Monthly Archives: January 2016

An index to help investors measure leadership quality

This interview is based on Dave Ulrich’s book The Leadership Capital Index: Realizing the Market Value of Leadership, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2015.

Q: What exactly is the Leadership Capital Index?

One of the things I really like to do is to bring together two different fields and find an intersection. In this case one field is leadership and the other one is investment. That intersection between […]

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    In countries with little work-family support, many women opt for self-employment

In countries with little work-family support, many women opt for self-employment

Entrepreneurs play a critical role in generating economic growth by creating new jobs and new markets for goods and services. But gender inequality in this segment of the workforce remains particularly high in most industrialized countries, suggesting that women are a severely under-tapped resource when it comes to growing a vibrant economy.

In the UK, only about 20 percent  of […]

January 12th, 2016|Gender, Sarah Thébaud|0 Comments|
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    In search of greater regulatory freedom, some banks resort to cross-border acquisitions

In search of greater regulatory freedom, some banks resort to cross-border acquisitions

The recent global financial crisis, caused in part by systemic failures in bank regulation, has sparked, among other things, a strong push for both stricter capital requirements and greater international coordination in regulation. For example, seven of the 10 recommendations of the 2011 Report of the Cross-Border Bank Resolution Group of the Basel Committee for Banking Supervision (BCBS) propose […]

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    The Glass Cage: Where Automation is Taking Us – Book Review

The Glass Cage: Where Automation is Taking Us – Book Review

The Glass Cage: Where Automation is Taking Us. Nicholas Carr. Bodley Head. 2014.

In his previous book The Shallows: How the Internet is Shaping the Way We Think, Read and Remember (2010), Nicholas Carr disputed the alleged neutrality of the internet as a medium. Like the map and clock before it, the internet is imbued with an ethos that has […]

The way we measure unemployment can be misleading

Ever since the economic crisis hit Europe, Greece and Spain have attracted media attention over their astoundingly high youth unemployment. Leading economic analysts have decried that over half of these countries’ young people – 58 per cent and 55 per cent respectively in 2013 – are jobless and desperate. By contrast, the UK’s youth unemployment rate was ‘only’ 21 […]

What makes innovation managers successful?

Despite good intentions — and widespread acceptance of the importance of innovation — efforts to innovate at large companies often go off the rails.

There is no other organisational capability with such a gap between importance and performance. In the 2015 BCG survey, 70 percent of executives replied that innovation was either the company’s top priority or among the top […]

The workplace bully is not always a lone wolf

In today’s competitive organisations, it is all too common for bullies to act out in the workplace. Many of us have either been victimised or witnessed a co-worker being bullied. This is more common than illegal forms of harassment (based on things such as race, sex, or age). The costs to companies that allow the situation to go unchecked […]

Screening job applicants on social media may hurt the firm

In today’s high-tech society, the challenge is no longer how to find information on job applicants, but rather to determine which information is key to one’s recruitment and selection plans. The proliferation of social networks has created means for self-expression, often in many different ways that reflect people’s personal and professional selves. However, we ask this: Is social media content helpful […]

‘Empowering leadership’ improves firm productivity

Some kind of productivity is the ultimate goal for all organisations. However, this goal cannot be realized unless employees experience a high level of motivation for their tasks. Moreover, some level of well-being is also necessary to keep it going in the long run. Indeed, how managers can promote optimal motivation, well-being, and productivity has been an important question […]

State control can result in good performance for firms

Following the breakup of the Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc many researchers anticipated the demise of state-owned enterprises (SOEs). The privatization movement throughout the world since the 1980s suggested that SOEs may simply have been a transitional organizational form destined to become a relic of history. However, even to this day, SOEs still generate approximately 10 percent of […]

Four books that cover the current economic zeitgeist

Between Debt and the Devil. Adair Turner. Princeton University Press. 2015

Adair Turner shared some of his insights with LSE Business Review:

We need to address the role private debt and real estate play in our economies — Without radical reform we will be vulnerable to future crises and stuck in slow growth for many years, writes Adair Turner

Almost no economist or financial […]

January 2nd, 2016|Book Review|0 Comments|