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Smart citizens for smart cities and countries

Africa from Africa Blog | December 17, 2014 | Africa Ariño


In my post of last week on urbanization and smart cities, I quoted my colleague at IESE Business School Prof. Ricart: “in order to have smarter cities, we need smarter citizens.”  I read in the newspaper about a Nigerian immigrant who found an envelope containing more than €16,000 in cash and cash-equivalents, and handed it in to the police. I found this refreshing, as there is so much news about corruption, starting with my own country. I think it’s an example of smart and ethical citizenship.

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Happiness in Mega Cities? Sao Paulo

Doing Business on the Earth | December, 15, 2014 | Mike Rosenberg


With a population of 20,800,000 people, Sao Paolo ranks as the 7th most populous city in the world and the largest in South America! When I was born, only Tokyo, New York, and Shanghai had populations greater than 10 million people and now there are 22 cities in the world at that scale.

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Who contributes to the growth of the US Economy?

Economics Blog | December 11, 2014 | Eduardo Martínez Abascal


The US Bureau of Economic Analysis provides interesting data on the contribution of 93 different industries (and groups of industries) to the GDP. In a previous post I analyzed the contribution of the oil industry to US GDP growth. Now I present the big picture: the contribution of every industry to the GDP and GDP growth. In other words, who is responsible for the sound growth of the US economy since the crisis of 2009?

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Why Should we Invest Responsibly?

Business Ethics Blog | December 10, 2014 | Antonio Argandoña

I don’t want to discuss socially responsible investment, just investment plain and simple. Deciding how to invest my money: what type of assets, where to invest, which industry, which company or government, etc. When I was young(er), ethics manuals talked about the responsibility of cooperating with the actions of others (whether good or bad).

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Experiential marketing: involve, don’t only engage

IESE Blog | December 9, 2014 | Iñigo Gallo

In the world of marketing, experiential is officially a buzzwordAll brands are now expected to go experiential: develop non-TV, non-print campaigns around live events in which consumers interact with the brand. Such activities, the argument goes, provide personal and memorable experiences for consumers and therefore bring them closer to the brand, trigger motivation, and ignite word-of-mouth.

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Are We Really Living in a Globalized World?

Expatritatus Blog | December 4, 2014 | Sebastian Reiche

I am an expatriate, with experience of living and working in six different countries. I am currently residing in Spain, working for a globally oriented institution, and frequently travelling abroad for business. When at work, I interact a lot with international students, foreign colleagues, and expatriate managers. On my way home from work I feel part of an internationally vibrant city, which offers global brands, hosts many temporary and permanent migrants, and welcomes a multitude of international tourists. Last but not least, at home I am a father of a TCK, and I can pay visits to my extended family on four continents.

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Employment Has a Future

Economics Blog | December 2, 2014 | Alfredo Pastor


Looking beyond the current woes of unemployment, or the need to work toward a more productive economy, one that can support higher wages and offset the growing burden of pensions and concurrent increase of health and education spending, with the future approaching faster than one might hope, the future of employment remains a big question mark for countries across the world.

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Single Payments Area: How Does That Affect My Business?

IESE Blog | Finance | November 26, 2014 | Jorge Soley

Europe’s progressive banking integration is directly benefiting companies in ways that may not have attracted their attention, but are certainly useful if they figure out how to use them. In this respect, the creation of the “Single European Payments Area” (SEPA) is designed to prevent any possible differences between the banking committees involving forms of payment, whether domestic or cross-border. This legislation from October directly benefits companies in four ways

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4 reasons why “old” CMOs never die… if they don’t want to

IESE Blog | Marketing | November 26, 2014 | Julián Villanueva

There is nothing more humiliating for a director of marketing or CMO than to be called a “digital immigrant.” They might as well say, “You ought to pick another career. This stuff is so advanced, you’ll never really understand it.” Some companies are now recruiting young people who have spent hundreds of hours navigating, exploring dozens of social networks …

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CSR: The Company is in Need of Revolution

Business Ethics Blog | November 14, 2013 | Joan Fontrodona

It is still the dominant model, but we have to do away with it: The company can’t last as an organization whose ultimate goal is financial profit. Dozens of examples demonstrate that the model is wanting, outdate, needs to change.

The two economic crises early this century and the emergence of new heights of social awareness further stress, if that’s possible, that the concept of the company as exclusively focused on bringing economic value to its shareholders has expired.

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Entrepreneurs on Hostile Ground:
5 Lessons from Eastern Europe

Entrepreneurship Blog | November 11, 2014 | Júlia Prats

The fall of the Berlin Wall, which happened exactly 25 years ago, marked the dawn of a very complex transitional period for Eastern European countries. Yet even amid the tough environment, some entrepreneurs were able to overcome all the barriers and start businesses, some of which have since become thriving multinationals…

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Corruption: 10 Possible Causes

Domènec Melé

Transparency International annually publishes its Corruption Perception Index. It includes a range of countries, from the least corrupt to those with the most widespread corruption. There are too many countries with a low grade…

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