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Operations, Strategy

For supply chains, faster is not always better

By Carlos Cordon - 28/09/2016

March 2013 was the coldest in decades for much of Europe and the eastern United States. But in March the previous year, the United States had experienced heatwaves. The capriciousness of the weather ...

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Political Economy, Finance

Why action must be taken against corporate tax havens

By Arturo Bris - 23/09/2016

At the onset of the financial crisis in 2009, the members of the largest economies in the world launched a crusade against tax havens and banking secrecy. Eight years later, the Swiss private banking ...

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Strategy, Innovation

Beware of the Value Vampires

By Michael R. Wade - 23/09/2016

Have you ever wondered how companies like Uber, Amazon and Spotify can offer such low prices, make such low profit margins but still continue to operate? You’re not the only one. In our work at the ...

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Interpersonal Leadership, Strategy

Three ways to overcome your power deficit

By Cyril Bouquet, Jean-Louis Barsoux - 23/09/2016

'Power shortage’ is not just a term for the energy industry; executives frequently experience deficits in their power to influence as well. Essentially, there are three power sources that need to be ...

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Economics / Industry Analysis, Interpersonal Leadership

The dangers of an unpredictable leader

By Jennifer Jordan - 15/09/2016

During a recent interview, American Presidential candidate Donald Trump stated in response to a question about his foreign policy agenda, “I’d rather not play my cards… I want to be unpredictable”. Th ...

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Interpersonal Leadership

Wells Fargo was lacking values-based leadership

By Jennifer Jordan - 14/09/2016

The story is all too familiar by now. In an effort to meet their targets, Wells Fargo employees created over two million fake bank and credit card accounts from which they charged various fees. While ...

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Interpersonal Leadership, Strategy

How breakthrough leadership can defy company death

By Seán Meehan - 14/09/2016

British Home Stores and Woolworths in the UK, Radio Shack and C&J Energy Services in the US, Japan’s Skymark Airlines and Brazil’s fourth largest telecom operator Oi are just a few of the many sizable ...

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Innovation, Strategy

How companies fail – and what they can do about it

By Knut Haanaes - 14/09/2016

Here are two ways your company can fail. Keep doing more of the same. Or, if you’d prefer, start doing only what’s new. You want it to thrive so you need to take the trickier middle way; you need to f ...

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Ethics

Monsanto's Alistair Hide recommends how to survive in a land of scrutiny

13/09/2016

Alistair Hide, Corporate Engagement Leader of the world's largest provider of genetically modified (GM) seeds and weed killer Glysophate (Roundup) explained to IMD's 2016 MBA class how Monsanto deals ...

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Strategy, Economics / Industry Analysis

Is Africa the land of business opportunity or pain?

By Leif Sjöblom - 07/09/2016

With growth stagnating around much of the world, businesses often look to new markets to find opportunities. BRIC countries were previously thought of as the global El Dorado by many companies but ...

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Strategy, Interpersonal Leadership

How good preparation can save your organization in a crisis

By Stefan Michel - 07/09/2016

The Swiss Armed Forces recently completed a 48-hour intensive crisis simulation exercise. For a change, it didn’t train military staff, but a group of international Executive MBA graduates from IMD. A ...

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Strategy, Innovation

The best companies aren’t afraid to replace their most profitable products

By Howard H. Yu, Thomas W. Malnight - 31/08/2016

For a long time, the Silicon Valley funding model has been hailed as a powerful alternative to the stifling way corporate America works. Many are betting on the new generation of technology firms to ...

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Innovation, Strategy, IT

Where is Google placing its bets?

By Michael R. Wade - 31/08/2016

Google is well aware of its vulnerability. More than 90% of the company’s revenues and almost all of its profits come from search-related advertising. As long as people click ads on computers, tablets ...

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Communications, Ethics

How to tell if your colleagues or clients are deceiving you – digitally?

By Jennifer Jordan - 26/08/2016

The average person is lied to an astounding 105 times per day. Many of these are innocuous lies — of the “I like your shirt” or “that airplane meal was good” variety. But as a business executive, some ...

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Strategy

Challenges in going global

By Margaret Cording, Anand Narasimhan, Dominique Turpin - 18/08/2016

Few companies are ready to build and run truly global organizations, despite their ambitions. Globalization may be their goal – it may even form the backbone of their strategy – but only a tiny fracti ...

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Innovation, IT

Making the case for a new Olympic sporting category

By Michael R. Wade - 10/08/2016

You are probably watching the Olympics this week, supporting your home country and cheering on your favorite athletes. It seems to us, however, that the Olympic games are in need of a refresh. Viewers ...

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Economics / Industry Analysis, Strategy

The art of retreat: If you are going to lose, do it like Uber

By Michael R. Wade - 03/08/2016

Uber announced that it is selling its Chinese operations to Didi Chuxing, its great Chinese nemesis. Uber is exiting the very market that its CEO Travis Kalanick declared to be, “the #1 priority for ...

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Political Economy

With TPP Dead, What's Next For World Trade?

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann - 03/08/2016

At a major conference on global trade I attended in London this month, officials from the US were extolling the virtues and benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and, in cahoots with officia ...

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Economics / Industry Analysis, Strategy

How Yahoo tried (but failed) to go big, and is now going home

By Michael R. Wade - 27/07/2016

I remember the early days of the Internet when the Yahoo directory was my home page. Capturing, categorizing, and presenting the Internet in a clickable tree structure was doable back then, and Yahoo ...

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Economics / Industry Analysis, Strategy

Unilever buys Dollar Shave Club: desperate or strategic?

By Michael R. Wade - 27/07/2016

Unilever announced last week that it would purchase Dollar Shave Club for $1 billion. On the surface, this may look like yet another desperate attempt by a lumbering legacy giant to buy (and overpay f ...

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Finance, Innovation

Developing Win-Win Strategies for China’s Small Entrepreneurs

By Winter Nie - 27/07/2016

By identifying and overcoming financial hurdles in local business cycles, China’s regional banks are playing an increasingly critical role in moving China’s domestic economy forward. Yilong Xu, in cha ...

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Interpersonal Leadership

How IMD led Woods Staton down a golden path

20/07/2016

Addressing the 2016 IMD MBA class, Woods Staton, CEO, Chairman of the Board and controlling shareholder of Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc. - McDonald's largest franchisee in the world - said that the year ...

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Innovation, Interpersonal Leadership

Leadership in an evolving corporation

20/07/2016

Not everything is just about business. But business, as viewed by IMD’s MBA program, has the potential to make a huge impact on the world’s wellbeing when taken with responsibility. Of the fields wher ...

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Economics / Industry Analysis, Strategy

Exploring the business of tomorrow

12/07/2016

IMD’s MBA Class of 2016 recently connected to business leaders at the annual Navigating the Future Conference . The two-day event featured presentations by 12 teams of MBAs each focusing on what they ...

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Economics / Industry Analysis, Strategy

IMD’s MBA class bring today’s hot business topics to business leaders

12/07/2016

In June, the 2016 Navigating the Future conference, the third of its kind, showcased the work of IMD MBA participants. Over 140 executives from different industries around the world as well as seasone ...

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Economics / Industry Analysis, Strategy

Portuguese business leaders get energized at OWP

12/07/2016

IMD recently concluded a partnership with Porto Business School to deliver IMD’s Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP) program, adapted to address the realities of Portuguese companies. OWP is a cus ...

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Strategy

Rethinking out of the box

By Albrecht Enders, Jean-Louis Barsoux - 12/07/2016

Executives are constantly urged to think out of the box, but given little practical advice on how to do so. A simple tool, already familiar to executives can be leveraged to provide the answer. ...

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Organization Design, Strategy

Back to school for IMD’s MBAs

07/07/2016

IMD recently hosted its first ever All MBA Alumni event, reuniting MBA graduates from classes through the years as far back as the 1970s to this year’s current class. The event took place over two day ...

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Strategy, IT

IMD Professor Carlos Cordon releases new book “Strategy is Digital”

07/07/2016

IMD Professor Carlos Cordon, with co-authors Pau Garcia-Milà, Teresa Ferreiro Vilarino and Pablo Caballero recently released “ Strategy is Digital: How Companies Can Use Big Data in the Value Chain ”. ...

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Marketing, Strategy

The marketing strategy of industry disruptors

By Dominique Turpin - 07/07/2016

We are all familiar with Uber, Airbnb, Tesla, and Netflix as disruptors. But how many of you know Mediq? It’s a Dutch healthcare company that aims to make traditional pharmacies a thing of the past. M ...

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Economics / Industry Analysis

IMD Professor Arturo Bris wraps up OWP with creative schemes

04/07/2016

Jobs are disappearing, public finances can’t cope, retirement plans are imploding and yet Professor Arturo Bris, head of the IMD World Competitiveness Center (WCC) doesn't lose hope. To close the 2016 ...

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Interpersonal Leadership, Strategy, Economics / Industry Analysis

Tunisia’s former Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa shares the value of business skills in a political crisis

04/07/2016

Speaking at IMD's Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP) Program to over 450 executives coming from all over the world, Mehdi Jomaa, Tunisia’s former Prime Minister said his past experience as a ...

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Interpersonal Leadership, Strategy, Economics / Industry Analysis

New book unveils the keys to surviving digital transformation

04/07/2016

The Center for Digital Business Transformation, an IMD and Cisco initiative, announces a new book that aims to help business leaders and their organizations more effectively navigate the challenges an ...

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Political Economy

Brexit signals a rift between the elite and the rest of the population

By Didier Cossin - 01/07/2016

The UK historically voted to leave the European Union sending global markets into turmoil. IMD caught up with Professor Didier Cossin, finance expert and author of the recent book “Inspiring ...

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Self Leadership

Zhanna Kryuchkova named among Poets and Quants Best EMBAs in 2016

30/06/2016

Zhanna Kryuchkova was recently named one of the best EMBAs of 2016 by Poets and Quants, a leading business school-focused publication. Zhanna is currently owner of Almaz Group, a holding focused on ca ...

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Innovation, Governance

Every company needs a Chief Corporate Entrepreneur

30/06/2016

Companies that don’t build innovation into their business will never be ready for disruption, said Alexander Osterwalder in a keynote at IMD’s Orchestrating Winning Performance program . But don’t sta ...

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Self Leadership

IMD celebrates lifelong learning achievers

30/06/2016

At a ceremony held during the Orchestrating Winning Performance, (OWP) program, President Dominique Turpin recognized IMD alumni with Lifelong Learning Certificates for their demonstrated commitment t ...

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Self Leadership

Getting more than just business skills at OWP

29/06/2016

In the belief that sustained leadership requires balancing mental, emotional, and physical health in a demanding world, IMD’s Orchestrating Winning Performance offers a series of activities for the ...

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Interpersonal Leadership

Looking beyond bias with Yassmin Abdel-Magied

29/06/2016

It isn’t often that a 25 year-old gets a standing ovation from leading executives while on the stage of IMD. Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a keynote speaker at the Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP) prog ...

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Political Economy

Brexit shows up the failures of globalisation, with hate advancing across the globe and humanity in retreat

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann - 27/06/2016

There is something quintessentially British about Brexit. As I wrote in another article before the results were known , whether the British exit or not remains to be seen, but the fact is they never ...

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Strategy

An innovation hotbed

By Georges Haour - 23/06/2016

We’ve seen many foreign investments in the digital scene of China. Perhaps the largest recent example is with Uber’s Chinese competitor, Didi Chuxing (Didi for short). This privately-held company, ...

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Political Economy

BREXIT? I vote OUT!!!

By Arturo Bris - 22/06/2016

I know that, as a Spaniard, I cannot vote in the upcoming Brexit referendum. The outcome is uncertain, and the ultimate decision by British voters is going to be driven by both rational and emotional ...

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Interpersonal Leadership, Self Leadership

Earning a first class ticket to entrepreneurship through the IMD MBA

20/06/2016

Life after an MBA may take on any number of business paths. Entrepreneurship is one that many business schools highlight. But very few business schools can congratulate an alumnus for succeeding as fa ...

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Political Economy, Economics / Industry Analysis

Defining China: A rising, fragile global power

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann - 20/06/2016

China is not part of the emerging markets; nor Brics, nor Chindia. China is itself, and has to be understood on its own terms. Among the many daunting questions the planet is facing, the most importan ...

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Political Economy

Better a Brexit for a revitalized EU

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann - 15/06/2016

Let me begin by saying I am a great Britophile. I lived in the UK for some fifteen happy years; I met my wife (even though French like myself) at Oxford where I did my doctorate; my three children wer ...

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