Christian A. Wandeler

Christian A. Wandeler, has a Ph.D. in organizational psychology and teaches in the Department of Education at the University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland, and has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University. He helps organizations to be more productive, innovative and realize their individual and collective human potential. Contact him at christian.wandeler@unifr.ch .

Articles by Christian A. Wandeler

Global HR

Switzerland & Toyota: 3 Things We Can Learn to Innovate and Create Jobs

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Businesses in the U.S. and Europe face the same challenge: compete with emerging economies that have a fraction of the labor costs and minimal health and retirement obligations.

In a world of interconnectedness and global supply chains, how can U.S. businesses stay competitive without moving jobs abroad? How can anyone even create jobs in the U.S. and export to other countries? How can you compete with low-cost countries AND achieve high profitability in high cost environments?

In my opinion two outstanding models to examine are Switzerland and Toyota. Here’s what makes them exemplary — there are  three shared reasons for their success. Your business can start applying these principles today for your own success. Read more…

Culture, Global HR

How Bad Organizational Structure Contributed to Italy’s Cruise Ship Disaster

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Why exactly the cruise ship Costa Concordia ended up on a reef 60 feet off the shore and only two hours into its January cruise is still not clear. What is clear is that it took about 70 minutes until the captain gave the order to evacuate the passengers.

Apparently some of the crew disobeyed the captain’s orders and started to evacuate earlier. However, one crew member said, “We could have all reached the shore without even getting our feet wet.” There was plenty of time and room to safely evacuate everybody. Nobody needed to die.

The facts are: the ship was slowly tilting, the captain waited a long time to order evacuation, the majority of the crew followed his command, and some crew members started evacuating on their own initiative.

So, why did it happen and what can your organization watch out for and learn from it? Read more…