Friday, 27 July 2012

"Be Your Own Boss

... Mr. Teemu Arina is a young Finnish technology entrepreneur, management consultant,..."

I invite you to visit his  website ( where you find several interesting and attractive presentation with really genuine creative ideas - I like them. He is working on answering the question:

"How social media and digital working environments are really changing management, collaboration, and organizations?"

 I quote here what he quotes from Marshall McLuhan:

“We shape our tools. And then our tools shape us.”

I liked the way he "sell" his latest ebook (titled Cloud Company). Before downloading it freely, he asked to share it on Twitter and FB.

Web 2.0 in practice of SMEs

How far is ICT and especially the free web 2.0 tools used by the European SMEs in their daily business? Could the employees of SMEs afford taking part in IT trainings?  If yes, which are learning forms they prefer? Are the trainings supported by the company?
For these and other questions intend to be answered by the online survey carried out in the frame of SME 2.0 Leonardo project, in which the employees and owners of 92 Hungarian and 33 Italian companies took part.
The questionnaires are available in Hungarian, Italian and English language on the portal.
The survey was not a representative one, we are not allowed to make far-reaching conclusions from the results, but at some points the figures worth to consider. The Italian and Hungarian versions of the questionnaires are a little bit different, but the crucial principles are exactly the same. The respondents in both countries are the micro-enterprises with yearly turnover bellow 2 million EUR, and with less than 10 employees. For about 50% of the responder persons are the owners of the companies.
The most frequent mentioned sectors are in both countries: education, trade, service industry and IT, but the IT among the Hungarian companies is only 12% while among the Italians is 52%. For this reason the figures related to the IT infrastructure and IT competencies are not comparable within the countries, it is not a surprise for instance that the Italian companies mostly working in the IT sector are much better equipped with ICT infrastructures than the Hungarian SMEs.

Further details:

Friday, 1 June 2012

Hungarian construction companies in Germany

Hungarian construction companies (SMEs) had estimated revenue of EUR 350m from operations in Germany in 2011, up almost 10pc from 2010, and could achieve 7% growth this year, according to a survey by the National Association of Hungarian Construction Enterprises (EVOSZ). An average 500 companies with about 8,000 employees work in Germany, the survey based on interviews with 250 companies shows.

Half of the companies’ revenue came from Germany. 30% of the companies said they had outstanding debt in Germany, but this only accounted for 5.8% of their revenue, far less than the percentage typical in Hungary. 62% of the companies said their market position in Germany improved over the past twelve months. EVOSZ made the survey on the first anniversary of the phasing out of limitations on Hungarian businesses’ construction work in Germany.


Thursday, 24 May 2012

NSN Skills for the Future - presentation of the SME 2.0 and TeNeGEN project!

During the Danish EU Presidency decision makers within education, the social partners and project coordinatorsdiscussed how to create better skills for the future labour market. The aim of the “Skills for the Future” conference was too gather experience and present results from more than two years of work in the New Skills Network.

Registration were limited, because each of the 15 partner countries in the New Skills Network had places reserved for the network´s final conference, and also for representatives of best practice projects.

Target groups included representatives of ministries of education and labour, Members of Parliament, representatives of the European Commission, Cedefop, representatives of educational institutions, public and private organisations, project coordinators and representatives of national agencies that manage the Lifelong Learning Programme and additional stakeholders.

As part of this conference both the SME 2.0 and TeNeGEN projects were presented!