Articles and Opinion

Innovation and Change

Six Innovation Pain Points and How to Overcome Them

Tietz, Matthias A.; Wong, Matthew A.; Rao, Jay; Chuán, Fran; Weintraub, Joseph Innovation can be a painful process, as the authors discovered from their survey of more than 20,000 employees in 140 firms. In asking what they did well and what needed to be improved, they identified six key pain points that often get in the way of innovation, and they propose remedies to build a strong, flourishing organizational culture of innovation. Read article
Information Technologies

How AI Will -- and Won't -- Change the Way You Manage

Canals, Jordi; Cassiman, Bruno; Elvira, Marta; Sieber, Sandra; Raes, Anneloes IESE professors Bruno Cassiman, Marta Elvira, Sandra Sieber and Anneloes Raes discuss the impact of artificial intelligence on strategy, talent management, corporate governance, IT management and organizational culture, respectively. Then, Jordi Canals wraps up the discussion by reiterating the enduring role of general managers in this new paradigm. Read article
Finance

In Search of the Virtuous Banker

Cowton, Christopher Despite some progress over the past 10 years, the controls put in place to prevent another global financial crisis fail to address two key concerns: corporate culture and individual character. Christopher Cowton proposes a virtue framework, so that those in the profession can start to define and agree what makes a good bank as well as a good banker. Read article
Information Technologies

Could Crowdfunding Be Right for Your Business?

Eufinger, Christian Crowdfunding is among the fastest growing segments in the financial industry. This article, based on research and teaching by IESE's Christian Eufinger in this emerging area, outlines the various options currently on the market, highlighting their strengths over traditional forms of financing. Read article
Information Technologies

How Big Data, AI and Blockchain Are Changing Finance

Giné, Mireia; Antón, Miguel The marriage of finance and technology has given rise to new players that are transforming the financial industry. IESE's Mireia Giné and Miguel Antón show how pioneering fintech business models can afford greater speed and efficiency, personalization, automation and easier access, while reducing many of the problems that have long plagued traditional financial exchanges. Read article