Technology is disruptive. On the one hand, new ideas shake up society; there are always winners, losers, and vested interests resisting progress. On the other hand, change isn’t automatically a good thing; newer doesn’t always mean ‘better’. If an innovative new business is successful only because it exploits its workers, then is that really the kind of innovation Europe wants?
If Europe is to retain its much-cherished social model, it must balance the need for innovation against the requirement to provide workers with rights and protections. Most would agree that the continent needs innovative, disruptive businesses like Google or Amazon in America, or Alibaba in China. How can it foster the emergence of new, disruptive businesses while encouraging them to be socially responsible?
Curious to know more about European businesses and the assorted pressures (and opportunities) of the digital age? We’ve put together some facts and figures in the infographic below (click for a bigger version).
What do our readers think? We had a comment from Marina, who argues that businesses in the digital age are “constantly under the pressure of change, innovation, growth, emerging technologies and new business models.” So, how can businesses respond to these pressures and what makes a business successful in the digital age?
To get a response we put Marina’s comment to Thiébaut Weber, Secrétaire Confédéral of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and one of the judges in the Financial Times’ recent list of “Europe’s 100 digital champions” (where he argued against the inclusion of the delivery-service Deliveroo in the list because he believes it shirks social responsibilities by claiming its drivers are self-employed).
For another perspective, we also put Marina’s comment to Matt Brittin, President of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Business & Operations at Google. What did he think?
What makes a business successful in the digital age? How can businesses successfully respond to the challenges (and opportunities) of new technologies? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!
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