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European Innovation Varies by Country

In the aftermath of financial crisis, German enterprises lead the pack in investing in the future

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Infographic: Carl DeTorres. Source: the Community Innovation Survey 2010, Eurostat. © 2013 IEEE Spectrum magazine

As the global financial crisis roiled Europe, who was still investing in the future? From 2008 through 2010, the European Union’s EuroStat office conducted a survey to gauge commercial innovation. The numbers have now been crunched to create a continental leaderboard of business creativity (except for Greece, for which no data was available), with innovation defined as the creation of “new or significantly improved goods or services or the implementation of new or significantly improved processes, logistics, or distribution methods.” The survey also captured the rate of collaboration on innovative activities with partners in the United States or China and India.


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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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