Angela Merkel is losing the support of Germany’s business leaders

The Financial Times reports on dwindling backup of chancellor Angela Merkel by german business leaders and quotes Klaus Schweinsberg:  Still many doubt her overall sympathy for business. “Rationally she understands the necessity of markets, but deep down she believes in the state,” says Klaus Schweinsberg, a professor of business who advises a number of top German executives.

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N-TV aND RTL, 24 January 2018

World Economic Forum 2018

“Creating a shared future in a fractured world” is the topic of this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos. In interviews with the german news tv channels n-tv and rtl, Professor Klaus Schweinsberg described the atmosphere within the business leaders as tensed, in seeking a (political) key figure for Europe and the world. Schweinsberg also commented on the power shift: While Europe is too preoccupied with itself, countries like the USA and India are rapidly developing.  An increasing development which could sideline European interests.

Klaus Schweinsberg WEF 2018 ntv Interview



HANDELSBLATT, 7 March 2017

Voter Education. Failing in its Duty.

Klaus Schweinberg warns in business newspaper Handelsblatt against the threat of rising populism in Germany, drawing parallels between the developments in Germany, Great Britain, France and the United States. Germans, and the young in particular, are losing interest in the democratic process. The state must teach them that it is their civic duty – and in their interests – to participate, says Klaus Schweinsberg.
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Cyber attacks.

Germany prepares for election year hacks.

Business newspaper Handelsblatt reports on the rising threat of hacks aimed at elections and the cyber attack simulation conducted by Prof. Klaus Schweinsberg and Prof. Marco Gercke, cybercrime research institute, at the Munich Security Conference. Klaus Schweinsberg and Marco Gercke ran the simulation in which a fictional European nation faces a cyber attack aimed at its elections. The simulation was attended by interior and defense ministers from a host of nations. “It always comes down to whether or not those in positions of power have grappled with how to react immediately in a crisis situation,” the experts said in the article.
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N-TV 17 January 2017

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017

“Responsive and Responsible Leadership” was the theme of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017. Many topics covered in Davos were not new, such as the subject of migration, which Antonio Guterres, now United Nations Secretary-General, and Professor Klaus Schweinsberg discussed in great detail several years ago. What was new, however, is the dramatic and powerful impact this topic has on the courses of the world. In an interview with german news channel n-tv, Professor Schweinsberg described the sentiment in Davos: “Europa is silent, USA is ranting and the Chinese State President has shown very clearly that he wants to lead.”
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UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and Prof. Klaus Schweinsberg                                                       Photo ©Thomas Williams/Crossroads Foundation



RHEINISCHE POST, 27 November 2016

Succession arrangements and quarrels.
Game of
Monopoly with family-owned businesses

They are the often-quoted backbone of the German economy: Family-owned businesses. Among their major strength are clear structures and short decision processes. But a lack of succession arrangements and quarrels could jeopardise the success of the businesses. “There is often a lack of professional distance. The parties involved should seek expert advice.” says Prof. Klaus Schweinsberg in the german newspaper Rheinische Post.
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“This does not make sense”

Simone Bagel-Trah, Chairman of the board at Henkel, talks in an interview with manager magazine about this year’s massive decline of her company in the Board Diversity Index (BoDI). The index, authored by Klaus Schweinsberg, analyses the results of supervisory board elections since 2013 with special regards to diversity and plurality of offices. One of the findings of the Board Diversity Index is that Henkel, by comparison to the preceading year, has slipped down four points in the ranking. With only eight points in total Henkel shows a lack of diversity.
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The Inconvenient Liberal.
On the Death of Walter Wittmann

In an obituary, Klaus Schweinsberg honors the Swiss professor of economics Walter Wittmann whom he described as an “Inconvenient Liberal”. Prof. Wittman passed away at the age of 80. Up until his death he continued to appear in public as a critical thinker even after becoming an emeritus professor, highlighting anything which he believed to be wrong in Switzerland.
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BOARD 06/20

Lack of Momentum in Diversity

In BOARD magazine Prof. Klaus Schweinsberg reports about the results of the „Board Diversity Index (BoDI)“: The index, authored by Klaus Schweinsberg, analyses the results of supervisory board elections since 2013 with special regards to diversity and plurality of offices. While there was a certain ambition in 2014 to elect new personalities into bodies rather than reappointing holder of the positions, the annual general meeting season 2015 was characterised by „a little bit more of the same“. There was little progress and partly even regression.
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2015 Cyber Security Report

To be successful, Industry 4.0 needs improved protection against cyber attacks: Almost 90 percent of political and economic decision-makers see IT security as the greatest challenge to achieving a complete transition to Industry 4.0, according to the latest Deutsche Telekom Cyber Security Report. In fact, a large majority of managers (84 percent) are convinced that the risk of attacks will rise with Industry 4.0, i.e. the intelligent networking of people, machines and production processes. According to managers, other Industry 4.0 related challenges include nationwide coverage with high-speed Internet (80 percent) and reaching agreement on unified global standards (81 percent). Deutsche Telekom’s Cyber Security Report, prepared by Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research and Centre for Strategy and Higher Leadership, is now being published for the fourth consecutive year.
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The Board Diversity Index (BoDI) 2015

The Board Diversity Index 2015 shows, that despite some new elections within the supervisory boards of Dax 30 corporations, nothing has been achieved regarding the composition of the boards in terms of international character, vocational variety and age mix. There was significantly less movement in 2015 compared to the “super election years” 2013 and 2014. Only 36 board positions have been newly elected of which 14 members have been reappointed and 22 positions were filled with fresh faces.
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MANAGER MAGAZIN, Issue 11/2015

Almost the Usual Suspects

“Supervisory committees in DAX companies are changing excruciatingly slow. Only the proportion of women varies” manager magazin summarises the results of the Board Diversity Index 2015, developed by Prof. Klaus Schweinsberg. The current Index shows that it is still a long road ahead towards achieving greater diversity.
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Manager Magazin, Issue 11/2014

More than a Question of Women’s Rights

Manager Magazin reports in its current edition about the ‘Board Diversity 2014’ Index developed by Prof. Klaus Schweinsberg. The Index measures the composition of Dax 30 Boards in respect of gender, nationaliy, education and age.
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EnergyBiz Magazine July/Aug 2014

Forging a Transatlantic Cyberalliance

Many European Politicians are still very upset about the NSA activities on governments in Europe. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed this very topic during her recent talks with President Barack Obama. It will take time and effort to rebuild trust in transatlantic relations. But we do not have time to rebuild trust these days. We do not have time to analyze the past. The political climate forces us to shape the future.
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HERDER Publishing House 24 April 2014

Anständig führen (Attentive Leadership)

Schweinsberg_Anstaendig fuehren.inddNew on the shelves: The crises of the past years increased entrepreneurial risks in many respects. An eagerness to cope with situations of insecurity has become a core competence. What are the consequences for leaders? Klaus Schweinsberg draws from a wealth of experience gained as personal coach of executive managers and presents leadership principles, which have proven themselves over centuries: Decisiveness, clarity, attentiveness, perseverance, authenticity and sincerity.

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Handelsblatt, 9 September 2013

Male, German, Business Graduate

How seriously do DAX regulators take diversity in the workplace? This topic is examined in the “Board Diversity Index 2013″ authored by the Centre for Strategy and Higher Leadership, run by Klaus Schweinsberg.
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The new Ice Age on the Executive Floor

Analysis: Severe accusations against former Deutsche Bank CEO Ackermann arose following the suicide of manager Pierre Wauthier. The case triggers new discussions about the enormous pressure under which managers have to work.
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BOARD 04/2013

Super Election Year 2013

Changes among the German supervisory boards. The year 2013 was announced as super election year for supervisory boards: To date 79 out of 248 board positions on the shareholders side have been newly elected or confirmed in DAX30 corporations.



Bundesanzeiger Publishing House

The most important Members of Supervisory Boards in Germany

This manual provides a unique and systematic overview of the most important members of supervisory boards in Germany. It includes entries about more than 1.300 personalities covering their mandates in renowned corporations. The editors are Professor Dr. Klaus Schweinsberg and lawyer Carsten Laschet. Available in German only.
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The Supervisory Board, the Public and Confidentiality

The role of the supervisory boards has become an increasing focus of public attention along with public debates about companies. Precise questions are raised concerning proper supervision as well as the controllers’ responsibility. Advisory Boards, in turn, are searching a way to the public eye for various reasons. The resulting balancing act……
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Bayerisches Fernsehen (BR) (Bavarian Television)

Terrorism Threat Blackout

A digital terrorist attack on our electricity or water supply – Science fiction or a real threat? Researches by the German TV Show ‘Kontroverse’ show: Blackout is a real threat to us all against which we are insufficiently protected.
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