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Revisiting the Logic of Being Global

For many companies, the headaches of being global are intensifying, The Economist says. In most sectors domestic peer companies are growing faster than multinationals.


From the Archives: How to Reshore Manufacturing Successfully

Manufacturers thinking about bringing operations back to the U.S. need to weigh the challenges.


Engaging With Startups in Emerging Markets

Partnering with emerging-market startups is easier if four key factors can be addressed.


Managing Operational Risk

Automating Supply Chain Resilience Should Be High on Your Digital Agenda

January 20, 2017 | Luca Urciuoli

With the benefit of digital technologies, companies are using Big Data to identify supply chain risks and create early warning systems with much greater speed and precision. However, the ability to respond to these signals hasn’t advanced at the same pace.

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The Management Value of Diversity

How Global Is Your C-Suite?

June 16, 2015 | Pankaj Ghemawat and Herman Vantrappen

New research shows that the vast majority of the world’s largest corporations are run by CEOs native to the country in which the company is headquartered. Does that matter? Some studies indicate that national diversity in the top management team can be associated with better performance. What’s more, the presence — or absence — of nonnative executives in a company’s top management team can send a signal to employees outside the home country: It indicates the long-term career prospects for foreign middle managers already in the company as well as for potential hires.


Building Supply Chain Resilience

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Nurturing Strategic Partnerships

Competing Through Joint Innovation

December 12, 2016 | Manuel Hensmans

Even as multinationals struggle to make inroads in emerging markets, companies from those markets are finding ways to compete in Europe and the U.S. A case in point is Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company, which has used strategic partnerships to gain ground in Europe. Huawei’s overseas expansion closely resembles the strategy the company used to build its position in China: Start at the perimeter and work toward the center.