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  Universal Basic Income: A Plausible Utopia?

Pin Arboledas, José Ramón The idea of a universal basic income is a hot topic among politicians, sociologists and economists. IESE's José Ramón Pin proposes a progressive solution that could bypass some of the economic difficulties. Read article

  The Valuable (and Underutilized) Contributions of Multicultural Employees

Fitzsimmons, S.R.; Liao, Yuan; Thomas, David C. Multicultural employees are a very valuable resource for international companies. Their unique perspectives can make a big difference in the companies they work for, according to research by Stacey R. Fitzsimmons, Yuan Liao and David C. Thomas. Read article

  The Perils of More Flexible Supply Chains

Martínez de Albéniz, Víctor; Calvo, Eduard Received wisdom tells operations managers that supply chains should be flexible and responsive above all. But does this make dual sourcing better than forging a single sourcing relationship? IESE's Víctor Martínez de Albéniz and Eduard Calvo look to connect pricing, profits and flexibility. Read article

  Aftermath: Where Do Spanish Companies Stand After the Economic Crisis?

Ariño, Miguel Angel How did the Spanish business landscape change between 2006 and 2014? IESE's Miguel Ángel Ariño looks at the repercussions of the crisis on the number and size of companies, sales volume and employee productivity. Read article

  Time to Rethink Strategy

Mol, Michael J.; Stadler, Christian; Ariño, Africa When seeking to expand business into new international environments, companies often bring their own prescriptive ideas of best-practice strategy. But research on Africa calls the usefulness of existing management theories into question. Read article

  Subpar Results From Spain's Investment Funds

Fernández, Pablo; Pershin, Vitaly; Fernández Acín, Pablo; Fernández Acín, Isabel How are Spain's investment funds doing? Research by Pablo Fernández says not so well. In fact, 95 percent of the professionally managed funds tracked from 2001 to 2016 underperformed the country's 15-year government bonds. Read article

  Having It Both Ways: How to License and Protect Tech Innovations

Laursen, Keld; Moreira, Solon; Reichstein, Toke; Leone, Isabella Companies that license their technologies can benefit financially and gain new knowledge. But if they don't protect themselves, they could be overtaken by those companies they have licensed to. IESE's Solon Moreira examines how firms may guard their innovations with a grant-back clause. Read article

  Beyond Cosmetic CSR: Can Social Responsibility Be Bought?

Wickert, C.; Vaccaro, Antonino; Cornelissen, Josep Large multinationals are buying up smaller enterprises known for their strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices in order to bring in beneficial CSR knowledge and processes. The question is: does it work? IESE's Antonino Vaccaro investigates. Read article

  Think Gold?: How Alternative Investments May Help Your Portfolio

Estrada, Javier Don't invest in gold because you think the price is about to go up; invest to diversify in times of crisis. When stocks and bonds are losing value, alternative assets -- including precious metals, commodities and real estate -- can help your portfolio, says IESE's Javier Estrada. Read article

  204 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Valuing a Company

Fernández, Pablo Can you imagine assigning a negative value to the shares of a company whose expected cash flows are positive? This is just one of the 204 mistakes in company valuations that Pablo Fernández compiles in a paper. Read article
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