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The Global Competitiveness Report 2018

(CC) Global Competitiveness Report 2018/WEFThe World Economic Forum has launched “The Global Competitiveness Report 2018”. In the midst of rapid technological change, political polarization and a fragile economic recovery, it is critical that we define, assess and implement new pathways to growth and prosperity.

The 2018 edition of the Global Competitiveness Report represents a milestone in the four-decade history of the series, with the introduction of the new Global Competitiveness Index 4.0. The new index sheds light on an emerging set of drivers of productivity and long-term growth in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It provides a much-needed compass for policy-makers and other stakeholders to help shape economic strategies and monitor progress.

Top ten economies: The United States is the closest economy to the “competitiveness frontier”, the ideal state, where a country would obtain the perfect score on every component of the index. With a competitiveness score of 85.6, it is 14 points away from the frontier mark of 100, implying that even the top-ranked economy among the 140 has room for improvement. It is followed by Singapore (83.5) and Germany (82.8). Switzerland (82.6) comes in at 4th place, followed by Japan (82.5), Netherlands (82.4), Hong Kong SAR (82.3). The United Kingdom (82.0), Sweden (81.7) and Denmark (80.6) round out the top ten.

The full report can be found on the World Economic Forum webpage.

The mind of the leader: how to lead yourself, your people, and your organization for extraordinary results by Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter

The mind of the leaderOverview:

Join the global movement that’s making corporations more people-centric to achieve great results.

The world is facing a global leadership crisis. Seventy-seven percent of leaders think they do a good job of engaging their people, yet 88 percent of employees say their leaders don’t engage enough. There is also a high level of suffering in the workplace: 35 percent of employees would forgo a pay raise to see their leaders fired.

This is an enormous waste of human talent—despite the fact that $46 billion is spent each year on leadership development.

Based on extensive research, including assessments of more than 35,000 leaders and interviews with 250 C-level executives, The Mind of the Leader concludes that organizations and leaders aren’t meeting employees’ basic human needs of finding meaning, purpose, connection, and genuine happiness in their work.

But more than a description of the problem, The Mind of the Leader offers a radical, yet practical, solution. To solve the leadership crisis, organizations need to put people at the center of their strategy. They need to develop managers and executives who lead with three core mental qualities: mindfulness , selflessness , and compassion.

Using real-world inspirational examples from Marriott, Accenture, McKinsey & Company, LinkedIn, and many more, The Mind of the Leader shows how this new kind of leadership turns conventional leadership thinking upside down. It represents a radical redefinition of what it takes to be an effective leader—and a practical, hard-nosed solution to every organization’s engagement and execution problems. Provided by publisher.

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

IMF World Economic Outlook – October 2018 Update

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The IMF has recently released the latest World Economic Outlook (WEO), “Challenges to Steady Growth.”

The report projects that global growth will remain steady over this year and next, at last year’s rate of 3.7 percent. This growth exceeds that achieved in any of the years between 2012 and 2016, and it occurs as many economies have reached or are nearing full employment and as earlier deflationary fears have dissipated. Thus, policymakers still have an excellent opportunity to build resilience and implement growth enhancing reforms.

Read the full World Economic Outlook October 2018 Update here.

Capital IQ on Trial

(CC) Capital IQ/S&PFollowing the Capital IQ session last week, Capital IQ is now available at the Library for a trial period.

The S&P Capital IQ platform, an offering of S&P Global Market Intelligence, combines deep and broad global financial intelligence (companies, markets and people) with an array of tools for analysis, ideation, and efficiency.

Boost your advantage and productivity with the S&P Capital IQ platform:

• Perform deep company and industry research
• Monitor companies and markets
• Identify and leverage key relationships
• Generate better ideas and targets
• Build and maintain models and presentations

How to access to Capital IQ?

S&P Global Market Intelligence has offered us the possibility of trial periods for individual users. If you are interested, please send an email to and we will forward your request to them.

World Development Report 2019: The Changing Nature of Work

(CC) WDR 2019/World BankThe World Bank has just launched the World Development Report 2019, entitled “The Changing Nature of Work.” The report studies how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today.

Fears that robots will take away jobs from people have dominated the discussion over the future of work, but the World Development Report 2019 finds that on balance this appears to be unfounded. Work is constantly reshaped by technological progress. Firms adopt new ways of production, markets expand, and societies evolve. Overall, technology brings opportunity, paving the way to create new jobs, increase productivity, and deliver effective public services. Firms can grow rapidly thanks to digital transformation, expanding their boundaries and reshaping traditional production patterns. The rise of the digital platform firm means that technological effects reach more people faster than ever before. Technology is changing the skills that employers seek. Workers need to be better at complex problem-solving, teamwork and adaptability. Digital technology is also changing how people work and the terms on which they work. Even in advanced economies, short-term work, often found through online platforms, is posing similar challenges to those faced by the world’s informal workers.

The report analyzes these changes and considers how governments can best respond. Investing in human capital must be a priority for governments in order for workers to build the skills in demand in the labor market. In addition, governments need to enhance social protection and extend it to all people in society, irrespective of the terms on which they work. To fund these investments in human capital and social protection, the Report offers some suggestions as to how governments can mobilize additional revenues by increasing the tax base.

Download the report here.

Career Forum October 2018 – Vital information

Career Forum Feb 2018The Library wants to help MBA students get the most out of IESE’s upcoming Career Forum. With that in mind, don’t miss out on the express 15-minute training capsules to glean vital information (financial data, SWOT analysis, latest news and developments…) on the companies that most interest you. We will also show you how to access employee surveys of top employers, career advice, job listings, and career guides to individual industries.

Come at any time between 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. during this week and ask for a capsule from the counter.

In addition, the Library has a Career Corner, with a special collection of books and other publications on Careers. Come take a browse and, if you want, take one or two titles out on loan.

We look forward to seeing and helping you!

Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business 2018

(CC) Fortune Live Media /FlickrThis is the 21st year Fortune publish its Most Powerful Women list—and they have a new No. 1 for the first time since 2015. Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President, and CEO of Lockheed Martin, picks up top honors, followed by Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO of General Motors, in second place and Abigail Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Fidelity Investments in third.

The magazine compiles the list by ranking leaders by criteria that include the size and importance of the woman’s business in the global economy, the business’s health, the path of the woman’s career and influence on society and culture.

This year, the ranking has seven newcomers, two returnees, and CEOs controlling just under $1 trillion in market cap.

To view the complete list of Fortune’s 2018 Most Powerful Women in Business, click here.

Also, read here the 50 Most Powerful Women based outside the U.S. ranking, in which GlaxoSmithKline CEO Emma Walmsley takes the top spot this year, ending the four-year reign of Banco Santander Executive Chair Ana Botin.

All You Need to Know About the Global Residential Construction

(CC) James Willamor/FlickrMarketLine has published the report “Global Residential Construction”, which provides data on the global sector’s size, value and volume between 2013 and 2017, as well as forecasts to 2022.

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: Barratt Developments PLC, China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd, Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co Ltd and, D.R. Horton, 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.