Aug 092016
 
Industry 4.0: about making stuff and being sexy

The fourth industrial revolution is taking place at a dizzying speed. The new buzzwords are digitization, interconnectivity, artificial intelligence, data life cycles, 3D-printing, and the internet of things (IoT). Beyond buzzwords, this is all about blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological. Consequently, the World Manufacturing Forum (WMF), hosted in Barcelona last May […]

Jul 262016
 
Millennial tourism

We live with a digital layer, which, like a layer of dust, covers everything and penetrates all aspects of our lives. It is always there, and this has obviously had repercussions on the products and services provided by companies in the tourism industry, changing how they relate to customers and how they “do” tourism. Without […]

Jul 262016
 
Technology and new trends in tourist travel

Technology, digitalisation and the Internet will continue to mark the future of companies in the tourism industry and the way that they do business. We are half way through 2016 and 2017 is fast approaching. Yet despite several technological breakthroughs, our world still doesn’t look anything like the Los Angeles of 2019 depicted in Blade […]

Jun 212016
 
Evolution of Innovation Management. What does it take to move from a closed to an open innovation strategy?

In my book “Evolution of Innovation Management: Trends in an International Context“, published by Palgrave MacMillan and co-edited with my colleague Alexander Brem, I have underlined that the open innovation trend,  where companies are expanding their boundaries for getting new ideas, is still continuing. On one hand, companies are forced to intensify their innovation potential […]

Jun 082016
 
‘Brexit’: Identity trumps economics

On May 6, 2016, the election for Mayor of London displayed the best side of British society: open, integrated, and able to incorporate anyone with the same values into its sense of national identity. The coming referendum in Great Britain could reveal a very different side of the country. But let’s flashback to April 30, […]

May 272016
 
How do I finance my business project?

Companies, and especially startups and SMBs, are resorting more and more to alternative funding to finance projects or simply to expand their business. The crisis has reduced the amount of available credit in banks and tightened lending terms. As a result, options such as crowdfunding, business angels, venture capital and private equity are on the […]

May 262016
 
The Yunus Social Business Centre of Barcelona aims to promote the setting up of social companies by young entrepreneurs

The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Muhammad Yunus, has given the go head for setting up the next Yunus Social Business Centre in Barcelona, a centre that will foster the creation of social companies  –businesses created for the social good rather than for making private profit– which will be connected with the other 17 centres […]

May 252016
 
Zen business: Applying harmony inside the company

The Zen philosophy has reached the business world. More and more organisations are adopting a new business paradigm where money is the means and social impact is the end. This new corporate vision, which has been coined “Zen business”, resolves and transcends the apparent contradiction between economic and social businesses. As various studies have shown, […]

May 242016
 
Local citizens and entrepreneurs lead the transformation of cities

In the few months that Dr. Boyd Cohen has been in Barcelona, he has convinced several international leaders to set up the world’s first responsible sharing economy accelerator for startups. This marks yet another step in his successful career dedicated to teaching and research in subjects such as smart cities, entrepreneurship and the sustainable sharing […]

May 232016
 
Leaders versus managers: People before numbers

Leaders or managers? Although both figures are essential in a company, they are two completely different concepts, which often leads to confusion. In general, managers are oriented towards results, to achieving pre-set goals and objectives as quickly as possible. Leadership, on the other hand, entails much more than the simple management of a company: a […]