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International business leaders identify use of an organization’s knowledge as most critical factor for success

The survey of business leaders from across China, Germany, India, UK and US forms part of the report The knowledge advantage, which explores the interplay of the three key factors behind business success in a changing economic environment: bottom-line financials, product and knowledge. The research has identified that knowledge is now rated more highly than the more traditional capabilities of product management and a financially driven focus, with 81% of respondents naming knowledge as a key to their success. more...

Interview with Götz W. Werner, founder of the pharmacy chain dm

“Every company has the customers it deserves“

The saying “you reap what you sow” also applies in business. For Götz W. Werner – founder and Member of the Supervisory Board of the pharmacy chain dm – it is a synonym for a responsible customer focus: Responsible shoppers seek out companies with an integrated business philosophy. On a global scale, the entrepreneur sees a corporate culture that still lacks a fully developed awareness for sustainable practices. more...

ITN column

Small business offensive by the banks – doomed to failure

While small and medium-sized businesses are finding it hard to obtain credit in countries affected by the euro crisis such as Spain and Greece, their German counterparts are finding themselves besieged by offers from banks for business loans. The news that Germany is the home of Hidden Champion business success stories has now reached the ears of bankers. There are, however, five good reasons why they are unlikely to make a fortune on their backs. more...

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Company of the Month

cd Vet Naturprodukte GmbH

Healthy alternatives for animals

The overdose of antibiotics in food animal production is considered a problem with serious repercussions. The risk of developing resistance rises each time bacteria are exposed to antimicrobials. Resistance opens the door to treatment failure and leads to an increasing number of infections. cd Vet Naturprodukte GmbH situated in Fürstenau, Germany, decided to bank on a completely different approach. The company develops and produces natural pet products based on natural ingredients that help to prevent diseases.


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