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INSEAD Knowledge
Nov 24, 2020

"Too Elevated": Raf Simons's Troubled Stint at Calvin Klein
A short-lived partnership between the sprawling American brand and the celebrated Belgian designer highlights the importance of fit in all its forms.

INSEAD Knowledge
Nov 22, 2020

Making the Shift to Digital Sales in B2B
The old methods of demand generation won't work in the always-online era.

INSEAD Knowledge
Nov 18, 2020

Hold the Emoji and Other Tips for Successful Email Negotiations
Tactics for increasing B2B sales.

INSEAD Knowledge
Nov 16, 2020

Four Steps to Business Model Innovation
Success in this new era of accelerated disruption requires a holistic approach to technology.

INSEAD Knowledge
Nov 16, 2020

The Tension-Filled World of Luxury Consumption
Recent research highlights how luxury consumers are pulled in different, often contradicting directions.

INSEAD Knowledge
Nov 12, 2020

Foundations for Gender Balance Can Be Built at Home
If we want a robust economic recovery and a fairer world, we must stem the tide of women fleeing the Covid-19 workforce.

INSEAD Knowledge
Nov 10, 2020

A Liquidity Cushion in Troubled Times: The PE Secondaries Market
Even without deep discounts, secondaries' modest risks and returns are attracting investor interest.

INSEAD Knowledge
Nov 10, 2020

Entrepreneurship Frameworks That Work
A recent book narrates a variety of productive and powerful paths forward for all kinds of entrepreneurs.

INSEAD Knowledge
Nov 09, 2020

Calmer Waters: President Biden's Prospective Foreign Policy
The new president's foreign policy will differ from Trump's in style, language and tone more than in substance.

INSEAD Knowledge
Nov 08, 2020

Organisational Data: The Silver Lining in the Covid-19 Cloud
The shift to virtual working has produced a data boom that could revolutionise organisations - if they know what to do with it.

INSEAD Knowledge
Nov 02, 2020

How to Appease Your Customers After Your Algorithm Rejects Them
No one likes to hear "computer says no". But there may be more ways to be transparent about algorithm-driven rejections than you think.

INSEAD Knowledge
Nov 01, 2020

Transforming a Supply Chain Into a Social Enterprise
Creating sustainability initiatives that can scale requires innovative balancing of social impact and profit seeking.

INSEAD Knowledge
Oct 28, 2020

Scorched-Earth Strategic Thinking for Covid Times
"Disrupt yourself first" is so five years ago. The new motto is "Burn your company to the ground then rebuild it."

INSEAD Knowledge
Oct 28, 2020

Covid Cost-Cutting May Backfire in the Long Run
Macroeconomic uncertainty makes firms more profitable in the short-term, but the bill comes due later.

INSEAD Knowledge
Oct 26, 2020

Illogical Truths: The Paradoxes of Silicon Valley
The Valley's most valuable product is the contrarian thinking that fuels its innovation culture.

INSEAD Knowledge
Oct 26, 2020

Comparison Shopping in the Age of Information Overload
When consumers try to estimate a product specification, their best guess depends on whether they believe that they forgot this information or that they were never exposed to it.

INSEAD Knowledge
Oct 22, 2020

How Would an Immigration Surge Affect Your Pay Cheque?
Workers whose product or output is not easily sold elsewhere are more likely to lose out amid an inflow of immigrants.

INSEAD Knowledge
Oct 20, 2020

How Ready Are You for the Work-from-Anywhere Era?
Advice from academics and practitioners who are well-versed in the remote working paradigm.

INSEAD Knowledge
Oct 19, 2020

Food Security in a Pandemic: Lessons From India's Lockdown
Portable food ration cards allow migrant populations to shelter in place, but implementation across state borders faces hurdles.

INSEAD Knowledge
Oct 14, 2020

The Great Covid-Driven Teamwork Divide
For most teams, the pandemic either brought colleagues closer or drove them increasingly apart. There are three key reasons why.

INSEAD Knowledge
Oct 13, 2020

How to Build a C-Suite in Less Than Two Years
Indonesian state-owned giant Pertamina had a problem: Its top leaders were all retiring at once. The solution? A new kind of leadership accelerator.

INSEAD Knowledge
Oct 12, 2020

Leadership in Wicked Times
We face extraordinary problems calling for new leadership approaches.

INSEAD Knowledge
Oct 12, 2020

Building the Supply Chain for Large-Scale Covid-19 Testing
Widespread Covid-19 testing will be a fact of life for years to come. Scaling up the supply chain requires governments to answer five key questions.

INSEAD Knowledge
Oct 06, 2020

Innovation Plucked from the Zeitgeist
A method to quantify the phenomenon of simultaneous discoveries sheds insight into how one innovation wins and another is left on the shelf.

INSEAD Knowledge
Oct 05, 2020

The Music Industry's Best-Kept Secret? A Gender Creativity Gap
Female solo artists are more likely to put out more creative songs than their male counterparts. The key question is why. Gender inequality and representation in the industry may hold the answer.

INSEAD Knowledge
Oct 05, 2020

The All-Too-Real Consequences of Military War Games
Decades of US naval drills on a Puerto Rican island may have inflicted untold collateral damage. Armed forces everywhere should learn the lesson.

INSEAD Knowledge
Oct 01, 2020

Recognising the Red Flags of Workplace Mental Health
Organisations have a responsibility towards their staff.

INSEAD Knowledge
Sep 29, 2020

How Netflix Finds Innovation on the Edge of Chaos
How did a DVD-by-mail company transform itself into a leading global entertainment brand? By rejecting mediocrity, embracing negative feedback and turning hierarchy on its head.

INSEAD Knowledge
Sep 29, 2020

How Hedge Fund Activists Influence Target Firms
Understanding settlement agreements is important to see the complete picture of the corporate governance landscape.

INSEAD Knowledge
Sep 28, 2020

Big Tech's Global Strategy in the Cloud
Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Alibaba are fighting tooth and nail in the cloud market, using strategies heavily influenced by their respective histories.

INSEAD Knowledge
Sep 23, 2020

Understanding the Origins of White Denial
Even as the existence of systemic racism becomes increasingly apparent, complacency is returning among white people. But research provides tools for reviving white racial consciousness, by remembering and celebrating common humanity.

INSEAD Knowledge
Sep 22, 2020

A Checklist for Boards in the New Normal
Covid-19 has spurred corporate boards to improvise new practices while keeping those that have served them well. Here's a run-down.

INSEAD Knowledge
Sep 21, 2020

How Trade Made the Richest 0.1% Even Richer
Better access to foreign markets benefited exporting firms' top executives disproportionately more than rank-and-file workers.

INSEAD Knowledge
Sep 16, 2020

Better Networking Begins With Your Beliefs
It doesn't take very much to bridge the "knowing-doing" gap in networking - even during a pandemic.

INSEAD Knowledge
Sep 16, 2020

From General Manager to CHRO
Three stories of business leaders who moved to the top human resources role and reinvented HR in their company.

INSEAD Knowledge
Sep 15, 2020

What to Do When Stress Puts You in "Survival Mode"
Do you believe that constant stress is unavoidable? Good for performance? Actually, neither is true.

INSEAD Knowledge
Sep 14, 2020

Making the Commute of the Future Happen
Mobility as a service (MaaS) is an attractive form of public transportation that offers a variety of benefits. Enticing consumers to abandon their private cars, however, will be tricky.

INSEAD Knowledge
Sep 09, 2020

What the War Between Alibaba and Tencent Says About Strategy
In emerging markets or nascent industries, plan-as-you-go has proved to be a winner many times over.

INSEAD Knowledge
Sep 07, 2020

Product Management Is Dead
Long live product management - but not as it has been conceived up till now.

INSEAD Knowledge
Sep 07, 2020

How to Listen and Ask Questions for Effective Teamwork
Good ideas and solutions often arise when we ask open-ended questions.

INSEAD Knowledge
Sep 02, 2020

Deconstructing Learning, Reconstructing Education
Covid-19 will change higher education for good - and, ultimately, for the better.

INSEAD Knowledge
Sep 02, 2020

The World's Most Innovative Countries, 2020
Who will finance innovation beyond Covid-19?

INSEAD Knowledge
Aug 31, 2020

Reconceiving Innovation for Covid-19
Covid-19 is an opportunity for businesses to build a new normal that is more human-centric, imaginative and agile.

INSEAD Knowledge
Aug 31, 2020

Pandemic or No, It's Business as Usual for Boards
For now, corporate boards prefer to keep the status quo - and the long view - in the face of Covid-19 upheaval.

INSEAD Knowledge
Aug 27, 2020

The Central Conundrum of Covid-19 Entrepreneurship
A recently released report reveals how one entrepreneurial ecosystem is responding to the pandemic.

INSEAD Knowledge
Aug 26, 2020

How I Taught the ‘Team from Hell' to Trust Each Other
Virtual team coaching can help turn around dysfunctional teams.

INSEAD Knowledge
Aug 24, 2020

Introducing Excess Value: A Metric for Private Market Outperformance
The gains from private market investing are best understood relative to public benchmarks. But there has been no way to compare the two in currency terms - until now.

INSEAD Knowledge
Aug 24, 2020

When CSR Is Mostly for Show
Under pressure to be good corporate citizens, politically endorsed firms in emerging markets often prefer to cut a cheque for a cause than adopt greener practices.

INSEAD Knowledge
Aug 20, 2020

Making the Crowd Wiser
Tools that use averaging to make future predictions might be leaving a lot of relevant information on the table.

INSEAD Knowledge
Aug 18, 2020

Can Zoom Be a Tool for Teaching Anti-racism?
Leverage today's technology to help correct systemic problems.

INSEAD Knowledge
Aug 18, 2020

How to Make the Most of a Chief Sustainability Officer
Shift the focus from doing less bad to doing more good.

INSEAD Knowledge
Aug 17, 2020

The Innovator's Imitation Dilemma: TikTok and Facebook in Context
Even with a backer like Microsoft, innovators must outrace copycats like Facebook and others who share the spoils of imitation among themselves.

INSEAD Knowledge
Aug 13, 2020

Recession-Proofing the Subscription Economy
Believe it or not, most subscription-based businesses are still seeing modest growth by exploiting four strategic manoeuvres.

INSEAD Knowledge
Aug 11, 2020

How Universal Basic Income Could Save Capitalism
A viable democratic social system must not allow a "winner takes all" approach.

INSEAD Knowledge
Aug 10, 2020

The State of AI-Driven Digital Transformation
With a holistic transformation strategy, AI can create wonders.

INSEAD Knowledge
Aug 07, 2020

When Is Learning a Marathon and When Is It a Sprint?
Practice strategies are not one-size-fits-all.

INSEAD Knowledge
Aug 06, 2020

Beyond Covid-19: Remodelling the Future of Fashion
The industry is set to become less cyclical, less vicarious and more transparent.

INSEAD Knowledge
Aug 04, 2020

What's Behind the Rising Inequality of Everything?
However you parse the data, capitalism increasingly appears to disproportionately benefit the very top performers.

INSEAD Knowledge
Aug 04, 2020

A Post-Covid Social Contract
How we can manifest "the next world" that serves us all.

INSEAD Knowledge
Aug 03, 2020

How to Become a Star in a Strange Land
It helps if you're a generalist with no ego.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 31, 2020

Power, Politics and Crisis Response on the Board
It's not the individual directors - it's the competing coalitions they form that determine what boards will do.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 29, 2020

Can Investors Save the Planet While Making a Profit?
Sustainability is fast becoming a core investment focus. Here's what the industry can learn from the most successful climate impact funds.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 29, 2020

Why the World Needs Self-Reflective Leaders
The coronavirus crisis facilitates the rise of autocratic and narcissistic leaders just when we least need them.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 27, 2020

How Boards Are Coping With Covid-19
A new survey provides a snapshot of corporate boards' resilience to challenges and risks posed by the pandemic.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 27, 2020

Corporate Funding Gap and the Role of Fintech
Financing for small and medium enterprises is limited in many parts of the world. Is P2P lending the magic bullet to narrow the funding gap?

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 24, 2020

How Consumer Nudging Can Solve the Plastic Packaging Waste Crisis
Until there is a major change in consumers' behaviour towards plastic packaging waste, the widespread and tangible shifts the situation calls for are unlikely.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 23, 2020

Three CEO Strategies to Guide Companies Through Crises
We distil top executives' experience for the ideas that work.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 21, 2020

Global Strategy for a De-globalising World
The world may not be as flat as it once was, but global business strategy is, if anything, a more urgent priority than before.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 20, 2020

The Secret to Successful Crowdsourcing Contests? More Prizes
Your prize money goes further when it's distributed among a larger group of winners.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 19, 2020

The Advantages of Being (Seen as) Authentic
Feeling authentic, acting authentically and coming across as authentic are very different things, but are equally important.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 17, 2020

Why - and How - to Hire an Outlier
An unconventional profile can be a tough sell, but the potential rewards are worth the risk.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 15, 2020

How Social Impact Start-ups Are Solving Brazil's Covid-19 Challenges
The persistent problem of inequality in Latin America leaves citizens more vulnerable to the coronavirus. Innovative platforms move towards balancing the scales.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 15, 2020

Unearthing the Roots of Systemic Racism
Dislodging deep-seated racism will require a comprehensive long-term strategy on the part of leaders, organisations and business schools.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 13, 2020

When Several Queues Are Better Than One
One reliable method of queueing is less effective in knowledge industries. Here's why.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 13, 2020

How Luxury Is Reinventing Itself
Luxury brands must secure a place in the hearts and minds of their customers, their partners and the public.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 10, 2020

Covid-19 Furloughs Are Getting the Job Done
Despite questions as to their cost and fairness, employment subsidies in the EU appear to be working as intended.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 09, 2020

Networking in the New Reality
Curiosity and reciprocity, plus some ingenuity, will help you build relationships in the age of Zoom.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 08, 2020

The Two Faces of Leadership
It's not only what leaders do in the spotlight that counts. Great leaders also know how to manage the organisational machinery behind the scenes.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 07, 2020

How Resilient Leaders Think
Can you encounter adverse circumstances and emerge stronger from them?

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 07, 2020

Battling ‘Covid-19 Brain'
Here's the science on how stressful events like Covid-19 take a toll on the best of us.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 05, 2020

Has Venture Capital Strayed From Its Roots?
Take a step back in time to observe how Georges Doriot - the founder of both VC and INSEAD - set up a machine to fuel and fund innovation and development.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 03, 2020

In the Current Crisis, Less Hierarchical Companies Show Special Resilience
How can more traditional organisations leverage the cultural and behavioural aspects of self-management imposed by the Covid-19 crisis?

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 02, 2020

Building Digital Resilience Around the Customer
Resilient businesses use digital technologies, data and analytics as a process to create long-term customer value.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 01, 2020

Making the "New Normal" Better for Women
How individuals and organisations can keep progressing towards gender balance, in our profoundly disrupted world.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jul 01, 2020

How Leaders Can Cultivate Patience in an Impatient World
Nine ways to develop this important "muscle" and reap its mental health benefits.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jun 29, 2020

Creating, Fast and Slow
Instead of bickering about the superiority of specialists or generalists, why not recognise that creative strategies involve trade-offs?

INSEAD Knowledge
Jun 28, 2020

How Data Is Transforming the Energy Sector
One German utility company has taken the lead in transitioning to "embedded, scaled and disrupted" AI.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jun 25, 2020

What Drives Consumers to Share Online Content
How to craft social media posts that drive both clicks and profits.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jun 25, 2020

Covid-Era CEOs Are ‘Keen, Tough or Edgy'
Not all CEOs are created equal, but everyone can come out of this crisis stronger.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jun 24, 2020

The Hidden Upside to Low-Power Negotiating
Looking for work during a historic downturn needn't cost you your dignity. Multiple research studies suggest strategies for turning a negotiation disadvantage into opportunity.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jun 22, 2020

The Nuts and Bolts of Working for an All-Remote Company
Conventional companies new to remote working can learn from the successful start-up GitLab, which has never had an office since its inception in 2014.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jun 22, 2020

Green Shoots for Businesses in China's New Normal
After a historic economic contraction, opportunities beckon nimble-footed companies.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jun 18, 2020

Happiness Is a (Small) Piece of Cake
Children inaccurately expect larger portions of a snack to be more enjoyable. A sensory imagery intervention can help them select healthier portion sizes.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jun 17, 2020

Impact Investing in Covid-19 Times: A Three-Step Mission
Despite the economic crunch, the joint pursuit of profit and purpose may have a very bright future. But first, we need to return to basics.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jun 17, 2020

The Six Biggest Post-Lockdown Challenges for Organisations
Businesses and other institutions will be judged on how well they adapt to the post-Covid reality.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jun 15, 2020

The Three Essentials of B2B Digital Transformation
The most common question we hear is, "Where do I start?" The answer is, "Where it makes the most sense from a customer's point of view."

INSEAD Knowledge
Jun 15, 2020

How Covid-19 Raises the Digital Stakes Even Higher
Now is the time for firms to invest in digital transformation.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jun 14, 2020

Why Public Healthcare Systems Weren't Prepared for the Pandemic
Healthcare resource sharing can be the difference between life and death. And it can be done without sacrificing agencies' autonomy.

INSEAD Knowledge
Jun 12, 2020

Africa's Drone Medical Delivery Service Saves Lives in Lockdown
Could airborne despatch of medical supplies also be the answer to the needs of developed countries?

INSEAD Knowledge
Jun 11, 2020

To Navigate Office Politics, Map Out Your Friends and Foes
Before you make a political move, draw a POWER map.

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