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  Design Banking: A New Era of Financial Services

Siota, Josemaria; Klueter, Thomas Maximilian; Staib, Dieter; Taylor, Sam; Ania, Iñigo The fintechs are here. Are big banks' days numbered? Not so fast: Drawing inspiration from designers and artists, design thinking can be a great tool for banks looking to connect with customers and innovate quickly. So says a study by IESE and the consultancy Oliver Wyman. Read article

  Spanish Business Angels: Still Young, Still Male, Still Digital

Roure, Juan; San José, Amparo The profile of a typical Spanish business angel has remained fairly static over the last year: a young man who co-invests primarily in digital projects. Nevertheless, Juan Roure and Amparo de San José offer new insights in the second edition of the AEBAN report on business angels. Read article

  Bumping Up Against a Glass Ceiling on Spanish Boards

Atrevia; ICWF - Centro Internacional Trabajo y Familia Cellnex Telecom was the only public company tracked by Spain's benchmark IBEX-35 index that had no female directors as of February 2017. Although Cellnex has announced plans to rectify this, achieving gender diversity on Spain's boards has been slow -- with female representation climbing only a token 1.1 percent last year. Read article

  Innovate or Perish: The Role of Multinationals in Local R&D

Berrone, Pascual; Ricart, Joan Enric; Blázquez, María Luisa Innovation is at the heart of competitiveness. With multinational corporations wielding significant R&D investment power, countries should aim to attract them to invest locally. A study from Spain tallies its strengths and weaknesses in this area and sets out measures for boosting the innovation ecosystem. Read article

  Good News for Good Governance in Spain

Pin Arboledas, José Ramón By reducing the size of their boards and increasing the representation of both women and independent directors, companies are increasingly following the recommendations made by Spain's Good Governance Code for Listed Companies. This is highlighted in the 12th annual report on IBEX 35 shareholders' meetings, produced by IESE and Atrevia. Read article

  7 Keys for Personnel Management When Going Global

García-Lombardía, Pilar; Gómez, Sandalio When a company enters international markets, human resources management often lags behind. A study of Spain's leading multinationals, by Sandalio Gómez and Pilar García-Lombardía, identifies seven important changes that could transform everything from how talent is managed to how corporate reputations are protected when going global. Read article

  Want a Competitive Company? Invest in Young People

Gómez, Sandalio; Gómez, Eduardo; Bardi, Carmen; Barón, Javier; Henar, Leticia; Pérez, María Jesús; González Barreda, Teresa To meet the current and future needs of business, young people need better training and decent jobs now. A 2017 report on Spain points to initiatives that could help improve both the employability of young people and the competitiveness of businesses -- including new specializations, vocational training and internships. Read article

  The How-to Guide for Corporate Venturing

Prats, Mª Julia; Amigó, Pau; Ametller, Xavier; Batlle, Adrià What do established firms and startups have in common? They can both benefit from corporate venturing, says IESE's Julia Prats and co-authors. A 2017 handbook explains the nuts and bolts of corporate venturing for profitable growth. Read article

  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. Read article

  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. Read article
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