The plan is for the new company, called i(x) Investments, to invest in early-stage and undervalued companies that are working on issues such as clean energy, sustainable agriculture and water scarcity...
Lausanne-based business school IMD released its annual World Talent Report (PDF,118 pages) on Wednesday showing that Switzerland leads the way in developing, attracting and retaining talent to satisfy corporate needs.
The research ranks Denmark second and Luxembourg third, with Norway, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Canada, Belgium and Singapore completing the top 10.
A host of major economies fare less impressively, with the US languishing in 14th place and the UK 21st. France comes in at 27th place, while mainland China is way down the list in 40th position.
"Pure economic power and talent don't always go hand-in-hand," Arturo Bris, director of IMD's World Competitiveness Center, said in the report...
Demographics expert encourages businesses to embrace immigration and accommodate a multigenerational workplace: https://t.co/MRS1BPpZJH
— Ideas for Leaders (@Ideas4Leaders) November 12, 2015
While demographics are never stationary, the demographic changes currently impacting the United States are transforming the country, with fundamental implications for how Americans live and work and how businesses in America can thrive.
According to Jim Johnson of University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, the major demographic trends transforming America today are unprecedented — so unprecedented that he calls these trends “disruptive demographics.” Based on on-going analyses of statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor, Internal Revenue Service and other governmental agencies, Johnson, who is a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at Kenan-Flagler, identified six disruptive demographic trends that will have an impact on business strategy and the workplace:
VIEWPOINT: According to a leading European ‘think tank’, tight immigration laws are linked to making countries less competitive. IMD professor Arturo Bris and senior economist José Caballero comment on these findings:
With floods of migrants pouring out of the Middle East and a simmering debate about immigration in Europe, politicians and the public should make sure not to throw the baby out with the bath water when formulating policies. Immigration can have some very positive effects and one of our recent IMD Competitiveness Center studies backs this up.
Competitiveness greatly depends on the extent to which governments facilitate an environment conducive to business. One key indicator is the impact of immigration laws; that is, whether or not immigration laws curtail the ability of enterprises to conduct their activities effectively.
A large survey of senior executives, carried out for the IMD World Competitiveness Center’s recently released IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, shows that decision-makers at companies view nations with strict immigration regulation as less competitive and lower on talent...
This paper argues that learning in cross-race interactions is critical for work teams to realize performance benefits from racial diversity but that diversity is a liability when society's negative stereotypes about racial minorities' competence inhibit such interactions. We analyze two years of data from 496 retail bank branches to investigate racial asymmetries in the dynamics of team learning and their impact on the link between diversity and bottom-line performance. As expected, minorities' negative assessments of their team's learning environment precipitate a negative relationship between diversity and performance, irrespective of white teammates' assessments; only when both groups view the team's learning environment as supportive-implying that the team has successfully countered the negative effects of societal stereotypes on cross-race learning-is the relationship positive. We conclude that acknowledging the impact of societal asymmetries between racial groups, especially in regard to learning, can reorient research about the link between identity-group-based diversity and performance.
Au nom de toute notre institution, je voudrais exprimer notre profonde solidarité avec nos amis Français et Libanaise, et avec une importance égale, tous ceux dans le monde qui sont touchés par des actes de violence insensés. Dans ces moments de profonde tristesse , nos pensées sont avec vous tous et à vos proches . Nous condamnons le terrorisme sous toutes ses formes et resterons fermes et unis face à ceux qui menacent nos valeurs.
Avec mes salutations les plus chaleureuses,
Dear Members of the IE Community,
On behalf of us all, I would like to express our deepest solidarity with our French and Lebanese friends and with equal importance, all those around the world who are being affected by senseless acts of violence. In these moments of profound sorrow, our thoughts are with all of you and your loved ones. We condemn all forms of terrorism and will stand firm and united against those who challenge our most cherished social values.
With my warmest regards,
Queridos Miembros de la Comunidad del IE,
En nombre de todos, quiero expresar nuestra solidaridad con nuestros amigos Franceses, Libaneses, e igualmente, con todos aquellos alrededor del mundo que están siendo afectados por actos de violencia sin sentido. En estos momentos de profundo dolor, nuestros pensamientos están con todos vosotros y vuestros seres queridos. Condenamos todas las formas de terrorismo y seremos firmes frente a aquéllos que ponen en peligro nuestros valores sociales más queridos.
Con todo cariño,
Santiago Iñiguez President IE University, Dean IE Business School
ROBERT B. REICH is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He has served in three national administrations and has written fourteen books..
(Deckle Edge, September 29, 2015, 304 pages)
“This is an important and provocative book about the erosion of America’s middle class by one of the nation’s most astute and passionate social critics. Reich provides an original and compelling analysis of how the rules governing America’s form of capitalism have contributed to growing income inequality and of how these rules have been distorted by the role of money in the U.S. political system.” —Laura D’Andrea Tyson
“Robert Reich has written a riveting guide to how our economic and political system has become so badly flawed, distorted by pervasive rent seeking and monopolies. He explains our rising inequality and our poor economic performance. Wholesale reform is needed—far beyond the usual prescriptions of raising the minimum wage and spending more money on education.” —Joseph Stiglitz
“Robert Reich sets the terms for new and more productive debates by rediscovering the political roots of the economic arrangements we too often take for granted. Everyone concerned with our economic future will need to grapple with Reich’s arguments in 2016 and beyond.” —Lawrence H. Summers
As an economist, however, I also believe that in the real world people are motivated by concrete incentives. One of the best incentives a business school can offer to faculty is flexibility, in both their schedules and their workloads. There’s a reason why most academics serve only two years on the White House Council of Economic Advisers: Most professors lose tenure after an absence of more than two years. If business schools want their faculty to take more active roles in government, they must provide greater leeway.
In particular, Girard was interested in the causes of conflict and violence and the role of imitation in human behavior. Our desires, he wrote, are not our own; we want what others want. These duplicated desires lead to rivalry and violence. He argued that human conflict was not caused by our differences, but rather by our sameness. Individuals and societies offload blame and culpability onto an outsider, a scapegoat, whose elimination reconciles antagonists and restores unity.
BERKELEY – The high cost of gender inequality has been documented extensively. But a new study by the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that it is even higher than previously thought – with far-reaching consequences.
In what can be considered a historic day for startups, small businesses and entrepreneurs all across the United States, the Securities and Exchange Committee (SEC) voted 3 to 1 to approve the final rules for debt and equity crowdfunding (aka Regulation Crowdfunding) on Friday. In about 180 days, tech startups and Main Street businesses will be able to raise up to $1 million from their friends, followers, and community via SEC registered websites. There is a lot you need to know about the new rules, so let’s jump right in:
The Economist’s first-ever college rankings are based on a simple, if debatable, premise: the economic value of a university is equal to the gap between how much money its graduates earn, and how much they might have made had they studied elsewhere. Thanks to the scorecard*, the first number is easily accessible. The second, however, can only be estimated.
*September 12th, America’s Department of Education
This rising tide of illiberalism makes avoiding a break-up of the eurozone or the EU ever more vital. But, to ensure this, macro and structural economic policies that boost aggregate demand, job creation and growth, reduce income and wealth inequality, provide economic opportunity to the young, and integrate rather than reject refugees and economic migrants will be needed...