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2016's Most-Viewed Insights from IESE's Business Knowledge Portal


Which articles were the most popular with our readership in 2016? To celebrate the year's close, we count down 10 ideas with impact, gleaned from IESE faculty's recent research. These 10 insights have the potential to change the way you approach business management today and in the future.

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Globalization in Uncertain Times: 10 Key Takeaways

Ghemawat, Pankaj; Altman, Steven


The 2016 U.S. election results show that backlash against globalization is real. But what are the facts about globalization and what are only fears? The DHL Global Connectedness Index 2016 gathers data to paint a clear picture of international flows. Find out which countries and cities are the most globally connected in the world -- and which are slipping in the rankings.

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A New, Dynamic Way to Measure Value

Lieberman, Marvin B.; García-Castro, Roberto; Balasubramanian, N.


Shareholders are not the only ones to benefit from the value created by a firm. Employees, customers and suppliers reap rewards, too. Introducing a new tool to measure value creation dynamically, over time: the Value Creation and Appropriation (VCA) model. IESE's Roberto Garcia-Castro and co-authors discuss its practical implications for firm strategy.

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Two Laws for Global Business

Ghemawat, Pankaj


Does your firm have a global strategy? Does it account for distance (four types) and semiglobalization? The Laws of Globalization and Business Applications, the new book by Pankaj Ghemawat, lays out two evidence-backed laws that have far-reaching implications for international business.

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Shutting the Doors to Foreign Trade and Investment? At What Cost?

Schwab, Klaus; Sala i Martin, Xavier; World Economic Forum


The annual ranking is in: Switzerland, Singapore and the United States continue to reign as the world's most competitive countries. Meanwhile, The Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017 warns of a broad, 10-year decline in openness to foreign trade and investment, even before the Brexit vote is taken into account. This trend could undermine productivity and prosperity going forward.

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Sharing Economy: New Rules for New TimesPremium

Ranchordás, Sofia


In cities around the world, policymakers are struggling with the disruptive challenges of the sharing economy. Drawing on her work on innovation law and experimental rulemaking, the author suggests how businesses can engage in constructive conversations to navigate the myriad regulatory issues involved.

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The Keys of the Collaborative Business ModelPremium

Lago, Alejandro; Sieber, Sandra


A new business paradigm is taking shape. This article examines the market-access mechanisms, the resource-allocation models and the governance approaches of several well-known business models, to help practitioners and policymakers better understand the key levers of the collaborative economy.

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Setting the Wheels in Motion for Sustainable Transportation

Berrone, Pascual; Ricart, Joan Enric; Duch T-Figueras, Ana Isabel


Transportation is crucial for cities on the move, but rapid urban growth is multiplying challenges and driving up emissions along the way. How can urban environments rise to the occasion, sustainably? The book Cities and Mobility & Transportation aims to help with smart transit strategies from around the globe, as part of the "IESE Cities in Motion: International Urban Best Practices" series.

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Short-Term Gain, Long-Term Drain? Bribery and Business Strategy

Birhanu, Addis; Gambardella, Alfonso; Valentini, Giovanni


As corruption attracts increasing international scrutiny, a study coauthored by IESE's Giovanni Valentini confirms that, in Africa and Latin America, paying bribes is associated with lower levels of investment, stunting longer term growth prospects for companies. Kickbacks are also associated with a short-term vision for business. Could a change in strategy help root out corruption?

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A New Variable to Consider for Family Firms

Berrone, Pascual; Duran, Patricio; Gómez-Mejía, Luis R.; Heugens, Pursey; van Essen, Marc


Around the globe, family firms tend to be more conservative and take a longer view. New research by IESE's Pascual Berrone and co-authors doesn't disagree, but puts this behavior and strategy in context. Specifically, they develop a new variable to measure a country's "family-legitimizing environment" (FLE), which then helps predict family firms' prevalence, strategy and profitability.

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