IWC Schaffhausen combines traditional craftsmanship with sophisticated technology to produce high-quality timepieces like the iconic Pilot’s Watches or the Portugieser. The building was designed by the brand’s CEO, who is a trained architect. Christoph Grainger-Herr sat down to talk to us about recent developments and future plans for IWC. Q Christoph Grainger-Herr, we congratulate you and your team on the opening of the new IWC Manufacturing Center. How have the first months of operations been? A It has been an exhilarating experience. There has been an immediate shift in the working atmosphere. The IWC Manufacturing Center really ties together the character and identity of…

13 min.
building competencies that are critical for future success

Founded in Lyon, France in 1872 by the local business community and is affiliated to the Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry, EMLYON Business School is a French leading business school aiming to be more focused on the professional and personal success of their participants by transforming their business model in line with their commitment to executive participant success. Harnessing both hard and soft skills of their students, letting them put knowledge immediately to work using experimentation and high-impact learning experiences, EMLYON is truly a catalyst in boosting the careers and growth of their participants. To understand more about what makes EMLYON a triple accredited institution, abiding to their “Early Makers” motto and approach, we sat down with their Director of MBA Programmes, Professor Rhoda Davidson. Q Good day, Professor Davidson!…

1 min.
about the interviewee

Rhoda Davidson is an experienced educator, business consultant and entrepreneur. She has worked in executive education for over twenty years at top global institutions such as IMD, Duke CE, and EMLYON. She leads strategic innovation and corporate entrepreneurship programmes with large multinational companies. As a pioneer in business-driven action learning, her focus with MBA participants is on skill development through hands-on experience. Her research has appeared in practitioner journals including MIT Sloan Management Review and the McKinsey Quarterly.…

9 min.
“electric has gone audi”

“The successful launch of our Audi e-tron is, for us, the starting point of Audi’s journey towards electrification and digitisation.” In recent years, interest in electric cars has increased sharply which has led to a greater disruption and democratisation of the entire automotive value chain from bottom to top. Audi, one of the most valuable brands in premium automotive manufacturing, has once again proved itself a game-changer in the industry with the recent launch of the e-tron, Audi’s first all electric-car. Chairman Bram Schot shared with us in this exclusive interview the exciting things to look forward to with regards to their journey towards electrification and digitisation. Q Good day, Chairman Schot! Thank you for taking the time to talk to us today. Let’s start by giving us a glimpse of what…