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  Public-Private Partnerships for Smart Cities: Sharing Good Practices

Salvador, Jordi; Trillas, Fancesc; Ricart, Joan Enric; Rodríguez Planas, Miquel; Ferradans, Hugo; Fageda, Xavier By mid-century, more than two out of every three people are expected to live in cities. To accommodate urban growth in smarter, more sustainable cities, experts look to public-private partnerships (PPPs) -- as seen in successful cases from Cairo to Barcelona. Read article

  Programming Business Models Through Digital Density Premium

Zamora, Javier The growth of digital connections and data generates myriad interactions between organizations, people and things. This article presents a framework to help executives pinpoint the programmable elements of their value proposition. Read article

  5 Building Blocks for Cyber-Physical Value Chains Premium

Sachon, Marc The digitalization that has disrupted services is set to do the same in manufacturing. To stay competitive, companies will have to adapt their skills and protect their value chains. The author identifies the building blocks for the successful implementation of Industry 4.0. Read article

  Having It Both Ways: How to License and Protect Tech Innovations

Laursen, Keld; Moreira, Solon; Reichstein, Toke; Leone, Isabella Companies that license their technologies can benefit financially and gain new knowledge. But if they don't protect themselves, they could be overtaken by those companies they have licensed to. IESE's Solon Moreira examines how firms may guard their innovations with a grant-back clause. Read article

  Low-Risk Strategies for Internationalization

Villanueva, Julián; de Toro, Juan Manuel; Soldado, Pilar Exporting Spanish brands is key for the country's economic development. And while France is currently the first stop abroad, the United States looks more attractive for the future. That is according to a study on how, when and why Spanish firms enter new markets. Read article

  For Better, for Worse: Why Companies Turn to Tech Scouts

Klueter, Thomas Maximilian; Monteiro, F. To innovate faster, develop superior products, and perform better financially, corporations should look outside their own organizations and geographies with tech scouting. Yet some don't. Why not? A look at performance feedback is revealing. Read article

  Why and How to Internationalize Your SME

García-Lombardía, Pilar; Pin Arboledas, José Ramón Germany's Mittelstand has something to teach other countries' smaller firms: exporting abroad increases revenues and diversification. In Spain, where micro- and small enterprises provide more than half of all jobs, learning some German lessons may be key to survival. Read article

  Design Banking: A New Era of Financial Services

Siota, Josemaria; Klueter, Thomas Maximilian; Staib, Dieter; Taylor, Sam; Ania, Iñigo The fintechs are here. Are big banks' days numbered? Not so fast: Drawing inspiration from designers and artists, design thinking can be a great tool for banks looking to connect with customers and innovate quickly. So says a study by IESE and the consultancy Oliver Wyman. Read article

  Tips to Become a Renaissance Manager Premium

Goldin, Ian; Kutarna, Chris Today we risk repeating history's mistakes by ignoring what we know about the global climate system, the global financial system and intergenerational poverty. This article draws parallels between the past Renaissance and the present age to suggest what business leaders can do to address the big, enduring shifts of our time. Might we one day regard this point in history as our own Renaissance? Read article

  Innovate or Perish: The Role of Multinationals in Local R&D

Berrone, Pascual; Ricart, Joan Enric; Blázquez, María Luisa Innovation is at the heart of competitiveness. With multinational corporations wielding significant R&D investment power, countries should aim to attract them to invest locally. A study from Spain tallies its strengths and weaknesses in this area and sets out measures for boosting the innovation ecosystem. Read article
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