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  • s+b Blogs
    August 8, 2019

    Keep your CSR programs on track

    by Matt Palmquist
    Corporate social responsibility can be tricky, especially for multinationals. A new study lays out some guidance.
  • August 1, 2019

    China’s herd of unicorns

    by Jianbin Gao and Yuqing Guo
    About 200 Chinese startups have valuations of $1 billion or more, and many are preparing to go global.
  • s+b Blogs
    July 18, 2019

    Why business should cut food waste

    by Deepali Srivastava
    Being green isn’t the only reason for companies to get on board. Retailers, restaurants, and others that find ways to minimize food surpluses will reap financial rewards, too.
  • July 17, 2019

    Level setting

    by David J. Lynch
    In his new book, Michael O’Sullivan looks to the past to find a future for the post-globalization world.
  • June 11, 2019

    Jabil’s manufacturing leap

    by Richard D’Aveni
    How one of the biggest companies you’ve never heard of may create the future of manufacturing.
  • June 6, 2019

    Diving into deep learning

    by Chana R. Schoenberger
    In their new book on what makes high schools work, education experts Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine offer vital lessons for business leaders as well.
  • June 5, 2019

    A crisis of legitimacy

    by Blair Sheppard and Ceri-Ann Droog
    Today’s toughest global challenges are unintended consequences of yesterday’s success. If our prevailing institutions can’t adapt, they could lose the right to lead.
  • s+b Blogs
    May 2, 2019

    The hidden perils of temp turnover

    by Matt Palmquist
    In the gig economy, more companies are employing temporary workers for greater flexibility. But that strategy comes at a cost.
  • May 1, 2019

    Make the most of tax time

    Taxes are often viewed as simply a compliance issue. But what if organizations thought of taxes as a way to benefit their businesses now, and help them plan for a better future? Here, a collection of articles delves into different corners of the tax world to explain how it’s done.
  • April 22, 2019

    The confidence premium

    by Bob Moritz
    In PwC’s annual global survey of chief executives, CEOs’ optimism about their own company’s prospects is a leading indicator of broader economic prosperity. How, then, can we best foster confident CEOs?
  • s+b Blogs
    April 15, 2019

    How business schools can change the world

    by Deepa Krishnan
    Experiential learning approaches that give management students exposure to adversity can help create empathetic leaders who are motivated to build a more equitable, sustainable future.
  • s+b Blogs
    April 10, 2019

    Making universal basic income a reality

    by Deepali Srivastava
    After years of hype, UBI could be poised to scale. But first, policymakers and businesses will have to address fundamental implementation issues.
  • s+b Blogs
    March 27, 2019

    Designing for economic inclusion

    by Deepa Prahalad
    Products that resonate best with consumers at the bottom of the pyramid are those designed with an understanding of their aspirations and needs.
  • March 20, 2019

    Asian opportunities

    by Jeremy Grant
    Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, who leads one of the Philippines’ biggest conglomerates, explains how Southeast Asian companies are taking advantage of the changes in East–West dynamics.
  • March 12, 2019

    Japan’s female future

    by Bill Emmott
    Demographic realities and the growing number of women in higher education are changing the male-dominated management structures of Japan Inc.
  • s+b Blogs
    March 7, 2019

    The wisdom of The Old Wives’ Tale

    by Daniel Akst
    A 1908 novel about the fate of two sisters in Victorian England has a great deal to teach us about the challenges women face in the business world.
  • s+b Blogs
    March 4, 2019

    The silver lining of an aging population

    by Matt Palmquist
    Economists often warn that an abundance of elders will be problematic for the economy. But new research shows that such a demographic shift could be a good thing.
  • February 27, 2019

    How to pick technology winners

    by Peter Schwartz
    Some of today’s innovations will become as prevalent as smartphones. Others, such as jet packs, won’t take off. Three factors can help you tell which are likely to succeed.
  • February 19, 2019

    Tomorrow’s Data Heroes

    by Florian Gröne, Pierre Péladeau, and Rawia Abdel Samad
    Telecom companies are struggling to find a profitable identity in today’s digital sphere. What about helping customers control their information?
  • February 15, 2019

    Can Capitalism Be Fixed?

    by David J. Lynch
    In his new book, The Future of Capitalism, Oxford economist Paul Collier lays out a path to restore the ethical foundations of the free-market system in the U.S. and Europe.
  • February 12, 2019

    Sustaining Southeast Asia’s Momentum

    by David Wijeratne, Neil Plumridge, and Sundara Raj
    How the 10 countries of the vibrant ASEAN region can avoid the threat of slower growth.
  • s+b Blogs
    February 11, 2019

    Finance, Disaster, and You

    by Daniel Akst
    The Financier, an overlooked 1912 volume by iconic novelist Theodore Dreiser, has a great deal to teach businesspeople about hubris, adversity, and redemption.
  • February 5, 2019

    Team Human vs. Team AI

    by Douglas Rushkoff
    To make artificial intelligence live up to its promise, we need to understand and reframe the values implicit in the technology.
  • January 28, 2019

    Water Experts for the World

    by Bobbie van der List
    The Dutch turned adversity into a compelling economic opportunity. Other countries could do the same.
  • s+b Blogs
    January 3, 2019

    Are We Outgrowing Growth?

    by Deepali Srivastava
    Citizens and policymakers are asking whether economies can break out of growth-dependent frameworks. Businesses should help find the answer.
  • December 7, 2018

    What happened after India eliminated cash

    by Deepa Krishnan
    Two years ago, the Indian government abruptly wiped out most of the nation’s currency in hopes of ending black money and curbing corruption. Has the experiment worked?
  • s+b Blogs
    November 20, 2018

    How to Fail Successfully

    by Adam Kahane
    When problem solving breaks down and you have to wing your way forward, you might think you’ve failed. But a disciplined response can get you back on track. See also “How to Fail the Right Way.”
  • October 9, 2018

    Planning for the Unexpected

    by Paul Wolfowitz, Kristin Rivera, and Glenn Ware
    Typical crisis planning focuses on specific potential shocks. But how do you prepare for an unforeseen “asymmetric” threat — one that comes out of nowhere, with no rule book to follow?
  • s+b Blogs
    September 10, 2018

    Increasing Your Global Fluency

    by Eric J. McNulty
    For recent grads and seasoned executives alike, on-the-ground experience in foreign locales can help you bridge your global skills gap and increase your ability to innovate.
  • s+b Blogs
    August 15, 2018

    Collaborating Isn’t the Only Option

    by Adam Kahane
    Working with diverse others doesn’t have to mean compromising your values. But if you just can’t do it, there are other ways to solve difficult problems. See also “Four Ways to Deal with Problematic Situations.”
  • July 26, 2018

    Digital Champions

    by Reinhard Geissbauer, Stefan Schrauf, and Steve Pillsbury
    The interlinked platforms that make up Industry 4.0 represent a new kind of challenge for manufacturers and other technology-intensive companies. With four key business ecosystems, they can make this new world their own.
  • July 25, 2018

    Back from the Brink?

    by David J. Lynch
    A new book argues that the global financial crisis that began in 2008 would have been much worse without American financial innovation.
  • June 27, 2018

    If Cash Is King, Why Doesn’t It Rule?

    by Liz Sweigart
    With tax rules changing and interest rates set to rise globally, companies need to organize their operations around a new value equation.
  • s+b Blogs
    June 13, 2018

    Could Iceland Win the 2018 FIFA World Cup?

    by Deborah Unger
    The ability of a small country to field a world-class soccer team can teach businesses about the power of good management for team building.
  • s+b Blogs
    June 6, 2018

    Desperately Seeking Workers

    by Daniel Gross
    With roughly equal numbers of open jobs and unemployed people, companies are scrapping their talent plans and looking for workers wherever they can find them.
  • May 30, 2018

    Why Teams Should Argue

    by Adam Kahane
    Strong teams include diverse perspectives, and healthy working relationships and successful outcomes hinge on honest communication. But there are ways to make sure you “fight right.” See also “How to Fight in a Productive Way.”
  • May 23, 2018

    Don’t Fight Regulation. Reprogram It

    by Alison Kutler and Antonio Sweet
    Business and government should regard the rules as an operating system: a platform, updated collaboratively, that encourages innovation and the common good.
  • s+b Blogs
    May 9, 2018

    The Risks and Costs of Cyber-Attacks

    by Matt Palmquist
    High-profile companies that frequently use consumer data are targets, and negative effects linger for years.
  • May 2, 2018

    Optimism and Trust on the CEO’s Mind

    by Art Kleiner
    In PwC’s annual survey of chief executives around the world, respondents voiced confidence about economic growth and greater interest in corporate responsibility.
  • s+b Blogs
    March 21, 2018

    Ask Not What Your City Can Do for New Jobs

    by Daniel Gross
    Towns in the U.S. are scrambling to attract Amazon’s second headquarters, but there are more effective ways to put people to work. Fill the vacant jobs in your area.
  • December 18, 2017

    What will work look like in 2030?

    by Jeff Hesse and Scott Olsen
    Imagining four radically different scenarios for how companies will manage people and how people will manage their work and careers.
  • s+b Blogs
    December 12, 2017

    Detecting Lies on Earnings Calls

    by Jan Alexander
    Can software and analytics help investors figure out if corporate leaders really mean what they say?
  • s+b Blogs
    November 22, 2017

    What’s Going on with Wages?

    by Daniel Gross
    As the labor market continues to change, base pay is rising much more quickly for the bottom 20 percent of earners than for other workers.
  • s+b Blogs
    November 14, 2017

    How to Spark “Next-Gen” Creativity

    by Eric J. McNulty
    Leading for creativity isn’t about being an artistic free spirit — it’s about having the necessary skills to think in ways that get things done.
  • November 13, 2017

    Jeremy Rifkin on How to Manage a Future of Abundance

    by Art Kleiner and Juliette Powell
    The influential economic theorist looks ahead to a world of virtually free energy and zero marginal cost production, and to a desperate race against climate change.
  • October 24, 2017

    Will Stronger Borders Weaken Innovation?

    by Barry Jaruzelski, Volker Staack, and Robert Chwalik
    The flow of talent, investment, and ideas that has boosted companies’ global R&D efforts may soon be impeded by the rise of economic nationalism.
  • s+b Blogs
    October 12, 2017

    Stop Putting So Much Stock in Streaks

    by Daniel Gross
    The end of a run can feel earth-shattering, but economists and statisticians say it often means nothing.
  • August 28, 2017

    Are We on the Verge of a New Golden Age?

    by Carlota Perez, Leo Johnson, and Art Kleiner
    A long-wave theory of technological and economic change suggests the financial malaise that began in 2007 may be about to end.
  • August 9, 2017

    s+b Trend Watch: The Rise of Counterfeiting

    Fraudulent products are booming in the global economy. And although we hear a lot about fake handbags, watches, and other luxury goods, counterfeit drugs are far more common.
  • s+b Blogs
    August 8, 2017

    Why the Experts Get It Wrong

    by Daniel Gross
    The closing of an energy hedge fund shows unique difficulties market veterans face when forecasting.
  • August 8, 2017

    Get Ready for the Silicon Military

    by Andrew Apostolou
    As the global defense industry embraces digital technology, it is creating a new type of warfare with different winners and losers.
  • s+b Blogs
    August 3, 2017

    Can Ex-Cons Ease the Labor Shortage?

    by Daniel Gross
    Employers are running out of creative ways to lure workers — and those coming out of prison are a largely untapped pool.
  • s+b Blogs
    July 5, 2017

    When You Keep Falling Short of Your Mission

    by Daniel Gross
    The Fed can’t meet its inflation target, companies routinely miss earnings guidance, and schools fail to increase test scores. So what’s an institution to do?
  • June 15, 2017

    Innovation from Farm to Table

    by Barry Jaruzelski, Volker Staack, and Tom Johnson
    Investment in agricultural R&D is essential to feeding the world’s growing population.
  • s+b Blogs
    June 13, 2017

    A Jobless Recovery in Coal

    by Daniel Gross
    Hiring people is often a last resort, even when an industry is growing.
  • June 7, 2017

    It’s All Cass Sunstein’s Default

    by Sally Helgesen
    The law professor who brought behavioral science into public policy believes that with a little intervention, we can all have the freedom to choose wisely.
  • s+b Blogs
    June 5, 2017

    How to Lead When Global Trust Is Plummeting

    by Eric J. McNulty
    With the public’s level of anxiety and distrust of executives and government officials, leaders must rethink how they relate to organizations.
  • s+b Blogs
    May 31, 2017

    Why Don’t We Anticipate Hockey Sticks?

    by Daniel Gross
    Experts often fail to recognize when the growth rates of products or industries are about to kick into a much higher gear.
  • May 25, 2017

    Common Purpose: Realigning Business, Economies, and Society

    by Colm Kelly and Blair Sheppard
    Today’s economic and political upheavals reflect an ongoing misalignment between business and economies (on the one hand) and acceptable societal outcomes (on the other). There is still time to adjust, if we are willing to reexamine some long-held assumptions.
  • May 18, 2017

    Being Ready for a Crisis

    by Melanie Butler, Sloane Menkes, and Marissa Michel
    An effective response starts long before the catastrophe occurs, with governance and relationships, advance preparation, and the ability to test your practices.
  • s+b Blogs
    May 2, 2017

    Economic Cycles Cut Both Ways

    by Daniel Gross
    It’s easy to forget about the procyclicality of debt when basking in long upswings.
  • s+b Blogs
    March 2, 2017

    Should Robots Pay Their Fair Share?

    by Daniel Gross
    If machines and software are going to take over the jobs of humans, we may need them to fund our society.
  • February 22, 2017

    The Uncertainty Advantage

    by Karen Avery and Gary Lynch
    Creative leaders don’t fear risk — they turn it into a money-making strategy.
  • February 21, 2017

    Can Radio Survive in the Era of Self-Driving Cars?

    by Daniel Eckert, Gregory Boyer, and Huw Thomas
    Radio companies may be better positioned than they realize to provide entertainment to commuters, but they’ll need to rethink their business models.
  • s+b Blogs
    February 14, 2017

    You May Be Part of a Global Supply Chain

    by Daniel Gross
    All sorts of U.S. industries, including education and car manufacturing, sell their products and services to international customers.
  • s+b Blogs
    February 7, 2017

    The Imperfect Job Market

    by Daniel Gross
    The persistence of shortages in a range of industries indicates the market is far from efficient.
  • January 25, 2017

    Microsoft Starts Up

    by Shameen Prashantham and George S. Yip
    The tech giant’s partnership model shows how large companies can work with new ventures to drive innovation.
  • s+b Blogs
    January 12, 2017

    A New Reality at Davos

    by Daniel Gross
    Going into the World Economic Forum, globalization continues at a rapid pace but the social and political context is changing.
  • s+b Blogs
    January 5, 2017

    Why Geographic Mobility Matters

    by Daniel Gross
    When local economic conditions aren’t favorable, companies and people have to give greater consideration to the often-painful prospect of moving.
  • s+b Blogs
    November 30, 2016

    Displaced by Automation in Shanghai

    by Daniel Gross
    The trend of manufacturers replacing human labor with machines isn’t restricted to the West.
  • s+b Blogs
    November 30, 2016

    Inclusion Is More Strategic Than Ever

    by Art Kleiner and Paul Leinwand
    By setting your company up for growth, you have already made a strong, implicit commitment to diversity. The political events of 2016 could help you deliver on that promise.
  • s+b Blogs
    November 17, 2016

    Joint-Venture Road Map for the Little(r) Guy

    by Matt Palmquist
    International partnerships can put parties at odds, but there are ways for smaller firms to avoid common conflicts and stick up for themselves.
  • November 16, 2016

    Business Beyond Brexit

    by David Lancefield
    Negotiations on the U.K.’s split from the European Union could take years. Instead of waiting, enterprise leaders should rethink their strategies now.
  • November 14, 2016

    The New Game of Global Tech

    by Olaf Acker, Florian Groene, and Germar Schroeder
    As distinctions dissolve among the hardware, software, services, and telecom sectors, companies are changing how they compete.
  • s+b Blogs
    November 9, 2016

    Poll Positions

    by Daniel Gross
    The failure of prognosticators to call the U.K. election, and before that, the U.S. presidential election, should make us take another look at our own preconceived notions about big data and analytics. It takes human contact to predict an election.
  • November 7, 2016

    The CEO as Activist

    by Jan Alexander
    Duke professor Aaron Chatterji believes business leaders have social and political responsibilities they can’t afford to neglect.
  • s+b Blogs
    November 4, 2016

    The Forgiveness Mandate

    by Art Kleiner
    The 2016 presidential election has shown that no secret is safe; we’d better learn to distinguish acceptable transgressions from non-acceptable ones.
  • October 24, 2016

    Four Tracks to Market Leadership

    by Jeffrey Rothfeder and Art Kleiner
    Trends spotted by Strategy& suggest that companies in any industry can gain prominence by choosing the right approach.
  • s+b Blogs
    October 10, 2016

    Branding Evolution

    by Peter Lauria
    Starbucks undergoes a media makeover.
  • s+b Blogs
    September 28, 2016

    Labor Chips Away at Capital

    by Daniel Gross
    Rising corporate profits and stagnant wages have been an enduring feature of this economic expansion. Not anymore.
  • September 12, 2016

    Drilling for New Sources of Growth

    by Samer Bohsali, Per-Ola Karlsson, and Rawia Abdel Samad
    How members of the Gulf Cooperation Council can diversify their economies.
  • s+b Blogs
    August 16, 2016

    A Zero-Waste Lesson from the Serengeti

    by Daniel Gross
    Living off the grid, even for a few days, shines a stark light on just how many resources go to waste when moving through a day in the developed world.
  • August 2, 2016

    Pro-LGBT Companies in Anti-LGBT Countries

    by Art Kleiner
    A global study coauthored by NYU law professor Kenji Yoshino found a range of business benefits in promoting gender-identity rights.
  • July 25, 2016

    Hedge Fund, Meet Highway

    by Julien Courbe and Peter Raymond
    New investments in infrastructure by private asset managers are changing the way the world finances its cities, power systems, and transportation links.
  • s+b Blogs
    July 13, 2016

    Wage Pressure

    by Daniel Gross
    The way CEOs think about workers’ pay is beginning to change.
  • s+b Blogs
    June 7, 2016

    Don’t Believe the Globaloney

    by Daniel Gross
    Despite obstacles and setbacks, companies are still globalizing at a furious pace.
  • June 7, 2016

    India’s Triple Play

    by Suvarchala Narayanan
    What do feature phones, regional newspapers, and smartphones have in common? They’re all vehicles for the country’s remarkable move to digital broadband.
  • May 31, 2016

    Why Are 4 Billion People without the Internet?

    by Bahjat El-Darwiche, Mathias Herzog, and Rawia Abdel Samad
    Three obstacles to extending the reach of the Web — and thereby reducing poverty in developing countries — can be fixed.
  • s+b Blogs
    May 23, 2016

    Lessons from a Wildfire

    by Eric J. McNulty
    The Fort McMurray blazes test the limits of fundamental ideas in organizational crisis management.
  • May 9, 2016

    A strategist’s guide to Industry 4.0

    by Reinhard Geissbauer, Jesper Vedsø, and Stefan Schrauf
    Global businesses are about to integrate their operations into a seamless digital whole, and thereby change the world.
  • April 25, 2016

    A New Map for Business in Africa

    by Jorge Camarate, Peter Hoijtink, and Miles Puttergill
    On the world’s most diverse continent, companies need a deep understanding of local context.
  • April 6, 2016

    Twilight of the Central Bankers

    by Zachary Karabell
    Mohamed A. El-Erian argues that the world’s masters of monetary policy have reached the peak of their ability to influence the course of the global economy.
  • April 4, 2016

    Global Power Shift

    by Dennis Chesley, Miles Everson, and John Garvey
    Winners, losers, and strategies in the new world economic order.
  • s+b Blogs
    March 29, 2016

    The 100-Mile Commute

    by Daniel Gross
    How can a service economy function at its full potential if many service workers can’t afford to live anywhere near their jobs?
  • March 29, 2016

    Social Entrepreneurship by the Billions

    by Roger L. Martin, Sally R. Osberg, and Jennifer Riel
    An audacious effort to provide digital ID numbers throughout India illustrates the potential for large-scale change.
  • s+b Blogs
    March 23, 2016

    The Work of the Future

    by Daniel Gross
    If machines and robots are poised to displace humans in the office, why do so many people have jobs?
  • March 21, 2016

    Corporate First Responders

    by Luis Ballesteros and Michael Useem
    Even in wealthy countries, companies can play a vital role in disaster relief.
  • s+b Blogs
    March 17, 2016

    Why Are There So Few Women in the C-Suite?

    by Matt Palmquist
    A new study finds that despite progress on gender equity, there seems to be an implicit quota on women holding senior positions at large companies.
  • s+b Blogs
    March 16, 2016

    Hamilton’s Place

    by Daniel Gross
    Has American economic history proved that pragmatism is the most effective ideology?
  • March 7, 2016

    Demographics for Prosperity

    by John Hawksworth
    Societies seeking long-term economic growth can find it by accentuating the earning power of young workers, near-retirees, and women.
  • s+b Blogs
    March 7, 2016

    It’s No More BRICs as Usual

    by John Jullens
    The era of unbridled growth for emerging markets may be over, but that doesn’t mean the opportunities are gone.
  • s+b Blogs
    March 1, 2016

    Buffett’s Warning on Economic Gloom

    by Daniel Gross
    The billionaire investor’s latest annual letter provides an important insight on the divergent fortunes of companies and individuals.
  • s+b Blogs
    February 23, 2016

    Integration à la Carte

    by Daniel Gross
    The U.K.’s efforts to redefine its relationship with the European Union highlight a growing trend of countries hedging on globalization.
  • s+b Blogs
    February 19, 2016

    Moscow’s Undaunted Entrepreneurs

    by Shellie Karabell
    Today’s Russian trendsetters are Silicon Valley–style entrepreneurs determined to make their ventures work — and to pull their country’s economy forward, no matter what.
  • s+b Blogs
    February 2, 2016

    Not So Great Expectations for Japan

    by Daniel Gross
    An appreciation of Japan’s demographic trends suggests analysts are overestimating the country’s capacity for generating growth and inflation.
  • January 13, 2016

    Teaming with Young Guns

    by Katherine Dugan
    To attract and retain the young employees who are coming to dominate the workforce, companies should turn to a fresh take on a mature concept: teaming.
  • s+b Blogs
    October 29, 2015

    Merging across Borders

    by Matt Palmquist
    Given the growing number of international mergers, managers must overcome cultural differences with foreign colleagues to avoid the type of friction that can devalue a deal.
  • s+b Blogs
    October 27, 2015

    Leading in an Increasingly VUCA World

    by Eric J. McNulty
    The world is getting more dynamic and complex, not less, so leaders must learn how to surmount new challenges.
  • s+b Blogs
    October 2, 2015

    A blueprint for forays into emerging markets

    by Matt Palmquist
    Analysts often discourage risky expansions into developing markets, but three distinct strategies have been associated with success.
  • s+b Blogs
    September 30, 2015

    Leaps in Perspective

    by David Hudnut
    If you know your company’s progress up the levels of human evolution, you can help its culture advance to the next stage.
  • s+b Blogs
    September 24, 2015

    The Subtleties of CSR in Hard Times

    by Matt Palmquist
    Many corporations reduced their investments in sustainable initiatives during the recent recession — but some relatively high-performing firms actually increased their long-term commitment to CSR.
  • s+b Blogs
    September 3, 2015

    The How and When of Getting Back to Work

    by Matt Palmquist
    Employees who get injured or sick on the job are returning to work much sooner than they did in the past, but companies have varied reasons for accommodating their injured workers.
  • August 18, 2015

    Grow from Your Strengths

    by Gerald Adolph and Kim David Greenwood
    The only sustainable way to capture new opportunities is to remain true to what your company does best.
  • s+b Blogs
    June 24, 2015

    Papal Pull

    by Sally Helgesen
    Pope Francis’s efforts to transform the Catholic Church show how those at the top can grapple with a bureaucracy while exemplifying spiritual leadership.
  • s+b Blogs
    June 8, 2015

    The Data-Driven Optimist

    by Jeffrey Rothfeder
    Economist Max Roser is compiling an archive of global improvement.
  • June 3, 2015

    The Prescriptions of Dr. Sachs

    by David K. Hurst
    The eminent — and controversial — economist offers a set of cures for the ills of global poverty. It’s not clear the medicine works.
  • s+b Blogs
    May 21, 2015

    International Investors Can Be a Hidden Advantage

    by Matt Palmquist
    Courting investors with expertise in foreign markets can provide companies with a crucial, but often overlooked, advantage in pulling off international M&A deals.
  • s+b Blogs
    May 19, 2015

    Thinking Out Loud

    by Sally Helgesen
    A high-profile Silicon Valley sex discrimination trial hinged in part on a thorny question: What is thought leadership?
  • April 20, 2015

    The Imagination Gap

    by Jeffrey Rothfeder
    Business leaders in at least 16 sectors are still not fully prepared for the digital transformation of their industries.
  • s+b Blogs
    April 14, 2015

    Developing the Conviction to Do Meaningful Work

    by Susan Cramm
    As we get older, deciding to pursue our dreams becomes more difficult — but it’s never too late to do something that’s important to the world.
  • s+b Blogs
    April 13, 2015

    CEMEX: An Emerging Market Multinational

    by Pankaj Ghemawat
    The most profitable global company in the cement industry expanded from Mexico by building world-class capabilities.
  • April 1, 2015

    The Ghost of Financial Crises Past

    by Marc Levinson
    Economic historian Barry Eichengreen finds telling parallels between the botched responses to the stock market crash of 1929 and the financial crisis of 2008.
  • s+b Blogs
    March 12, 2015

    The Impact of a Corporate Idealist

    by Ann Graham
    In a recent video interview, Christine Bader explains why paying attention to your company’s ethical, environmental, and societal consequences pays off.
  • s+b Blogs
    February 19, 2015

    The New Volatile World of Oil and Gas

    by Viren Doshi and Georges Chehade
    In this turbulent energy environment, only a few companies will be focused enough to win.
  • s+b Blogs
    February 17, 2015

    The Mother of All Off-Sites

    by Sally Helgesen
    A world-class restaurant opens a pop-up location 5,000 miles away, all in the name of shaking things up.
  • February 9, 2015

    Creating Resilient Organizations

    by David K. Hurst
    Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, describes how to build the capacity to survive disastrous events.
  • February 2, 2015

    How to Lead in Ambiguous Times

    by Ian Bremmer
    Stability, resilience, and relationships are the keys to thriving amid geopolitical crises.
  • s+b Blogs
    November 17, 2014

    What Cities Need to Thrive

    by William Sand
    In top urban areas, socioeconomic balance attracts residents and lays the groundwork for prosperity.
  • November 10, 2014

    China’s Philosopher-CEO Zhang Ruimin

    by Art Kleiner
    Haier’s leader describes how he built a winning global company by continually reframing his management philosophy.
  • November 3, 2014

    Making Sense of Globalization

    by Pankaj Ghemawat and Steven A. Altman
    The DHL Global Connectedness Index, now in its third edition, shows that not all flows of trade, capital, information, and people are alike.
  • s+b Blogs
    October 9, 2014

    The Price of Privatizing War

    by Theodore Kinni
    Modern Mercenary is a fascinating look at the free market for force and the companies that profit from it.
  • October 6, 2014

    Politicians for Prosperity

    by Ram Charan, Michael Useem, and Dennis Carey
    National leaders, such as India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, can make or break their country’s business climate.
  • s+b Blogs
    September 24, 2014

    The Four Rs of High-Stakes Decision Making

    by Eric J. McNulty
    When it’s all on the line, when and how a decision is made matter just as much as whether it’s made in the first place.
  • August 8, 2014

    Lenovo Goes Global

    by William J. Holstein
    China’s most recognizable brand has plans to overtake Apple and Samsung.
  • s+b Blogs
    August 5, 2014

    Don’t Sell Products, Sell Solutions

    by Hans-Joerg Kutschera and Jan Wille
    To win in emerging markets, defense and security contractors need to move beyond equipment sales and help their clients develop broader capabilities.
  • August 1, 2014

    The Entrepreneurship Coach

    by Sally Helgesen
    Working with startups showed Ernesto Sirolli how anyone can have more impact: Shut up and listen.
  • July 31, 2014

    The Art and Science of Add-On Fees

    by Matt Palmquist
    Companies must find a balance between the luxuries customers will pay for and the necessities they expect.
  • June 18, 2014

    Understanding China’s Resource Quest

    by Theodore Kinni
    Elizabeth Economy and Michael Levi argue that China’s demand for natural resources is unlikely to result in further price shocks.
  • May 28, 2014

    The End of Work, Revisited

    by Theodore Kinni
    Two decades after Jeremy Rifkin predicted that private sector jobs would disappear, his controversial view sounds far more likely, and far less ominous.
  • May 21, 2014

    Does Capitalism Create Social Mobility?

    by Theodore Kinni
    In The Son Also Rises, UC Davis economic historian Gregory Clark tracks surnames over hundreds of years to better understand social mobility.
  • May 12, 2014

    China’s Strategic Challenge

    by David K. Hurst
    In Can China Lead? a trio of business school professors argue that unless the Chinese Communist Party loosens its grip, the China “miracle” cannot be sustained.
  • May 5, 2014

    The Trust Agenda

    by Dennis Nally
    CEOs are increasingly seeking “good growth,” aligned with business ethics and sustainability.
  • March 4, 2014

    The Reverse Innovation Paradox

    by John Jullens
    Business experts say a wealth of new products and ideas will flow from emerging economies to developed markets—but real-world examples are hard to find.
  • March 3, 2014

    No More Business as Usual

    by Eric J. McNulty
    Syria. Ukraine. The Tea Party. Companies should start preparing for the new global reality.
  • February 19, 2014

    A Sucker’s Bet in Sochi

    by Theodore Kinni
    After reading the International Handbook on the Economics of Mega Sporting Events, it’s hard to see how Russia will benefit from hosting the Winter Olympics.
  • February 4, 2014

    Can China Innovate?

    by John Jullens
    The country’s economic future seems to hinge on the answer, but innovation might not be the best objective right now.
  • January 22, 2014

    Fiddling at Davos, as Capitalism Burns

    by Theodore Kinni
    If the authors of Does Capitalism Have a Future? are right, this year’s WEF attendees should take a hard look at business as usual.
  • November 14, 2013

    Conglomerates Bounce Back

    by Matt Palmquist
    Borrowing clout gives large companies an edge in a financial crisis.
  • November 8, 2013

    Is It Time to Delist the NYSE?

    by Eric J. McNulty
    The financial markets need a reminder that they are there to serve firms, not the other way around.
  • September 20, 2013

    A Different Kind of Climate Change

    by Eric McNulty
    Businesses must ask themselves what impact they can make on society as social and economic climates change around the world.
  • August 27, 2013

    The Wizards of Money

    by Rob Norton
    In The Alchemists, economic journalist Neil Irwin argues that the financial crisis of 2007–08 made the central bankers of the U.S., U.K., and Europe the most powerful people on earth.
  • August 8, 2013

    The Attraction of Counterfeit Goods

    by Matt Palmquist
    Corporations that understand why people buy counterfeit goods can learn to draw more consumers away from fakes.
  • July 19, 2013

    The Bad Side of Good Governance

    by Matt Palmquist
    Well-meaning but meddlesome boards can wreak havoc on a company during a financial crisis.
  • May 28, 2013

    India’s Leadership Challenge

    by Gaurav Moda, Anshu Nahar, and Jai Sinha
    At many Indian companies, the development of top management has lagged behind the pursuit of technical excellence.
  • May 6, 2013

    The Flat World Debate Revisited

    by John Jullens
    The opposing views of Thomas Friedman and Pankaj Ghemawat on the state of globalization have significant implications for multinationals.
  • April 1, 2013

    Solving China’s M&A Maze

    by John Jullens
    Multinationals creating partnerships with Chinese companies can adopt eight best practices to help manage the unique complexities they often encounter.
  • February 26, 2013

    What the West Can Learn from Jugaad

    by Navi Radjou, Jaideep Prabhu, and Simone Ahuja
    The structured approach to innovation favored by mature companies can’t deliver the agility and differentiation they need today.
  • February 26, 2013

    Strategies for Global Connectedness

    by Pankaj Ghemawat and Steven A. Altman
    National efforts to expand international flows—of trade, capital, information, and people—can be a major leverage point for raising prosperity.
  • February 26, 2013

    Predicting “Flash Crashes”

    by Matt Palmquist
    A controversial financial market indicator may be able to prevent short-term crises in the modern computerized trading world.
  • February 26, 2013

    The Dueling Myths of Business

    by Art Kleiner
    Author and scenario planning expert Betty Sue Flowers dissects the attitudes and beliefs that unconsciously influence leaders.
  • February 26, 2013

    The Digital Government

    by David Hovenden and Chris Bartlett
    How government agencies can use information and communications technology to increase efficiency—and better people’s lives.
  • February 26, 2013

    The Thought Leader Interview: Cynthia Montgomery

    by Ken Favaro and Art Kleiner
    A Harvard Business School professor observes that leaders become better strategists by engaging in conversations about the purpose of a company.
  • February 25, 2013

    Is China the World’s Next Rust Belt?

    by John Jullens
    Rising labor costs will challenge China’s manufacturing base, but five factors point to opportunities for growth.
  • January 21, 2013

    The Multipolar MBA

    by William J. Holstein
    To Rakesh Khurana, a Harvard Business School professor known for his histories of management knowledge, business schools are facing a crisis of global irrelevance.
  • November 27, 2012

    The Global Innovation 1000: Making Ideas Work

    by Barry Jaruzelski, John Loehr, and Richard Holman
    The early stages of innovation can be challenging. But Booz & Company’s annual study of R&D spending reveals that successful innovators bring clarity to a process often described as fuzzy and vague.
  • November 27, 2012

    The University’s Dilemma

    by Tim Laseter
    In the face of disruptive change, higher education needs a new, more innovative business model.
  • November 12, 2012

    The New Chinese Economy

    by Sarah Butler, Edward Tse, and John Jullens
    The boom years may be in the past, but China still offers big opportunities for multinationals that adapt to its new economic reality.
  • August 28, 2012

    A Global Mash-Up

    by Ann Graham
    A review of Standing on the Sun, by Christopher Meyer with Julia Kirby.
  • August 28, 2012

    Riding with Hannibal

    by David K. Hurst
    A review of Hannibal and Me, by Andreas Kluth.
  • August 28, 2012

    Digitization and Prosperity

    by Bahjat El-Darwiche, Milind Singh, and Sandeep Ganediwalla
    The economic growth of nations is linked to one factor: adoption of information and communications technology.
  • August 28, 2012

    School Reform for Realists

    by Andrea Gabor
    Partnerships between business and education have a place in solving the talent gap, but not in the way most executives expect.
  • August 28, 2012

    The Business Case for the European Union

    by Robert Gogel, Per-Ola Karlsson, and Ludo Van der Heyden
    To corporate leaders, this year’s economic crisis is a sign that a more unified Europe is a solution, not a problem.
  • August 28, 2012

    Managing in a Multipolar World

    by Paolo Pigorini, Ashok Divakaran, and Ariel Fleichman
    Why global companies need to rethink their operating models.
  • August 20, 2012

    Staying on the Road to Growth

    by Joe Saddi, Karim Sabbagh, and Richard Shediac
    Even amid ongoing tensions, Middle East leaders must maintain their commitment to economic reform.
  • July 16, 2012

    All Fall Down

    by Barbara Kellerman
    A review of The End, by Ian Kershaw.
  • May 29, 2012

    China’s Mid-Market Innovators

    by Edward Tse, John Jullens, and Bill Russo
    A new category of competitor — low-price, medium-quality Chinese B2B upstarts — is shaking up the global competitive landscape.
  • April 9, 2012

    A Talent Strategy for Emerging Economies

    by David Tusa and Melissa Master Cavanaugh
    Two top leaders of the Middle East telecom company Etisalat explain how they recruit and retain people in frontier markets — the most challenging business environments in the world.
  • February 28, 2012

    Linda Rottenberg’s High-Impact Endeavor

    by Paula Margulies
    This social entrepreneur pioneered a new model for mentoring startups in emerging markets. Now she’s replicating it around the world.
  • February 28, 2012

    How to Make a Region Innovative

    by Ernest J. Wilson III
    To foster economic growth, innovation clusters need to draw on the power of an interrelated “quad” of sectors: public, private, civil, and academic.
  • February 17, 2012

    Winning Moves for 12 Industries

    by Thomas A. Stewart
    Every industry faces its own challenges in 2012’s turbulent, uncertain economic environment. These capabilities systems could pave the way for business growth and development in a dozen key sectors.
  • November 7, 2011

    How Coca-Cola Manages 90 Emerging Markets

    by William J. Holstein
    The world’s largest beverage company has delegated major decision making to individual markets, but it maintains its global brand strategy through collaborative practices.
  • October 31, 2011

    Demographics Are Not Destiny

    by Richard Shediac, Chadi N. Moujaes, and Mazen Ramsay Najjar
    Even as the world’s population reaches 7 billion, the rate of growth is slowing and workforces are aging. Companies and countries can prosper by preparing for the changes to come.
  • October 25, 2011

    The Global Innovation 1000: Why Culture Is Key

    by Barry Jaruzelski, John Loehr, and Richard Holman
    Booz & Company’s annual study shows that spending more on R&D won’t drive results. The most crucial factors are strategic alignment and a culture that supports innovation.
  • September 19, 2011

    China in Transition

    by Sheridan Prasso
    China’s rising middle class will challenge the world’s resources — and press China’s leadership for change, says Cheng Li, a leading Chinese political scientist.
  • August 23, 2011

    How to Be a Truly Global Company

    by C.K. Prahalad and Hrishi Bhattacharyya
    Many multinational business models are no longer relevant. Skillful companies can integrate three strategies — customization, competencies, and arbitrage — into a better form of organization.
  • August 23, 2011

    Competing for the Global Middle Class

    by Edward Tse, Bill Russo, and Ronald Haddock
    Three types of companies are jockeying for position in emerging economies, seeking to capture the loyalty of billions of new consumers.
  • August 8, 2011

    The New Web of World Trade

    by Joe Saddi, Karim Sabbagh, and Richard Shediac
    The Gulf economies of the Middle East are forming partnerships with other emerging markets, redefining the ancient trade routes that once linked East and West.
  • May 24, 2011

    The Future of Women Leaders in the Middle East

    by DeAnne Aguirre, Melissa Master Cavanaugh, and Karim Sabbagh
    A number of high-profile women are chipping at the “cement ceiling” in the Gulf countries and making it possible for others to do the same.
  • May 24, 2011

    CEO Succession 2010: The Four Types of CEOs

    by Ken Favaro, Per-Ola Karlsson, and Gary L. Neilson
    Booz & Company’s annual study of turnover among chief executives — now increasingly diverse, as the world’s largest companies migrate to emerging economies — suggests that the nature of the job varies with the role of the corporate core.
  • May 24, 2011

    Strategic Bets

    by Ram Charan and Michael Sisk
    Sooner or later, most global business leaders will have to put their entire enterprise at risk. Here’s how to do it successfully.
  • April 29, 2011

    How Lucky Do You Feel?

    Gregory Unruh, author of Earth, Inc.: Using Nature’s Rules to Build Sustainable Profits, introduces a passage about the price of critical resources from The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do, by Eduardo Porter.
  • April 11, 2011

    Nuclear Realism after Fukushima

    by Tom Flaherty, Joe van den Berg, and Nicolas Volpicelli
    A hasty, large-scale movement away from nuclear power would not resolve most of the issues raised by the ongoing crisis in Japan. Instead, we need more thoughtful discussions now about the energy systems of the future.
  • April 4, 2011

    The Innovation Advantage

    by Laura W. Geller
    Council on Foreign Relations fellow Adam Segal decodes the rise of innovation in China and India — and what it really means for the United States.
  • February 14, 2011

    A Continuous Quest for Economic Balance

    by Richard Shediac, Chadi N. Moujaes, and Mazen Ramsay Najjar
    Only diverse economies are truly stable — and diversity must be more broadly defined.
  • January 14, 2011

    Five Industries Hit the Reset Button

    by Karen Henrie
    As a prerequisite for growth in the post-crisis environment, leading companies in the consumer products, telecommunications, industrial goods, automotive, and financial-services industries are shifting their business models and operating practices.
  • November 23, 2010

    Five Factors for Finding the Right Site

    by Ajay Chamania, Heral Mehta, and Vikas Sehgal
    Placing a new research, design, or engineering center in emerging markets demands more than just “location, location, location.”
  • November 3, 2010

    The Global Innovation 1000: How the Top Innovators Keep Winning

    by Barry Jaruzelski and Kevin Dehoff
    Booz & Company’s annual study of the world’s biggest R&D spenders shows why highly innovative companies are able to consistently outperform. Their secret? They’re good at the right things, not at everything.
  • October 25, 2010

    The Airlines’ Global Dilemma

    by Jürgen Ringbeck, Randy Starr, and Chris Manning
    Traditional carriers once knew their way around. Now the world has become a confusing place.
  • October 1, 2010

    Implications of an Aging Workforce

    As more and more baby boomers retire, employers must learn to understand the motivations and desires of the younger generation of workers taking their place.
  • September 13, 2010

    A Family-owned Business Goes Global

    by Vikas Sehgal, Ganesh Panneer, and Ann Graham
    As director of human resources (and CEO of a prominent subsidiary), Santrupt Misra oversees the Aditya Birla Group’s strategy for cultural change as it steps out onto the world stage.
  • August 24, 2010

    When It Pays to Stay in School

    by Matt Palmquist
    Students who enter the job market while the economy is strong find success earlier and earn higher wages throughout their careers than those who join the workforce during a down economy.
  • August 24, 2010

    Destination: Green Tourism

    by Jürgen Ringbeck
    In an era of environmental consciousness, every locale that wants to remain attractive and competitive needs a strategy for sustainability.
  • August 24, 2010

    Reinventing the City to Combat Climate Change­

    by Nick Pennell, Sartaz Ahmed, and Stefan Henningsson
    How the world’s cities develop their infrastructure over the next 30 years will determine the future path of global warming.
  • August 24, 2010

    A Gandhian Approach to R&D

    by Abhishek Malhotra, Art Kleiner, and Laura W. Geller
    Scientist and scholar Raghunath Mashelkar explains a new model of innovation from India that benefits the world’s poor.
  • August 9, 2010

    The Life’s Work of a Thought Leader

    by Art Kleiner
    In interviews conducted before his untimely death, C.K. Prahalad — the sage of core competencies and the bottom of the pyramid — looked back on his career and talked about the way ideas evolve.
  • August 6, 2010

    Reaching Too Far

    Predatory lending played a large part in the financial crisis, but also to blame were affluent homeowners who knowingly bought houses they couldn’t afford.
  • July 19, 2010

    Bringing Back Market Transparency

    by Peter Golder, Hussein Sefian, and David Wyatt
    As regulators work to fix some of the problems caused by the financial markets’ changing infrastructure, five questions need to be addressed.
  • July 9, 2010

    Investing through the Downturn

    The recession has changed the way angel investors allocate their money, but not their willingness to remain active in funding new ventures.
  • June 7, 2010

    Solving Moral Hazard in Banking

    by Shumeet Banerji
    Proposals to tax and regulate bank compensation are fast gaining momentum, but they fail to address the core issue.
  • May 25, 2010

    Surviving State Capitalism

    by Art Kleiner
    Political risk expert Ian Bremmer argues that the prevailing Western corporate model faces stiff competition from government-controlled economies.
  • May 25, 2010

    The Importance of Frugal Engineering

    by Vikas Sehgal, Kevin Dehoff, and Ganesh Panneer
    Providing new goods and services to “bottom of the pyramid” customers requires a radical rethinking of product development.
  • May 25, 2010

    Preparing for a Demographic Dividend

    by Thomas A. Stewart
    At the World Economic Forum’s fall meeting in New Delhi, five experts discussed the challenges and opportunities India faces as its population becomes increasingly youthful.
  • May 25, 2010

    Measures of Leadership

    by Joe Saddi, Karim Sabbagh, and Richard Shediac
    To develop new executive talent in the Middle East, regional leaders are examining the roots of their own success.
  • May 10, 2010

    The Third Billion

    by DeAnne Aguirre and Karim Sabbagh
    As growing numbers of women enter the economic mainstream, they will have a profound effect on global business.
  • April 5, 2010

    Clarity from Switzerland

    by Milton Moskowitz
    How well does your company’s annual report communicate and reinforce leadership intent and corporate values?
  • March 22, 2010

    Getting China Right

    by Art Kleiner
    Booz & Company’s Edward Tse believes that, despite the challenges in today’s headlines, companies should take a long-term view when shaping their China strategy.
  • March 15, 2010

    India and China May Not Be the Answer

    by Kevin D. Stringer
    An offshoring expert argues that companies could compete and profit best by outsourcing to small, more developed countries.
  • March 15, 2010

    The New Consumer Frugality

    by Matthew Egol, Andrew Clyde, and Kasturi Rangan
    Retailers must adapt to the enduring shift in U.S. consumer spending and behavior, according to a new Booz & Company survey of buying habits.
  • March 8, 2010

    Six Industries in Search of Survival

    by Karen Henrie
    Despite improvements in the global economy, chemicals, retail banking, consumer packaged goods, engineered products and services, oil and gas, and technology still need to transform.
  • February 23, 2010

    Facing Up to the Demographic Dilemma

    by Rob Norton
    At the World Economic Forum’s summer meeting in Dalian, China, four experts discussed the challenges and opportunities that aging populations present to business.
  • February 23, 2010

    Welcome, “Stateholder”

    by Robert Gogel and Ludo Van der Heyden
    The newest corporate stakeholders — government representatives — must learn to become effective agents for reform.
  • February 23, 2010

    The China Challenge

    by Edward Tse
    For global companies, ignoring China is not an option. But they must adapt their strategies to the country’s changing markets, increased competition, and shifting government priorities.
  • February 23, 2010

    The New Golden Age

    by Mark Stahlman
    The history of investment and technology suggests that economic recovery is closer than you think, with a new silicon-based global elite at the helm.
  • February 23, 2010

    Too Good to Fail

    by Ann Graham
    India’s Tata, one of the world’s largest conglomerates, is basing an ambitious global strategy on 142 years of social entrepreneurship.
  • February 23, 2010

    How to Manage a Highly Volatile Asset

    by Matt Palmquist
    Through good governance, oil-exporting countries can shield themselves from the effects of oil-price volatility.
  • February 23, 2010

    A Path to Better Decisions

    by David K. Hurst
    A review of Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition, by Michael J. Mauboussin.
  • February 23, 2010

    Roots of Prosperity

    by R. Glenn Hubbard and William Duggan
    The lessons of history suggest that if we want to reduce poverty in emerging markets, regulation reform and business success are prerequisites, not outcomes.
  • February 23, 2010

    A Better Way to Fix Bankers’ Pay

    by Shumeet Banerji
    Instead of bashing bonuses, let’s put in place the incentives we need: linking compensation to risk and capital.
  • February 3, 2010

    The Supply Chain Is Flat

    by Sheridan Prasso
    William Fung, the head of an old and very large Hong Kong trading company, on making and selling products in a vastly altered global landscape.
  • January 28, 2010

    Predicting the Next Downturn

    Because of the diffusion of the 2008 global financial crisis, forecasting the next one may be an impossible task.
  • January 25, 2010

    The Case for Backshoring

    by William J. Holstein
    Which manufacturing operations should return to the United States?
  • December 7, 2009

    The Power of (Online) Public Opinion

    by Edward Tse
    Executives should track Internet commentary in China to protect their company’s reputation — and market position.
  • November 24, 2009

    How to Donate Responsibly

    by Matt Palmquist
    After disasters, broker organizations can help corporations act quickly by matching corporate dollars to humanitarian need.
  • November 24, 2009

    Capturing the Asian Opportunity

    by Andrew Cainey, Suvojoy Sengupta, and Steven Veldhoen
    Economic recovery in China, India, and elsewhere in the region could be the strongest source of sustained global growth for years to come.
  • November 2, 2009

    What Banking Needs to Become

    by Vanessa Wallace and Andrew Herrick
    Regulations and consumer expectations are changing. The business models, capabilities, and practices of the financial-services industry must change with them.
  • November 2, 2009

    A Global Financial Governance Primer

    by Alan Gemes, Peter T. Golder, and Thorsten Liebert
    Government leaders are designing the next regulatory regime for banks; their answers to four basic questions will determine how well it works.
  • October 29, 2009

    Location, Location, Location

    Where a company is based is a determining factor in whether venture capital firms choose to invest in it.
  • October 27, 2009

    Profits Down, Spending Steady: The Global Innovation 1000

    by Barry Jaruzelski and Kevin Dehoff
    Booz & Company’s annual study of the world’s biggest corporate R&D spenders finds that most companies have stuck with their innovation programs despite the recession — and many are boosting spending to compete more effectively in the upturn.
  • October 19, 2009

    An Immodest Proposal for the Next Big Fuel

    by Jay Ogilvy
    If nuclear energy represents a genuine way to deal with climate change, let’s test it through a massive joint project involving the U.S., Japan, France, and China.
  • September 22, 2009

    Filling the Gulf States’ Infrastructure Gap

    by Ibrahim El-Husseini, Fadi Majdalani, and Alessandro Borgogna
    If Middle East countries use lower oil prices as an excuse to neglect development of roads, bridges, and power lines, their bright future could be stymied before it begins.
  • August 27, 2009

    India’s Demographic Moment

    by Nandan Nilekani
    With the right conditions in place — education, entrepreneurialism, and environmental awareness among them — a young, eager, educated workforce can be the key to prosperity.
  • August 27, 2009

    Knockoffs Come of Age

    by Edward Tse, Kevin Ma, and Yu Huang
    Once associated with pirated goods, China’s shan zhai companies have become competitive players, even in mature industries.
  • August 27, 2009

    A Walled Garden for Capital

    by Hazel Henderson
    New socially responsible trading networks seek to facilitate long-term profitable investment.
  • July 28, 2009

    Revving the Growth Engine

    by Vikas Sehgal, Matthew Ericksen, and Ganesh Panneer
    India’s burgeoning middle class is fueling automobile sales, though most consumers still choose two-wheel vehicles — at least for now.
  • July 2, 2009

    In Search of the Ideal Supply Chain

    By weighing the advantages of pricing discounts against the costs of a supplier failure, companies can determine how many suppliers they need.
  • June 11, 2009

    China’s Path to Success

    In just a few decades, Chinese companies have evolved into international conglomerates capable of competing at the highest levels.
  • June 9, 2009

    Putting the Stimulus to Work

    by Daniel Gabaldon and Joseph Van den Berg
    How to spend $800 billion and actually improve the nation’s infrastructure.
  • June 4, 2009

    Motivating Far-flung Teams

    Inspirational leaders can foster commitment and enthusiasm among employees who are spread across the globe.
  • May 26, 2009

    The Challenges of Balance

    by Joe Saddi, Karim Sabbagh, and Richard Shediac
    In their quest to build sustainable economies, the Gulf states of the Middle East are learning to manage opposing forces.
  • May 26, 2009

    Dov Frohman Leads the Hard Way

    by Paula Margulies
    The management author and former CEO of Intel Israel on the need to do the unexpected and attempt the impossible.
  • May 26, 2009

    Confused Credit Markets

    by David K. Hurst
    A review of The Origin of Financial Crises, by George Cooper.
  • May 26, 2009

    China’s Multinational Quandary

    by William J. Holstein
    Lenovo’s ill-fated ambitions reveal the difficulties China faces in developing and managing innovative global corporations.
  • May 5, 2009

    For Indian Companies, It’s Globalization as Usual

    by William J. Holstein
    Nirmalya Kumar, a professor of marketing at the London Business School, argues in a new book that although the world economic crisis may have taken the bite out of some Indian companies, most will adapt and emerge globally.
  • April 28, 2009

    Is State Control Making a Comeback?

    by Lord Andrew Turnbull
    In considering the relationship between the public and private sectors, it’s time to distinguish the plausible visions of the future — such as a new regulatory environment — from those, like permanent government ownership of banks and industry, that are not plausible.
  • March 31, 2009

    Beyond 3G

    by Edward H. Baker
    Mobile phone operators are turning to LTE as the fourth-generation technology to provide inexpensive wireless broadband access for cost-conscious consumers and businesses.
  • March 24, 2009

    Global Partnerships Unplugged

    by Mike Cooke and Marc Johnson
    A survey finds that information technology is a neglected asset in joint ventures, leading to disturbing results.
  • March 17, 2009

    Betting on China

    by Ronald Haddock and Brenda Lei Foster
    Even in the face of the economic downturn, a survey finds that multinationals in China are upgrading their mainland operations and encouraging the government to improve the education and productivity of Chinese workers.
  • March 10, 2009

    Here Come the Sogo Shosha

    by William J. Holstein
    Japan’s little-known trading companies are buying startup technology businesses in the U.S., hoping to catch the next wave of American economic growth.
  • February 24, 2009

    Not Just for Profit

    by Marjorie Kelly
    Emerging alternatives to the shareholder-centric model could help companies avoid ethical mishaps and contribute more to the world at large.
  • February 24, 2009

    7 Ways Forward

    by Art Kleiner
    How to rebuild your capabilities for long-term growth in a time of turmoil.
  • February 24, 2009

    Pollution, Prices, and Perception

    by Daniel Gabaldon
    Carbon regulation will be unexpectedly complex — and business leaders will need to plan their approach accordingly.
  • February 24, 2009

    50-plus: A Market That Marketers Still Miss

    by Richard Rawlinson and Natasha Kuznetsova
    Baby boomers are responsible for more than 40 percent of retail spending in the U.S. and western Europe, but many companies still focus on youth and young families.
  • February 24, 2009

    The China and India Strategy

    by Anil K. Gupta and Haiyan Wang
    The right question to consider now is how best to pursue the two countries together.
  • February 3, 2009

    The Future Is Lithium

    by William J. Holstein
    The advent of environmentally friendly automobiles is jump-starting a global battle over battery technology.
  • January 13, 2009

    Building Cars by Design

    by Vikas Sehgal, Robert Reppa, and Kazutoshi Tominaga
    Faced with plummeting demand, automakers should make vehicles with features that match customer preferences.
  • January 6, 2009

    It’s Getting Diverse at the Top

    by William J. Holstein
    To take advantage of market growth in developing countries, U.S. multinationals are turning to non-Americans to head their operations.
  • December 17, 2008

    Follow the Customer, Follow the Car

    by Yoshiyuki Kishimoto, Hiroyuki Sawada, and Chieko Matsuda
    Global companies today can learn from the Japanese enterprises that thrived during the country’s “lost decade.”
  • December 9, 2008

    Taiwan Is Open for Business

    by Sheridan Prasso
    A heightened level of access to Taiwan from mainland China means new opportunities for foreign investors.
  • November 25, 2008

    Growing Pains in Vietnam

    by Dennis J. Meseroll and Kendall K. Turner
    For the past five years, foreign direct investment in Vietnam has surged, which has brought good news and bad to the country.
  • November 25, 2008

    Beyond Borders: The Global Innovation 1000

    by Barry Jaruzelski and Kevin Dehoff
    This year’s annual Booz & Company study of corporate R&D spending reveals, for the first time, where in the world the money is being spent — and why.
  • November 18, 2008

    China’s Long Road to Innovation

    by William J. Holstein
    Beijing is mandating an increase in home-grown R&D, but Chinese companies face long odds in meeting international standards of innovation.
  • November 11, 2008

    Don’t Be Afraid of the Bear

    by Steffen Leistner, Tanvir Hanif, and Thorsten Liebert
    Foreign banks can find opportunity in Russia if they are willing to navigate the risks.
  • November 4, 2008

    Pitting Latin Multinationals against Established Giants

    by Paolo Pigorini, Arthur Ramos, and Ivan de Souza
    To succeed globally, “multilatinas” — and all aspiring international companies from developing nations — must make rapid strides in governance, transparency, and executive appointments.
  • October 21, 2008

    Is Backshoring the New Offshoring?

    by Vinay Couto, Ashok Divakaran, and Matt Mani
    The business press is touting a return of offshored jobs to the U.S. — but we’re not buying it.
  • October 14, 2008

    Knowledge-based Sourcing in China

    by Ronald Haddock, Michael Pfitzmann, and Reid Wilk
    Structural shifts in the Asian giant’s economy are forcing companies to adopt deeper and more personal strategies for supplier relationships.
  • August 26, 2008

    A Growth Strategy for the Long Term

    by Rabih Abouchakra, Mazen Ramsay Najjar, and Richard Shediac
    Economies that depend primarily on a single resource are exposed to ongoing shocks, but an export-based diversification strategy can alleviate the tremors.
  • August 26, 2008

    The Rise of the New Blue Chips

    by Gerald Adolph and Justin Pettit
    Competitive companies from emerging economies are vying on the same level in mergers with the most powerful corporations in the West.
  • August 26, 2008

    The Case for Hands-on Education

    by Kathryn D. Sullivan
    To compete in science and technology, a former astronaut says, schools must augment rote learning with exploration and experimentation.
  • August 26, 2008

    Smarter Medicine

    by Michael V. Copeland
    How the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revolutionized the way vaccines are delivered.
  • August 26, 2008

    Books in Brief

    by David K. Hurst
    Why financial markets are brittle, companies stop growing, Ryanair took off, and plans succeed or fail.
  • July 29, 2008

    The Decline of the Expat Executive

    by William J. Holstein
    Peter Felix, president of the Association of Executive Search Consultants, discusses the new effort by multinationals to hire local executives in foreign locales.
  • July 22, 2008

    Sidestepping Disaster

    by William J. Holstein
    Extending supply chains to low-cost nations may make economic sense, but disruptions from natural catastrophes can drown the gains.
  • July 8, 2008

    The New Chinese Environment

    by Brendan Vaughan
    To do business in China, companies can no longer ignore their effect on the country’s water and air.
  • July 3, 2008

    Emerging Leaders

    Firms everywhere can learn much from companies in developing economies that are leveraging the Internet to increase competitiveness and develop strategic partnerships globally.
  • June 24, 2008

    Indian Outsourcers Go Global

    by William Holstein
    Facing mounting competitive pressure, India’s biggest firms are reshaping themselves as multinationals.
  • June 10, 2008

    Building the Sustainable City

    by Nick Beglinger and Tariq Hussain
    How governments and private business can foster environmentally sensitive urban planning.
  • June 10, 2008

    The Next Industrial Imperative

    by Peter Senge, Bryan Smith, and Nina Kruschwitz
    Facing up to climate change requires a revolution in business thinking.
  • June 10, 2008

    First Capital, Then Strategy

    by Seamus McMahon and Michael McKeon
    The turbulence of financial markets is reversing the sequence of an optimal planning process.
  • June 10, 2008

    Start with Sourcing

    by Martha Turner and Pat Houston
    Procurement lies at the heart of a successful green strategy.
  • June 10, 2008

    The Critical Enabler

    by Gary M. Rahl
    As businesses improve their environmental performance, government should be a powerful partner.
  • June 3, 2008

    Friendlier Skies

    by Jürgen Ringbeck and Stephan Gross
    Consolidation in the increasingly competitive European airline industry has been long delayed, but the wait is coming to an end.
  • May 6, 2008

    The Next Empire

    by Edward Baker
    What can the U.S. do to maintain its competitive position against the E.U. and China? Foreign policy scholar Parag Khanna believes the answer lies right under our noses.
  • April 15, 2008

    The Truth about Exports

    by William J. Holstein
    The numbers may be rosy, but the U.S. export initiative is still hobbled.
  • April 1, 2008

    Competing on the Eco Front

    by Jürgen Ringbeck and Stephan Gross
    Environmentally friendly countries have a leg up in the competition for international travelers, but sustaining that advantage takes work.
  • March 20, 2008

    Future Leaders of Technology

    Legislators must understand the importance of foreign nationals as contributors to domestic technology innovation, and consider the effects that immigration policies, such as quotas on H1-B temporary visas, may have on the pace of innovation.
  • March 18, 2008

    China’s Shifting Competitive Equation

    by Christoph Alexander Bliss, Ronald Haddock, and Kaj Grichnik
    Multinational companies must respond to China’s rising costs by bringing their own global best practices to its shores.
  • February 26, 2008

    Convenors of Capability

    by Michael Delurey, David Sulek, and Lawrence Frascella.
    A community center founded in Hurricane Katrina’s wake shows how megacommunity efforts can bring people the help they need to rebuild.
  • February 26, 2008

    On Track for Growth

    by Andrew Tipping and Justin Zubrod
    How the railroad industry is reinventing itself as a customer-conscious business.
  • February 26, 2008

    Oasis Economies

    by Joe Saddi, Karim Sabbagh, and Richard Shediac
    Surrounded by tension and unnoticed by many observers, the nations of the Middle East are building their own kind of sustainable prosperity.
  • February 26, 2008

    The Myth of Cost-Benefit Analysis

    by Denise Caruso
    The U.S. government’s method for evaluating risk isn’t as objective as it’s made out to be.
  • February 26, 2008

    Twenty Hubs and No HQ

    by C.K. Prahalad and Hrishi Bhattacharyya
    A new form of global organization grounded in “gateway” countries can allow a company to operate profitably around the world.
  • February 5, 2008

    Travel 2.0

    by Volkmar Koch, Jürgen Ringbeck, and Stefan Stroh
    Winning over the travelers of the future will require technologies that, like human travel agents, can segment customers accurately and give them what they want.
  • January 29, 2008

    A Challenge for India

    by Sheridan Prasso
    N.R. Narayana Murthy, chief mentor and cofounder of Infosys Technologies, sees a bright future for developing countries — if they can use their success to address the problems of poverty.
  • January 24, 2008

    The Value of Public–Private Collaboration in Emerging Markets

    Building relationships with public and private institutions can help emerging businesses upgrade their operations and gain access to knowledge, technology, and contacts — all of which can lead to substantial improvements in quality.
  • January 17, 2008

    The Effects of Bank Deregulation

    Contrary to some expectations, liberalizing restrictions on interstate bank branching has diminished income inequities for many workers.
  • January 10, 2008

    What If Shareholders Took a Back Seat?

    The stakeholder system is better for almost everyone — employees, suppliers, and shareholders — but worse for consumers, who get stuck paying higher prices.
  • November 28, 2007

    Military of Millennials

    by Art Fritzson, Lloyd W. Howell Jr., and Dov S. Zakheim
    The next generation of soldier: tech savvy, open-minded, multitasking, and perhaps unprepared for command-and-control.
  • November 28, 2007

    Recent Research

    by Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer
    On catching malfeasance, improving boards, priming brands, predicting negotiations, and appreciating e-mail.
  • November 28, 2007

    The Customer Connection: The Global ­­­Innovation 1000

    by Barry Jaruzelski and Kevin Dehoff
    Booz Allen Hamilton’s annual study of the world’s largest corporate R&D spenders finds two primary success factors: aligning the innovation model to corporate strategy and listening to customers every step of the way.
  • October 9, 2007

    Evolution on the Global Stage

    by Edward Tse, Andrew Cainey, and Ronald Haddock
    Their raw potential is clear, but Chinese companies will have to master the imperatives of “soft power” to reach the next level of international growth.
  • September 4, 2007

    The Other Energy Crisis

    by Debra Decker and Erwann Michel-Kerjan
    As nuclear energy becomes a viable alternative to carbon-based fuels, security is a vital concern. Here’s how private markets might be able to help.
  • August 29, 2007

    Books in Brief

    by David K. Hurst
    High-tech entrepreneurial experience, hidden assets, analytical sophistication, and China’s global ambitions.
  • August 29, 2007

    When There Is No Cavalry

    by Douglas Himberger, David Sulek, and Stephen Krill Jr.
    No single authority can prepare for or respond to major disasters as effectively as a megacommunity can.
  • August 29, 2007

    Context and Complexity

    by Edward Tse
    Success in China requires a flexible approach for a diverse market.
  • August 29, 2007

    Paving the Silk Road

    by Fadi Majdalani, Ulrich Kögler, and Simon Kuge
    A hybrid solution for sea and air transport addresses the changing nature of global shipping.
  • August 29, 2007

    How to Be a Demographic Realist

    by Lord Andrew Turnbull
    To prepare for the implications of aging populations, individuals, organizations, and society as a whole must confront assumptions that are no longer valid.
  • August 29, 2007

    The Statecraft of Business

    by Sven Behrendt
    How the frameworks of international relations can improve the debate about corporate strategy and globalization.
  • August 14, 2007

    Executives without Borders

    by Jonathan Ledgard
    A novel proposition for saving driest Africa from total collapse.
  • July 24, 2007

    The Big Squeeze

    by Chris Manning and Stephan Gross
    Can traditional legacy airlines find a way out of the “no-man’s-land” between the established low-cost carriers and the premium players?
  • July 17, 2007

    Covering the Cost of War

    by Art Kleiner
    Robert Hormats, an international finance expert and the author of The Price of Liberty: Paying for America's Wars, describes the problems with current U.S. fiscal policy, and how to adjust the country's spending for present and future global battles.
  • July 10, 2007

    Network Effects: The Virtues of Telecom Regulation

    by Bahjat El-Darwiche and Chady Smayra
    A strong, competitive telecom market plays a crucial role in promoting a country's overall economic development -- but the government must first institute intelligent regulatory policies and practices.
  • June 26, 2007

    How the U.S. Government Can Cut Overhead

    by Kristine Rohls and Dave Mader
    By using in-house agencies to provide services to other departments that need them, the federal government is saving tens of billions of dollars and learning what some in the private sector already know.
  • June 19, 2007

    Big Impact in a Small Format

    by Thomas Ripsam, Alonso Martinez, and Carlos Navarro
    Large retailers are beginning to see the beauty of a tinier world.
  • June 12, 2007

    The Defining Features of a Megacommunity

    by Chris Kelly, Mark Gerencser, Fernando Napolitano, and Reginald Van Lee
    A primer for creating successful multipartite initiatives to solve critical problems that embraces the talents of government, business, and civil society.
  • May 29, 2007

    Making Offshore Engineering Pay Off

    by Anil Verma and Serge Lambermont
    How some companies send design work overseas without fear of diminished quality or intellectual property theft.
  • April 3, 2007

    What’s a Chaebol to Do?

    by Tariq Hussain
    The family-owned conglomerates made South Korea an industrial powerhouse, but can they transform themselves and their nation’s economy again now that the rules have changed?
  • February 28, 2007

    Tourism: China’s New Diaspora

    by Ronald Haddock, Kevin Ma, and Edward Tse
    The global travel industry is preparing for the next tourist boom.
  • February 28, 2007

    A Gold-Medal Partnership

    by Michael Payne
    The Olympic Games demonstrate what government and business can accomplish as a team.
  • February 28, 2007

    Lights! Water! Motion!

    by Viren Doshi, Gary Schulman, and Daniel Gabaldon
    The world’s urban infrastructure needs a $40 trillion makeover. Here’s how to reinvigorate our electricity, water, and transportation systems by integrating finance, governance, technology, and design.
  • February 28, 2007

    The Flatbread Factor

    by Alonso Martinez and Ronald Haddock
    To understand the life cycle of an emerging market, learn to decode its consumer products.
  • December 19, 2006

    Beyond the Borders

    by Ronald Haddock, Kevin Ma, and Edward Tse
    As more Chinese travelers leave the mainland to explore the world, the travel industry must figure out what these consumers really want.
  • November 30, 2006

    The Productivity Riddle

    by Glenn Hubbard
    Research finally links management skill to macroeconomic growth.
  • November 30, 2006

    One Billion New Automobiles

    by Bill Jackson and Vikas Sehgal
    Three trends that will change the future of the automobile industry.
  • November 30, 2006

    Marketers of Life

    by Kate Roberts
    The same techniques that sold cigarettes are slowing the spread of AIDS.
  • November 30, 2006

    From Laptops to Backpacks

    by Mark Anderson
    The next computer revolution will take place in classrooms, when each child owns his or her own PC.
  • November 30, 2006

    Toward a Flexible Energy Future

    by Lord Andrew Turnbull
    When the price of fuel reflects all the costs, government and industry will know where to invest.
  • November 30, 2006

    Smart Spenders: The Global Innovation 1000

    by Barry Jaruzelski, Kevin Dehoff, and Rakesh Bordia
    Booz Allen Hamilton’s annual study of the world’s 1,000 largest corporate R&D budgets uncovers a small group of high-leverage innovators who outperform their industries.
  • November 30, 2006

    The Company That Anticipated History

    by Ann Graham
    Eskom, Africa’s largest electric company, has shown the world how to combine social leadership and business success.
  • November 30, 2006

    Recent Research

    by Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer
    On creative globetrotters, relocated headquarters, a business ethics pioneer, and more.
  • November 14, 2006

    Getting to "No"

    by Curt Bailey and Karla Martin
    How nonprofit organizations can stretch their limited resources by focusing on priorities and avoiding mission creep.
  • August 28, 2006

    The Innovation Sandbox

    by C.K. Prahalad
    To create an impossibly low-cost, high-quality new business model, start by cultivating constraints.
  • August 28, 2006

    Innovators without Borders

    by Kevin Dehoff and Vikas Sehgal
    For companies that want to build a global growth engine, offshoring innovation is both a challenge and a necessity.
  • August 28, 2006

    How to Be an Outsourcing Virtuoso

    by Vinay Couto and Ashok Divakaran
    As the turbulent global services industry matures, a highly skilled cadre of master providers and customers is emerging.
  • May 30, 2006

    Recent Research

    by Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer
    On schools for elder leaders, Japanese decision making, innovation inertia, and more.
  • May 30, 2006

    The Megacommunity Manifesto

    by Mark Gerencser, Fernando Napolitano, and Reginald Van Lee
    Public, private, and civil leaders should confront together the problems that none can solve alone.
  • February 28, 2006

    City Planet

    by Stewart Brand
    Get ready for cosmopolitan slums with thriving markets, aging residents, and the most creative economies in history.
  • November 29, 2005

    China’s Five Surprises

    by Edward Tse
    In the world’s fastest-growing economy, the last 10 years are not the best guide to the next 10 years.
  • November 29, 2005

    Ricardo Semler Won’t Take Control

    by Lawrence M. Fisher
    The Brazilian CEO and best-selling author transformed his pump plant into a model of participative management, and launched his company on 14 straight years of double-digit growth.
  • November 29, 2005

    Money Isn’t Everything

    by Barry Jaruzelski, Kevin Dehoff, and Rakesh Bordia
    Lavish R&D budgets don’t guarantee performance. A new Booz Allen Hamilton study of the world’s 1,000 biggest spenders reveals the value of an innovation dollar — and the basics of a better strategy.
  • August 26, 2005

    Recent Research

    by Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer
    On emerging-world corporate “tigers,” the profitability of innovations, and other topics of interest.
  • August 26, 2005

    Skoda Leaps to Market

    by Jonathan Ledgard
    A Communist car monopoly turned Volkswagen subsidiary is now becoming an entrepreneurial global enterprise.
  • August 26, 2005

    Materials Witnesses

    by Art Kleiner
    When companies come together to save the world, what’s more compelling — environmental results or competitive advantage?
  • May 23, 2005

    Eurosclerosis Revisited

    by Diane Coyle
    The productivity boom benefits the U.S. more than Europe. Five reports explore why.
  • March 1, 2005

    The China Syndrome

    by Mitchell Quint and Dermot Shorten
    A five-dimension analytical model for deciding when (and when not) to purchase from the East.
  • March 1, 2005

    Are Dollar Reserves Still Safe?

    by Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot
    The U.S. dollar has been the world’s main reserve currency since World War II, but this source of stability is becoming more and more dangerous.
  • November 30, 2004

    How MNCs Can Fight the War on HIV/AIDS

    by John Larkin, Ellen Knebel, and Joshua Trevino
    Companies must join the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS not just because it is socially responsible, but because their businesses are at risk.
  • November 30, 2004

    Europe: Old World or New?

    A strategy+business roundtable on unity, innovation, and growth in the cradle of modernity.
  • August 25, 2004

    The Upwardly Global MBA

    by Nigel Andrews and Laura D’Andrea Tyson
    A survey of 100-plus executives in more than 20 countries identifies the knowledge, skills, and attributes young leaders need to succeed.
  • August 25, 2004

    Think Global, Act European

    by Pascal Cagni
    The E.U.’s growth to 25 countries is forcing multinational managers to recast how they “glocalize.”
  • June 1, 2004

    HR on Top

    by Edward E. Lawler III
    Outsourcing routine activities can turn human resources administrators into business strategists.
  • May 21, 2003

    Recent Studies

    by Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer
    On humor’s management power, venture capital in China, media’s influence on business, and other topics of interest.
  • October 15, 2002

    Recent Studies

    by Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer
    On securities analysts, innovation, European happiness, Asian competitiveness, and other topics of interest.
  • October 15, 2002

    Yves Doz: The Thought Leader Interview

    by Lawrence M. Fisher
    Multinational companies, says the INSEAD professor, must learn to discover, access, mobilize, and leverage knowledge from across the globe.
  • October 10, 2002

    Apocalypse 2010?

    by Art Kleiner
    Populist gadfly Jeff Gates wants today’s CEOs to build a new middle class with stock ownership plans. Or else.
  • July 18, 2002

    Recent Studies

    by Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer
    On tournament theory, global competitiveness, corporate whistleblowing, and other topics of interest.
  • February 12, 2002

    Recent Studies

    by Martin Morse Wooster
    On brand segmentation, oil prices, antitrust policy, and other topics of interest.
  • January 11, 2002

    Profits and Perils in China, Inc.

    by Kenichi Ohmae
    The world’s most populous nation has become a capitalist’s paradise, supplanting Asia’s “tiger economies” — and soon, perhaps, the West.
  • January 10, 2002

    The fortune at the bottom of the pyramid

    by C.K. Prahalad and Stuart L. Hart
    Low-income markets present a prodigious opportunity for the world’s wealthiest companies — to seek their fortunes and bring prosperity to the aspiring poor.
  • January 9, 2002

    Reality Programming for MBAs

    by Henry Mintzberg and Jonathan R. Gosling
    Practically speaking, it’s time to rethink core concepts of management education.
  • July 1, 2001

    Recent Studies

    by Martin Morse Wooster
    On brand communities, European unions, economic forecasting tools, and other topics of interest.
  • July 1, 2001

    Bye-Bye Blackboards

    by Michael Schrage
    Corporate training doesn't have to be dull. Game-based learning lets you play your way to smarter business.
  • April 1, 2001

    Recent Studies

    by Martin Morse Wooster
    On technological obsolescence, Russian business, banking rules, and other topics of interest.
  • April 1, 2001

    Customer-izing the IRS

    by Charles O. Rossotti
    From a 1950s-style geographic-function matrix to a 21st-century customer-centered enterprise: the anatomy of a strategy-based transformation.
  • April 1, 2001

    The Dilemma Doctors

    by Art Kleiner
    Anglo-Dutch gurus Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner have become the go-to guys on multinational mergers. Their recipe: making opposites attract.
  • April 1, 2001

    Europe Ventures Forth

    by Rob Schuyt, Mark Melford, and Frank Vrancken Peeters
    European companies lag behind U.S. corporations in starting new businesses. A few best-practice companies show how the continent can compete.
  • April 1, 2001

    Italy’s Economic Half-Miracle

    by Richard H.K. Vietor
    Italy has worked hard to modernize its economy, but still lags in reforming labor markets, financial systems, and education. Will the nation push ahead, or hang on to the status quo?
  • April 1, 2001

    And the New Economy Winner Is... Europe

    by Stuart Crainer
    The European Union is emerging as a formidable competitor among world economies, thanks to an aptitude for cross-border management and an ease with cultural diversity.
  • July 1, 2000

    John Quelch: The Thought Leader Interview

    by Randall Rothenberg
    It's no longer enough to act local, says London Business School dean and global marketing guru John Quelch. Coke, P & G, and Unilever now must learn to think local, too.
  • July 1, 2000

    Is Genius Enough?

    by Harold Evans
    Britian had it all — brains, ideas, and inventions like radar and pencillin — but the U.S. brought the best to the market. The lesson is sobering: Native brilliance needs a national backup drive.
  • April 1, 1999

    Label of Origin: Made on Earth

    by Cesare R. Mainardi, Martin Salva and Muir Sanderson
    Barriers to trade - language, education, buying power - are fast disappearing. No longer is it so important that a product was "Made in China," or Canada, or France. Labels of country of origin have been largely a matter of semantics for years. Now, with new trade agreements among nations, the only label that might make sense is "Made on Earth."
  • April 1, 1999

    How Mondavi Is Growing around the World

    by Lawrence M. Fisher
    Joint ventures can hold the key to expanding globally, introducing new product lines and leveraging brand capital. But it takes good relationships - and patience.
  • January 1, 1999

    Ten Steps to a Global Human Resources Strategy

    by John A. Quelch and Helen Bloom
    Creating an effective global work force means knowing when to use "expats," when to hire "locals" and how to create that new class of employees -- the "glopats."
  • January 1, 1999

    The Trillion-Dollar Enterprise

    by Cyrus F. Freidheim Jr.
    Huge global networks and alliances will soon create organizations of awesome capabilities.
  • April 1, 1998

    Conglomerates in emerging markets: Tigers or dinosaurs?

    by Zafer Achi, Chipper Boulas, Ian Buchanan, Jorge H. Forteza and Lando Zappei
    Disparaged in the developed world, emerging-market conglomerates are here to stay, provided they adapt to their ever-changing environment. If they do adapt, what role are they likely to play?
  • October 1, 1997

    Decentralizing Telecommunications in Latin America

    by Raul L. Katz and Alexander Dichter
    Telecommunications is key to the growth of Latin America's Southern Cone. But to get the most growth, centralized national networks must give way to regional systems that ignore borders.
  • April 1, 1997

    Steering a New Course for Japanese Management

    by Motokazu Orihata
    If Japan is to be a front-runner in the era of innovation it must demonstrate leadership in developing new industries and products. To do so requires managers to adopt a new "hands-on" approach and to take greater risks.
  • April 1, 1997

    Business Expectations and Strategy for the United States of Europe

    by Franco Modigliani and Hossein Askari
    The European Union is the largest single market in the world, and among the most affluent. Does that mean companies should be poised for expansion into the EU? It may take another three to four years before the market stabilizes enough for global players to think about establishing new EU locations.
  • January 1, 1997

    The Art and Practice of Japanese Management

    by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge
    Japan's extraordinary postwar industrial success was defined by lean production, consensus and continuous improvement. But lately it has been the country's perceived weak points, such as lifetime employment and over-regulation, that have come to the forefront of the debate on Japanese management. But new ideas are emerging with the younger, more flexible generation of Japanese managers, which means there will still be plenty for the outside world to learn from Japan. Adapted from "The Witch Doctors" (Times Books, 1996).
  • January 1, 1997

    Competing in Constellations: The Case of Fuji Xerox

    by Benjamin Gomes-Casseres
    The relationship between Xerox and Fuji Xerox, its joint venture in Japan, is the centerpiece of this commentary on how alliances among companies are forging new units of economic power known as "constellations." Internal rivalry can put constellations at a disadvantage against single-company rivals, and the ability to manage the balance of competition and cooperation is critical to success.
  • July 1, 1996

    "Negotiating Competitiveness" by Kirsten Wever

    by Barbara Presley Noble
    Negotiating Competitiveness: Employment Relations and Organizational Innovation in Germany and the United States by Kirsten S. Wever (236 pages, Harvard Business School Press, 1995)
  • January 1, 1996

    The Next Wave: Re-engineering for Growth

    by Bud Moeller, Jeffrey S. Tucker, and John Devereaux
    The first wave of re-engineering emphasized cost. The next wave focuses on eliminating unnecessary expense while improving quality, speed and service.
  • January 1, 1996

    Will Too Little Capital Stall Global Growth?

    by Edwin S. Rubenstein
    Economic models are now forecasting a period of strong global growth. Economists ask whether the need for capital will raise interest rates, bringing growth to a halt.