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Where large-scale disruptions actually lead us

When the pandemic removes our favorite products from the supermarket shelves, we realize that just-in-time, complex global supply chains are vulnerable, and some of us jump to hasty conclusions. The global system would obviously be crazy and ineffective, and we should return to "normal": local small-scale farms and plants producing for local needs. Always on the lookout for populist opportunities, some politicians reactivate the dusty concept of sovereignty and promise a future that looks furiously like the past (and the recipe for the great depression, with echoes of ...

Will the lockdown make us smarter?

Being locked down has a number of side effects, one of them being that at times we can no longer distract ourselves with "things to do". Disconnected from the office, the customers, the issues, the colleagues, the objectives and the KPIs, it is harder to claim that we don't have time. Our brain becomes available, as it is not kept busy by daily chores. The thing with the brain is that it is very difficult to keep it idle. It works, constantly, and needs ...

Black swans, business and fantasies

A risk assessment for a business usually starts with a list, and each of the potential threats is graded on likelihood and impact. Then we apply the Pareto (or 80/20) method, and allocate 80% of our risk management budget or resources to...

Leave deglobalization to competitors

To many of us caught in the pandemic maelstrom around the planet, 2020 looks like the year when globalization crashed. And yet one more time, globalization will probably pass the test, no matter how spectacularly the case is made. If you are skeptical, ponder the points below...