Case of the Month October 2014 – Serendipity: The Puzzling Story of a Process Optimization for Alcohol-Free Beer

Though the Oktoberfest was over a month ago, we would like to present you a case about beer. This time – without alcohol. Alcohol-free beer has become a real “lifestyle” beverage lately. However, removing the alcohol from the beer while retaining its natural flavors and healthy ingredients is not a straightforward task. The expertise about this dealcoholization process, along with the necessary equipment, has mostly remained the providence of the goliaths of the beer market.

So the question is: How can the smaller breweries deal with this and what could be done? – Developing a compact and affordable dealcoholization unit for small and medium-sized breweries was certainly an enthralling project idea… Continue reading

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A New Wave to Management Thinking

The world around us is comprised of systems – organizational systems, business systems, political systems, family systems, inter-personal systems, biological systems, economic systems – and thus the list continues. It has been said that systems thinking is one of the key management competences of the 21st century. As our work becomes ever more tightly interwoven globally and as the pace of change continues to increase, we will all need to become increasingly “system-wise.”

But what exactly is a system? Most importantly, how can we manage our organizations more sustainably by understanding systems? Continue reading