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eBook Business Collection (EBSCO) on trial

3000-1024x443The Library has eBook Business Collection (EBSCO) on trial until May 31, 2017.

The Book Business Collection (EBSCO) contains more than 14,500 e-books covering all disciplines of business, including leadership and management, marketing, project management, business communication, finance and accounting, human resources, sales and selling, mergers and acquisitions, green business, strategic planning and more.

Top Publishers and University Presses Include:

•       Harvard University Press
•       John Wiley & Sons
•       ASTD
•       AMACOM
•       MIT Press
•       Sage
•       Career Press
•       Ashgate
•       HRD Press
•       Greenwood
•       And more

How to access to eBook Business Collection (EBSCO)?

Access campus-wide and off campus, from the Databases on trial page (trial access does not include all of the Business Collection ebooks).

Renewable energy in Europe 2017: recent growth and knock-on effects

FreeimagesThe EEA report shows that renewables have become a major contributor to the energy transition occurring in many parts of Europe. Growth in renewables continues to bolster climate change mitigation in the EU. The EU-wide share of renewable energy use increased from 15% in 2013 to 16% in 2014. This upward trend continued also in 2015, as renewable energy accounted for the majority (77%) of new electricity-generating capacity for the eighth year in a row. Recent data from Eurostat showed that the EU-wide renewable energy use finally reached 16.7% in 2015. This steady EU-wide progress in renewables since 2005 enables the EU to stay well on course to reach its target of 20 % by 2020.

 The article is available from the European Environment Agency website.

Business Barometer Back to Basics 2016

FreeimagesBusiness Barometer’s Back to Basics is an internationally scalable financial data analyzer that captures the financial statements of 1.2 million companies over the first eight years of the Global Financial Crisis (2007-2014), with the aim of offering policy guidelines for businesses based on the actions taken by sectors that have emerged strengthened from the crisis.

One of the study’s main findings is that Spanish SMEs have lost competitiveness during the crisis vis-à-vis larger companies.

To access the full report, visit the IESE Insight website.

Bloomberg 2017 Global Health Index

PixabayItaly is ranked the healthiest country on Earth in the Bloomberg Global Health Index of 163 countries. Iceland, Switzerland, Singapore and Australia rounded out the top five most-healthy countries in the index. Spain ranks 6th.

Each country in the index was graded based on variables such as life expectancy, causes of death and health risks ranging from high blood pressure and tobacco use to malnutrition and the availability of clean water.

You can view the complete list here.

Library Schedule Changes April 29-30 and May 1-2

  • Library_closed_News_20150429092405Due to the MBA exams taking place next week, the Barcelona Library Reading Room will be open on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m(Service desk will be open on Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • The Barcelona Library will be closed on May 1.
  • The Madrid Library will be closed on May 1 and 2.

Keep in mind that you have off-campus access to the IESE Library’s electronic resources.

Inclusive innovation policies: Lessons from international case studies

g27270e3Innovation policies are central to growth agendas in most countries, but have figured much less prominently in strategies to promote social inclusion. In recent years, many countries have implemented “inclusive innovation policies”– a specific set of innovation policies that aim to boost the capacities and opportunities of disadvantaged individuals to engage in innovation activities, including research and entrepreneurship. Examples include the provision of grants to researchers from disadvantaged groups, the deployment of programmes to popularise science and technology, the provision of micro-credit to entrepreneurs and the provision of grants to firms locating their R&D activities in peripheral regions.

This paper analyses the role that inclusive innovation policies can play in tackling social, industrial and territorial inclusiveness challenges by drawing on 33 detailed policy examples from 15 countries. The paper discusses why these policies should be a priority, explores the specific challenges that arise in their implementation and provides recommendations as to how the challenges can best be addressed.

Download the OECD’s paper Inclusive innovation policies: Lessons from international case studies“, available for the IESE community.

The 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies

(CC) Marcos Castellano/FlickrThe Spanish company Iberdrola has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Among the other companies that feature prominently are Marks & Spencer, Ford Motor CompanyHennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) and L’ORÉAL.

Companies recognised by the Ethisphere Institute acknowledge their responsibilities to “drive positive change, consider the impact of their actions on their employees, investors, customers and other stakeholders, and use their values and culture as an underpinning to the decisions they make every day”.

To see this year’s ranking of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, click here.

Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2017: An OECD Scoreboard

financing-smes-and-entrepreneurs-2017_fin_sme_ent-2017-enFinancing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2017 provides information on debt, equity, asset-based finance, and framework conditions for SME and entrepreneurship finance, complemented with an overview of recent policy measures to support access to finance in 39 countries.

The sixth instalment of this annual publication provides a solid evidence base to improve SME policy making. Almost a decade after the financial crisis, the financing situation of SMEs and entrepreneurs has generally improved in 2015 and the first half of 2016 in most participating countries, and indicates a more favourable business environment.

While alternative sources of financing are gaining some traction, SMEs nevertheless remain very reliant on bank lending, making them vulnerable to credit market conditions and the economic climate.

Read the book Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2017: An OECD Scoreboard online.

All You Need to Know About the Car Manufacturing in Europe

(CC) Dushan Hanuska / FlickrMarketLine has just published the report “Car Manufacturing in Europe”, which provides data on the European 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: Bayerische Motoren Werke AG -BMW Group-, Ford Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroen S.A., and Volkswagen AG) 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.

Saint George’s Day at the Library

saint georgeApril 23 is, at one and the same time, Saint George’s Day, World Book Day and the Fair of the Book and the Rose in Catalonia.

To mark the occasion, the Library has prepared a selection of interesting books by IESE Professors which will be displayed in the entrance hall on Friday. Come along and you will be able to take some of these books on loan.
Also, if you come to the Library any time during our opening hours (8 a.m. to 9 p.m.) this Friday, you can take a book away as a special Saint George’s gift.

Have a very pleasant Saint George’s Day!

The IESE Library team