As organizations grow increasingly reliant on a global workforce, they need to know how to mitigate time zone challenges. This article, based on 20 years of research by the author on global working arrangements, explains how companies can not only mitigate the time zone problem but can use it as a source of competitive advantage.
Heiberg, Gerhard; Fernández Valbuena, Santiago; Ricotta, Eduardo; Nobrega, Jorge; Mesquita, Francisco; Donoso, Lluís; Cerri, Giovanni; da Nóbrega, Guilherme; Aranda, Sergio; Stark, Paulo Ricardo
In this special collection of podcasts recorded during the IESE Global Alumni Reunion held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in November 2012, several leading experts in the areas of economics, IT, health care, media, marketing, strategy and operations comment on global business trends from the perspective of this fast-growing emerging market.
IESE Prof. Marco Tortoriello identifies a number of strategies for mapping the informal networks of ties and relationships that employees form across functions and divisions. He suggests ways to create the "best" network conditions that will support the transfer of knowledge across different parts of the organization, which may facilitate better conditions for innovation.