Pan-African Banks: Turning Around a Bad Reputation

Unfortunately, when we think about Nigerian banks, what immediately comes to mind are those e-mails we've all received requesting a transfer to an obscure account. However, not all Nigerian banks are alike. Following a privatization and liberalization period, a process of industry consolidation started in 2005. A capital requirement was imposed of naira (N) 25…

Is Spanish Government reformism delivering?

Does the current economic policy in Spain help or impede the recovery and medium and long-run growth prospects? Together with a group of eight IESE experts and six of some of the most prominent Spanish economists, we have developed the Reform Monitor, an assessment of the performance of the Spanish economy; the adequacy of the…

Organizations and the Virtuous Circle

Recently, there has been a lot of debate about the actual objective of “the organization.”  In the Western World, the prevalent view over the last decades has been that its objective was maximizing shareholder value above any other consideration. In other words, the HOW, (whether or not a company is virtuous in accomplishing objectives), did not…
3

The ins-and-outs of real estate

Look at the picture below carefully and read the sign there. You'll see one of the ins-and-outs of real estate in Nigeria – and I suspect that similar ones may appear in the rest of Africa: Yes, you got it right!: "This property is NOT for sale." Unusual, isn't it? Not so here, where you…
4
1 183 200