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  What's the best asset allocation for retirees?

Estrada, Javier; Kritzman, Mark You save for retirement, and then you retire. Yet the questions keep coming: How much should be invested in stocks vs. bonds? How long will your portfolio last? A new analytic tool could help investors optimize their asset allocation to better fund those golden years. Read article

  Better access to basic research could lend firms a competitive edge

Cassiman, Bruno; Veugelers, Reinhilde; Arts, Sam Companies serious about innovation need to think about where, and how, they access the building blocks to developing new ideas. Partnerships with educational institutions may provide the right context. Read article

  Is your personality affecting your workplace assessment?

McKee, Rob A.; Lee, Yih-Teen; Atwater, Leanne; Antonakis, John In 360-degree assessments, good leaders should get high marks from themselves and from colleagues, too. But what else might influence these appraisals? Research by IESE's Yih-Teen Lee finds some personality traits and gender are significant factors. Read article

  Stealth takeovers: are hidden shareholders buying your company?

Bonetti, Pietro; Duro, Miguel; Ormazábal, Gaizka The M&A market plays a key role in ensuring that the optimal management is in place for publicly traded companies. In light of this, there's much debate about takeover regulations, particularly when it comes to disclosure and transparency. Read article

  Culture club: how silent bias can hold back growth

Levy, Orly; Reiche, Sebastian If a multinational's home culture is strongly favored, it's not taking full advantage of the diverse cultural capital of its employees. Sebastian Reiche investigates the politics of culture and offers positive examples to promote cosmopolitanism at work. Read article

  When you wish upon a star... your organization may suffer

Prato, Matteo; Ferraro, Fabrizio If you think the brilliance of a star-hire will rub off on the rest of your organization, think again. Research by Fabrizio Ferraro helps illuminate the real costs of recruiting and hiring renowned talent. Read article

  The iPhone effect: consumer pressure transforming IT governance

Gregory, Robert Wayne; Káganer, Evgeny; Henfridsson, Ola; Ruch, Thierry Jean Research by IESE's Robert W. Gregory and Evgeny Kaganer shows how widespread technology adoption is opening up -- and revolutionizing -- corporate IT governance, particularly when the pressure comes from consumers. Read article

  Are we perceiving more polarization than there actually is?

Barasz, Kate; Kim, Tami; Evangelidis, Ioannis Are our inferences about Trump supporters or Brexiteers accurate? The more extreme the position, the more we may jump to faulty conclusions, says research by Kate Barasz. In an increasingly polarized world, understanding this cognitive bias is key. Read article

  How to win the loyalty of the sandwich generation

Las Heras, Mireia; Van der Heijden, Beatrice; de Jong, Jeroen; Rofcanin, Yasin Personalized work arrangements could be the answer for employees with caregiving obligations to both children and aging parents. And, according to research by Mireia Las Heras, these arrangements help build loyalty among the sandwich generation's talent pool. Read article

  How many choices should you offer your clients?

Reutskaja, Elena; Linder, Axel; Nagel, Rosemarie; Andersen, R.A.; Camerer, Colin Choice is good, but having too many options can be paralyzing. Using MRI machines, researchers can actually see a point at which having too many alternatives starts overwhelming our brains. The ideal number of options may be fewer than marketers think. Read article
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