Tomorrow's Challenges

Thought leadership articles on business issues faced by leaders and executives across industries.

Governance

Jebsen & Jessen Family Enterprise: Masters of entrepreneurial partnerships

By Benoit F. Leleux - 20/01/2017

Receiving one of the most prestigious accolades for "excellence in family business" was a memorable moment for Hans Michael Jebsen and Heinrich Jessen – the two principal shareholders of Jebsen & Jess ...

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Economics

Talent competitiveness and leadership quality

By Arturo Bris - 18/01/2017

Public policies can strongly influence the quality of leadership capabilities and competencies available in a particular country. For example, policies that increase education expenditure, personal ...

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Strategy, Team-Leadership

Embrace digital - make your strategy process more engaging!

By Knut Haanaes - 13/01/2017

A few years back I was involved in an exercise where we observed the strategy processes of a large set of leading global firms. These were all companies you would expect to be exceptionally good at ...

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Governance, Political Economy

From the American challenge to the Chinese challenge?

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann - 23/12/2016

Next year, 2017, may go down in the annals of history as Year One of the new global order – or, perhaps more accurately, of the new global disorder. The US on the sidelines? The moment that best ...

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Economics, Finance

Why you will probably live longer than most big companies

By Stéphane Garelli - 23/12/2016

The tribulations of Blackberry, Yahoo or Twitter remind us that companies can and do disappear. The large companies of today are not the same as the ones of yesterday. The process of creative destruct ...

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Innovation, Economics

In mobile social networks China’s WeChat shows the way forward for Facebook

By Howard H. Yu - 16/12/2016

Facebook recently launched a new “Instant Games” platform as part of its Messenger app. Instead of downloading yet another game from Apple iTunes or Google Play, users can now play games directly thro ...

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Economics, Innovation

Digital Disruption – Beware of the success trap

By Knut Haanaes, Martin Reeves - 16/12/2016

The hardest type of corporate renewal, by far, is that of transforming the successful firm. Despite the fact that we live in times of fast change and frequent competitive and technological disruption, ...

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Marketing, Operations

Is personalized pricing fair?

By Stefan Michel - 09/12/2016

In Switzerland, one of the country’s largest grocery retailers has recently rolled out personalized discounts based on shopping data collected from customer reward cards. The move has been met with a ...

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Strategy, Innovation

The death of strategy

By William A. Fischer - 09/12/2016

In a world of never-ending change, it’s either one or the other; we can no longer count on having both. As innovation accelerates its assault on what we formerly referred to as “our planning process,” ...

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Governance, Political Economy

Central Asia: the Great Game in the new global disorder of the 21st century

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann - 09/12/2016

The Great Game was the term coined in the 19 th century popularized in the 1901 novel Kim by Rudyard Kipling, to describe the rivalry between the British and Russian Empires over Afghanistan that ...

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Interpersonal Leadership, Team-Leadership

Seven transitions good leaders must make

By Michael D. Watkins - 07/12/2016

There's no doubting the significant transitions that leaders go through in taking new roles. And the most challenging transitions occur in moving from being a functional leader to being a general ...

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Sustainability, Strategy

Part 2: What can businesses do if globalization unravels?

By Stéphane J. G. Girod - 02/12/2016

As we discovered in Part 1, globalization may be reaching a tipping point and could be beginning to reverse. Although we live in a semi-globalized world, if the level of globalization we have achieved ...

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Interpersonal Leadership, Self-Leadership

Why Tata’s fallen Mistry recalls the legacy of Coke’s Douglas Ivester

By Amit Shankar Mukherjee - 24/11/2016

In his letter to the Board challenging his dismissal, Cyrus Mistry, the erstwhile Chairman of India’s Tata Group, wrote, “To ‘replace’ your Chairman … in a summary manner must be unique in the annals ...

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Finance, Innovation

FinTech done right

By Nuno Fernandes - 24/11/2016

Financial technology (FinTech) is hot. Once a highly regulated industry dominated by large banks, FinTech companies around the world are impacting all areas of financial services. Many industry ...

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Strategy, Sustainability

Part 1: The end of globalization?

By Stéphane J. G. Girod - 18/11/2016

Globalization is an ongoing process in which the world appears to be converging economically due to the greater interdependence that the movements of capital, goods, services and people across borders ...

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Economics, Political Economy

Why are companies setting up shop in the most expensive country in the world?

By Arturo Bris - 15/11/2016

Without a doubt, Switzerland has been one of the most successful economies over the past several decades. It sits atop most international rankings in terms of productivity, innovation capacity, life ...

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Human Resources, Interpersonal Leadership

How Hong Kong Broadband Network invested in its people to get to the top

By Shlomo Ben-Hur, Ivy Buche - 14/11/2016

In just ten years, Hong Kong Broadband Network has evolved from being a new entrant to becoming the second-largest broadband operator in Hong Kong. After a public listing in 2015, it set its sights on ...

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Human Resources, Interpersonal Leadership

How to prepare leaders for a VUCA world

By Amit Shankar Mukherjee - 11/11/2016

Suppose a multinational company needs an executive to lead its entry into a country that could experience spectacularly strong economic growth, but could also falter. The market has rough-and-tumble ...

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Marketing, Strategy

Seven trends that will affect the future of marketing

By Dominique Turpin - 04/11/2016

At the recent Chief Marketing Officer Roundtable at IMD, I was asked what I think will define the future of marketing. Trying to predict the future is always a risky thing to do; most of us are terrib ...

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Sustainability, Strategy

Why all businesses should embrace sustainability

By Knut Haanaes - 04/11/2016

Sustainability is becoming more important for all companies, across all industries. 62% of executives consider a sustainability strategy necessary to be competitive today, and another 22% think it wil ...

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Innovation, Team-Leadership

Google vs Amazon: How a strong CEO boosts innovation

By Howard H. Yu - 28/10/2016

Recently, Google’s parent company,  Alphabet  Inc., unveiled  Home —its answer to Amazon Echo— making it a player in the growing market of devices connecting the homes of millions. According to estima ...

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Political Economy, Economics

Are we on the brink of war?

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann - 28/10/2016

There are many signs that the "post-war" period after World War II has finally come to an end and that we are now in a pre-war era. Many of the factors that define the times were present before many o ...

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Finance, Sustainability

From triple towards one bottom-line

By Paul Strebel - 21/10/2016

At the 2016 Annual General Meetings of Exxon and Chevron, institutional investors forced a vote on whether the companies should release detailed climate impact reports, adopt greenhouse gas emission ...

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Organizational Design, Interpersonal Leadership

Execs: Not getting enough sleep is nothing to brag about

By Jayanth Narayanan - 14/10/2016

I have often heard executives boast to each other how little sleep they get. People wear their ability to function on very little sleep as a badge of honor. Yet, evidence from sleep research shows it ...

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Self-Leadership, Interpersonal Leadership

The impact of coaching in executive education

By Mark Skinner - 14/10/2016

As a coach and facilitator working with some premier European business schools at the beginning of this millennium, it was always pleasantly surprising to meet other coaches pioneering their ...

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Governance, Marketing

Bringing the family back into the business

By Joachim Schwass, Anne-Catrin Glemser - 07/10/2016

Surprisingly, most family businesses do not see the value in communicating about their history, their values and their long-term vision as owners of a company. Of course, it is easier not to put the ...

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Self-Leadership, Interpersonal Leadership

To get more feedback, act more coachable

By Jean-François Manzoni - 07/10/2016

It’s hard to say who dreads critical feedback more: the manager giving it or the person receiving it. As the receiver, it can be uncomfortable and stressful to hear that you’re not performing well. An ...

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Innovation, Strategy

Which business models are most affected by digital?

By Knut Haanaes - 30/09/2016

In most industries, the competitive landscape is rapidly changing and as a result, companies speed through their life-cycles at an unprecedented pace (actually twice as fast as 20 years ago, according ...

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Operations, Strategy

For supply chains, faster is not always better

By Carlos Cordon - 30/09/2016

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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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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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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Strategy, Economics

Is Africa the land of business opportunity or pain?

By Leif M. 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, Information Technology

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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Communication, 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 Dominique Turpin, Anand Narasimhan, Margaret Cording - 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, Information Technology

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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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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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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Political Economy, Economics

Defining China: A rising, fragile global power

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann - 20/07/2016

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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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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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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Interpersonal Leadership, Self-Leadership

5 Leadership styles in a nutshell

By George Kohlrieser - 29/06/2016

Daniel Goleman’s work on leadership styles is well-known, and I introduce them in my High Performance Leadership Program for Senior Executives and my online based program Learning Leadership . Here is ...

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Sustainability, Operations

Five capabilities for a greener supply chain

By Ralf W. Seifert - 29/06/2016

As concerns over sustainability rise, corporations are extending their efforts to improve their environmental performance. For more than a decade, standards such as the ISO 14000 series request action ...

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Team-Leadership, Self-Leadership

Boosting immunity to team conflict

By Ginka Toegel, Jean-Louis Barsoux - 24/06/2016

Team conflict can add value or destroy it. Good conflict fosters respectful debate and yields mutually agreed-upon solutions that are often far superior to those first offered. Bad conflict occurs whe ...

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Interpersonal Leadership, Self-Leadership

What do your words say?

By George Kohlrieser - 24/06/2016

Words have saved my life and the lives of others on more than one occasion. As a hostage negotiator, words are the most essential thing you have to face a weapon . Words – whether a question or a ...

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Strategy, Finance

Beware of activist investors?

By Nuno Fernandes - 16/06/2016

Activist investors are relatively new – but very influential – players in international capital markets. Activist investors are shareholders at publicly traded companies who attempt to affect change i ...

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Team-Leadership, Strategy

Reshaping the team you inherit

By Michael D. Watkins - 16/06/2016

Most newly appointed leaders have limited familiarity with their teams at the outset and can’t swap in new people to help grow or transform the business. In this case it is extremely important to figu ...

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Information Technology, Innovation

The only two things that matter for digital companies in China

By Michael R. Wade - 10/06/2016

I recently spent a week visiting companies in China, trying to learn as much as I could about digital transformation and trends in that country. I suspected that there were major differences between h ...

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Human Resources, Team-Leadership

The missing piece in changing employee behavior

By Shlomo Ben-Hur, Nik Kinley - 10/06/2016

“I put a dollar in one of those change machines. Nothing changed.” George Carlin (American comedian) Though it is hardly ever listed in job descriptions, changing employees’ behavior is an important p ...

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Sustainability, Ethics

San Patrignango and the social dimension of sustainability, a systems approach

By Francisco Szekely - 01/06/2016

Sustainability initiatives often fall short of their desired objective. While previous discussions have cited faults within an organization and/or the process it commits to when pursuing sustainabilit ...

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Innovation, Information Technology

The digital business agility imperative

By Michael R. Wade, Andrew Tarling - 01/06/2016

Digital disruption has the potential to overturn incumbents and reshape markets faster than at any time in history. Many companies will benefit enormously from digitization. Others will not. The real ...

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Economics, Finance

Are the rich just getting richer?

By Arturo Bris - 25/05/2016

The launch of the IMD World Competitiveness Ranking is right around the corner. Every year it uses a wealth of economic and scientific hard data as well as robust surveys of business executives around ...

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Organizational Design, Innovation

The three leadership skills to take your business digital

By Carlos Cordon - 18/05/2016

It would often seem that to succeed in the digital world, you need to be a young manager in a startup born with digital DNA, like Alibaba , Uber or Google . This is not the case. Research I have ...

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Innovation, Information Technology

What is a Smart City anyways?

By Michael R. Wade - 11/05/2016

The term “Smart City” has lately become a buzzword for anyone involved in governing a city, yet it remains opaque and relatively ill-defined. Currently, the term is used as a catch-all for various ...

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Strategy, Innovation

Four scenarios to stress test your strategy

By Michael R. Wade - 11/05/2016

Change has been relentless since the turn of the millennium, and the pace of change is only expected to accelerate as we move into the next decade. Several factors are contributing to this acceleratio ...

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Interpersonal Leadership, Self-Leadership

The right leadership mix to transform organizations

By Robert Hooijberg, Nancy Lane - 04/05/2016

What CEO or board member doesn’t dream of transforming their company? Of course the nuts and bolts of changing an organization from top to bottom are more than daunting. But it makes a huge difference ...

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Self-Leadership, Interpersonal Leadership

Don’t fall into a leadership rut

By Ginka Toegel - 28/04/2016

As a leader, your career may have been a bumpy ride so far but you have shown you have what it takes to rise to the top. But if you think you’re done learning, think again. Once executives arrive at a ...

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Interpersonal Leadership, Self-Leadership

Top leadership qualities in today’s unpredictable world

By Dominique Turpin - 28/04/2016

For the foreseeable future, the world won’t be a stable or predictable place like it used to be. Think about the countries which were touted a few years ago as the future of growth for global business ...

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Human Resources, Organizational Design

Attracting the right talent isn’t just about the money

By Howard H. Yu - 20/04/2016

It appears that companies operate in two economic realities. In the battle for talent, organizations sometimes feel they have little choice but to make the highest bid to attract the best candidates. ...

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Innovation, Strategy

How HQs can actually add value

By Cyril Bouquet, Jean-Louis Barsoux - 20/04/2016

Executives often mock the contribution of head offices to their subsidiaries. And rightly so. Head offices remain bastions of conservatism, advocating innovation everywhere but at HQ. To add real valu ...

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Innovation, Strategy

The red envelope war

By Michael R. Wade, Jialu Shan - 13/04/2016

In a tradition spanning more than 500 years, Chinese people have been giving each other money in red envelopes, called hongbao , as part of the annual New Year celebrations. These hongbao have now bec ...

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Innovation, Strategy

We are failing at failing

By William A. Fischer - 13/04/2016

We don’t fail enough; we need to fail faster, fail bigger, fail more often; convince our leaders that failure is acceptable. It’s almost as if we are saying that: “if only we were more accomplished ...

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Strategy, Information Technology

What have digital and social media done to your strategy?

By Mikolaj Jan Piskorski, Carlos Cordon - 06/04/2016

Firms today are beginning to understand the importance of social and digital media to their corporate strategies. They have struggled to survive during a period that has greatly threatened their busin ...

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Political Economy, Finance

Cash rich and investment poor?

By Stéphane Garelli - 06/04/2016

Greenwich, Connecticut, is one of the wealthiest communities in the US. There, money earned on Wall Street is spent on lavish houses and luxury cars. But mansions are connected to the electricity and ...

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Interpersonal Leadership, Innovation

How to lead in high turbulence

By Tawfik Jelassi - 30/03/2016

What would you do if you were offered a new job and were told you would be fired after one year but you weren’t allowed to quit during your mandate? That you would be paid peanuts compared to your old ...

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Finance, Economics

Why new policy shifts and corporate direction is needed in china

By Winter Nie - 30/03/2016

It is increasingly clear that China’s “new normal” presents dramatic opportunities and challenges. It follows that senior executives at multinationals working in China as well as policy planners in ...

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Innovation, Strategy

The battle for digital disruption: startups vs incumbents

By Michael R. Wade, Jialu Shan - 23/03/2016

The Global Center for Digital Business Transformation , an IMD and Cisco initiative, surveyed nearly 1000 executives across 15 industries about their attitudes and behaviors towards digital disruption ...

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Strategy, Interpersonal Leadership

Global contenders from China: What are their challenges?

By Balaji S. Chakravarthy, David Yau - 23/03/2016

Nearly a third of the companies that make it onto Boston Consulting Group’s annual list of 100 global contenders to watch are from China; hardly a surprising result, given the speed with which that ...

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Human Resources, Interpersonal Leadership

Where are women leaders today?

By Ginka Toegel - 23/03/2016

More than 35 years have passed since Iceland’s Vigdis Finnbogadottir became the world’s first directly elected female head of state. The fact that she was re-elected three times before retiring in 199 ...

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Human Resources, Interpersonal Leadership

See colleagues as they are, not as they were

By Duncan Coombe - 16/03/2016

Is there a colleague with whom you have a strained working relationship? If, by chance, you are some kind of work superhero who just answered “no” to that question, is there at least someone with whom ...

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Interpersonal Leadership, Strategy

China: Slowing at home but expanding abroad

By Philip Rosenzweig - 16/03/2016

Despite recent news about China’s slowing growth and tumbling stock markets, the country’s enterprises have also been expanding abroad, both through direct investment and acquisitions. The recent ...

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Human Resources, Team-Leadership

The seven biggest traps in the first 90 days…and how to avoid them

By Michael D. Watkins - 09/03/2016

My research shows that leaders who derail or under-perform in their new roles fall into common traps in their First 90 Days. Have you fallen into any of these traps? Have you seen others do so? Trap # ...

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Human Resources, Interpersonal Leadership

Do you have the right implementation team?

By Marco Mancesti - 09/03/2016

So, you’ve got a great idea, the funding is in the bag, and your business model has been well crafted. Success is guaranteed, right? Wrong! According to research by serial entrepreneur Bill Gross, whi ...

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Innovation, Strategy

Beyond the beautiful

By Howard H. Yu - 02/03/2016

In June 2000 Procter & Gamble was in free fall. It had long suffered lackluster performance during the 1990s, followed by a 20% plunge in its share price after investors refused to back its bid for dr ...

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Sustainability, Innovation

Emerging markets’ approach to corporate sustainability

By Francisco Szekely, Victoria Kemanian - 02/03/2016

As explored in the first article of this series, businesses in emerging markets have made quick strides in the field of sustainability by rapidly adopting mainstream practices and even pushing the ...

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Economics, Interpersonal Leadership

Where’s the best country to start a company?

By Arturo Bris - 25/02/2016

Imagine that you could open a business anywhere in the world. Where would you choose? Before you decide, consider these facts: The BRICS have not lived up to their potential - the Shanghai stock marke ...

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Marketing, Information Technology

Four keys to marketing in the digital era

By Dominique Turpin - 25/02/2016

In today’s digital era, consumers have a completely different journey than they used to. What we marketers call the ‘marketing funnel’, where at the top consumers become aware of the product through ...

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Sustainability, Innovation

Sustainability leaders in emerging markets

By Francisco Szekely, Victoria Kemanian - 25/02/2016

Leading domestic firms in emerging markets are advancing the global debate on corporate sustainability by coming up with innovative programs and initiatives that question and reinvent traditional ...

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Innovation, Strategy

Global differences in the digital vortex

By Michael R. Wade, Jialu Shan - 19/02/2016

Digital disruption is a global phenomenon, but that does not mean that it is evenly distributed across the globe. The Global Center for Digital Business Transformation , an IMD and Cisco initiative ...

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Innovation, Economics

Why China is on the way to being a global innovator

By Georges Haour - 16/02/2016

As part of the transformation of the Chinese economy, attested by many elements of the recent news, China is fast transitioning from low cost manufacturing to a higher value innovation-led economy. ...

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Strategy, Governance

When less is more at your organization

By Bettina Büchel - 16/02/2016

Every business wants to improve employee productivity: that’s certain. What is less clear is how often management practices are examined in order to achieve that improvement, and simultaneously reduce ...

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Human Resources, Interpersonal Leadership

Why you shouldn’t be too nice to your new hires

By Michael D. Watkins - 09/02/2016

While speaking recently at an HR forum in Denmark, I learned a Danish word that perfectly captures a common trap that companies fall into when they onboard new hires: bjørnetjenste. The term can be ...

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Innovation, Strategy

How a best-selling author crowdsourced and broke every rule in the book

By Howard H. Yu - 09/02/2016

The idea of crowdsourcing, a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use both external and internal ideas, is nothing new in technology-driven companies. Pharmaceutical firms, defense system ...

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Finance, Economics

China’s “new normal”

By Winter Nie - 09/02/2016

With more news from markets in China, the world seems to be waiting for doom and gloom. And it isn’t the first time. When the Shanghai stock exchange index went into a precipitous dive last summer, ...

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Interpersonal Leadership, Human Resources

What top executives can learn from designers

By Shlomo Ben-Hur, Jean-Louis Barsoux, Joseph Press - 02/02/2016

Leaders at every level of an organization need to mobilize their teams, whether it is a top management team or a front-line sales force. But traditional leadership principles of hierarchy and control ...

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Political Economy, Economics

Moving Asia beyond GDP-ism

By Jean-Pierre Lehmann - 02/02/2016

The planet is adrift and in a mess. After a year like 2015, this would seem a pretty incontestable statement. For one thing, humanity appears increasingly less human - whether in terms of how we treat ...

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Governance, Strategy

How crowdsourcing can make products better, cheaper and faster

By Howard H. Yu - 28/01/2016

It might sound foolish for an organization or company to outsource highly important projects, especially ones that are related to national security or matters at the heart of a business. But channeled ...

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Finance, Interpersonal Leadership

Dead unicorns on the horizon

By Nuno Fernandes - 28/01/2016

Just as in the Game of Thrones series, the “winter is coming”, and with it, so are huge risks to investors and employees of the so called unicorns. Unicorns are broadly defined as start-ups worth $1 ...

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Finance, Economics

Is China triggering a global crisis?

By Nuno Fernandes - 21/01/2016

The recent steep slides on global stock markets have been a long time in the making. As early as two years ago, it was becoming obvious that in addition to the contraction of global demand, as well as ...

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Innovation

Innovation lessons from Coca Cola

By Cyril Bouquet - 21/01/2016

In the popular imagination, the phrase “disruptive innovation” is so closely linked with Silicon Valley that it’s tempting to think non-IT companies have stood still since the 1990s. Some people tell ...

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Marketing

3 ways to engage your customers to improve your products and services

By Dominique Turpin - 21/01/2016

In the old days marketing gurus used to say that the customer is king. Those days are over. The customer is now god. With online platforms making it easier and easier for consumers to communicate thei ...

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Operations, Strategy

New Markets, New Customers and New Supply Chain Problems

By Ralf W. Seifert, Philipp U. Moser - 14/01/2016

Micro marketing, social media and big data are powerful tools in identifying new consumer segments and capturing new market trends. Used well, this information can help companies optimize product ...

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Organizational Design, Strategy

The trouble with being SMART

By Amit Shankar Mukherjee - 14/01/2016

2016 is here. Worldwide, managers are setting SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely) goals, expecting these to make this ‘the year’ to revitalize or transform their businesses ...

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Finance, Economics

Game of unknowns for business in 2016

By Nuno Fernandes - 07/01/2016

As Game of Thrones fans know, “winter is coming” in the new episodes slated for 2016, and with it a season of uncertainty. The outlook for the show’s Seven Kingdoms of Westeros is very similar to that ...

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Economics

Don’t settle for just any MBA…

By Ralf Boscheck - 29/05/2015

Running an MBA program comes with its share of challenges. But the biggest among them seem to be in coming to grips with shifting MBA market dynamics and going against preconceived notions. With the ...

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Strategy, Interpersonal Leadership

Is VUCA the end of strategy and leadership?

By Marco Mancesti - 18/03/2015

We’ve all been in meetings during which two parties were arguing about whether they should spend their time discussing strategy or focus on organizing immediate action. This kind of debate is likely t ...

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