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  Why Wages Stagnate in Areas With Few Employers

Azar, José; Marinescu, Ioana; Steinbaum, Marshall We know monopolies negatively affect consumers. But what about workers? What happens when just a few employers hold most of the hiring power? New research shows that areas with high labor market concentration have lower wages. Here's where to look and why it's important. 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

  Independent Directors: A Weapon Against Cartels?

Campello, Murillo; Ferres, Daniel; Ormazábal, Gaizka Price-fixing schemes can cost consumers and companies millions of dollars, not to mention the headache they present for antitrust authorities. Independent directors could help to solve this problem. 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

  Buyers Helping Suppliers to Boost Business for All

Tunca, Tunay; Zhu, Weiming It's a win-win situation. When big buyers help smaller suppliers secure financing, costs go down, order fill rates climb, and the whole supply chain benefits -- with a double-digit (11.8 percent) boost to channel profits. Weiming Zhu's practical research on supplier financing is especially relevant in developing economies, such as China. Read article

  Preventing Free-riding: How to Run a Tight Multiparty Alliance

Fonti, Fabio; Maoret, Massimo; Whitbred, Robert To tackle a fundamental technological problem and innovate, it often makes sense to work together with other firms or organizations, be they private or public. But when many collaborate, preventing free-riding is an issue. IESE's Massimo Maoret looks at alliance free-riders and what levers might induce more effort. Read article

  Banking Risk: Time to Separate CEO Compensation From Shareholders' Interests

Eufinger, Christian; Gill, Andrej When CEO pay is aligned with shareholders' interests, bank executives may be incentivized to take on too much risk, says IESE's Christian Eufinger. This is not a corporate governance failure, but a problem stemming from government guarantees -- one with a proposed solution. Read article

  Moving Targets: How Organizations Set Performance Goals as They Grow

Aranda, C.; Arellano, J.; Dávila, Antonio Effective target-setting is a learning process. For more learning inputs, managers might be wise to think like they did in their organization's entrepreneurial stage, according to research by Antonio Dávila. Read article

  Leveraging Know-how: Licensing Knowledge and Making it Work for You

Klueter, Thomas Maximilian; Monteiro, Luiz Felipe; Dunlap-Hinkler, D. Firms license technology and other types of knowledge in order to innovate and stay competitive. But not all licensing leads to innovation. IESE's Thomas Klueter looks at how different licensing styles and forms of organizational attention impact innovation outcomes. Read article
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