Category Archives: Line of Business

Lean Transformation at Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz Cars looks back on their lean transformation efforts started more than fifteen years ago. Establishing the Mercedes-Benz Production System (MPS) as a closed system had laid the foundation for lean management principles. Two departments were formed, the MPS Training Center and MPS Support. The educated MPS Experts help analyze business processes, consult with management, and oversee transformation projects. A “model factory” simulates processes and adapts the training content to the existing knowledge of the participants. Collaborative efforts in lean management optimize the processes, saved money, and improve customer satisfaction and employee communication, which solves problems in less time. Continue reading

The Global Predicament

It Cannot be Solved by This Society

It is argued that the global sustainability predicament cannot be solved in or by consumer-capitalist society. The problems are basically due to rich world levels of consumption, resource use, and ecological impact that are all far too high and cannot be sufficiently reduced while the commitments to affluence and growth remain. The solution has to be a vast and radical transition to some form of Simpler Way, where all can have a satisfactory quality of life on far lower percapita-resource use. Such a vision is outlined. The prospects for such a transition are not good, but it is argued that this is the only path whereby a sustainable and just world can be achieved.

Are you tired of reading the same headlines over and over again? Crisis, pollution, hunger, pain… This article analyses the flaws in our systems – and offers a solution. Continue reading

Vodafone Answers Call to Transformation

The “Evolution Vodafone” (EVO) Business Transformation Programme, started in 2006, transforms value chain back office processes. This, in turn, has enabled Vodafone’s local operating companies to focus on value creation. EVO is introducing one ‘Future State Operating Model’ (FSOM) that works across supply chain, human resources (HR) and finance functions to deliver a globally unified set of standardized business processes. Fundamental aspects of this program were the creation of a new Core Business Model, Vodafone Procurement Center, and Shared Service Organization, underpinned by a global SAP platform. EVO is due for completion by 2012.

Vodafone’s ongoing business transformation project “Evolution Vodafone” has given the global communications company a future-proof business model that saves money and invests in innovation. Continue reading

Electromobility

A Case for Business Transformation

In terms of discourses on clean transport, notably within energy sector, automotive and IT  industry, the topic of ElectroMobility has become a trend that all market players are currently facing up to. One can observe strong correlation of strategies in all these sectors since it involves a coordinated attempt to get this concept into practice. If accepted, ElectroMobility may represent a major paradigm shift for industries involved and whole societies. One important task facing companies when converting to ElectroMobility lies in the development and implementation of brand new business models.
This article aims to investigate opportunities and threats of the ElectroMobility trend for three industries: automotive, utilities and mobility providers. The authors discuss likely challenges in every affected industry and describe possible strategies in terms of new business models that can be implemented to help adapt to new market conditions. Continue reading