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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Four Tenets to Fix Capitalism & Unlock Your Business's PotentialPremium

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.

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Future-proofing Your Job From RobotsPremium

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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