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People and the Planet – CSR Initiatives Sweeten Ferrero’s Success

May 12, 2017 • SUSTAINABILITY & ETHICS, SPECIAL FEATURES, Corporate Governance, MBA & Executive Education, Future of Business, Social ImpactComments (0)

By Tammi L. Coles For global businesses to thrive, “doing sustainability” is no longer an option. Tammi L. Coles spoke with recognised CSR researcher and author CB Bhattacharya about how this is revealed in the “People and the Planet” philosophy of the successful Ferrero Group.   Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and corporate

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A Conversation with Rory Simpson, Chief Learning Officer at Telefónica

May 10, 2017 • LEADERSHIP, MBA & Executive Education, MacGregor on Executive HealthComments (0)

By Steven MacGregor We start a new series this month, interviewing global influencers in the area of executive health. Short conversations that we hope will deliver deep insights. First up is Rory Simpson, Chief Learning Officer at Telefónica and Managing

Beyond the Hateful 8

April 10, 2017 • LEADERSHIP, Emerging Ideas, MacGregor on Executive HealthComments (0)

By Steven P. MacGregor  Steven MacGregor elaborates on how today’s world has turned Robert Owen’s “Triple 8” to the “Hateful 8”. How should business leaders address this seemingly inevitable phenomenon brought by the contemporary world? 

Leadership with a Smile Managing Our Emotions as a Tool of Enacting Leadership

March 9, 2017 • LEADERSHIP, Leadership DevelopmentComments (0)

By Marian Iszatt-White Practicing leaders often have to manage their emotions as part of enacting their leadership role: whilst we all do this as part of our everyday lives, for leaders it can be an important “tool of the trade”. So how do they perform

The EU Now Regulates Internet Services. But What Does that Mean, Exactly?

March 8, 2017 • TECHNOLOGY, SPECIAL FEATURES, MBA & Executive Education, Business Mobility & E-Commerce, Digital Transformation, Internet of ThingsComments (1)

By Martin Schallbruch Internet access has become crucial to the functioning of our most important systems. The Directive on security of network and information systems (NIS Directive) is the first EU-level effort to enhance cybersecurity measures. What are

The Value of Gender-Based Leadership

March 2, 2017 • LEADERSHIP, Women in Leadership, Corporate GovernanceComments (2)

By Melissa Greenwell If a roomful of men can draw on their experiences and insights to help a business succeed, a roomful of men and women drawing from a deeper pool can achieve even more. Given the growing evidence about the business value of gender-balanced

The Importance of Being Expert… Contextually Expert

February 2, 2017 • LEADERSHIP, Editors' Pick, Leadership DevelopmentComments (2)

By Barbara Kellerman The article argues that leadership is not a person – it is a system. It is a system in which three parts are of equal importance: leaders, followers (or others), and contexts. The article focuses on the importance of incorporating

After After-Sales: New Business Models Tempt, Fail Industry

January 27, 2017 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, MBA & Executive Education, Global Business, Marketing & Consumers, Business ModelComments (0)

By Olaf Plötner The after-sales-based business models of industrial enterprises are endangered. Simultaneously, modern data-based technologies enable the development of complex service solutions – so called business models 4.0. Olaf Plötner, Dean of

Re-invent Yourself as COO

January 24, 2017 • LEADERSHIP, OPERATION, Business ProcessComments (0)

By Nathan Bennett & Stephen A. Miles We focus on factors that have fundamentally changed demands on COOs: global recession, the evolving paradigm surrounding governance, threats to operations from natural disasters and terrorism, and the rise of big data.

We Need a Greater Focus on the Benefits Women in Top Executive Roles Bring to Companies Rather than Doom and Gloom Over their Limited Numbers

January 24, 2017 • LEADERSHIP, Women in Leadership, Corporate Governance, MBA & Executive EducationComments (0)

By Sucheta Nadkarni Recruiting women to corporate boards and top executive roles helps businesses find the best people and reach key consumers. There’s a risk that too much focus on doom and gloom, over the lack of such senior women in business, will veer