Points of View

The constant relationship with companies, institutions and the academic world allows us to have a privileged point of view on the dynamics concerning economy, companies and sectors. Through this section we would like to share with you our thoughts, offering you insights on specific issues.

The perfect storm

In order to depict the scenario we are currently faced with, no doubt that the perfect storm metaphor is the most effective. Also featured in a movie, the perfect storm describes an impressive weather phenomenon that occurs whenever two or more atmospheric turbulence phenomena come together, thus resulting into a truly powerful whirl. To the aim of the present article, the perfect storm is one where two distinct events converge into each other: an economic change and a structural change.

Posted By:

Enrico Valdani

Date:

Mar 16 2009

The way out of the tunnel

There is always a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. This is not the first recession that we have seen, and (unfortunately) it will not be the last one either. Economic cycles generally take 8 years to complete. And when we go in a downturn (like we are going now) we tend to forget that we have been there before and we went out!

Posted By:

Domenico Di Luccia

Date:

Mar 16 2009

The quality of services, a challenge In hard times

At a time like the present one, when economy is a major concern, when the crisis quits the finance quarters to affect everyone’s life, namely businesses, consumers, markets, “quality” rings nearly as a theoretical luxury. The client – meant both as consumer and as BtoB user – seems to care almost exclusively for pricing or, at best, for a profitable value for money. Accordingly, the challenge everyone is faced with concerns addressing extensively the very concept of quality trying to redefine the underlying criterion, without merely freezing or denying it.

Posted By:

Vittorio Costella

Date:

Mar 16 2009

Learning and knowledge organizations

The turbulence witnessed in the competitive set is quickly changing the rules of the game while sweeping away all of the certainties in which shelter we had lived so far. Globalization and competition from the emerging countries, which seemed to be the number one variable we were confronted with, are just one of the countless factors that are modifying the current scenario. In fact, other equally important variables have come into play such as the role of international finance, the aging Western population and the swift change in consumers’ attitudes.

Posted By:

Roberto Liscia

Date:

Mar 11 2009