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Supporting Female Leaders 

Seven recommendations to promote gender equality in the political, business and social spheres

Chinchilla, Nuria; Jiménez, Esther

Women pursue higher education in larger numbers than men, yet their training does not seem to translate into high-level leadership roles in politics, business or society. This is a general finding of our first IESE Women in Leadership (I-WIL) Index, which analyzed and tracked the progress of female leadership and equal opportunities for women in 34 OECD countries since 2006. To improve the situation for women, here are seven recommendations.

It's Time We Talk About Data 

How can we make data into a public good that will help provide better services to society?

Shah, Sonal

A conversation on data has become imperative. For years, we have been giving away our data, acquiescing to the commoditization of our personal information for companies to sell us goods, and never really thinking about what else we were giving away in the process. If I get free use of a platform or an app, does that mean it should have unlimited rights to all my information? Who owns that data? What does online privacy mean? What are the social responsibilities between private companies and individuals? What about the trust between data providers and users?

Brexit Scenarios for Investors 

With the attractiveness of the U.K. expected to slip for investors, a smooth Brexit is in everyone's interest

Liechtenstein, Heinrich

The attractiveness of the United Kingdom for institutional investors will likely take a hit in the years after the U.K. leaves the European Union. The 2018 Venture Capital and Private Equity Country Attractiveness Index, which Alexander Groh, Karsten Lieser, Markus Biesinger and Heinrich Liechtenstein produce every year, finds the consequences of Brexit have already begun.

How to Be a More Human Manager 

Leadership today is about unlearning management and relearning being human

Hougaard, Rasmus

What kind of leadership is needed in the 21st century to create great working cultures that yield positive financial returns? Having interviewed thousands of leaders from Fortune 500 companies and other organizations, these are some of the answers we've come up with.

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.

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