Business: Business Services, Communications
Europe is a continent that embodies diversity. No other region is as politically and economically united and offers this combination of cultural diversity and structural political principles underpinned by common values. More than fifty years after the ratification of the EU treaties, it is clear that the "European experiment" has largely succeeded on the cultural and political levels. And that gives our continent and our economy real strength to cope with the most severe global economic crisis in decades.
- Yet how strong are Europe's companies?
- What makes them special – and what makes management in Europe special?
- Is there an own way to management "made in Europe" – and does it offer better solutions for the future than other types of management that are at the heart of the current problems?
These are some of the questions we will be looking at this year in our fourth "Best of European Business" competition. We are convinced that Europe's companies have a lot to offer in terms of reshaping global business and which is necessary due to the crisis.
"Best of European Business" was created to honor Europe's best performing companies. In 2005 and 2006, we examined the performance of companies in various European countries to determine national champions in the areas of growth, value creation, innovation and strategies toward the "new Europe". In 2007/2008, we looked at which companies have best use of a strong internal market through cross-border mergers and acquisitions and have achieved strong, sustainable growth. This year we are looking at companies in Germany, France, Spain, Portugal and Spain to identify outstanding handling of the economic crisis and at managers who are role models for the European style of successful management – especially in difficult times.
We hope that this website will offer you a comprehensive look at the Best of European Business competition and its award winners.
Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schwenker