EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

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  • The chemicals sector - what future?

    05 november 2005
    /Sector Futures provides specialised reports based on current foresight studies and reliable data sources. December 2005 features the second and third article in the series on the future of the chemicals sector, excluding pharmaceuticals. The articles explore the trends and drivers likely to shape the sector’s future as well as four alternative scenarios for the chemicals industry in the light of the main pressures on it. The series concludes with a review of the major policy issues and challenges facing the sector, by analysing their timely, geographical and structural impact on the industry, as well as the gender dimension./
  • The hotels and catering sector - what future?

    02 oktober 2005
    /Sector Futures provides specialised reports based on the monitoring of existing foresight studies, scenario work, innovation studies and reliable data sources. December 2005 features the complete Sector Futures article series on the hotels and catering sector. It sets out by defining the sector, outlining its market size, structure and employment figures, and looks at the trends and drivers shaping the sector. Subsequent articles assess the impact and review some scenario work relating to the sector’s future before concluding with an analysis of major policy issues and challenges facing the industry./
  • EMCC dossier on the European construction sector

    25 september 2005
    /Construction is one of Europe’s biggest industries, including the building, civil engineering, demolition and maintenance industries. The sector has an annual turnover in excess of €900 billion and more than 12 million employees in the EU15 alone. This EMCC dossier provides an in-depth analysis of the trends and forces driving change in the sector, using a compilation of relevant reports, company case studies and scenarios to give a comprehensive insight into a sector facing important challenges today./
  • Knowledge-intensive business services: Trends and scenarios

    30 juni 2005
    /This article builds on the first article’s discussion on the rise of the knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS) sector, the reasons for its growth and the nature of the contemporary landscape of KIBS. It reviews a limited number of earlier studies that have attempted to identify drivers of quantitative and qualitative change in KIBS, and explores three alternative scenarios for the future development of the sector in coming years./
  • Knowledge-intensive business services - policies, issues and the future

    30 juni 2005
    /Knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS) are among the most rapidly growing sectors of the EU economy, and play an increasingly important role in the performance of client sectors. This third article reviews a range of policy issues that are raised by the three scenarios - outlined in greater detail in the previous article - in relation to the future development of KIBS. As well as outlining major policy responses to these issues, it examines their rationale and the challenges these responses are liable to confront. In particular, the article calls for more explicit consideration of KIBS in innovation policy and in other policy areas./
  • Managing large-scale restructuring: The cases of Danone-Saiwa and Moulinex

    19 juni 2005
    /Under pressure from economic and financial globalisation, French-based food group, Danone, and electrical household appliance manufacturer, Moulinex, announced large-scale restructuring in 2001. Danone decided to rationalise its European biscuit production facilities which led to the closure of the Saiwa factory in Locate Triulzi, Italy, while Moulinex filed for bankruptcy following an unsuccessful company recovery plan. The two case studies explore the decision-making process accompanying the restructuring, outline the positive aspects and highlight the initiatives underway for economic redevelopment of the regions concerned./
  • Knowledge-intensive business services - what future?

    10 juni 2005
    /Knowledge-intensive business services, or KIBS for short, represent one of the fastest growing areas of the European economy. The first of three articles in the Sector Futures series on this sector sets out by defining KIBS, which involves distinguishing them from other forms of services and knowledge-intensive activities. It then looks at knowledge-intensive business services in the European Union (EU), highlighting key similarities and differences in their development across Member States. The feature also examines the forces driving the sector’s growth, including issues of outsourcing, the internationalisation of services, and the growth in demand for certain forms of knowledge./
  • The knowledge-intensive business services sector - what future?

    10 juni 2005
    /Sector Futures provides specialised reports based on the monitoring of existing foresight studies, scenario work, innovation studies and reliable data sources. The second article in the Sector Futures series on the knowledge-intensive business sector explores, in greater depth, the reasons for the sector’s growth and draws up three alternative scenarios for its future development. The third and last article in this series goes on to review a range of policy issues that are raised by the three scenarios and outlines major policy responses to these issues./
  • EMCC dossier on the European telecoms sector

    20 maj 2005
    /In less than two decades, Europe’s telecoms sector has moved from a nation-based industry, monopolised by public telecommunications operators to a free market system, operating on an international scale. The European Commission has played a key role in promoting market liberalisation through its regulatory regime. This EMCC dossier provides an in-depth analysis of the trends and forces driving change in the sector, using a compilation of relevant reports, company case studies and scenarios to give a comprehensive insight into a continuously evolving industry./
  • The transport sector - what future?

    03 februar 2005
    /Sector Futures provides specialised reports based on the monitoring of existing foresight studies, scenario work, innovation studies and reliable data sources. The third article in the series on the transport sector (May 2005) explores some of the issues that have arisen from policies of the Commission White Paper 'European transport policy for 2010’, and from subsequent policy documents./

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