Featured Global Business Articles
For many companies, the headaches of being global are intensifying, The Economist says. In most sectors domestic peer companies are growing faster than multinationals.
Manufacturers thinking about bringing operations back to the U.S. need to weigh the challenges.
Shameen Prashantham and George S. Yip
Partnering with emerging-market startups is easier if four key factors can be addressed.
Managing Operational Risk
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.
Supply chain sustainability reporting depends on context, collaboration, and communication.
Murali D.R. Chari et al.
Multinationals need to start viewing market intelligence as a strategic asset in emerging markets.
Asher Devang et al.
Many Asian startups are competing on business model innovation and new technology rather than cost.
The Management Value of Diversity
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
A sustainable supply chain requires more than just following the law, undertaking audits, or increasing transparency.
Recognizing interdependencies is key to creating resilient businesses.
Multi-sourcing can lessen the risk of supply chain disruption. But it introduces risks of its own.
Sunil Chopra and ManMohan S. Sodhi
Overinvesting in supply chain protection may be more profitable than not investing enough.
María Jesús Sáenz and Elena Revilla
By planning for disruption from natural disasters, Cisco Systems improved its supply chain resilience.
Joseph Fiksel et al.
Companies need to cultivate resilience to unexpected disruptions to complex supply chains.
Nurturing Strategic Partnerships
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.