Special report

Women / Men / Work

And what it has to do with you.

And what does your husband say about that?

What female entrepreneurs experience when they set up their own companies.

Relative differences

When Antje von Dewitz took over Vaude, the outdoor sports manufacturer founded by her father, she did things her way – which has benefited the company and its staff.

A class act

Bea Knecht is a transgender entrepreneur who knows what it is like to play the tough guy, and to have to prove her competence as a woman

The world in figures

Number of runners at the marathon in Mexico City in 2017: 28,206
Number of runners disqualified in this marathon for allegedly taking a short cut: 5,800

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Strategy

Have you got a plan? Do you know what you’re doing? And what happens when your assumptions are proved wrong? In this issue we look at strategies and try to help you answer these questions.

Strategy

Focus on the customer!

Heidelberg went from the world’s market leader in printing presses to near bankruptcy, but saved itself just in time. A salutary tale from German industry.

Strategy

Young and Need the Money

Crowd investment can be a great jump-start for young entrepreneurs. The drawbacks only emerge later

Strategy

A dash of egotism

An entrepreneur, a politician and a theatre director discuss their key strategy: doing what you like

Strategy

World in figures

Price of a Bitcoin on 28 April 2013, in US dollars: 134
Price of a Bitcoin on 1 September 2017, in US dollars: 4,892 

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How we learn

Our special report this month is on education. How do we learn best? What should we learn? And how can we teach others?

How we learn

Hands and heads

Germany’s much admired vocational education system – combining schooling with work experience – has been struggling as more young people go to university. An engineering factory in Bavaria highlights how much potential there still is in the dual training set-up.

How we learn

Observing, varying, measuring: understanding

How can we communicate scientific knowledge? One German entrepreneur has an answer.

Microeconomics

An electrician in Ukraine

Evgenia Kalugina is 35 years old and an electrician. She lives with her husband, her 16-year-old daughter and a chameleon in Sloviansk, north of Donetsk. The town is near the frontline of the war in eastern Ukraine.

How we learn

Business in a class of its own

Rural firms can find it hard to attract skilled workers, so one in the Swabian Alps set up its own primary school.

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Let it go

Most people don’t like change. But it can be good to say farewell to bad habits, worn-out strategies – or the job that no longer works for you.

Let it go

Back to being boss

Three company founders wanted to leave the old corporate culture behind them – but that is precisely where they ended up.

Let it go

A lightbulb moment

For more than a century EnBW, Baden-Württemberg’s energy utility, relied on big power stations. Now many face being shut down. Can a firm of 20,000 people reinvent itself?

Let it go

My Beer, Your Beer

Franconia, in central Germany, has the highest concentration of breweries anywhere in the world. But rival producers don’t get in each other’s way.

Let it go

World in figures

Percentage of students in Germany for whom Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a role model: 0.5
Percentage of students in Germany for whom Mark Zuckerberg is a role model: 0.6

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Competition

‘Winner takes all’ is Silicon Valley’s motto. Tech companies look for market dominance and do not want rivals. In this issue we explain why we need more, not less competition.

Competition

What kind of capitalism would we like?

Economic historian Werner Abelshauser on cultural competitive advantages and what Donald Trump could learn from Otto von Bismarck.

Competition

World in figures

Number of law graduates in employment in 2014: 355,000
Number of unemployed former law students in 2014: 5,400

Competition

Billions at stake

Competition law may be seen as dry and thankless, but it makes a good thriller. We visit the financial detectives at DB German railways, investigating price fixing.

Competition

O come all ye traders!

Many small town centres are sadly deserted. The retail trade there is dying. But the town of Wittlich in Rhineland-Palatinate, western Germany, is fighting back.

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Free of charge

The internet economy has made things extremely cheap. Search engines are free; we read the news for free. But at what price?

Free of charge

Free gaming

Free computer games are becoming ever more popular. But how free are they really?

Free of charge

A Security Guard in Afghanistan

Mohammed Isah works every day and is paid €157 (£142) a month. The rent for his apartment in a working-class district is €28 a month.

Free of charge

How does Bayer do its sums?

The pharmaceuticals giant is planning a £50bn takeover of Monsanto. Is the deal only affordable in an era of zero interest rates?

Free of charge

Expensive presents

Christoph Müller donates paintings worth millions to museums. He wants nothing in return but such gifts still cost museums serious money

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Progress

For our 200th issue we look into what has happened since we launched at the turn of the century and what progress we can still aim for.

Progress

Editorial

We looked back and asked us three questions: What were you expecting back then? What was the biggest surprise? What next?

Progress

Digitalising the trades

Painter, baker and cabinet maker: three skilled trades, three pioneers.

Progess

World in figures

Number of teams in the Vatican City football league: 16
Number of football pitches in Vatican City: 0

Progress

How globalised is the world? And how globalised are we?

This question is being studied by researchers at the KOF Swiss Economic Institute, part of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

Progress

Who will be the first to go driverless?

Driverless vehicles are everywhere, from test courses to conference agendas. But it’s not just cars and lorries: ships are becoming self-sailing, too. So where will the pioneers be, on road or water?

Progress

81 questions to which we have no answer

What does the recorded Wow! signal “6EQUJ5” mean? Why can we walk across frozen water?

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Courage

How can I make a difference? In this issue we present people who found an answer to this question.

Courage

A helping hack

Can technology make the world a better place? This enticing proposition is being put to the test in Jordan by training refugees from Syria.

Courage

A strange bank robbery

When €7m vanished from his account, a tech entrepreneur found himself in a byzantine criminal plot involving some dubious art and the man who created disco.

Courage

World in figures

Estimated percentage of counterfeit money in total cash in circulation in Somalia: 98

Courage

Prisons for rent

How the Netherlands is emptying its jails

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New ways of working

The way we work is changing. How we work in the future should not be decided by politicians, chief executives or the architects who design our offices but by us.

New ways of working

Ten minutes for an email

How German firms are organising offices like factories

New ways of working

Made-to-measure – by assembly line

How does industry work in the digital age, and what does that mean for the employees? We visit the cleaning technology firm Kärcher.

New ways of working

‘I must provide the impetus – or no one will believe me’

Electric cars are expensive, which is one reason why they are hard to sell. Günther Schuh, a mechanical engineering professor from Aachen, aims to prove there is a different way

New ways of working

World in figures

Number of teams in the Vatican City football league: 16

Number of football pitches in Vatican City: 0

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Role models

In turbulent times, people look for orientation and role models. We looked for inspiring people and ideas. Here’s a selection of what we found.

Role models

Look at this city

Stockholm is internationally considered one of the best places for an internet company to work from, even though the rules there are very different from those in Silicon Valley. Perhaps that is the very reason.

Role models

The Watchdogs

Whistleblowers can save companies a lot of money and avert a lot of trouble – if they can get their message across. Zora Ledergerber is there to help.

Role models

World in figures

Estimated number of Christians in China in millions: 100

Number of members of the Communist Party of China in 2015 in millions: 88.8

Role models

Say... Can you help?

Big concerns would so much like to be like start-ups. But why?