Publication type: Conference paper
Type of review: Not specified
Title: The EU enlargement? : influence on european logistics and the Swiss economy
Authors: Angerer, Alfred
Corsten, D.S.
Straube, F.
Tufinkgi, P.
Conference details: IPLnet 2003 Workshop, Institut für Produktions- und Logistiksysteme, Ebnat-Kappel, 9-10 September 2003
Issue Date: 2003
Language: English
Subjects: ZSO
Subject (DDC): 658.5: Production management
Abstract: The European Union is about to experience one of the greatest challenges in its history. On 16 April 2003, the European Council signed the Treaty of Accession with 10 Centre and Eastern European countries in Athens. As with every great change of system the treaty will increase the complexity of the EU, unbalance the existing powers, and as a result has the inherent danger of unstabilising the whole European economy. Yet, at the same time, it provides a great opportunity to change many political, economic and social aspects with the aim of creating a prosperous, stable and peaceful Europe. The EU is by far the most important trade partner of Switzerland, therefore the Enlargement will have an significant impact on various sectors of the Swiss economy as well. In order to assess the advantages and disadvantages of a larger EU, one has to examine its influences on logistics. The dramatic increase in the traffic and movement of goods through lower trade barriers has to be taken into consideration as well as the crash of the heavy industry and the lower wages of the working force in the Candidate Countries. To measure the impact of the Enlargement on logistics and the Swiss Economy it is essential to view the change in a holistic way. With the help of macro and micro analyses of the issue one will be able to obtain the answers to the main question: How will the logistics of Swiss and European companies be influenced by the growth of the EU and how can logistics managers prepare for this enormous task? Existing transport and production strategies need to be reviewed in order to profit from the opportunities presented by the new market. Further, companies have to develop plans to cope with the new competition from the Candidate Countries. Managers have to decide if their existing logistic systems are robust and flexible enough to manage the increased flow. Only Swiss companies ready to reconsider their logistics and production systems, become acquainted with the potential of the new market, which have good relationships with business partners on location and which have an open mind towards the new culture will be able to profit from the greatest opportunity in the early history of the European Union.
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Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Institute for Organizational Viability (IOV)
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