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.
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.
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.
Weber, Eric; Ariño, Miguel Angel; Tort-Martorell, Pedro; Puigferrat, Ricard
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the banking industry reels amid uncertainty -- threatened by fintech competitors, potentially heavy-handed regulators, Brexit and more -- a new book by Xavier Vives looks for ways to provide both stability and growth. In Competition and Stability in Banking, the author argues that the best path forward is carefully coordinated regulation and competition policy.
Mas, Núria; Videla, Pedro
Is Brexit as bad as the markets' moves seem to suggest? Who will be most affected? What might the future relationship between the EU and the U.K. look like? Here we share two economists' views on what is happening and what happens next.
Barber, Tony; Pastor, Alfredo
Stay or go? Either way, June 23rd, 2016 marks the end of an era for Europe. Is business prepared for the possible fallout ahead? Here we share insightful excerpts from interviews with the Financial Times' Europe Editor, Tony Barber, and IESE's Professor of Economics, Alfredo Pastor. The two experts share their thinking ahead of the U.K.'s momentous referendum on whether or not to remain in the European Union.