Emojis or empowerment?

By implementing internal communication platforms, enterprises are hoping to promote efficiency (vulgo: to get rid of e-mail), transparency and employee participation. But such platforms are unlikely to take off by themselves. Only those who understand their organization’s communication and information structures are able to exploit the full potential of Slack & Co. Unternehmensinterne Social Media-Plattformen…

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Rural and digital: Revolution in agriculture?

To reinvent itself, agriculture is slowly adapting to industry 4.0 as a model: drones, autonomous tractors and robots are the first step. But so far, missing platforms and poorly developed infrastructures on the countryside prevent fully networked agricultural machinery. In this article, Martin Schmidt provides an overview of current developments, opportunities and risks. Industrie 4.0,…

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Will blockchain disrupt your business?

Blockchain Innovation

Blockchain has been praised to be “the technology most likely to change the next decade of business”. The disruptive power of the blockchain technology is still limited, says HIIG-researcher Jessica Schmeiss. Beyond the hype, there are opportunities for companies to make their current business models more cost-effective and more efficient – in short: to digitise…

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Hidden treasure: User innovation in smart energy

Everybody is discussing energy cost savings. But what is the situation with Smart Energy user innovations in Germany? In this interview conducted by innogy foundation, Hendrik Send refers to a hidden treasure just waiting to be discovered. Together with Matti Große, he presents the findings of our study on “User innovation in smart energy technologies“…

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Why Social Collaboration doesn’t work without participation

Digital Platforms like Yammer, Slack or Sharepoint are ushering in a new era of communication and collaboration within enterprises. They have got what it takes to boost the productivity and creativity of employers by up to 25%. Yet, one important factor for their successful implementation is that they provide an opportunity to participate. As Germany…

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