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  A World of Business Books

From And Now What? by Guido Stein to The New Global Road Map (forthcoming) by Pankaj Ghemawat, IESE professors are adding a lot of good reads to the bookshelf this year. To celebrate World Book Day 2018, here's a roundup. Read article

  Why Execution Is No Longer the Key to Competitive Advantage

IESE Every Wednesday, Amazon's top executives reportedly meet for hours to ponder the future. Why? Because looking to the future has become more important than execution for business success in VUCA times. Antonio Davila (briefly) explains his 70/30 recommendation. Read article

  Collaborate Yes, But Think About it First

Ramus, Tommaso; Vaccaro, Antonino; Brusoni, S. If you prefer swimming to sinking in turbulent times, IESE's Antonino Vaccaro urges you to wrap structure around your efforts to manage internal conflict. His 10-year study points to the importance of formalization in collaboration. Read article

  A Road Map for Successful Strategy Execution Premium

Ferraro, Fabrizio; Argüelles, José Miguel; Maoret, Massimo How do you successfully execute strategy? It's not just about making rational economic decisions. Effective strategy execution demands something more. This article lays out a road map for strategic leadership, illustrated with the wisdom and experience of Federico Minoli, the globally renowned "turnaround artist." Read article

  How to Hook Knowledge When Angling for Innovation Premium

Moreira, Solon How do you venture outside your firm's boundaries, perhaps even allying with rivals, without giving away your own competitive advantage? Licensing knowledge through strategic alliances is one way to do it. But the author sees at least three necessary preconditions for making such arrangements work. Read article

  Does My Partnership Need a Joint Steering Committee? Premium

Reuer, Jeffrey J.; Devarakonda, Shivaram V. Non-equity alliances have become important vehicles to collaborate with external partners, particularly in the biopharmaceutical industry. In this article, the authors discuss their research on the use of joint steering committees to guide such collaborations. These committees provide benefits for companies that might otherwise run up against high levels of uncertainty and put proprietary knowledge at risk. Read article

  Building Blocks for Healthy Alliance Coordination Premium

Ariño, Africa; Andreu i Civit, Rafael Using the case of a healthcare alliance, the authors identify which individual-level capabilities, knowledge pieces, routines and coordination schemes to adjust in order to create value and boost the chances of successful interorganizational collaborations. Read article

  Venture Capital and Ethnic Integration: Better Together

Samila, Sampsa; Sorenson, Olav Diversity is one thing, integration another, according to an empirical study of the impact of venture capital in the U.S. IESE's Sampsa Samila finds a one standard deviation increase in racial integration increased the positive outcomes associated with VC by at least 30 percent. Read article

  How Much Should a Strategic Alliance Evolve?

Jiang, Xu; Jiang, Feifei; Ariño, Africa; Peng, Mike W. Strategic alliances, like the companies that form them, must evolve to adapt to their changing environment. But what is the optimal level of adaptation? Read article

  What Managers Should Know About Value Creation -- and Appropriation

Lieberman, Marvin B.; Balasubramanian, N.; García-Castro, Roberto To grow, does your firm innovate, replicate or both? And how are economic gains distributed to stakeholders? IESE's Roberto Garcia-Castro and co-authors discuss their dynamic way to measure value creation over time and its implications for firm strategy. Read article
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