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Stephane Garelli

Stephane Garelli

A World Authority on Competitiveness

Stéphane Garelli – a world authority on competitiveness – has pioneered research and the theory in this field. Professor Emeritus at IMD (Institute of Management Development) Lausanne, where he has founded the World Competitiveness Center, he is also Professor Emeritus of World Competitiveness at the University of Lausanne.

Professor Garelli is closely connected to the world of business. He was, among others, Chairman of the Board of Directors and shareholder of “Le Temps”, the leading French language Swiss newspaper, Chairman of the Board of the Sandoz Financial and Banking Holding, and Member of the board of the Banque Edouard Constant.

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Stéphane Garelli was the Managing Director of the World Economic Forum and of the Davos Annual meetings for many years.  He was also permanent senior adviser to the European management of Hewlett-Packard.

He is a member of a number of institutes, such as: China Enterprise Management Association, Board of the ‘Fondation Jean Monet pour l’Europe’, The Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, the Mexican Council for Competitiveness, etc. and an advisory committee member of the Thai Management Association.

He is also a member of the International Olympic Committee commission on Sustainability and Legacy.

Stéphane Garelli is the author of numerous publications on competitiveness and global business. He published his best-selling book “Top Class Competitors – How Nations, Firms and Individuals Succeed in the New World of Competitiveness” with Wiley. His latest book ” Are You a Tiger, a Cat or a Dinosaur?” is published in several languages.

Stéphane Garelli was a member of the Constitutional Assembly of his local state – Vaud, Switzerland from 1999 to 2002.

Stéphane is widely considered to be one of the top lecturers on economic and business matters. He has a unique ability to analyse and describe the world economic environment as it evolves, and to draw conclusions about what changes in the world economy actually mean for companies and individuals alike. He is reputed for his trade mark graphics combining an attractive visual style with a simple illustration of ideas, and a limited use of numbers. His presentations are dynamic, fast moving, to the point, business like, forward and “so what” oriented.

Listen to an introduction to Stéphane’s webinars here

"A growing gap between governments and economic performance is always a bad omen for the future." - Stephane

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Nothing is Certain, but Everything is Urgent

This presentation highlights a volatile environment characterised by economic uncertainties, technological disruption and a changing mindset. More than ever competitiveness is anticipating these changes and answering the question “so what?".

An Unconventional Economy

The traditional approach to assess the economy fails to encompass a new reality. Huge amounts of money is printed by governments but inflation remains flat. New technologies and artificial intelligence flourish everywhere but productivity increases are marginal. The economy recovers but most household do not see any improvement of their income. Finally many governments do not reduce their debt level but continue to borrow on international markets at negative or negligible rates. The "immaterial economy", mainly driven by intangible assets, social media and new business models, is badly recorded in statistics. However it does exist and its impact on the "material economy" is significant and cannot be overlooked anymore.

2019: Nothing is certain, but everything is urgent

2019 will be a time to look at the world differently: we shall benefit from the first synchronised economic recovery in over 10 years. Central banks will phase out printing money, but interest rates will largely remain flat. Cash and liquidity will continue to abound, especially in sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions and companies. It will fuel more M&As, IPOs and the restructuring of established large players in several sectors.

The Hunt for Global Profits

Nations fully control domestic taxation but have little access to global profits. The US administration values overseas profits of US companies not returning home because of the level of taxation at more than $1'300bn. Thus, global companies are overloaded with liquidities which result from global profits sheltered by tax rulings and other tax advantages abroad. Most of this cash is used for dividends, share buybacks, and mergers & acquisitions. In general, liquidity abounds in global companies everywhere. European companies have $1'400bn of cash and cash equivalent on their balance sheets, and Japanese companies slightly more.

Who is Doing What?

he combination of huge amount of liquidities, often parked outside the country of residence of global companies, with new technologies and tax optimization has lead to a flurry of Mergers and Acquisitions. The consolidation of entire industry sectors and the ownership of companies is profoundly affected by this trend. In addition, global technology companies now have the possibility to extend their business reach beyond their initial industry sector. Amazon is a world leader in cloud technology, Google and Facebook in digital advertising, Tesla in batteries and solar panels, and Amazon now produces as many watches as the entire Swiss industry. Size matters. Ant financial, the electronic payment company of Alibaba, is 16 times larger than Paypal.

The Millenials Revolution

The arrival of the millennials as consumers and employees force companies to reassess their approach to products and markets. This new generation is driven by "Meism"; a self-centered approach to life, an eagerness for transparency, which means that nothing should be confidential anymore; a willingness to improve the state of the world, especially through sustainable development, and a conviction that "free is cool", which implies a reassessment of profitability models for companies. This new paradigm reinforces Peter Drucker's statement: " Changes in society have now more impact than change in management". Companies that ignore this new fact will face strong headwinds from consumers, society and governments.

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