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Eurofound publishes its work in a range of publication formats to match audience needs and the nature of the output. These include flagship reports on a particular area of activity, research reports summarising the findings of a research project and policy briefs presenting policy pointers from research projects or facts and figures relevant to policy debates. Also included are blog articles, regular articles on working life in Europe, presentations, working papers providing background material to ongoing or already concluded research, and reports arising from ad hoc requests by policymakers. Other corporate publications include annual reports, brochures and promotional publications. Web databases and online resources such as data visualisation applications are available in Data and resources.


  • Company restructuring: Ericsson Microwave Systems

    /In 2003, Ericsson Microwave Systems faced the situation of a predicted sharp decline in activity in the period ahead. The company’s business model was based on the development and manufacture of sensors, services and information network solutions for the Swedish National Defence, alongside its selling of proven products and services to the export market. The first activity was strongly linked to national defence expenditure, which was expected to decline steeply in 2004-2005. The Ericsson Microwave Systems’ division had the challenge of reducing its employee numbers by 25%, which meant cutting 500 of the 2,000 jobs that existed in 2003. This case study analyses how, in 2003-2004, Ericsson Microwave Systems created and implemented a ‘competence shift process’, which aimed to reduce the total headcount of the division by almost 25%, without using traditional large-scale lay-off methods./
  • The childcare services sector – what future?

    /Sector Futures provides specialised reports based on the monitoring of existing foresight studies, scenario work, innovation studies and reliable data sources. April 2006 features the complete Sector Futures article series on the childcare services sector. The first article sets out to define the sector, outlining its market size, structure and employment figures, and looks at the trends and drivers shaping the sector. Subsequent articles assess these factors and review some scenario work relating to the sector’s future, before concluding with an analysis of major policy issues and challenges facing childcare services in the EU./
  • The childcare services sector - visions of the future

    /The absence of a common vision and policy for childcare services makes it difficult to assess the sector’s future in Europe, since every Member State has its own childcare agenda. This article, the second in the Sector Future series on childcare services, highlights the broad areas for debate that are likely to be high on the childcare agenda in the future throughout the EU. In addition, it outlines two future scenarios: one in which the EU embraces a vision for childcare and early years services, and another which lacks this vision./
  • The performing arts sector - visions of the future

    /This second article in the series focuses on the main factors influencing the present and future of the performing arts sector. It builds on the first article, which described the salient features of the sector, in particular, the size and structure of its market, the nature of employment, and issues and uncertainties facing the sector. It examines the main trends and drivers shaping the sector’s future, including the forces that are leading to a reduction in the public funding available to the performing arts./
  • The biomedical healthcare sector - what future?

    /Sector Futures provides specialised reports based on the monitoring of existing foresight studies, scenario work, innovation studies and reliable data sources. January 2006 features the complete Sector Futures article series on the biomedical healthcare 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./
  • The performing arts sector - policy issues and challenges for the future

    /The first two articles in this series on the performing arts sector introduced and defined the sector, and then reviewed the trends and drivers affecting the sector. This third and last article on the sector presents the major policy issues and challenges facing the sector. The analysis considers the time profile of each policy issue and how it affects regions and companies. Policy issues identified include digitalisation of content leading to an increased number of distribution channels, sources of funding for the live performing arts and the changing skills mix required in the sector./
  • Performing arts - what future?

    /Performing arts are classified within the broader sector of recreation, sports and culture. The first of three articles in the Sector Futures series on this sector delineates the performing arts industry sector and examines its market size, structure and nature of employment. It then discusses some of the main trends and drivers affecting the sector, as well as the principal issues and uncertainties related to performing arts./
  • Chemicals sector - challenges, policy issues and the future

    /The third and last article in this series reviews major policy issues and challenges facing the chemicals industry sector, by analysing their timely, geographical and structural impact on the industry, as well as the gender dimension. In particular, it looks at the REACH proposal, forces driving the decline of the European chemicals industry and aspects of the unfavourable political environment./
  • Hotels and catering - policies, issues and the future

    /The third and last article in this series on the hotels and catering sector draws on the first two to present the major policy issues and challenges facing the industry. The analysis considers the time profile of each major issue and how it affects regions, businesses and the sexes. The policy issues identified include working conditions and human resource development, legislation and new technologies./
  • Hotels and catering sector - visions of the future

    /This second article in the Sector Futures series on the hotels and catering sector looks at the trends and drivers affecting the sector, presents a framework to link them together and assesses their impact. The article also reviews some scenario work relating to the sector before concluding with an examination of the implications on the sector of the drivers and scenarios. Examples of the implications include better working conditions, consolidation and more consumer protection./

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