IMD Professor Reacts

Expert analysis of breaking news and business trends by IMD faculty.

June 2017

By Ralf W. Seifert with Richard Markoff.

Right after we published an article on Amazon and its grocery business, Amazon announced the acquisition of the American grocery chain Whole Foods for nearly 14 billion USD. The impact of this move on...

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June 2017

By Francisco Szekely

The US President announced on June 1st that his country will leave the Paris Accord and leave behnind an international effort of diplomacy that took 20 years to develop, and which 195 countries have...

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May 2017

By Arturo Bris

Switzerland is heavily integrated into international markets and therefore some of the biggest risks looming on the financial horizon have potential to affect the country. IMD Professor Arturo Bris...

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May 2017

By Arturo Bris

After Brexit and other recent anti-Europe sentiment rearing its head in national elections around Europe, is there reason to be optimistic about the Union? IMD Professor Arturo Bris answers looks at t...

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May 2017

By Jayanth Narayanan

Organ donation rates in some countries are much higher than in others. Neighboring countries with similar cultures can have dramatically different levels of organ donation. For example, organ donation...

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May 2017

By Jayanth Narayanan

The recent scandal involving Ravindra Gaikwad, the Indian Member of Parliament who made headlines after an alleged assault on an Air India Employee for being asked to take an economy instead of a...

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April 2017

By Francisco Szekely

Far from focusing on short-term goals and immediate growth – as many traditional car makers do – Tesla decided from the beginning to adopt a big picture approach by focusing on addressing two importan...

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April 2017

By Stefan Michel

Swiss companies, such as the soft cheese manufacturer Baer and Swiss Life, have announced that they will stop placing any advertising on Google because their ads have appeared alongside YouTube videos...

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March 2017

By Michael D. Watkins

When the going gets tough, do the not-so-tough get going? Such may be the case with Jeff Jones who, after just 6 months as President, has departed Uber.

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March 2017

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann

In sum—the consensus is that economic policies need to pursue new, more ambitious goals related not only to individual income and country productivity, but also to life satisfaction and happiness. Bei...

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March 2017

By Tawfik Jelassi

Tawfik Jelassi, IMD Professor and Strategy and Technology Management, recent Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research, and Information & Communication Technologies in Tunisia, and French and...

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March 2017

By Arturo Bris

While most cherish democratic countries as exemplar places to live, looking in depth at the competitiveness of nations paints another picture. As a researcher in this area, I could not recommend that...

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March 2017

By Bettina Büchel

Today, there are still fewer women than men on company boards, even though in many countries that belong to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), women have obtained highe...

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March 2017

By Arturo Bris

In sum—the consensus is that economic policies need to pursue new, more ambitious goals related not only to individual income and country productivity, but also to life satisfaction and happiness. Bei...

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March 2017

By Michael R. Wade

In sum—the consensus is that economic policies need to pursue new, more ambitious goals related not only to individual income and country productivity, but also to life satisfaction and happiness. Bei...

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February 2017

By Stéphane Garelli

From Trump’s wall and immigrant ban, to Britain pulling away from its longtime partners, the tendency toward isolationist policies is on the rise in the west.¦We’ve seen this before but it has never h...

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January 2017

By Stefan Michel

Currently, the rules for granting citizenship are set in the country’s individual cantons but the vote proposes a revision to the law making it easier and uniform across the country.

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January 2017

By Stéphane Garelli

Oud Bint Khalfan Al Roumi is twice happy. She landed a prestigious government position in the United Arab Emirates. Then, she was appointed to the rather unique job of “state minister in charge of...

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December 2016

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann

In this highly turbulent and dangerous age, it is incumbent on business leaders not only to be politically aware, but politically astute. For now, we must recognize that for the most part our politica...

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December 2016

By Francisco Szekely

The recent election of Donald Trump to the US presidency has a number of implications for the US and for the global community, particularly in the area of sustainability and climate change. During his...

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November 2016

By Georges Haour

China has the world’s largest market for digital shopping, mobile payments, and Internet-enabled financial services. Close to 400 million people in China do most of their payments using their...

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November 2016

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Events in Lima, Peru, on 19-20 November 2016 radically mark a major transformation in global economic leadership, consequently global governance and hence the global business environment.

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November 2016

By Jennifer Jordan

In reflecting back on the last 18 months of the U.S. election, I experienced many emotions: sadness, anger, pity, confusion. But one thing that stuck with me most was a change that I have seen gradual...

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November 2016

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann

On one respect, especially the third point applies: trade. The closest thing we can have to a certitude in terms of consequences of Trump’s victory is that protectionism will increase, in the US, but...

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November 2016

By Arturo Bris, Michael R. Wade

Opportunities for greatness are rare, and all notable success stories can be traced back to someone, somewhere making exactly the right move at just the right time. One of those rare moments exists...

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November 2016

By Anand Narasimhan

On his celebrated detective short story “The Purloined Letter” Edgar Allen Poe constructs an absorbing mystery out of a letter that has been hidden in plain sight. Corporate India has now been gripped...

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October 2016

By John W. Walsh

It is unfortunate companies err of the side of inertia when it comes to reviewing and changing their service offerings. Moving from free to charging for a service is fraught with risk, especially in o...

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October 2016

By Anand Narasimhan

Cyrus Mistry was just removed as Tata Sons chairman after four years on the job at India’s most vaunted industrial group. Theories abound of why Mr. Mistry was let go: poor performance; inexperience;...

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October 2016

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann

The world stands at the eleventh hour in the face of possible great peril. It is not too late. But there is an urgency for the business community to address the challenges of the trade regime and seek...

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October 2016

By Michael D. Watkins

While I think collective punishment is small and often self-defeating, I think the U.K. needs to face harsh consequences for abandoning the E.U. Why? In a word, deterrence. Brexit strikes at the heart...

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October 2016

By Stefan Michel

LinkedIn recently announced that it was entering the professional development market. Surprisingly, this news barely caused a ripple. Will 22 September 2016 go down in history as a key milestone in th...

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September 2016

By Arturo Bris

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.

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September 2016

By Jennifer Jordan

Regardless of your political bent, Trump’s unwillingness to state and stick with a policy and attitude does not bode well for the well-being of the American people. We shouldn’t tout his unpredictabil...

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September 2016

By Jennifer Jordan

Values-based leadership means that values are not just words but are translated into actions – actions including how targets are set and monitored. Targets are meant to be won or achieved. But in this...

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August 2016

By Michael R. Wade

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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July 2016

By Michael R. Wade

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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July 2016

By Michael R. Wade

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...

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July 2016

By Didier Cossin

I am quite pessimistic. It shows that there is an incredible rift between elites and the general population. I think Prime Minister David Cameron was irresponsible and put his country in a situation o...

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June 2016

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Brexit is a British/EU phenomenon, but with clear broader global implications, illustrations and lessons. As with the EC/EU failing to create a community, so globalisation has succeeded in developing ...

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June 2016

By Georges Haour

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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June 2016

By Arturo Bris

One argument that seems faulty to me is that, just as the EU creates win-win opportunities for its members, a Brexit would be bad for both Britain and the EU. I am not so sure: trade from and to the E...

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June 2016

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann

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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June 2016

By Michael R. Wade

26.2 billion! That seems like a big ticket price, but Microsoft is getting a good deal. Here are the top reasons why the acquisition makes sense for Microsoft.  First, LinkedIn is undervalued. Even...

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May 2016

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann

The 42nd Summit of the G7 held in Ise-Shima, Japan, should be its last. In fact, it should have been dissolved a long time ago. The G7 is an atavistic anomaly that serves no useful purpose in global...

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May 2016

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Nik Gowing and Chris Langdon have written an excellent, challenging report, entitled: Thinking the Unthinkable: A New Imperative for Leadership in the Digital Age. One of the key lessons is that in th...

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April 2016

By Howard H. Yu

The tech world is witnessing a turning point. Apple saw the first decline in its sales and profits in 13 years, triggering a selloff in the financial market that wiped out $43 billion of the company’s...

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April 2016

By Francisco Szekely

Mitsubishi Motors has admitted to overstating the fuel efficiency of four types of small cars sold in Japan by 5 to 10%, putting at further risk the trust of consumers in the automobile industry,...

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April 2016

By Arturo Bris

In a recent letter to JPMorgan Chase JPM 1.69 shareholders, CEO Jamie Dimon issued a warning about the Chinese economy and the potential $4 billion loss that a recession there could bring to the bank,...

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April 2016

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Watching the alarming scene of global capitalism today is akin to seeing a vehicle hurtling at full speed towards a wall and while shouting and screaming on the sidelines as the pilot remains obliviou...

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April 2016

By Arturo Bris

You might think that company executives, with their access to the best information on corporate trends, would be good at predicting stock market movements, but you would be wrong. They are terrible at...

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April 2016

By Arturo Bris

Only through a gradual, slow and cautions re-establishment of the relationships between the two Koreas will we see an improvement in the quality of life of North Koreans. A glimmer of hope has been...

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March 2016

By Tawfik Jelassi

ISIS recently launched an armed attack on the Tunisian town of Ben Gardane, near the country’s border with Libya.¦IMD Professor of Strategy and Technology Management, Tawfik Jelassi was the Tunisian...

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March 2016

By Nuno Fernandes

February's sudden slump in Chinese exports prompted IMF deputy chief David Lipton to warn that next April's projections for global growth will very likely drop below the current prediction of 3.5%. So...

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March 2016

By Howard H. Yu

Get ready for Man vs. Machine round two this week. After Google’s self-learning algorithm AlphaGo beat European champion Fan Hui by 5-0 at the game “Go,” the world’s top player Lee Se-Dol will now tak...

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March 2016

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann

On this Super Tuesday, with the probable triumph once again of Donald Trump and an ever-stronger prospect that his long march to defeat the Republican Party establishment succeeds, it is high time to...

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February 2016

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann

The substance of the outcome of the acceptance by Japanese electronics giant Sharp of a USD $4.3bn takeover bid by Taiwanese multinational Foxconn remains to be seen. Its symbolic significance however...

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February 2016

By Seán Meehan

The EU must choose between two imaginable futures. Continue as is, insisting on a vague “Ever Closer Union,” and watch member countries give up, disengage, bicker and leave, until one crisis too many...

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February 2016

By Howard H. Yu

Alphabet, the holding company of Google, just announced its 2015 fourth quarter earnings at USD $8.67 per share on revenues of USD $21.33 billion, a profit so good that it sent the company’s market...

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January 2016

By Howard H. Yu

Just a month ago, China’s state owned chemical conglomerate, ChemChina, which has USD$45.6 billion in revenues and 140,000 employees, successfully acquired Munich machine tool builder KraussMaffei for...

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January 2016

By Howard H. Yu

To industry pundits and casual observers, it came as a shock this week when Apple projected that growth for its iPhone sales would hit the slowest pace since 2007, the year of the iconic phone’s...

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January 2016

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Following the victory of the candidate of the independence-inclined Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to Taiwan’s presidency, Tsai Ing-wen, and the significant DPP majority in the Parliament, there a...

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January 2016

By William A. Fischer

The “partnership” is more important than acquiring the appliance business. If you read the announcements, Haier and GE are entering into an agreement “to cooperate globally and jointly pursue growth...

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January 2016

By Howard H. Yu

China’s National Chemical Corporation, along with some other investors, has agreed to by the German group KraussMaffei, a rubber and plastics machine manufacturer, for USD $1 billion in what is being...

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January 2016

By Tawfik Jelassi

IMD Professor Tawfik Jelassi discusses the country’s progress and challenges.

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