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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Spain's Labor Dynamism Hits Highest Point Since 2010

Visintin, Stefano; Elvira, Marta

 

One out of every five Spanish jobs changed hands in the third quarter of 2016. This is according to the Meta4 IDL, an index tracking job movements in the country, following trends of labor flexibility. Growing companies opting for flexible working arrangements are responsible for most internal movements, according to the report.

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Globalization in Uncertain Times: 10 Key Takeaways

Ghemawat, Pankaj; Altman, Steven

 

The 2016 U.S. election results show that backlash against globalization is real. But what are the facts about globalization and what are only fears? The DHL Global Connectedness Index 2016 gathers data to paint a clear picture of international flows. Find out which countries and cities are the most globally connected in the world -- and which are slipping in the rankings.

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Searching Highs and Lows: Understanding International Search Funds

Kolarova, Lenka; Dávila, Antonio; Johnson, Rob; Kelly, Peter

 

Search funds are gaining traction overseas. According to the 2016 study by IESE, in partnership with Stanford Graduate School of Business, last year saw a new peak of international activity spanning four continents (outside North America). In addition to calculating early returns, IESE's report paints a picture of who is searching for what, where, why and how.

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