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  Globesity: Connecting Globalization and Obesity

Costa-Font, Joan; Mas, Núria Thanks to globalization, the world may seem smaller, but the people in it are actually getting larger. Obesity is a pandemic, and the social aspects of globalization may be to blame, according to a paper by Joan Costa-Font and Núria Mas. Read article

  The Myths and Realities of Doing Business in China

Nueno, Pedro With China's rapid rise to join the global superpowers, the country has aroused all sorts of suspicions. Pedro Nueno works to dispel old myths in his 2017 book, at the same time explaining why China may be the only country fit to challenge U.S. hegemony. Nueno also shares tips for negotiating and investing in the Asian giant. Read article

  Boosting Sustainable Growth via the World's Cities

Berrone, Pascual; Ricart, Joan Enric; Duch T-Figueras, Ana Isabel Cities form the backbone of the global economy. At the same time, urban concentrations present their own challenges -- including increasing inequality and stressed resources. The book Cities and the Economy, part of the "IESE Cities in Motion: International Urban Best Practices" series, aims to arm leaders with smart ideas for sustainable, economic development at the local level. Read article

  A Future for the European Union: Now More Critical Than Ever

Pou, Víctor The European Union is under the most duress ever in its history. A series of crises -- including threats of terrorism, Brexit and Trump -- is casting doubt on the project's survival. Víctor Pou's 2017 book holds out hope, examining where the EU can go from here to protect its founding principles in these turbulent times. Read article

  Foreign Companies Reaffirm Their Confidence in Spain

Blázquez, María Luisa; Berrone, Pascual For foreign investment, Spain remains a preferred destination. This is confirmed by the ninth annual Barometer of the Business Climate in Spain. The vast majority of foreign companies surveyed expect to maintain or increase their Spanish investments as well as their workforces, based on their favorable views of Spain's business climate. Read article

  Four Tenets to Fix Capitalism & Unlock Your Business's Potential Premium

Sisodia, Raj Free-market capitalism is under fire -- yet it is still the best system for social cooperation and human progress. In this article, the author casts his vision of Conscious Capitalism, refuting those who say Wall Street will never buy it. Using real cases, he argues that building ethical, sustainable businesses is possible. Read article

  Future-proofing Your Job From Robots Premium

Pastor, Alfredo; Mercadal Dupree, Bartolomé Will a robot take your job? Despite fears that automation may be putting millions of jobs at risk, research with Spanish executives identifies how companies can prepare themselves for technological change. This article helps separate science fiction from business reality, so executives can view the future with flexibility, not fear. Read article

  Small Businesses Lose Ground in Spain

Weber, Eric; Ariño, Miguel Angel; Tort-Martorell, Pedro; Puigferrat, Ricard; Coll, Carme According to a study of business trends in Spain from 2007 to 2014, small and medium-sized companies saw their revenues drop by a third while large corporations emerged from the crisis almost unscathed. Furthermore, the primary sector was the only area that didn't suffer job losses over this period. Despite signs of recovery, Spain's unemployment problem has yet to be resolved. Read article

  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. Read article

  Preventing Another Global Financial Crisis

Argandoña, Antonio The greed and reckless actions of certain financial institutions were instrumental in provoking the 2007-08 global financial crisis. However, as IESE's Antonio Argandoña argues in a 2016 book, many public and private institutions, as well as society as a whole, must also shoulder some of the blame to prevent a recurrence. Argandoña offers a look at the ethical dimensions of the crisis. Read article
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