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"Germany is presented as a model whose economic performance is exceptional?. Some professionals I. E. [Intelligence] think that this success is due to the establishment of a German policy with respect to Intelligence. "It is undeniable that the German economic model of intelligence is a success. We will not discuss the responsibility of it success in Germany, but will work instead to establish the basis for this model.

Indeed, for some, the strength of the German intelligence is a sense of patriotism on the part of players. We cannot speak of economic patriotism in Germany itself, but rather a sense of common interest, born of a participatory social organization and reporting of alumni networks already founded a kind of solidarity.

The mentality of "intelligence" of Germany, long predates the twentieth century: the large industrial enterprises were already engaged, in networks in search of economic information at the time of Bismarck in the late nineteenth century. This information culture is not new to Germanic culture and that is why recycling of information held by public powers has been taking place through networks of influential people.

The I. E. helped to streamline and institutionalize these networks to leverage the resources of the public service of its economy in terms of information and influence. These informal networks have been built on a tradition that does not compartmentalize the public and private sectors as is done in France.

In Germanic and Anglo-Saxon cultures, there is a turnover between the two sectors that is mutually beneficial in terms of methods and means. Before you begin to establish the characteristics of German IE, let us give a definition of intelligence in Germany: "The intelligence is the systematic process of decision support, exerted in a legal and ethical manner with information received on customers, competitors, technologies and overall economic environment throughout an enterprise?.

Thus it is a definition that emphasizes the economic information, and ethical and legal frameworks. Germany was able to adapt economic intelligence to its business model very early, which lent itself particularly well to the purpose. It appears that it knew the difficulties facing the new globalization, characterized by its speed and flexibility, vis-a-vis the borders, people or networks.

The company is an essential part of the German economic model, the social market economy (which seeks to achieve high growth, low inflation, low unemployment, good working conditions, social protection and services public, through active intervention of the state). The company is seeking as much profit as social cohesion, which will be converted into competitive advantage.

The most remarkable of this model is what is known as the case "co" or "participation", which is called in German "Mitbestimmung". It is characterized by a dialogue established and non-confrontational with the unions, who have the right to participate in supervisory boards and steering committees of companies. Union involvement is possible because all the players accept the same issues and economic rules.

This feature can serve the company in its quest for economic information, trade unions enjoying their own news channels and highlighting the protection of employees in cases of foreign investments (taking into account the interests of employee's site) as an invitation to invest in Germany (this mode of non-conflict relations does not scare investors).

Tags: Germany; German economy; economic intelligence in Germany

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