Take me way up

I’ve known Entrepreneurship Professor Max Oliva for some years now, and he’s always struck me as someone who stands out from the rest for one reason or another. When I first knew him it was because I thought he was insultingly young for what he was doing and saying. My mistake, of course, because he always gave…

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Beijing Opera

Although this video runs for just three minutes, it actually took six months to shoot from the moment Operations Management professor Cui Zhijian and I first talked about it. It wasn’t because I thought it was necessary for Prof. Cui Zhijian to go to Beijing to do it, or that we needed support of other actors or…

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IE Entrepreneur Stories: Stocard

Moritz is a passionate entrepreneur with a strong drive to revolutionize the offline shopping experience through the stocard App. After graduating from IE Business School, Moritz has been working on his business venture and is currently holding the position of Business Development/CFO of Stocard, Germany. Here is his entrepreneurial story: Are you tired of the mess in your wallet…

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IE Venture Day in Shanghai

IE celebrated this week its 3rd Venture Day in Shanghai. The program was made up of 12 IE startup projects from the Global Executive MBA and Executive MBA+ programs presenting to a Jury of 10 local and international investors, including James Tan from Beijing, Casey Wahl from Tokyo and several local Chinese investors and venture…

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Wabi Sabi and Luxury

There’s a Japanese proverb that says that the person who makes poor quality goods is worse than a thief, because he makes things that neither last nor provide true satisfaction, while a thief at least redistributes wealth in society. Well, when it comes to quality Prof. María Eugenia Girón knows everything there is to know. Here she…

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Leadership and Tango

In this video IE Business School leadership professor Margarita Mayo uses tango dancing as a metaphor to speak about leadership. She draws an interesting comparison between the two from the perspective of the dancer’s role in tango. The origin of the word tango has always intrigued me. There are many theories about its roots. One…

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Marketing rocks… It rules the world!

In an upcoming talk about “How to create successful brands” (Singapore, April 17, 19.00, register here) Prof. Dr. Martin Boehm will reveal the strategic role that brands play in driving business growth and profitability and why have brands become key assets in organizations. In a highly competitive and saturated market environment, building strong brands has become…

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The flow of management

There are certain people you meet in life that make you feel you could tell them anything. I call them “Divan People” because it’s as if there were an irresistible force pulling you towards them and causing you to talk as freely as if you were on a psychologist’s Couch. This is the case of Juan…

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Visionizing Architecture

Get a life vision on architecture from three acknowledged architects within a short period of time, is a rare happening. The students of the IE Master in Architectural Management & Design can enjoy those insights on a regular basis. The Architect’s Backstage lecture series will enrich the students experience through direct exposure to leaders of top architecture…

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Sustainable Architecture: IE´s Paper Pavilion

Last week Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was at IE Business School in Madrid for the official opening of his latest construction, a temporary pavilion made of 173 paper tubes.

The Pavilion is located in the grounds of IE’s Madrid campus and will be used to host executive education events and other activities. Ban has gained increasing recognition over the last two decades for his architectonic projects, not only because of his innovative use of materials but also for his commitment to humanitarian aid initiatives. Other participants in the event included Santiago Iñiguez, Dean of IE Business School and President of IE University, Fernando Serrano-Súñer, the Spanish architect who headed the construction, Martha Thorne, Vice Dean for External Relations at IE School of Architecture, and Jaime de Jaraíz, Vice President of LG España.

“IE’s culture and Shigeru Ban’s work share a commitment to sustainability, the humanistic spirit, and the blending of multiple cultures,” said Santiago Iñiguez, Dean of IE Business School and President of IE University. “The Pavilion opened here today will serve as a hub for the exchange of ideas in a place that is light, open, elegant and functional, while its ephemeral nature serves to remind us of the need for the permanent transformation of knowledge.”

Watch the inaugural speech from Shigeru Ban:

The structural design is eminently efficient. It took only two weeks to build, is based on sustainability objectives, and there was a requirement that it be a temporary construction. It is made of 173 paper tubes held together by timber joints that rest on paper columns.

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