Ericsson Business Review

Ericsson Business Review, Issue 1, 2014

Machiavelli, 5G and transforming enterprises

Patrik Regårdh

It’s a combination you’ll only find in Ericsson Business Review.

If you’re reading this in your office, take a look around. It’s a safe bet that your colleagues, customers and working tools have all changed dramatically in recent years – and in one way or another, information and communications technology (ICT) is probably responsible.

The latest issue of Ericsson Business Review examines this radical transformation from a wide range of perspectives. In his text, Mikael Eriksson Björling explains how classical value chains are being swallowed up by thousands of value networks – making users your most valuable collaborators.

The distinguished technology executive Nora Denzel distils her 25 years of global experience into a seven-point blueprint for companies looking to manage – and benefit from – the entry of the millennial generation into the workplace. And Håkan Sessle and Yanling Ytterberg boldly propose that the rise of the all-digital business may just represent a trillion-dollar telecom operator opportunity.

We introduce this issue through an exclusive interview with renowned strategist and thinker Philipp Mueller. From the philosophy of Manuel Castells to the digitalization of hard-boiled eggs, Mueller takes us on a fascinating tour of today’s fast-moving digital landscape – and argues that businesses and governments can only regain the initiative by embracing a Machiavellian approach.

And that’s before Afif Osseiran clears away some of the hype around 5G with a critical examination of potential 5G scenarios, use cases and business models, along with a realistic assessment of the obstacles to be overcome along the way.

There’s no doubt ICT is driving a remarkable transformation – both in your workplace and throughout the world at large. Complexity is king, and the opportunities – and threats – for your business have never been greater. Let Ericsson Business Review guide you through this extraordinary change.

Patrik Regårdh

Head of Strategic Marketing

"A digital age requires digital Machiavellians"

A digital age requires digital Machiavellians

The transformative impact of digital technologies leaves both businesses and governments at a crossroads. The renowned strategist and thinker Philipp Mueller argues that the only way to seize back the initiative is by throwing out the rule book and adapting Machiavellian philosophies to this new era.

Five alive! 5G beyond the hype

Five alive! 5G beyond the hype

Few ICT topics are currently hotter than 5G. But what could 5G actually mean for users, operators and other industry players? A critical examination of potential 5G scenarios, use cases and business models is urgently needed – along with a realistic assessment of the complications that may just have 5G’s number.

Crowdsurfing: using your customers to create value

Crowdsurfing: using your customers to create value

Think you have customers? Think again. As classical value chains dissolve and thousands of value networks spring up to replace them, your users might actually be your most valuable collaborators.

Game of phones: new strategies for the millennial workplace

Game of phones: new strategies for the millennial workplace

Digital natives are dramatically shaking up businesses around the world – and much more than just office harmony is at stake. In response, renowned technology executive Nora Denzel distils her 25 years of global experience into a seven-point blueprint for companies looking to adapt and thrive in the millennial age.

The new CIO: a trillion-dollar operator opportunity

The new CIO: a trillion-dollar operator opportunity

The rise of the all-digital business is creating a different type of CIO, and opening doors into the enterprise for unexpected ICT players. But it’s not just about Google or Amazon. Operators have a golden chance to create new growth by changing the face of the enterprise communications market – and to solve a few CIOs’ problems along the way.

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EBR is Ericsson’s global business publication, focusing on thought leadership and providing a long-term perspective on business strategies within Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for telecom operators and other industries.