Program

The European Enterprise

Large listed companies perform poorly. Investments are lackluster, return on invested capital is shrinking and productivity growth is declining. Economists profoundly disagree about diagnosis and remedies, politicians are concerned but at a loss about policy. Meanwhile, the days of easy money to fuel economic growth are numbered.
 
It is time to explore a new direction by focusing on the positioning, the governance, and the management of these companies.
Donald Kalff - Hidden treasures - The European Enterprise
Donald Kalff - Hidden treasures

Program

 

Best practice in open innovation requires that the book is no longer ours, it is now in the public domain. You are cordially invited to add to the stock of Hidden Treasures and to think of initiatives and policies to make them more visible and to increase their impact. Regarding the Hidden Treasures in the book we hope that you will scrutinize our recommendations, expand on some, advice against others and add new ones.

In developing the program Andrea and I and our, initially, modest staff seek to make the following contributions:

* We use our experience in the fields of technology standards and corporate governance respectively by following up recommendations in chapters 10 and 3. Work is already under way on “European Values an IT”, about the incorporation of ethics and sustainability in digital technologies and on “The European Enterprise”, the first corporate design that avoids the serious flaws of both shareholder- and the stakeholder models.

* We will act as honest brokers to bring parties together whose cooperation is required to follow up on the many other recommendations.

* We will provide advice, but no guidance, to each and every party that wants adopt a recommendation.

* We will record initiatives from politicians, policymakers, regulators and academics and we will distribute lessons learned.

* Over time, we see the emergence of portfolio of related initiatives in different stages of development, ranging from loose ideas that need to be tested, all the way to a specific Commission proposals ready for Parliamentary approval. We seek to increase the value of this portfolio of options to be exercised when conditions for proper implementation are full filled. This form of portfolio management is part of our alternative approach to policy making.

IT governance in the EU

Large listed companies perform poorly. Investments are lackluster, return on invested capital is shrinking and productivity growth is declining. Economists profoundly disagree about diagnosis and remedies, politicians are concerned but at a loss about policy. Meanwhile, the days of easy money to fuel economic growth are numbered.
 
It is time to explore a new direction by focusing on the positioning, the governance, and the management of these companies.

■  Current projects

The European Enterprise

Large listed companies perform poorly. Investments are lackluster, return on invested capital is shrinking and productivity growth is declining. Economists profoundly disagree about diagnosis and remedies, politicians are concerned but at a loss about policy. Meanwhile, the days of easy money to fuel economic growth are numbered and fiscal stimuli are hard to come by. It is time to explore a new direction by focusing on the positioning, the governance, and the management of these companies. The days of macro economics are drawing to a close, welcome micro economics.

European values and IT

Exploration of ways for Europe to incorporate ethics and sustainability in the development of AI, IoT and other digital technologies and to lead the global dialogue on responsible innovation and practices in digital technologies. Europe’s should consolidate and expand its lead.