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  Looking on the Bright Side of Financial Derivatives

Blanco, Iván; Wehrheim, David Financial derivatives got a bad name after the crisis. But research by David Wehrheim finds a silver lining: options trading is actually positively linked to firm innovation over the longer term. Here's why. Read article

  How Judicial Independence Encourages Entrepreneurship

Valentini, Giovanni; Conti, Raffaele Thinking of setting up a new business? Look beyond the usual concerns -- potential talent, tax benefits -- says IESE's Giovanni Valentini, there's another factor that could make or break your start-up: judicial independence in your chosen region. Read article

  From Margin to Center: Fostering Social Cohesion in Cities

Berrone, Pascual; Ricart, Joan Enric; Duch T-Figueras, Ana Isabel Whether living in slums or skyscrapers, all city dwellers ought to be at the center of inclusive, urban policymaking. That is one conclusion of the 2017 book, Cities and Social Cohesion: Designing More Inclusive Urban Areas, which gathers best practices from smart cities around the globe to tackle the growing problem of inequality. Read article

  A Winning Partnership

Ricart, Joan Enric The public and private sectors need each other now more than ever. Read article

  Penalty Shootouts: How to Reduce an Unfair Advantage by 74 to 85 Percent

Vandebroek, Tom; McCann, B.; Vroom, Govert More than 60 percent of the time, the team that kicks first in a penalty shootout in soccer eventually wins. But new rules can reduce that first-kick advantage by a resounding 74 to 85 percent, says a team of international researchers who devised a formal model to better understand psychological pressure at work. Read article

  And the Most Competitive Economy Is...

Schwab, Klaus; Sala i Martin, Xavier; World Economic Forum On the 10th anniversary of the global financial crisis, the WEF's ranking of global competitiveness has economies large and small battling for top marks. (Hint: the U.S., Switzerland and Singapore are all in the top three.) Read article

  7 Forces to Success in PPPs: Smart Cities via Public-Private Partnerships Premium

Berrone, Pascual; Ricart, Joan Enric; Ferradans, Hugo; Rodríguez, Miguel; Salvador, Jordi This article, based on work by IESE Cities in Motion and PPP for Cities, outlines what businesses can bring to public-private partnerships. The authors explore the types of partnerships available as well as break down the seven forces for success in today's PPPs. Read article

  Public-Private Partnerships for Smart Cities: Sharing Good Practices

Ricart, Joan Enric; Trillas, Francesc; Rodríguez Planas, Miquel; Salvador, Jordi; Ferradans, Hugo; Fageda, Xavier; Navarro, Josep By mid-century, more than two out of every three people are expected to live in cities. To accommodate urban growth in smarter, more sustainable cities, experts look to public-private partnerships (PPPs) -- as seen in successful cases from Cairo to Barcelona. Read article

  Geopolitics: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

Rosenberg, Mike Blindsided by Brexit or Trump? Is your organization proactively planning for the next geopolitical developments? In his latest book, Strategy and Geopolitics, professor Mike Rosenberg offers senior management a framework for getting a better handle on what might come next in tumultuous times. Read article

  Time to Rethink Strategy

Mol, Michael J.; Stadler, Christian; Ariño, Africa When seeking to expand business into new international environments, companies often bring their own prescriptive ideas of best-practice strategy. But research on Africa calls the usefulness of existing management theories into question. Read article
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