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HR in the Era of Big Data 

How can managers use data to drive reliable decision-making?

Brion, Sebastien

As companies embrace digitalization, big data is becoming a more central part of decision-making processes in organizations. This is especially happening in the HR context, with data increasingly being used to drive strategic HR decisions. But if HR managers hope to make genuine organizational change using data, they need to learn how to avoid the following pitfalls that have plagued social science research.

Beyond Flexibility to OpenWork 

We need a bolder approach to workplace flexibility. Here are four ways you could go farther

Christensen, Kathleen

Many companies have introduced workplace flexibility, with mixed results. A fresh approach is needed -- a collaborative, continuous improvement process to redesign how work is done in line with today's realities. We call this OpenWork. Here I share four workplace redesigns that align with this process. As you read these, consider whether they could work in your company.

Leading Virtual Teams 

Managing geographically dispersed, virtual teams is a growing reality. Here are five aspects that make all the difference

Elvira, Marta

With ever-growing globalization and a wider range of flexible work options, the challenge of managing geographically dispersed, virtual teams to ensure performance is more urgent than ever. In ongoing research with Isabel Villamor at IESE, we have detected five aspects that global professionals should prioritize.

Whole Person Leadership 

What makes you a leader? Hint: It's not how many followers you have

Noda, Tomoyoshi

What should leadership look like, when the very concept of leadership is so frequently misunderstood? One school of thought says leadership is the ability to effect transformation and innovation under conditions of extreme uncertainty, where success is not guaranteed and the solution only appears obvious after the fact. This, I believe, gets closer to the real kind of leadership needed today.

Strategy Lessons From Africa 

Research on Africa calls into question the usefulness of existing management theories

Ariño, Africa

Although China and India get more attention, the less-studied continent of Africa holds important managerial insights, as Michael J. Mol (Copenhagen Business School), Christian Stadler (Warwick Business School) and I discovered when we edited a special issue of the Global Strategy Journal. What can Africa teach managers about global strategic management?

Rethinking Your Resources 

What does resource-based theory have to say about the ongoing shareholder vs. stakeholder debate?

Barney, Jay B.

Should managers seek to maximize the wealth of their firm's owners, or should they seek to satisfy the legitimate interests of all their firm's stakeholders? Debates about this question have gone on for decades. Recently, I have begun to explore the implications of the resource-based theory of competitive advantage for this debate.

A Make or Break Year for the EU 

2017 is a defining moment for the EU. Will it step up? Or is this the beginning of the end?

Pou, Víctor

The world in general and the European Union in particular have reached a historical inflection point. The proliferation of "black swans" -- those phenomena we previously never thought possible but that now seem all too real -- is raising uncertainty to new heights. This makes implementing a business strategy extremely challenging. Although last year's double whammy of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump certainly did not help matters, those two events alone are not solely to blame for the uncertainty currently being felt across the Continent.

A Model for Success 

A business model is more than just a business plan. Avoid future headaches by reviewing the key elements of good business model design

Teece, David J.

Business model designs have received increasing attention in recent years. However, there are still too many entrepreneurs and managers who think that a business model is no more than a business plan. This can lead to a poor business model design that embeds future headaches deep in a company's strategy and brand.

The Dark Side of Startups 

In celebrating the successes of startups, let's make sure we don't ignore some harsh realities

Dávila, Antonio

Behind all the rosy proclamations about startups lies a less-talked-about reality: many fail after only a few years, and those that do survive often stay small or continue to struggle. The jobs they do create may, in effect, be offsetting the jobs being lost at other startups. Startups may not be the almighty "wealth creators" they are cracked up to be.

Four Ways China Is Changing 

The changes taking place in China today present golden opportunities for companies inside and outside the country's borders

Ding, Yuan

For anyone following the news these days, the word "China" may bring to mind an imploding steel industry, or maybe visions of big-ticket purchases by wealthy Chinese businessmen. But those two-dimensional portrayals fall short of conveying the complexity of the changes taking place in the country today. Here are four ways that China is changing, and what this means for you.

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