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  Preventing Free-riding: How to Run a Tight Multiparty Alliance

Fonti, Fabio; Maoret, Massimo; Whitbred, Robert To tackle a fundamental technological problem and innovate, it often makes sense to work together with other firms or organizations, be they private or public. But when many collaborate, preventing free-riding is an issue. IESE's Massimo Maoret looks at alliance free-riders and what levers might induce more effort. Read article

  A Global Survival Guide

Rosenberg, Mike Brexit, Donald Trump, and the rise of protectionist -- even xenophobic -- political movements in other industrialized democracies raise questions about the state of globalization today. So how should we deal with the complexity of global strategy going forward? Read article

  A Roadmap for Succession in Family Businesses

Pueyo, R.; Tàpies, Josep; Anitua, Javier; Goenaga, Pedro CEO succession is a decisive moment for any family business, yet many firms remain unprepared. That is according to a report, featuring the collaboration of IESE's Josep Tàpies, with a survey of Spanish firms and a roadmap for succession in six steps. Read article

  3 Keys to Shockproof Your Global Supply Chain Premium

Rosenberg, Mike Despite growing tensions in the world, management teams don't seem to pay sufficient attention to geopolitical threats. The author suggests some practical actions that readers can take to anticipate and prepare for change, thereby reducing their supply chain's exposure to geopolitical shocks. Read article

  Globalization Under Fire: How Should Leaders Respond? Premium

Ghemawat, Pankaj Most business leaders have exaggerated perceptions of globalization, which can lead to costly strategy errors. This article debunks the myths and articulates recommendations grounded in two laws of globalization that will endure through the present turbulence. Read article

  How Business Models Can Make or Break a Merger

Sohl, Timo; Vroom, Govert Looking to expand? When searching for an acquisition target, consider its business model, say Timo Sohl and IESE's Govert Vroom. Beyond product or market synergies, reflecting on business model relatedness may be the key to a successful merger. Read article

  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. What are the keys to forge win-win collaborations? Read article
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