In this exclusive interview, Harri Kerminen, president and chief executive of Kemira, provides an insight into the participatory culture of the Finnish global chemicals group and reveals his thoughts on a changing portfolio, sustainability and how to deal with a challenging economic climate.
"Nature imitates art", argued Oscar Wilde, but today’s scientists imitate nature. This article examines the remarkable field of biomimicry, in which nature’s ingenious solutions to problems that have long baffled engineers are imitated and adopted.
Just a few years ago, mobile network operators dominated their industry. The mobile phone ecosystem was in effect closed, and the network operators controlled not only the networks but also the services and the technology. Today they risk becoming mere "bit-pipe" providers.
The rise of emerging markets in the coming decades will have huge implications for companies. Any multinational company that aims to be a global leader must know how to capture a significant share of the largest customer segment in countries such as China, India, Russia and Brazil.