Copenhagen: what should investors be demanding from companies?
The outcome of the Copenhagen climate conference may have disappointed some business leaders and may not be the ‘Global Deal’ that many, including the UK’s Carbon Trust, had been hoping for, but it is being touted as another small step forward in the long process towards reducing carbon emissions.
Fighting for trade: China and the threat of protectionism
In a global economic environment still reeling from the financial crisis and a vast contraction in world trade, the fight between countries for market share – and ultimately revenue – has become even more intense. Governments have faced pressure from their constituents to save and create jobs and wealth, and in the complex system governing commerce between countries, desperate times seem to have inspired desperate protectionist measures. Having in 2009 become the world's leading exporting na
Energy’s final frontier?
For Peter Sage, the sky isn’t really the limit. It’s even higher, somewhere around 36,000 kilometres above the Earth’s atmosphere.
An entrepreneur with twenty years’ experience, Sage’s latest start-up venture, Space Energy, aims to deliver space-based solar power (SBSP) by collecting and transmitting energy using satellites positioned in space. The catchall: energy on demand, 24 hours a day.
Call me anything except Junior
The new Oliver Stone film W explores an important concern for business and wealthy families - how parent-child relationships shape a child's personality development and, specifically, individual drives and motivations. The coming of age drama could be many family businesses where a feckless son struggles to redeem himself by overtaking his preferred younger sibling to succeed his father as head of the family dynasty.
Dynamic architecture, rotating tower: yes, but will it fly?
For the past two years, David Fisher has made a name for himself by building towers in the sky. Literally. For, despite the earthly icons he’s received for his architectural concept (Time Magazine Best Invention award in 2008 and a citation as Best Architect in 2008 by the Trump-supported Florida-based Developers and Builders Alliance), so far the 80-storey 1,300-foot tower exists solely in his lofty imagination. It’s been there for a while.
A practical guide to managing innovation
What does innovation mean? It used to relate mainly to products and that's still important. But over the last decade or so, businesses have been putting more and more emphasis on innovating new services and business models as well. In light of this, it's time companies take another look at how they manage innovation.
Alstom: Clean power needed to reduce CO2 emissions
Mankind will keep using fossil fuels to generate electricity for many decades to come, and will need all the help it can get to curb emissions of carbon dioxide, or CO2, that go with burning fossil fuels. That's according to Alstom, a leading manufacturer of power turbines and a company which sells equipment to make coal power stations cleaner and more efficient. It is also developing techniques to capture and store CO2.
UO Today #457: James Harper / James Tice
James Harper, Art History, and James Tice, Architecture, discuss the exhibit they co-curated entitled “Giuseppe Vasi’s Rome: Lasting Impressions From The Age Of The Grand Tour” in an interview conducted in the exhibit hall at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. UO Today, the Oregon Humanities Center’s half-hour television interview program, provides a glimpse into the [...]
Leadership today: less charisma, more consensus
When you think of words to describe good leadership, ‘charisma’ usually comes somewhere near the top of the list. After all, all the good ideas in the world won’t get anywhere if you aren’t compelling enough to get people to listen to you. But not all successful CEOs are charismatic and today’s complex and profound economic crisis has created a real challenge both for executives and for the professionals who train them.
Advice to direct marketers: let the people do the talking
The explosion of social networking sites has been a boon for direct marketers. For the hundreds of millions of users of Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and so on, they are fun ways to communicate with their friends and make more friends. But for marketers they are huge databases of consumer information.
More expensive medication may be more potent
Marketing variables not only influence peoples perceptions and expectations, they actually influence the real efficacy of products such as medications. This is according to Ziv Carmon, INSEAD Professor of Marketing, who, along with Rebecca Waber and Dan Ariely from MIT and Baba Shiv from Stanford, tested the effect of price on the efficacy of a medication by administering electric shocks to those taking part in the study to test their resistance to pain.
Surfing on rocks with ‘Miss Daisy’
‘A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step,’ goes the ancient Chinese proverb. The modern-day, Peter Schindler version goes: ‘A journey of 21,000 kilometers in a yellow sports car starts with a slightly eccentric Swiss national, driven to explore the Chinese countryside.’
Improving organisations through performance feedback
Performance feedback plays an important role in indicating when a firm needs to change its management strategy. It doesn’t, however, indicate just what this new strategy should be, and firms do not always respond appropriately, says Henrich Greve, INSEAD Professor of Entrepreneurship and Organisational Behaviour.
The CIO role: new skills needed
In today’s knowledge-based economy, the functions of the chief information officer (CIO) are becoming increasingly complex and multi-dimensional. And while some CIOs are already starting to assume leadership roles, recent studies have revealed a real need for education and training in order for CIOs to obtain the skill sets required to move into leadership positions.
Knowledge transfer: Use templates to pass on best practices, at least initially
As corporations look to expand overseas – through franchising, outsourcing or setting up plants and offices elsewhere – they transfer best practices to maintain their competitive edge. But what’s the best way of doing that and how should they adapt these operational practices to local conditions? According to studies carried out by INSEAD Professor of Strategy Gabriel Szulanski and others, companies need to identify and validate actual examples that have been shown to produce results.
Getting to the heart of social innovation
Money is fairly easy to give; you just write a cheque. Talking about marginalisation and change is easy too. "The harder thing to do is giving your time and yourself to the cause. And that,” says Pamela Hartigan, “is what is critical to social innovation."
Social enterprise: Using microfinance to alleviate poverty yet still post dramatic growth
Many institutions around the world are turning to microfinance both as a strategy to help lift the poor out of the poverty trap and to make a decent return on investment. While the business gains from lending money to those who earn only about one or to dollars a day may seem limited, some of the major international banks are now turning their attention to this sector. In a new case study, INSEAD Adjunct Professor Mahboob Mahmood highlights the work of the Kashf Foundation in Pakistan, an organi
Pay Attention to the Penguins
Think of penguins as ocean sentinels, says Dee Boersma -- they're on the frontlines of sea change. Sharing stories of penguin life and culture, she suggests that we start listening to what penguins are telling us. Dee Boersma considers penguins ocean sentinels, helping us understand the effects of pollution, overfishing and climate change on the marine environment. Run time 15:09.
Making the case for the smart grid
Is the smart and sustainable ‘super-grid’ reality or unrealisable fantasy? Can we continue to have energy security in the face of dwindling natural resources or can we rely on renewables to power up future generations? What are the alternatives and what role should businesses and governments play in ‘greening’ but not stalling the economy? These are just some of the issues that were discussed at the INSEAD 22nd Alumni Sustainability Executive Roundtable held recently at the school’s Eu
European Law: Values and Constitutional Principles of the European Union
Environmental and Natural Resources Law Speaker Series European Law: Values and Constitutional Principles of the European Union September 14, 2010 Environmental and Natural Resources Law Lewis & Clark proudly welcomed Dr. Christian Calliess as our Natural Resources Law Institute’s Distinguished International Visitor. In this presentation to our students, Dr. Calliess talks about “European Law: Values [...]