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  • 29.06.2020
    Supply Chain Management and Economic Statecraft: East Asia Forum

    In an increasingly contested geo-economic environment public and private stakeholders need to step up efforts to synchronize activities to strenghten supply chains and advance national and corporate preparedness. Against this background this new paper published by East Asia Forum presents a five-point agenda including (1) strategic-level public-private dialogue that brings together economic and security communities, (2) common approaches to risk assessment that leverage joint data spaces, (3) better synchronization of public and private technology roadmaps as technologies underpin corporate supply chains and ensure competitive advantages, (4) new approaches to advance supply chain finance by pairing liquidity with data and (5) collaborative and incentive-based regulation to stimulate corporate investments to advance supply chain robustness.

      Supply Chain Management and Economic Statecraft
  • 19.06.2020
    Supply Chains and Europe's Strategic Autonomy

    COVID-19 and brewing geo-economic antagonisms between different countries and regions darkent the outlook for Europe. Europe wants to strenghten its strategic autonomy while preserving the benefits of an open economy. In this regard, working with partners is key. However, today's predominant economic model has not bee built to withstand grand strategic decoupling. Even adjusting global supply chains for the benefit of more regional or national supply security will prove difficult amit the increasing efforts to achieve flow control as a strategic currency. Against this background, Carsten Jaekel, Ernst & Young, and Heiko borchert argue that a supply chain finance approach that bundles liquidity with data must be interpreted as a new instrument in Europe's economic security toolbox. This approach leverages Europe's top financial rating and turns it into a powerful means of cooperation by issuing liquidity to strategic partners at rates hard to match by others. Using market-based incentives alongside a new liquidity and data-based approach to supply chain management would turn Europe into a stabilizing force, which is now urgently required

      The European Way
  • 10.05.2020
    Strategic Resilience Is Key to Cope with Strategic Shocks
    In today's volatile environment strategic shocks are on the rise. Health crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disaster or political decisions to restrict exports or imports of key resources and technologies can disrupt national economies that have become highly intertwined. In dealing with these challenges, strategic resilience is key. Strategic resilience strenghtens national preparedness, raises the attractiveness of national ecoomies and improves their competitiveness. Implementing strategic resilience, however, is challenging as it requires public and private stakeholders to fundamentally change the way they interact with each other, argue Heiko Borchert and Johann Frank in a new OpEd published by Neue Zuercher Zeitung.

      Strategic Resilience: Rebalancing Public-Private Cooperation to Cope with Strategic Shocks
  • 15.04.2020
    Eight Scenarios on the Post-COVID-19 Business Landscape

    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created a global health crisis. The distribution of the respiratory disease coincided with an unexpected oil price shock. Together and in tandem with the lockdown that governments have ordered to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the two incidents have produced an unprecedented global demobilization of the world economy. Given the vehemence of this crisis, there is no way that governments or companies can continue implementing strategies and initiatives adopted prior to this shock bonanza. Everything will need to be adjusted in light of a crisis that the international community is still struggling to fully understand. Against this background, "Looking Beyond the Abyss" outlines eight scenarios on the post-COVID-19 business landscape. Constructed along the two axes of international cooperation vs. international confrontation and strong vs. weak national ability to act, the geo-economic scenarios describe the broader geo-economic environment for future business activities. The corporate scenarios look at the business environment. These scenarios are built along the two axes of resilient vs. imploding supply chains and strong vs. weak corporate financial power.

      Eight Scenarios on the Post-COVID-19 Business Landscape
  • 24.10.2019
    Funding for EU Defense Research and Technology: Seminar in Slovenia

    As of 2021 the European Commission plans to spend a significant amount of money to support defense technology and defense capability development in Europe (European Defense Fund, EDF). How can EU member states best position their respective research institutes and companies to advance national and European interests? Slovenia's Ministry of Defense and the Slovenian Business & Resrearch Association organized a seminar on 24 October 2019 in Ljubljana to shed light on this question. In his presentation, Heiko Borchert discussed the challenging nature of defense innovation against the background of tomorrow's conflict picture. He gave an overview of key trends shaping the European defense technological and industrial base. IN order to benefti from the EDF, Slovenia needs a strategic approach that identifies the key capability and technology areas the country wants to emphasize. Defining such a strategy requires close public-private interaction.

  • 23.10.2019
    When Connectivity Becomes Toxic: Presentation at the International NMMT Symposium

    Connectivity has been a key driver of economic and technological globalization and has been shaped by it. But the international community is on the verge of a new wave of protctionist policies. Connectivity not only enables globalization, it also creates new vulnerabilities as nations increasingly weaponize global exchange processes to unilaterally exert (raw) political power. This will fundamentally affect the political and business enviornment of the maritime business sector that depends on global supply chains, as Heiko Borchert argued at the "International Symposium on Digtal Pltaforms for Maritime Security Applications" (in Germany only). The conference was organized by the Office of the (German) National Masterplan for Maritime Technologies on 23-24 October 2019 in Bremerhaven. Among other things, Flow Control is likely to further deglobalisation as it gives rise to bifurcated techno-economic ecosystems. Bifurcation results from the fact that interoperability, that hitherto has been a key ingredient, is being pushed a side by national/regional preferential agreements and standards shaped by protectionist policies. This will have significant repurcussions for leading export nations like Germany and will require a much closer and more strategic public-private partnership in response.