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Grandeza versus mediocridad 

Date: 16/06/2017 Author(s): Álvarez de Mon, Santiago Document type: Opinion ¿Cuánta agua tiene el vaso? La que cada uno decida. Si queremos verlo medio vacío, así será, igual que si optamos por verlo medio lleno. ¿Cuántas veces reparamos en nuestras carencias y cuántas en lo que tenemos? Sobre estos dilemas que nos llevan a pensar en términos de abundancia o de escasez, la semana pasada ha sido pródiga en ejemplos. Mientras ... More information  

IESE Insight. Issue 33. Second Quarter 2016  Premium

Date: 16/06/2017 Author(s): IESE Insight Document type: Review From infrastructure changes to emerging business models to cybersecurity, this dossier is your survival guide. Marc Sachon explains Industry 4.0 and its implications, so that companies can move to protect their value chains and find new opportunities for growth. Javier Zamora presents a framework to help businesses tap connected data and pinpoint the ... More information  

A Law Against Multitasking 

Date: 16/06/2017 Author(s): Ribera, Jaume Document type: Opinion Little's Law, along with other useful "lean" operations methods and tools, is more applicable to our daily lives than we may think. And as with any law, it's important that we heed it. More information  

The Only Way Is Up  Premium

Date: 16/06/2017 Author(s): IESE Insight Document type: Non-refereed article Never has the phrase "blue-sky thinking" been more apt than for the design and construction of the Burj Khalifa, which, seven years since its opening, still holds the title as the world's tallest building. Besides the lessons for innovation and collaboration on a project of this scale, the Burj Khalifa must also be viewed as part of a bigger trend ... More information  

Etnia: Time to Bet on 3-D Printing? 

Date: 16/06/2017 Author(s): IESE Insight Collaborator(s): Doering, Wolfgang; Hernández, Miguel A.; Mercier, Laurent Document type: Non-refereed article Wolfgang Doering (Elix Polymers), Miguel A. Hernandez (AF-Mercados EMI) and Laurent Mercier (Eurofragance) debate whether now is the time to abandon current production plans and bet on a promising technology. More information  

Multiple Paths to Value: Test Two, Choose One  Premium

Date: 16/06/2017 Author(s): Gans, Joshua S.; Stern, Scott Document type: Non-refereed article You have an idea for a new business, but there are multiple paths to create and capture value. To choose a path, you have to experiment, but experiments are costly and require at least a partial commitment, which consequently alters the nature of the path, precludes other paths, or worse, takes you down a path of no return. This article describes this ... More information   Read related article

Objectives Are SMART, Missions Are WISE  Premium

Date: 16/06/2017 Author(s): Rey, Carlos; Chinchilla, Nuria; Pitta, Nuno Document type: Non-refereed article Far from staying at the corporate level, missions are increasingly playing a cross-organizational role in companies. Entire divisions, teams and individual workers are setting their own missions across a growing number of firms. Welcome to management by missions (MBM), in which objectives stop being an end in and of themselves and are put to the service ... More information   Read related article

Tips to Prevent, Detect & Respond to Cyberattacks  Premium

Date: 16/06/2017 Author(s): Padilla, Elmar Document type: Non-refereed article This article describes the various ways that industrial firmware can be compromised. The author recommends how companies can defend themselves against cyberattacks, based on the latest research conducted by the research institute Fraunhofer (FKIE). How aware is your organization of the issues at stake? What is your senior management team doing to address ... More information   Read related article

Programming Business Models Through Digital Density  Premium

Date: 16/06/2017 Author(s): Zamora, Javier Document type: Non-refereed article The exponential growth of digital connections and data generates myriad interactions between organizations, people and things that executives can leverage to enhance their current business models or create entirely new ones. But how best to harness the power of this digital density? This article presents a framework to help senior executives tap connected ... More information   Read related article

5 Building Blocks for Cyber-Physical Value Chains  Premium

Date: 16/06/2017 Author(s): Sachon, Marc Document type: Non-refereed article The digitalization that has disrupted services is set to do the same in industry, and manufacturing in particular. With supply chains operating at their limits amid a growing list of global challenges, new approaches are required to save time, improve efficiency and gain flexibility to survive in volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) times. ... More information   Read related article
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