Iberia and IE Business School sign cooperation agreement

Written on May 16, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Live IE

acuerdo-iberia.jpg The IE Business School and Iberia Airlines have signed a framework cooperation agreement under which the management school will include in its curriculum a study of the â??Iberia caseâ? as an example of a company that successfully anticipated and adapted to major changes in its industry.

The successful manner in which the Spanish flag-carrier, formerly a protected state monopoly, addressed privatization, deregulation, and competition, in the midst of one of the most difficult period ever experienced by the airline business worldwide, has been widely recognized. In addition, Iberiaâ??s accurate forecasts and policies have made it the only network airline to post profits for each of the past 12 years.

The multidisciplinary study of Iberiaâ??s achievement will focus on the companyâ??s strategy, but will also examine other areas such as sales, corporate strategy, maintenance, human resources, operations, and corporate social responsibility (CSR), among others.

In addition to the Iberia case study, the agreement encompasses training, research, and publication activities. It was signed by Iberiaâ??s chairman and IE alumni, Fernando Conte, and the president of the IE, Diego del Alcázar.

The IE Business School focuses on executive management training, and via this agreement it will consider the possibilities of designing training programmes and carrying out studies of strategic interest to both parties. In addition, and in cooperation with Iberia, it may organise forums, seminars or lecture series that help to promote R&D and innovation carried out by the IEâ??s research centre and executive education division.

This project arises from the interests of the two companies in enhancing and broadening the training and development of managers. Fernando Conte said that â??the fact that an institution with the prestige of IE should use Iberia as a business case study is a recognition of a job well done by the Iberia team and a stimulus to remain among the best companies in the industry.â? Diego del Alcázar said that â??Specific cooperation with Iberia will strengthen the leadership of the two companies, and ushers in a new era of relations, which will enable us to increase the synergies that exist between the two companies in the global context that they share as international companies.â?


Where are the Chinese executives?

Written on May 15, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Academics

1507.jpgMay 2008 | By Elena Escagedo, Director of Open Enrolment Programs at IE Business School, Executive Education

Give me the name of a high-level Chinese business executive. Canâ??t think of one? And who is the owner of this Asian superpowerâ??s largest business fortune? Donâ??t know that either? Well, neither does anyone else, actually: so whatâ??s going on in Beijing?

China has been growing at double-digit rates for several years now. India is growing somewhat slower but also shows spectacular development. China is currently the fourth largest economy in the world and if the dollar continues to fall, it will quite possibly be the leading economy on the planet in a short period of time. Moreover, if this trend of growth in China and India continues, both economies will represent around 25% of the world GDP by the year 2025.

Although this information is well known, there is one question that needs to be asked about these countries: why are there Indian executives in important executive positions in some 30 companies on the Fortune 500 and yet there are no Chinese executives on the list? Paradigmatic cases include the Pepsico CEO (Indra Nooyi, a woman) and that of Vodafone (Arun Sarin). However, we can go even further: why, according to the Forbes magazine, are entrepreneurs of Indian origin among the ten richest people in the world while there are no Chinese entrepreneurs? The only entrepreneur of Chinese origin in the ranking of the 50 richest people in the world (in tenth place) is Li Ka Shing, with his Cheung Kong Holdings conglomerate, whose flagship is Hutchinson Wampoa, world leader in seaport management. Li Ka Shing was born in Guangdong, China in 1928 but has developed his career in Hong Kong since the 1950s. Meanwhile, Forbes places four Indian entrepreneurs (Lakshmi Mittal, Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani and Kushal Pal Singh) in fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth position of the 50 richest people in the world. Read more…


Written on May 14, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Academics

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Written on May 13, 2008 by Yan Huang in IE News



exedu-at-ie-business-school.jpgIE Business School holds 5th position worldwide in open executive training programs, according to the Financial Timesâ?? 2008 Executive Education Ranking.

The survey, which analyses the quality of executive training around the world, places IE Business School 16 worldwide in the combined ranking that evaluates the quality of both open programs and customized training. IE has climbed 11 places this year in the section that covers customized programs, placing it 41st in the world. These results show an overall rise in IEâ??s position vis-à-vis last yearâ??s ranking, when the school was ranked 7th worldwide in terms of open programs, 52nd in company programs and 22nd in the combined ranking.

Among open programs at IE Business School, the FT ranking highlights the Advanced Management Program (AMP), the Senior Management Program (SMP), and the Global Senior Management Program, run jointly with University of Chicago GSB in Madrid and London. IE Business School open training programs also include the â??IE Business Leadership Forumâ??, attended by Presidents, Vice-Presidents and CEOs of leading firms, who meet on a monthly basis with key players from the worlds of politics, finance, economy and business. This platform for debate fosters the contrast of ideas and the forecasting of political and economic trends in different regions of the world, which provides a snapshot of global realities. Recent participants in the â??IE Business Leadership Forumâ?? include George Soros, Edward Prescott, Klaus Schwab, Mikhail Kasianov or Kishore Mahbubani.

The Financial Times ranking analyses different parameters related to quality in executive education programs. Said parameters include the degree of satisfaction of participants with regard to course preparation and design, faculty, international focus of the program, student profiles, the development of management skills, and the fulfilment of expectations. Experts have contrasted the opinions of participants and client firms during their analysis of both open programs and in-company programs.


Online Social Networking Revolution: the XING Experience

Written on May 12, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Live IE


Nowadays, in our global world, the phenomenon of online social networking is critical to achieve success. Before the age of the business social networking it was hard to convene other internet users or business associates online. Not only have business social networking websites made it safer to meet up people online and search for jobs, recruit online, it also allows you to meet people with the same or similar interests.

On May 13 IE Business School host a conference about one of the leading social networking sides in the world: XING. Our guest speakers to this event Lars Hinrichs (founder and CEO of XING company) and Lutz Emmerich (General Manager XING Spain) will talk about this web 2.0 phenomenon, the advantages of using online social networking and the XING business experience. Far more than a directory of business contacts, XING enables its members to discover professional people, opportunities and privileges through its unique discovery capability and advanced contact management tools. With the successful IPO of XING as the first Web 2.0 company to go public, XING AG has had a long-term impact on the social networking trend amongst professionals. By focusing on the target group â??business people worldwideâ?, the company is able to offer tailored features, thereby making networking and contact management simpler. Besides Headquarters in Hamburg, XING AG is also represented with offices in Barcelona, Istanbul und Beijing.

This is a great opportunity to all of you to learn the opinions, and also interact with two of the most outstanding leaders in this field, Lars Hinrichs and Lutz Emmerich.


Venture Lab Speaker Series: Entrepreneurs @ IE

Written on May 11, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Live IE

IE Venture LabVision, Nerve and Other Peoples’ Money
Being Successful as an Entrepreneur

May 12, 2008
Pinar 18, P-211, 6.30 p.m.


JACK HARDING, Co-founder, president and CEO of e-Silicon, a leading supplier of custom integrated circuits for the world’s leading electronics inaugurates the Venture Lab Speaker Series at IE Business School providing an entrepreneur’s perspective on the ecosystem and intangibles necessary for success.

Jack Harding is the co-founder, president and CEO of eSilicon, a leading supplier of custom integrated circuits for the world’s leading electronics companies. eSilicon was recently ranked #3 by Inc. Magazine in the renowned annual ranking of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in America. eSilicon develops chips for a wide variety of markets and applications, including high-volume MP3 players, home gateways, complex storage networks, digital cameras and high-speed communications devices. Prior to eSilicon, Harding served as president and CEO of Cadence Design Systems, the world’s largest electronic design software companies.

Jack Harding was a finalist for the 2006 Executive of the Year Ace Award in the electronics industry. He was a 2004 finalist for Silicon Valley Entrepreneur of the Year. He also has served as a director of many technology firms and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of RF Microdevices (RFMD). In 2007 Harding was elected to a three year term to the Board of Directors of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA). Harding is a frequent speaker on the subjects of technological change, entrepreneurship and its impact on regional economic development.

He has been a guest speaker for the Lothian European Lecture Series at the University of Edinburgh, Stanford University’s Silicon Valley Networking Project, an Indiana University/SPEA Bonser Distinguished Lecturer and a keynote speaker for Max Planck Institute symposia on entrepreneurship. Harding is a member of the Washington D.C. based Counsel on Competitiveness, a bipartisan organization of chief executives from industry and academia dedicated to the global advancement of U.S. competitiveness, where he has served as a member of the Counsel’s Executive Committee. Harding holds a B.A. in Economics and Chemistry from Drew University, where he has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees.


Second term of office and foreign affairs

Written on May 9, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Academics


1506.jpgMay 2008 | By Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo, Director of Master in International Relations at IE School of Arts and Humanities

International relations are the Achillesâ?? heel of many a president when they first come to power, and their first reaction is to place it in the hands of a professional. But everything changes when it comes to re-election.

North American political commentators have coined the term “second term blues” to refer to the problems that usually affect the presidents of the United States during their second term of office. Often it is said that they are a combination of tiredness and arrogance that comes from power exercised over a long time. The experience of Spanish democracy has still not given rise to this type of problem, but certain trends in second terms of office can be identified in the field of international relations. It is particularly interesting to analyse successive appointments to the post of minister of foreign affairs.

Ministers of foreign affairs have always enjoyed special prestige in democracies. In North America, the world fame of the secretary of state has, on exceptional occasions, rivalled that of the president himself. This occurred with Henry Kissinger during the last stage of Nixon´s office and during the presidency of Gerald Ford. Whatever the case, only the secretaries of state (and not all of them) appear next to the presidents in the photos and memories of an era. For example, the presidencies of Truman and Eisenhower are inseparable from the figures of Dean Acheson and John Foster Dulles, respectively. Read more…


Written on May 8, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Go for IE

entrepreneurship.jpgAt IE Business School we are convinced that entrepreneurship is the main driver of growth and the generation of collective wealth, employment and social well-being. Joining us in an insight virtual session you will have the opportunity to find out more about the Venture Lab at IE and to seek answers to any questions you may have.

Date: May 8 at 11.00 am Madrid local time (GMT+2)
Registration: http://www.ie.edu/eng/sobreie/suscripcion_eventos_2.asp?id=6530

IE Business School, founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Under the guidance of the professors from the Department of Entrepreneurial Management and with the support of over 100 tutors, IE students draw up their own business plans, many of which are later implemented. On average, 10% of MBA graduates start up their own business upon graduation, with many more initiating ventures over the course of their careers.

According to the Financial Times MBA ranking 2008, IE Business School is No. 5 in the world and No. 1 in Europe in Entrepreneurship. This annual ranking is considered one of the most prestigious of its kind and evaluates 100 top international business schools around the world.

True to its entrepreneurial spirit, IE Business School created V-Lab, the center for entrepreneurs par excellence. The V-Lab is a single hub for all types of entrepreneurial ventures and with the support of Caja Madrid (leading Spanish bank), promotes the development of entrepreneurs by providing students with an opportunity to turn their dreams and passions into real business projects. V-Lab has enabled IE to further consolidate its leading position in the field of entrepreneurship.


Two videos about Microsoft -Yahoo merger turmoil

Written on May 7, 2008 by Yan Huang in IE News

A video blog from Mobuzz TV

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