Top Story

Information Technologies

New York Edges out London as the World's "Smartest" City

Berrone, Pascual; Ricart, Joan Enric

New York has surpassed London to take the top spot in IESE's ranking of the world's "smartest" cities, with Paris completing the winner's podium. American and European cities clearly dominate the Cities in Motion Index 2016, accounting for 18 of the top 25.


Feeding the Dragon: The Changing Face of the Food and Beverage Industry

Gifra, Júlia; Llopis, Jaume; Puig, María; Pasamón, Fernando

For the first time, China is ranked the world's most attractive export market for food and beverage, edging out the United States. While Americans still spend more overall, China's enormous middle class and indications for future growth earned it top marks in the annual food and beverage attractiveness (FBA) index, ranking 82 countries around the globe.


More >


Ball Don't Lie: Making a Case for Core Stability

Fonti, Fabio; Maoret, Massimo

Real Madrid or Atlético Madrid? Lakers or Celtics? How might winning sports teams inform the strategic management of human resources in business? A study of social capital's impact on organizational performance, based on data from the world of sports, offers a more nuanced view of the interplays between talent and networks. The authors also offer four practical tips for managers, to help foster stable relationships at work.


More >


Portrait of a Business Angel as a Young Man

Roure, Juan; de San José Riestra, Amparo

Leadership and People Management

To Promote Change, Take Off the Rose-Colored Glasses

Brion, Sebastien; Audia, Pino G.; Greve, Henrich


Retire the Buffett Way?

Estrada, Javier

Also of interest...


Failing Solo

Mathieu Carenzo

“18 mistakes that kill startups” is an infographic that has gone viral. Mistake No. 1 is “single founder.” In this blog post, IESE’s Mathieu Carenzo explains why, breaking down the myth of the solo genius and highlighting personality types to avoid when (jointly) founding a company.


More >

Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

Sustainable Brands


Keep your eye on impact and never misjudge your client. These are two key takeaways from the second Sustainable Brands Barcelona 2016 held at IESE. Aimed at debunking myths and improving society, the sessions brought together global brands such as Adidas, Coca-Cola and Lego.


More >