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  Inspire, diverge, converge: 3 steps to better decisions

Stremersch, Stefan Business leaders are under more pressure than ever to resolve strategic dilemmas. Citing research contained in his book, IESE professor Stefan Stremersch proposes a three-pronged approach that can spur your organization toward greater profitability and success. Read article

  A return to humanism in general management

Caldart, Adrian; Ricart, Joan Enric; Carrera, Alejandro It's time for a refresher on our ideas of what a CEO can and should be. A new book from strategic management scholars at IESE and affiliated schools explores humanistic leadership with a focus on Latin and Ibero-American organizations. Read article

  The Amazon effect: ready for the next disruption?

IESE Insight Amazon, celebrating its 25th anniversary, has grown into an e-commerce giant capable of transforming any sector it touches. Here's how that happened (and what may happen next). Read article

  Entrepreneurs don't cry: surprising keys to startup success

Huy, Quy; Zott, Christoph Think "successful entrepreneur" and emotional control may not be the first thing to pop to mind. And yet steady emotions can be key in the turbulent times around a business launch. Quy Huy and Christoph Zott identify five "emotional-regulation behaviors" worth emulating. Read article

  How to talk it out: shareholder dialogue that leads to change

Ferraro, Fabrizio; Beunza, Daniel By analyzing interactions between socially responsible shareholders and major corporations, Fabrizio Ferraro and Daniel Beunza present a model for creating common ground that can lead to real social change. Read article

  A CEO's mantra: Stop customers from suffering

IESE Insight For a regulated public utility like Madrileña Red de Gas, what's the bottom-line incentive to pursue customer-service improvements? The CEO, Alejandro Lafarga, explains his business calling. Read article

  How profitable are bike-sharing systems?

Martínez, Sergi; Tapia, Albert; Bernardo, Valeria; Rodríguez Planas, Miquel; Ricart, Joan Enric For every 1 euro invested in urban bike-sharing programs, cities are seeing as much as 1.72 euros in return. Will this golden era of cycling last? A look at the economics, well-being and future directions on two wheels. Read article

  Don't be deceived: 6 key misconceptions that can harm your business

Nueno, Pedro "In business, as in life, fooling yourself often costs more than facing the truth," says Pedro Nueno. His latest book examines how self-deception happens within companies and offers ways to root it out. Read article

  Boosting firm performance with the business model effect

Sohl, Timo; Vroom, Govert; Fitza, Markus Does a company's business model affect its performance? Govert Vroom's research says yes -- it's just as important as the choice of industry in determining a firm's success. Read article

  London, the smartest city in the world in spite of Brexit

Berrone, Pascual; Ricart, Joan Enric; Duch, Ana; Carrasco, Carlos Despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the capital of the United Kingdom reigns as the world's "smartest" city, according to the IESE Cities in Motion Index 2019. Read article
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