EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change


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  • Growth opportunities and obstacles for Swedish SMEs

    27 November 2012
    /The fourth in a series of nationwide surveys on the business environment and reality for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) was conducted by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and Statistics Sweden in 2011. The survey examined the situation of SMEs, the opportunities for growth and perceived threats to growth. Over 19,000 SME owners gave their views on topics such as growth, competition, regulations, internationalisation and access to finance./
  • Promoting gender equality in the workplace: Two company case examples

    26 March 2012
    /Corporate strategies are nowadays considered critical in the promotion of gender equality in the workplace. Promoting an equality sensitive approach in human resource management is still a major challenge for companies and policymakers. The two company case examples operate in the financial services sector with their headquarters in the Netherlands. Both companies have put strategies in place to improve the representation of women at higher-level positions by facilitating flexible working hours and contributing to childcare costs./
  • Educational and training services: Anticipating the challenges

    06 December 2011
    /The education and training sector is not only an important employer in itself, but is also expected to play a key role as a provider of skills for the knowledge-based economy, contributing to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth as set out in the Europe 2020 strategy. This study’s first aim was to provide an analysis of the quantitative and qualitative mismatches between demand and supply of labour and skills in the education sector, which might ultimately contribute to its employment performance. The second aim was to assess performance of the education and training sector and its capacity for providing adequate skills across the economy./
  • Managing large-scale restructuring: Swedish Postal Services

    09 August 2011
    /Few industries have experienced such fundamental changes as the postal services since the 1990s. This case study examines the downsizing strategy of the Swedish Postal Services, Posten AB, which is an example of a long-term and ongoing restructuring process. It focuses on the development of the Futurum Programme in 2000, a separate outplacement service of Posten, which aims to facilitate a faster and smoother restructuring process. There are clear benefits to each participating employee and hence the negative effects associated with long dismissal notices are minimised./
  • EMCC dossier on the financial services sector

    11 October 2010
    /The recent financial crisis has brought to light the serious challenges that the European financial services sector is facing. What are the prospects of a viable, more resilient financial industry emerging from the crisis? To answer this question, we need to look at the economic trends in the banking and insurance industries and examine the results of the debate on the regulation of financial markets. Also, a look at the business models that are applied in the different segments of the financial sector as a response to the crisis can help to map the future of the sector. From the present viewpoint, it appears very probable that different approaches will compete in the near future and there will be no clear decision about which is the superior model. The coming years will be a period of testing at the business level as well as at the level of public regulation./
  • EMCC dossier on the financial services sector - Three case studies

    11 October 2010
    The three case studies presented above were conducted using published material from companies, like annual reports, press releases and, especially, reports of rating agencies. The companies investigated in the case studies did not agree to site visits and interviews (for a more detailed explanation of the methodology applied, please refer to the methodology report [1]). [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/publications/report/2010/undefined/financial-services-challenges-and-prospects-methodology
  • EMCC dossier on the European textiles and clothing sector – Additional sources of information

    23 June 2008
    This document lists relevant sources of information on the European textiles and clothing sector, including access to the websites and documents mentioned.
  • EMCC dossier on the European textiles and clothing sector

    23 June 2008
    /The textiles and clothing industry represents a significant sector of economic activity in world trade and also within the European Union. Due to various pressures for change as a result of consumer developments, technological advances, changes in production costs, growth in retailers’ purchasing power and environmental issues, the European textiles and clothing industry is characterised by being in a state of continuous restructuring and modernisation. Moreover, the dynamics in the industry are currently much influenced by the liberalisation of international trade. These challenges are being faced against a background of relocation of production and activities to low-cost countries, diminishing skilled labour force and ongoing technological change. This dossier examines the current state of the textiles and clothing sector in general, and the specific situation of four leading companies in the field. It examines the role that location plays in textiles and clothing, through an analysis of location decisions and profiles of two major textiles geographical clusters. It also puts forward a number of possible future scenarios for the development of the sector over the next decade./
  • Flexibility policies at the company level: a common interest?

    09 June 2008
    /This Company Network Seminar will be held in the headquarters of Dexia Group in Brussels on 1-2 October 2008./
  • EMCC dossier on the European transport and logistics sector

    28 May 2008
    /Transport and logistics are the ‘lifeblood’ of the European economy: levels of growth in transport and levels of economic growth are strongly associated. However, the expansion of transport and logistics activities has resulted in increased congestion on Europe’s roads, cities and ports, undermining the capacity of companies in the sector to reliably deliver goods and services on time, and limiting the possibilities for further expansion. Furthermore, growth in transport has led to rising CO2 emissions, posing a challenge for policymakers who seek to foster economic growth while meeting Europe’s targets for greenhouse gas reductions. These challenges are being faced against a background of uncertainty over rising oil prices, a shrinking labour force and ongoing technological change. This dossier explores the current state of the sector generally, and the situation as experienced by four key companies in the sector. It examines the role that location plays in transportation and logistics, through an analysis of location decisions, and through studies of two major transport clusters. It also presents a number of possible future scenarios for the development of the sector over the next decade./