Author Archives: IESE Library Staff


(CC) Michael Pereckas / FlickrFactiva offers a gamma of Industry Snapshots to offer readers a glimpse of the most relevant data about a particular industry and includes a comprehensive one-page summary. “Clothing” is a good example where you can find targeted news, reports, charts, analysis and financial data.

The full text of the report is available on the web to students, professors, research assistants and staff of the IESE community.

Sources of Knowledge Used by Entrepreneurial Firms in the European High-Tech Sector

 (CC) YanniKouts/FlickrThe Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has recently launched the following Working Paper: Sources of Knowledge Used by Entrepreneurial Firms in the European High-Tech Sector, by Sara Amoroso, David B. Audretsch, and Albert N. Link.

The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between an entrepreneur’s experience and education and his/her reliance on alternative sources of knowledge for exploring new business opportunities. The extant literature that is at the crossroads between sources of knowledge and the experiential and intellectual base of an entrepreneur (i.e., dimensions of his/her human capital) suggests that it is through experience and through education that an entrepreneur obtains knowledge. Using information on a sample of high-tech manufacturing firms across 10 European countries, they explore heterogeneities in the influence of experience, age, and education of the firm’s primary founder on the perceived importance of (i.e., use of) alternative sources of knowledge. They find that the association of these characteristics differs significantly across sources of knowledge, and across European regions. Education is positively related to the importance of knowledge from research institutes and internal know-how, while age is negatively related to the importance of research institutes and positively related to publications and conferences. On the one hand, in South/East European countries, the importance of internal know-how is positively associated with age and education, but negatively associated with experience. On the other hand, the characteristics of primary founders of North/West European firms are more linked to the importance of the participation to funded research programmes. This source of knowledge is related positively with age and education and negatively with experience.

Read the full paper here.

All You Need to Know About the Global Pharmaceuticals

5161814652_aa7edfdc06_zMarketLine has just published the report “Global Pharmaceuticals”, which provides data on the global sector’s size, value and volume between 2012 and 2016, as well as forecasts to 2021.

The report includes size and segmentation data, textual and graphical analysis of market growth trends, leading companies and macroeconomic forecasts.

The profile also contains descriptions of the leading players (in this case: Bayer AG, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis AG, and Pfizer Inc.) including key financial metrics and analysis of competitive pressures within the market, making use of the Five Forces analysis.

The fulltext of the report is available on the web to students, professors, research assistants and staff of the IESE community.

World Happiness Report 2017

HR17_3_cover_small-232x300The happiest countries in the world are all in Northern Europe and they include Norway, Denmark, and Iceland. The least happy countries are Tanzania, Burundi and Central African Republic. Spain ranks 34th, according to the findings of the World Happiness Report 2017, commissioned for the recent United Nations Conference on Happiness (mandated by the UN General Assembly).

The report, the fifth one to come out since 2012, continues to gain global recognition as governments, organizations and civil society increasingly use happiness indicators to inform their policy-making decisions.

You can view the complete report here.

Small, Medium, Strong. Trends in SME Performance and Business Conditions

Small, Medium, Strong coverSMEs and entrepreneurs play a key role in national economies around the world, generating employment and income, contributing to innovation and knowledge diffusion, responding to new or niched demands and social needs, and enhancing social inclusion. However, SMEs are often more affected by business environment conditions and structural policies than larger firms.

This report presents comparative evidence on SME performance and trends, and on a broad range of policy areas and business environment conditions that are important for small businesses. The analysis takes into account the multi-dimensionality of SME policy objectives and the significant heterogeneity of the SME population, within and across countries. Data and indicators on framework conditions are complemented with information on recent policy trends in OECD countries. This publication addresses a growing demand by governments for tools to monitor the business environment for small and medium-sized enterprises, and benchmark the effectiveness of policies in creating appropriate conditions for them to flourish and grow.

Download the OECD’s report “Small, Medium, Strong. Trends in SME Performance and Business Conditions“, available for the IESE community.

IESE, First In the World in Executive Education

FT-900x550-gris_20170515084802IESE’s Executive Education Programs have been ranked the best in the world for the third consecutive year by the Financial Times, thanks to their outstanding quality, their international reach and their stellar faculty. IESE also ranks 1st in the world for its Custom programs for the third consecutive year. The programs earned top praise across all areas, with clients particularly valuing the diversity of IESE’s faculty and the range of new skills acquired. Recent clients include Abertis, BMW, Enterprise Ireland, Erste, Gas Natural Fenosa, Henkel, Michelin, Oracle and Telefónica, among others.

The other schools rounding out the top three are IMD in 2nd and Duke Corporate Education in 3rd position, respectively.

The list, which includes 50 business schools from around the world, is based on the results of client surveys as well as information provided by the schools themselves regarding their executive education and custom programs.

You can view the complete rankings on the Financial Times website.

Between debt and the devil: money, credit, and fixing global finance by Adair Turner.


Adair Turner became chairman of Britain’s Financial Services Authority just as the global financial crisis struck in 2008, and he played a leading role in redesigning global financial regulation. In this eye-opening book, he sets the record straight about what really caused the crisis. It didn’t happen because banks are too big to fail—our addiction to private debt is to blame.

Between Debt and the Devil challenges the belief that we need credit growth to fuel economic growth, and that rising debt is okay as long as inflation remains low. In fact, most credit is not needed for economic growth—but it drives real estate booms and busts and leads to financial crisis and depression. Turner explains why public policy needs to manage the growth and allocation of credit creation, and why debt needs to be taxed as a form of economic pollution. Banks need far more capital, real estate lending must be restricted, and we need to tackle inequality and mitigate the relentless rise of real estate prices. Turner also debunks the big myth about fiat money—the erroneous notion that printing money will lead to harmful inflation. To escape the mess created by past policy errors, we sometimes need to monetize government debt and finance fiscal deficits with central-bank money.

Between Debt and the Devil shows why we need to reject the assumption that private credit is essential to growth and fiat money is inevitably dangerous. Each has its advantages, and each creates risks that public policy must consciously balance. — Provided by publisher.

You can find this title at IESE’s Library catalog.

The 2017 Global Connectivity Index

Huawei-Touts-2015-Global-Connectivity-Index-for-Countries-300x220Huawei has released its 2017 Global Connectivity Index (GCI) for countries, benchmarking 50 economies in terms of connectivity, ICT usage, and digital transformation, providing an indicator of which countries are best poised for development and growth, and an ICT planning reference for policymakers looking to embrace the digital economy.

The GCI report measures the relationship between ICT investment and GDP growth, and shows that every additional $1 of ICT infrastructure investment made could bring a return of $3 in GDP at present, $3.70 in 2020, and the potential return increases to $5 in 2025.

You can access the Global Connectivity Index 2017 here.

Design Thinking: The New DNA of the Financial Sector

FreeimagesIn this report, jointly developed by Oliver Wyman and IESE Business School, the authors address how Design Thinking can be applied to the financial services sector, offer a case study of a Design Thinking project, and identify how the process can be leveraged to capture additional profit pools.

To access the full report, visit the Oliver Wyman website.

The power of resilience: how the best companies manage the unexpected by Yossi Sheffi.

The power of resilienceOverview:

A catastrophic earthquake is followed by a tsunami that inundates the coastline, and around the globe manufacturing comes to a standstill. State-of-the-art passenger jets are grounded because of a malfunctioning part. A strike halts shipments through a major port. A new digital device decimates the sales of other brands and sends established firms to the brink of bankruptcy. The interconnectedness of the global economy today means that unexpected events in one corner of the globe can ripple through the world’s supply chain and affect customers everywhere. In this book, Yossi Sheffi shows why modern vulnerabilities call for innovative processes and tools for creating and embedding corporate resilience and risk management. Sheffi offers fascinating case studies that illustrate how companies have prepared for, coped with, and come out stronger following disruption — from the actions of Intel after the 2011 Japanese tsunami to the disruption in the “money supply chain” caused by the 2008 financial crisis.

Sheffi, author of the widely read The Resilient Enterprise, focuses here on deep tier risks as well as corporate responsibility, cybersecurity, long-term disruptions, business continuity planning, emergency operations centers, detection, and systemic disruptions. Supply chain risk management, Sheffi shows, is a balancing act between taking on the risks involved in new products, new markets, and new processes — all crucial for growth — and the resilience created by advanced risk management. — Provided by publisher.

You can find this title at IESE’s Library catalog.