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Global Connectedness Index of African Countries

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The DHL Global Connectedness Index 2014 report, prepared by a research team led by Pankaj Ghemawat – a colleague of mine at IESE Business School – has been published. Global connectedness refers to “the depth and breadth (geographic distribution) of a country’s integration with the rest of the world as manifested by its participation in international flows of products and services, capital, information and people.”

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Fracking Unmasked: the Real Effect on U.S. GDP

Economics | November 18, 2014 | Eduardo Martínez Abascal

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In past articles I have commented on the economic growth of the United States and the languishing European economy. Bottom line, in the United States measures have been taken since 2008, while Europe has mostly sat there twiddling its thumbs. Nevertheless, some experts remain skeptical, asking: Is the United States really growing because of its improved economy or the contribution of fracking to its GDP?

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The Key to Keystone XL

Doing Business on the Earth | November 17, 2014 | Mike Rosenberg

Its Back! As a direct result of the fall out from the mid term election in the United States last November, the United States Senate will vote this week on legislation to oblige the government to approve The Keystone XL pipeline which will connect the Alberta tar sands with the Gulf Coast and finally allow Canada to export the oil produced there.

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CSR: The Company is in Need of Revolution

Business Ethics | 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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The Economy Has Adjustment Mechanisms

Economics | November 13, 2014 | Antonio Argandoña

We already knew that the economy tends to sort itself out. Not always, of course, since there are no fully automatic mechanisms, except in the field of physics. In human activities, the presence of human beings continues to be a source of irritation. Things would run so smoothly if we were all machines without our own free will, never learning or changing our behavior!

That’s how some people think – and that’s how things turn out for us when they’re the ones making the decisions…

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Global Virtual Teams – a Challenge or an Opportunity?

Expatriatus | November 13, 2014 | Sebastian Reiche

Today’s globally dispersed business landscape and technological progress have created a nurturing environment for global virtual teams.

On one hand, globally dispersed businesses are in dire need of such forms of work, to save on travel and expatriation costs while still keeping international teams connected and working on common projects. On the other hand, modern technologies allow for satisfying this need, making global virtual cooperation practical and accessible. As such, global virtual teams are a common phenomenon in many multinationals.

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Entrepreneurs on Hostile Ground:
5 Lessons from Eastern Europe

Entrepreneurship | 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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