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  EU-funded project shows merger success dictated by workers’ willingness to cooperate

The further development of a single economic zone in Europe inevitably led to a spate of cross border mergers in the 1990s. The mergers were seen as a way of trimming the fat off large firms by combining complementary expertise to give shareholders a better return on their investment. The EU-funded EMEP project (European mergers and employee’s participation: Industrial economic and anthropological study of Franco-German cases) decided to take a closer look at what such mergers meant for the work force of each original company. They wondered to what degree the success of such mergers was impacted by the employees’ willingness to accept the work model imposed not only by a different company, but by a different country. Prior to EMEP, comparative studies usually involved investigation of the Anglo-Saxon and ‘Continental European’ models. So to better understand the dynamic in an era of unprecedented cooperation between former rivals, the EMEP consortium chose to focus their sights solely on French and German companies.

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Published: 30 April 2007


  EU-funded project drafts road map for electronics production

A pan-European research project dedicated to encouraging the continued integration of the European electronics sector recently produced a road map that will help firms navigate future challenges. The road map highlights potential pitfalls players may face in coming years and drafts tenable solutions for the European electronics sector, which represents a quarter of total world production. The road map is the culmination of a three-year-long research initiative by the European Lead-free Soldering Network, or ELFNET. The network was designed as a platform to streamline communication and networking amongst stakeholders in the electronics sector to shore up long-term sustainability and ensure, among other things, compliance with strict environmental standards at European level.

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Published: 17 April 2007



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