I am writing from my office at IESE. It is located on the same floor as the office I had here at the school in 1973 after returning from earning my doctorate at Harvard. The two offices are very similar, but it's now 2015. So I wonder: What has changed in all these years? What aspects will shape the future of our society and business management?
For most of the 20th century the corporate lab dominated technological innovation. Then it lost its position to venture capital-funded startups. But now the idea of corporate labs being central to innovation is back.
Greece and the EU
Have we seen the end of the crisis in Greece and the euro with the third bailout? Is the deal good for the EU and Greece? It has been months—if not years—that the “Greece issue” has been in the news, but understanding it requires more than economic analysis.
Entrepreneurship in Africa
Entrepreneurship in Africa is in the spotlight these days. Obama’s participation at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Nairobi last weekend brought it to the forefront. I could feel the buzz when I travelled to Nairobi last month.
The economies of Latin America (LatAm) have fallen on hard times. After almost a decade of positive growth, the favorable external conditions are disappearing and prospects for growth seem grim. The IMF projection for 2015 is just 0.9%, the lowest growth rate since 2002, with the exception of 2009, the year of the Great Recession.
It is certainly a challenge to find the right measures for stimulating employment, although efforts should be made to take steps down the pathways that will lead us to them. And there are very tangible examples of such measures that countries with high unemployment ought to learn from.
The economics of personal data is extremely promising. To explore the new space, your company must cultivate and adopt a new mindset that puts clients and their daily lives at the epicenter.
Pope Francis’ Encliclycal Laudato Si has had a world impact that extends to the global business community. Professors Domènec Melé (Business Ethics) and Mike Rosenberg (Strategy) share their personal opinions about the Pope’s vision.
Women in Business
I'm afraid the "coffee for all" approach often imposed in some countries, involving a mandatory percentage applicable to all companies in all sectors, tends to produce a boomerang effect that prevents the spread and effective development of what we need: a culture of diversity.
According to some of the presented statistics, already over 1600 migrants have lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean sea in search of asylum in 2015. Moreover, worldwide 75% of migrant deaths occur in the Mediterranean sea, and the numbers are expected to grow further.