Profiles

John Higgins – influential moderniser

When John Higgins was in his twenties, Britain’s leading manufacturer of bricks asked him to throw some technology at its staid production line. The young Mancunian maths graduate promptly put in place an impressive computerised stock-control system, only to see it unravel under the weight of entrenched workplace practices. It became apparent that those entering data into the system were making mistakes: a team of clerks had to be employed to go through the computer-generated orders manually. Whatever labour-savings the technology had made at one end were quickly lost at the other.

People & Places

Senior moves in the Commission

The European Commission yesterday (9 July) announced three management appointments. Gerassimos Thomas has been appointed deputy director-general in the department for energy, with special responsibility for co-ordination of …

Examining the world of public affairs in and around the EU.

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Connected Vehicles

18 September 2014

The Crowne Plaza, Brussels, BE

Connected vehicles hold the promise of increased safety and security, better network efficiency, improved traffic management and reduced environmental impact. Car makers, mobile-network operators, insurers, IT solutions …

With: Pierre MASAI, Stefano FRATTA, Fotis Karamitsos, Klaus SCHIERHACKL, Arndt OHLER, Fabrizio CORTESI, Frans OP DE BEEK

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Cyber-security in 2014

23 September 2014

Paris, FR

Regulatory compliance, internal controls, crisis management... best practices to protect data and intellectual property

With: WIM BARTSOEN, DAVID CALLEBAUT, UDO HELMBRECHT, MATTHEW JOHNSON, Troels Oerting, JAAN PRIISALU, QUENTYN TAYLOR, Steve Wright, Simon TAYLOR