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  Why and How to Internationalize Your SME

García-Lombardía, Pilar; Pin Arboledas, José Ramón Germany's Mittelstand has something to teach other countries' smaller firms: exporting abroad increases revenues and diversification. In Spain, where micro- and small enterprises provide more than half of all jobs, learning some German lessons may be key to survival. Read article

  One in Four Women Feels Forced to Choose Between Career and Motherhood in Spain

Chinchilla, Nuria; Jimenez, Esther; Grau, Marc In Spain, three out of four mothers feel they are discriminated against in the workplace and 28 percent feel they had to choose between their jobs and having children. These are the findings of a study that offers up 17 recommendations to improve the situation. Read article

  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

  Voluntary Job Turnover Surges in Spain

Visintin, Stefano; Elvira, Marta The rate at which jobs are changing hands in Spain hit a multiyear high in early 2017, with more than one in five positions affected. That is according to the sixth IESE-Meta4 study, which also finds that the number of voluntarily resignations is up fivefold since 2010. 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
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