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By Seán Meehan - 20/02/2015
Sir Matthew Pinsent is one of the most successful Olympic athletes of all time. Here he speaks about his career and the lessons it might contain for senior executives seeking to take their own performance to the next level.
By Misiek Piskorski - 20/02/2015
There are many reasons China outdoes the rest of the world in online use. A lot of them are related to what is happening in the offline world there.
By Didier Cossin,Estelle Métayer - 13/02/2015
Boards have become essential to companies' strategic success. Unfortunately, most boards are confused about their strategic role and are failing to add value in this area.
By Jean-Pierre Lehmann - 13/02/2015
There is no such thing as common Asian values, a uniform Asian paradigm or a collective Asian dynamic. Asians should decrease intellectual dependence on the West.
By Joachim Schwass - 06/02/2015
Our new research shows that a strong brand based on family identity can reduce and contain the unique forces that threaten to pull a family firm in different directions.
By Carlos A. Primo Braga - 06/02/2015
We will not witness a global recession this year, but the situation today is even more fluid than it was in 2012. The basic message is "buckle-up," because it is going to be an interesting ride.
By Cyril Bouquet - 30/01/2015
How can the Swiss post office face its challenges before it is forced to take drastic action?
By Aileen Ionescu-Somers - 30/01/2015
Developing new drugs for diseases like Ebola and Malaria is expensive and the return on investment is low for pharmaceutical companies. Is there a cure?
By Carlos Cordon,Pablo Caballero,Teresa Ferreiro - 23/01/2015
The digital revolution is transforming supply chains. What should your business do to keep up?
By Seán Meehan - 22/01/2015
Progress depends on senior executives fighting and breaking through the natural tendency to become comfortable and complacent. It requires a personal transformation from Corporate "NIMBY" to Management Progressive, pursuing continuous and motivating discrete transformational agendas.
By Bill Fischer - 16/01/2015
Becoming more innovative in 2015
By Nuno Fernandes - 16/01/2015
There will be lots of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in 2015. But will they create value or destroy it?
By Stefan Michel - 09/01/2015
Switzerland's international competition is playing on the same field but has lower costs. That means Swiss companies have to be superior marketers.
By Nuno Fernandes - 09/01/2015
Will Europe's leaders finally get their act together in 2015 and help the continent to grow again? Or are we in for another 12 months of economic failure?
By Carlos A. Primo Braga - 18/12/2014
Crude oil has fallen below $60 per barrel. This has the potential to shake up the world economic order.
By Michael D. Watkins - 18/12/2014
Successful business leaders go through seven major, or seismic, shifts in moving from functional to business leadership. This article focuses on the last of these: the switch from "supporting cast" to "lead role."
By Arturo Bris,Thomas D. Meyer - 15/12/2014
Intangible and "soft" factors can be more powerful than narrow financial indicators in explaining why some companies grow more than others, according to a new study from the IMD World Competitiveness Center and Accenture.
By Francisco Szekely,Zahir Dossa - 11/12/2014
What is the best approach for companies embarking on the sustainability journey? Does growth matter for such firms, and what are the social implications if they shrink? How can they expand and contract and remain sustainable?
By Dominique Turpin - 11/12/2014
IMD President Dominique Turpin, who shares strong ties with Japan, takes a hard look at his adopted country
By Michael D. Watkins - 05/12/2014
Successful business leaders go through seven major, or seismic, shifts in moving from functional to business leadership. This article focuses on the sixth of these: the switch from "warrior" to "diplomat".
By George Kohlrieser - 05/12/2014
Leadership means never being a hostage to anyone, anything, anywhere, at any time, even to yourself. Leaders who are "psychological hostages" will not achieve their highest levels of performance and cannot lead and inspire others effectively in the organizati
By Stefan Michel - 27/11/2014
B2B companies wanting to charge a price premium generally have to show the customer that their product or service generates economic benefits despite the higher price. Here are three different ways they can do so.
By Francisco Szekely,Zahir Dossa - 27/11/2014
Few companies address the social side of sustainability. This is unfortunate, because organizations can create and redistribute real value by making their value chains more socially sustainable.
By Robert Hooijberg,Dan Denison,John Antonakis - 20/11/2014
In executive education, it is much more fun for both participants and professors to focus on developing an inspirational vision and strategy rather than making difficult instrumental decisions.
By Michael D. Watkins - 20/11/2014
Successful business leaders go through seven major, or seismic, shifts in moving from functional to business leadership. This article focuses on the fifth of these: the switch from "problem-solver" to "agenda-setter".
By Bouquet Cyril - 20/11/2014
France's national postal company reinvented itself thanks to a successful strategic transformation.
By Dominique Turpin - 13/11/2014
The Chinese brand breakthrough is coming. And it will come sooner rather than later, for two reasons.
By Ralf Boscheck - 07/11/2014
The conversation over what the energy mix of the future should look like culminates with a resounding call for renewable energy. But how can it be achieved?
By Cyril Bouquet - 06/11/2014
How can your organization bring out the innovation that your teams are capable of?
By Charles Dhanaraj,James Henderson - 30/10/2014
Business partnerships are on the rise but a large proportion of them fail. Companies can increase their chances of success by following five steps.
By Michael D. Watkins - 30/10/2014
Successful business leaders go through seven major, or seismic, shifts in moving from functional to business leadership. This article focuses on the fourth of these: the switch from "bricklayer" to "architect."
By Benoit Leleux,Anne-Catrin Glemser - 30/10/2014
One family has steered Ayala Corporation, one of the Philippines' oldest and most successful conglomerates, through the ups and downs of an emerging market for over 180 years.
By Carlos A. Primo Braga - 23/10/2014
The chemistry of increasing financial volatility, unusually low interest rates, and growing geopolitical tensions suggests that even if a disaster is avoided, 2014 will be a year to remember.
By Bill Fischer,William A. Fischer II - 23/10/2014
One reason why it has been so difficult to tackle the Ebola crisis is fear, which prevents healthcare workers from grappling effectively with the situation. Fear can hobble any organization, rendering it unable to respond to a fast-changing situation.
By Stewart Black,Allen Morrison - 16/10/2014
Many Japanese multinationals have failed to globalize since the mid-1990s, mainly because they didn't globalize their leaders. We see worrying signs today that big companies from the BRICs and South Korea are repeating these mistakes.
By Michael D. Watkins - 16/10/2014
Successful business leaders go through seven major, or seismic, shifts in moving from functional to business leadership. This article focuses on the third of these: the switch from "tactician" to "strategist."
By Ralf W. Seifert,Isik Biçer - 10/10/2014
Matching innovative products with the right supply chains is very difficult. We suggest that companies could follow a dual strategy that exploits both the cost advantage of efficient resources and the agility of reactive resources.
By Francisco Szekely,Zahir Dossa - 09/10/2014
What precisely does it mean for an organization to become "sustainable"? This second article in a two-part series addresses broader societal aspects of sustainability.
By Francisco Szekely,Zahir Dossa - 02/10/2014
What precisely does it mean for an organization to become "sustainable," and how did this trend start? Part one of a two-part series.
By Michael D. Watkins - 02/10/2014
Successful business leaders go through seven major, or seismic, shifts in moving from functional to business leadership. This article focuses on the second of these: the switch from "analyst" to "integrator."
By Nuno Fernandes - 25/09/2014
Business schools urgently need to put finance in a broader context and to start educating a new generation of more financially literate executives, but very few are doing so. This means far too many managers are still frighteningly unaware of the financial consequences of their decisions.
By Thomas Malnight,Tracey Keys - 25/09/2014
The opportunities available to Indian companies have never been greater. How these firms navigate them has major implications for their future and also for the entire shape of global competition.
By Michael D. Watkins - 18/09/2014
Successful business leaders go through seven major, or seismic, shifts in moving from functional to general management. This article focuses on the first of these: the switch from "specialist" to "generalist."
By Misiek Piskorski - 18/09/2014
Employed job seekers face the challenge of having to stay discreet or risk problems at their current place of work. LinkedIn offers a solution.
By Joachim Schwass - 18/09/2014
It's an incredible personal dilemma for an entrepreneur: the creation of a business requires them to be in control 24/7, but its continuity requires them to relinquish some power.
By Nuno Fernandes - 11/09/2014
The European Central Bank has done too little too late to boost the struggling European economy.
By Cyril Bouquet,Chloé Renault - 11/09/2014
By clinging to old business models, industry leaders risk being overtaken by innovative competitors
By Jean-Pierre Lehmann - 04/09/2014
The outlook in Asia is currently bleak but there are a few pockets of hope, observes Jean-Pierre Lehmann.
By Bettina Buechel - 04/09/2014
Have you ever wondered how far your stuff traveled to get to you? IMD explores Pak Lino's vision for exporting through Indonesia's largest port.
By Bettina Buechel - 04/09/2014
In being innovative with telecom, Indosat is showing how mobile financial services present a new way to provide value and convenience to customers.