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  Independent Directors: A Weapon Against Cartels?

Campello, Murillo; Ferres, Daniel; Ormazábal, Gaizka Price-fixing schemes can cost consumers and companies millions of dollars, not to mention the headache they present for antitrust authorities. Independent directors could help to solve this problem. Read article

  What Managers Should Know About Value Creation -- and Appropriation

Lieberman, Marvin B.; Balasubramanian, N.; García-Castro, Roberto To grow, does your firm innovate, replicate or both? And how are economic gains distributed to stakeholders? IESE's Roberto Garcia-Castro and co-authors discuss their dynamic way to measure value creation over time and its implications for firm strategy. Read article

  Only 4 out of 356 Spanish Pension Funds Outperformed the IBEX 35 Over the Past 15 Years

Fernández, Pablo; Fernández Acín, Pablo; Fernández Acín, Isabel For the 15 years ending December 2017, while the average annual return for Spain's equities benchmark, the IBEX 35, exceeded 8 percent, Spanish pension funds returned a more paltry 3 percent, according to a report overseen by Pablo Fernández. Read article

  Buyers Helping Suppliers to Boost Business for All

Tunca, Tunay; Zhu, Weiming It's a win-win situation. When big buyers help smaller suppliers secure financing, costs go down, order fill rates climb, and the whole supply chain benefits -- with a double-digit (11.8 percent) boost to channel profits. Weiming Zhu's practical research on supplier financing is especially relevant in developing economies, such as China. Read article

  Preventing Free-riding: How to Run a Tight Multiparty Alliance

Fonti, Fabio; Maoret, Massimo; Whitbred, Robert To tackle a fundamental technological problem and innovate, it often makes sense to work together with other firms or organizations, be they private or public. But when many collaborate, preventing free-riding is an issue. IESE's Massimo Maoret looks at alliance free-riders and what levers might induce more effort. Read article

  Banking Risk: Time to Separate CEO Compensation From Shareholders' Interests

Eufinger, Christian; Gill, Andrej When CEO pay is aligned with shareholders' interests, bank executives may be incentivized to take on too much risk, says IESE's Christian Eufinger. This is not a corporate governance failure, but a problem stemming from government guarantees -- one with a proposed solution. Read article

  Moving Targets: How Organizations Set Performance Goals as They Grow

Aranda, C.; Arellano, J.; Dávila, Antonio Effective target-setting is a learning process. For more learning inputs, managers might be wise to think like they did in their organization's entrepreneurial stage, according to research by Antonio Dávila. Read article

  Leveraging Know-how: Licensing Knowledge and Making it Work for You

Klueter, Thomas Maximilian; Monteiro, Luiz Felipe; Dunlap-Hinkler, D. Firms license technology and other types of knowledge in order to innovate and stay competitive. But not all licensing leads to innovation. IESE's Thomas Klueter looks at how different licensing styles and forms of organizational attention impact innovation outcomes. Read article

  Social Responsibility: Would Scrooge Really Change his Ways?

Hafenbrädl, Sebastian; Waeger, Daniel What do you believe? Is the business of business to increase profits, as Milton Friedman insisted? Or should management be more broadly concerned with society, which might ultimately benefit business, too? Most importantly, what do executives really believe when it comes to CSR and the bottom line? Read article

  Team Up to Take Better Risks

Lejarraga, Tomás; Müller-Trede, Johannes If you must make a risky decision, you would be wise to make it together with someone who learns about the risk differently than you do. Research by Tomás Lejarraga and IESE's Johannes Müller-Trede explains why. Read article
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