Resilience as Basis for Sustainability: Shortages in Production Supply Chains for Essential Consumer Goods

Some consumer products, termed essential consumer goods, are crucial to sustaining health or even life. A shortage in supply of essential consumer goods can have tangible negative impacts on society. This study applies this topic to the case of inexpensive, generic, injectable oncological medication shortages in Europe. Cancer patient outcomes including survival rates, as well as treatment costs, are significantly influenced by oncological medicines shortages. Even though the problem is well documented and universally acknowledged, a lack of data has deterred any quantitative solution-oriented studies. However, a structural model can provide reliable insight in cases where data is unavailable or unreliable through relying on structural validation.

This study proposes the first causal model showing the underlying structure of the European inexpensive, generic, injectable oncological medications supply chain. This study identifies the most common causes of supply shortages and develops a quantitative supply chain model with the ability to simulate causes of identified shortages. Finally, key performance indicators are proposed to evaluate the sustainability of the supply chains in question from several perspectives.

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Learning Lunch

Geschäftsmodelle analysieren und gestalten: Ein Geschäftsmodell ist ein wesentlicher Bestandteil eines Unternehmens – unabhängig davon, ob es sich um ein kleines oder mittleres Unternehmen oder um einen globalen Konzern handelt.

Veränderungen von Geschäftsmodellen sind besonders kostenintensiv und unsicher. Analysen sollen Entscheidungsträger in Zeiten rasanter technologischer Entwicklungen und agilen Wettbewerbern bei Veränderungen von Geschäftsmodellen unterstützen. Dank einer modernen simulationsgestützten Innovation- und Entscheidungsunterstützung können in kurzer Zeit neue Geschäftsmodelle entwickelt und zahlenmässig evaluiert werden. Anhand einer Fallstudie eines E-Commerce Geschäfts werden Vor- und Nachteile dieser computergestützten Variante der Geschäftsmodellinnovation diskutiert.

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Mehr Nachhaltigkeit für die Solarindustrie

Auszug aus dem Artikel erschienen im Magazin Bulletin (Ausgabe September 2018)

Am Institute for ICT-Based Management ICTM der Berner Fachhochschule BFH entwickeln Forscher im Rahmen des EU-H2020-Projekts Circusol zusammen mit europäischen Partnern Geschäftsmodelle der modernen Kreislaufwirtschaft für die Solarbranche. Diese soll dank einem innovativen Umgang mit Ressourcen nachhaltiger und wettbewerbsfähiger werden.

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EAHP Academy Seminar 2018: Simulation of a complex network using System Dynamics

The annual meeting of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) is going to be held this year in Warsaw, Poland. As part of the Seminar “Medicines Shortages – Causation and Approaches to Improvements” Prof. Dr. Stefan Groesser is going to address the topic of  simulations in complex networks. Methods of prediction and foresight, e.g. qualitative and quantitative foresight as well as simulation approaches for causal modelling and foresight will be presented during his presentation.


Wanted: Circular business models for the solar industry

Article from Spirit Biel/Bienne 2|2018

At the Institute for ICT-Based Management (ICTM) of the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH, researchers are developing new business models for the solar industry to make it more sustainable and competitive due to an innovative use of resources. To achieve this challenge, the ICTM is working closely together with European partners as part of the EU-H2020 project CIRCUSOL. Click here to read the full article.



Learning Lunch: Digital Skills – Key competences in the digital age

What digital skills do we require today to master the job requirements of tomorrow?

Competing on a digital market by offering services and goods over an online-platform, developing a web application for a web shop, organizing the product management of a newly introduced software, or working in a virtual team: Our working environment as well as the required skills are drastically changing. After this Learning Lunch you better understand, which skills and teaching methods you will need in the digital age to succeed.

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Innovation through Cooperation: Welcome to the 40th Face to Face Meeting

Cooperating means not having to do everything by yourself. A network with suppliers, customers and other actors brings new impulses and holds great potential. Companies have long relied on universities of applied sciences as providers of ideas, trendsetters and research partners. Research collaborations help to develop new products faster, cheaper and more customer-oriented. We will show you how you can make use of these resources and expand your cooperation skills.

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Date: Thursday, 4 June 17:00

Location: Foyer des Switzerland Innovation Parks Biel/Bienne, Aarbergstrasse 5, 2560 Nidau


Global Days | Digital Skills: What should students learn? How would this change our teaching? A framework for competence development in the 21st century.

Competing on a digital market by offering services and goods over an online-platform, developing a web application for a web shop, organizing the product management of a newly introduced software, or working in a virtual team: Our working environment as well as the required skills are drastically changing. This dominant technological development is the major reason for the now-hype about digitalization. It accentuates the need for advanced technological and digital skills which employees need to perform in their jobs. What digital skills do graduates require today to master the job requirements of tomorrow?
First, we look at the definition of (digital) skills and competences. Second, we introduce a competence framework which helps us to look closer at what digital skills and competences students are currently being taught and how those skills might evolve. Third, we look at how effective teaching methods can be used to increase the learning experience of digital natives.

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Creating value, closing circles: insights into the circular economy

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Thinking in circles, thinking in systems – The Circular Economy pursues the goal of saving obsolete products from the trash and returning them as secondary raw materials into the production cycle. Dr. Stefan Grösser, professor of Strategy and Organization and dean of Studies BSc «Industrial Engineering and Management Science» at BUAS, presents various potential business models for the circular economy and gives insight into a current project of the European Union. Make sure to register quickly: The first participants to enroll will receive a free entry for this event!

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CIRCUSOL – A new research project, focusing on circular business models for the solar power industry

Solar power is a rapidly growing industry. The main objective of the EU-H2020 research project CIRCUSOL is to provide systemic circular business solutions to the solar power industry. The solar power sector is well suited for such business models. They have the potential to deliver double benefits on resource efficiency and low carbon emission.

The research is conducted by the Institute for ICT-Based Management ICTM which ist part of the Centre for the Digital Society from the Bern University of Applied Sciences.

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