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International security cannot be taken for granted. The balance between peaceful cooperation and stability is fragile – as we know only too well in Europe. The United States is shifting its attention (and defence spending) from Europe to China and in the meantime, Russia is seizing ever more power. In its 2019 annual report, the Netherlands Defence Intelligence and Security Service notes that digital espionage by state actors such as the Russian Federation and China is one of the greatest threats facing the Netherlands and its allies.
The hyperloop is a new mode of transport to be watched, as it promises better, faster and more sustainable mobility. As development of the technology is ready to test, we have to think about the introduction of this new modality into the existing infrastructure and society. This requires, among other things, the development of cross border infrastructure, compliance to international technological standards, new (inter) national legislation and of course huge investments. Big challenges which can only be met when both public and private parties are aligned.
The Covid-19 crisis is causing uncertainty for your organisation and your employees. Markets are in lockdown, business deals postponed, orders cancelled. Digital networks are straining under heavy traffic and questions about teleworking. Employees are falling ill or having to care for their children at home. The Berenschot Navigator helps you decide on the most effective actions for your organisation in this crisis.
Anticipating the launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe in May 2020, Berenschot has co-signed a paper on the critical success factors for meaningful citizen participation in Europe. The authors, IFOK, and all the cosignatories are part of a strong network with a wealth of experience in civic participation.
3D Printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), can help organizations to strengthen their market position, improve product development and production processes, or optimize the supply chain. Economic impact is found in the top line (sales growth) and the bottom line (reduction of costs, higher margins). However, most companies are not yet aware of this.
Strategic communications is at the top of the European Commission’s agenda. To achieve results such as Green Deal, public consent and stakeholder engagement are considered key topics. Member States are faced with the challenge to build and maintain commitment for the EU among their citizens, which requires communication efforts and a participative government. In turn, these challenges also require capacity building – an investment in the size (number of communications professional) and quality (professional level and scope) of communication departments.
Berenschot publishes update on the energy transition
Most innovations are created in collaboration (Berenschot Strategy Trends 2019), which allows firms to innovate faster, and spread the risks and costs associated with innovation. Firms strengthen their competitive position through collaboration with complementing partners in forms like co-creation, alliances, innovation hubs or innovation ecosystems. Ecosystems have rapidly gained attention for innovation collaboration.
In September, Berenschot expanded its consultancy practice to the European Union. In the heart of the European district in Brussels, Berenschot has now opened a new office in the Holland House (Rue d’Arlon 20). During the launch event Robert Wester, Managing Director of Berenschot-EU, presented a whitepaper with recommendations how to design and execute an ambitious Green Deal.
No less than 71 percent of Dutch HR professionals expect their jobs to change in the coming period. This is the conclusion of the 'HR Trends 2019-2020' research report carried out among almost 2,000 HR professionals in the Netherlands. The research was an initiative of Performa publishers and was implemented by Berenschot with support from AFAS Software. HR staff are particularly aware that jobs in human resources admin and payroll are changing as a result of digitalisation.