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Perverse Incentives: The Limits of Metric-Based Evaluation

Cugueró-Escofet, Natàlia; Rosanas, Josep Maria

 

As a manager, how should you evaluate performance? The recent trend is toward ever-more-sophisticated formal models. However, in the wake of several scandals, IESE's Natàlia Cugueró-Escofet and Josep M. Rosanas point to the dangers of modelling and rigid metrics. Instead, they argue, companies desperately need to rediscover informal methods of control.

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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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How We Mispredict Preferences

Barasz, Kate; Kim, Tami; John, Leslie K.

 

You know you love action films and romcoms. But would you expect someone else to? Studies show that people mistakenly expect others to dislike dissimilar things -- which means missing out on the chance to offer customers a greater variety of choices. In this podcast, professor Kate Barasz describes her research on (mis)predicting others' preferences.

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3 Steps to Find the Right Investment Mix

Estrada, Javier

 

Asset allocation is one of the most important decisions facing investors. Finding the appropriate mix of stocks, bonds and other assets should be straightforward and intuitive, yet a bit beyond the old "100 minus your age" formula. Professor Javier Estrada offers a three-step approach to asset allocation he calls GHAUS.

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In Support of Work-Family Balance, Internationally

Las Heras, Mireia; Trefalt, Spela; Escribano, Pablo Ignacio

 

It doesn't cost much to train managers to engage in family-supportive behavior, and the payoff in terms of job performance and worker retention can be significant. These benefits cross borders, according to award-winning research by IESE's Mireia Las Heras and co-authors.

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Retire the Buffett Way... With a Twist

Estrada, Javier

 

Warren Buffett has said that 90 percent of the money he leaves to his wife should be invested in stocks, with just 10 percent in cash. If you're not a billionaire, could that asset allocation advice work for you? Professor Javier Estrada says under some conditions yes, "with a twist."

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When More Isn't Better: Welfare NGOs and Increasing Income Inequality

Berrone, Pascual; Gelabert, Liliana; Rousseau, Horacio Enrique; Massa-Saluzzo, Federica

 

How to reduce income inequality? A study challenges the conventional wisdom that more is better when it comes to welfare NGOs. IESE's Pascual Berrone and co-authors find that, after a certain point, having more NGOs actually increases income inequality because they battle for resources. The message is clear: even in altruism, competition can't be ignored.

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Trading With Political Connections During the Crisis

Jagolinzer, Alan D.; Larcker, David F.; Ormazábal, Gaizka; Taylor, D.J.

 

At the height of the financial crisis, just days before the U.S. government's multibillion-dollar bailout, trading among banking executives with ties to industry regulators suggests they benefited from their political connections. So finds new research by IESE's Gaizka Ormazabal and co-authors, which paints an unsettling picture of an occasionally unlevel playing field.

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4 Reasons Humble Managers Rule

Argandoña, Antonio

 

Does humility have a place in the upper echelons of business management? Absolutely, says IESE's Antonio Argandoña. In his research paper "Humility in Management," Argandoña explores this often crucially overlooked quality and its ramifications for leadership.

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A New, Dynamic Way to Measure Value

Lieberman, Marvin B.; García-Castro, Roberto; Balasubramanian, N.

 

Shareholders are not the only ones to benefit from the value created by a firm. Employees, customers and suppliers reap rewards, too. Introducing a new tool to measure value creation dynamically, over time: the Value Creation and Appropriation (VCA) model. IESE's Roberto Garcia-Castro and co-authors discuss its practical implications for firm strategy.

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