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  • Managers: how can you optimise your virtual multicultural team meetings?

    Managers: how can you optimise your virtual multicultural team meetings?

    From large groups to start-ups, virtual multicultural teams are no longer the exception. Employees are required to work remotely. They need to take time differences into account when they interact and internet communication limits their ability to decode messages.

  • Does the future of research lie in weaving?

    Does the future of research lie in weaving?

    Some researchers have recently questioned the realities of doctoral life in management science research. Certain senior colleagues highlight the moroseness and apprehension of today’s doctoral students, while the same doctoral students, on the other hand, affirm their curiosity and collective spirit.

  • In support of “organic” management, more living than digital

    In support of “organic” management, more living than digital

    One of the main features of the processes initiated by the expansion of digitalisation and the development of artificial intelligence, which is currently establishing itself as the only and inevitable means of “progress” in the future, is the desire to conquer and "ideologically" transform managers and organisations portrayed as "ill-adapted, or even obsolete".

  • Why some tasks might be better suited to employees with lower emotional intelligence…

    Why some tasks might be better suited to employees with lower emotional intelligence…

    Are you in touch with how your emotions at work impact the organisation or your co-workers? Are you able to regulate your feelings so as to make best use of them in a given situation? If so, you probably score well for emotional intelligence (EI)…. And surely that’s a good thing!

  • Cambridge Analytica’s ‘secret’ psychographic tool is a ghost from the past

    Cambridge Analytica’s ‘secret’ psychographic tool is a ghost from the past

    The ongoing Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal has revealed just how vulnerable our social-media data are to exploitation. Marketers, political groups and shadowy third parties can now harvest our information, divide us into homogenous groups and send targeted messages in ways that are far beyond anything imagined even a decade ago.

Managers: how can you optimise your virtual multicultural team meetings?

From large groups to start-ups, virtual multicultural teams are no longer the exception. Employees are required to work remotely. They need to take time differences into account when they interact and internet communication limits their ability to decode messages.

Does the future of research lie in weaving?

Some researchers have recently questioned the realities of doctoral life in management science research. Certain senior colleagues highlight the moroseness and apprehension of today’s doctoral students, while the same doctoral students, on the other hand, affirm their curiosity and collective spirit.

In support of “organic” management, more living than digital

One of the main features of the processes initiated by the expansion of digitalisation and the development of artificial intelligence, which is currently establishing itself as the only and inevitable means of “progress” in the future, is the desire to conquer and "ideologically" transform managers and organisations portrayed as "ill-adapted, or even obsolete".

Why some tasks might be better suited to employees with lower emotional intelligence…

Are you in touch with how your emotions at work impact the organisation or your co-workers? Are you able to regulate your feelings so as to make best use of them in a given situation? If so, you probably score well for emotional intelligence (EI)…. And surely that’s a good thing!

Cambridge Analytica’s ‘secret’ psychographic tool is a ghost from the past

The ongoing Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal has revealed just how vulnerable our social-media data are to exploitation. Marketers, political groups and shadowy third parties can now harvest our information, divide us into homogenous groups and send targeted messages in ways that are far beyond anything imagined even a decade ago.

Towards new models to secure the careers of autonomous workers? The case of SMart

Interview with Benjamin Huybrechts, co-author of the article entitled "How Can New Players Establish Themselves in Highly Institutionalized Labour Markets? A Belgian Case Study in the Area of Project-Based Work", to be published in the British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Why Great Companies Fail in the Face of Disruption ?

And How to Make Sure Your Company Doesn't Today, no company can consider itself sheltered from disruption. If taxi drivers, who operate under a state-regulated monopoly, can feel [...]

Digital marketing case study

The Finnish start-up aiming to crack the "intelligent supermarket"

“Let’s get phygital” Or how to introduce an omnichannel approach to the customer shopping experience

Today’s hyperconnected customers no longer distinguish between online and offline experiences. They want to be able to choose, as the mood takes them, from the numerous channels offered by a particular brand.

Valuing companies: when comparisons can be misleading

How much is Google worth? Or Apple? Or your SME? One of the most crucial issues for any company is surely its financial valuation.

Jan 31st, 2018|Economics & Finance, Rémy Paliard|0 Comments

Renewable energy: how cooperatives joined the European debate and may inspire community-based economic initiatives

Community or citizen-based cooperatives are booming in the European renewable energy field. There are hundreds of these cooperatives in Germany and Denmark, and dozens in France (e.g. Enercoop), Belgium (e.g. Ecopower), the United Kingdom (e.g. Energy4All), Italy and the Netherlands.

How corporate entrepreneurship can support innovation

Innovation is the process of converting an idea or an invention into a good or a service, creating a value that users are prepared to adopt and/or pay for. Although they invest heavily in R&D, this conversion process remains elusive for numerous well-established companies.

Want to be a CEO? Forget the ‘boundaryless’ career and climb the ladder

We’ve all heard how job hopping is the ‘new normal’ for young workers. How millennials expect to be challenged, supported and validated in their role – and that if an employer doesn’t provide these things they will simply jump ship to something new. Young workers are connected and agile - moving from one position to the next doesn’t faze them.

Can French managers break free from a certain arrogance “à la française”?

“They could see that I was there to make them grow”, “I can’t get my subordinates to do any work”, and so on. These types of comments from company managers in the French expatriate community raise serious questions about the way that they envisage relations with their foreign colleagues.

Nov 16th, 2017|Catou Faust, Work & Organizations|0 Comments

Will we all soon be “egopreneurs”?

In his speeches, President Macron repeatedly refers to the concepts of "ability" and "enablement". The idea of working to improve each person's freedom and ability to act is a political issue that also directly affects management practices and corporate history.

Why digital transformation is the key to healthier (and more numerous) business relationships

Small and medium-sized B2B companies are the backbone of the European economy – but many are struggling to digitize. Some question the (often considerable) expense, others state that it’s just not necessary for their business or fear the resistances related to new habits and competencies that new technologies require.

The public decision-maker in the face of uncertainty: towards the technical democracy?

The development of uncertainty resulting from scientific and technical innovation is a particular challenge for the public decision-maker. The time when he could decide on a major program and impose it on the people is gone forever. As authority cannot be based on knowledge anymore, a new approach is needed that requires the involvement of the stakeholders to the decision.

Marketing in the age of connected photography

In 2017 alone, 1.3 trillion photos (1012) are expected to be taken, compared to around 90 billion in 2000 and 350 billion in 2010. Every day, 350 million photos are shared on Facebook and 80 million on Instagram. Every minute, 300 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube... These figures illustrate the dizzying pace at which images are created in our society.

How financialisation has taken hold of companies and their subcontractors

The 2008 financial crisis revealed the hegemony of financial logic in company management. This dominance is seen in the emphasis placed on shareholder value by top management and the proliferation of financial performance indicators (operating margin, return on investment, return on equity, etc.).

Entrepreneurs and the financial literacy timebomb

The world faces a problem - not enough of us are financially literate. This is an issue because the world is more financially complex than ever before and more and more of us are setting up businesses or operating as sole traders in the ‘gig economy’.

Why Mundane and Everyday Politics can be the most effective social movement of all

Trump, Brexit, the Occupy movement….Events in recent years have shown us that various groups of people around the world are disenfranchised and feel marginalised.

Jun 16th, 2017|Ignasi Marti, Work & Organizations|0 Comments

Companies without female directors on your boards: you might as well give up your CSR reporting!

In an era where social and environmental responsibility is a central concern for stakeholders (consumers, suppliers, employees, investors, etc.), companies have engaged in a frantic race to disclose extra-financial information.

How selfies can build – and destabilise – brands

While self-portraiture is nearly as old as art itself, the photographic selfie emerged as a globally recognized phenomenon only recently, as a result of the rising “attention economy” and its growing appetite for likes, followers, retweets and fame.

What business can learn from the Vienna refugee crisis of 2015

In September 2015, the city of Vienna was thrust to the fore of the nascent EU migrant crisis as Austria threw open its borders and welcomed a raft of largely Syrian migrants from neighbouring Hungary. Between September and end of the year the city welcomed 300,000 refugees. [...]

Why female leaders are as key to family as non-family firms. But only in the right roles

In their study to be published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Tawhid Chtioui and his co-authors evaluate the relationship between the appointment of women to CEO or Chair positions and firm performance, and shed light on the differences between family and nonfamily firms.

Self-efficacy, desirability and feasibility are key to the entrepreneurial spirit

In research into entrepreneurship, the notions of self-efficacy, desirability and feasibility and the propensity to act are key elements and useful markers that help us to understand and decipher intention. They provide a framework for this fundamental drive to mobilise each individual’s talent in a different way.

I am my body

Why the development of a ‘physical self’ may not be the best antidote to change...

The Creosote, this High-Performing Manager Who Destroys Your Business

One of the important factors of organization decline is the type of managers it recruits and promotes. Among them is what I call the ‘Creosote manager’, the one who kills life all around him to flourish. Creosote people populate just about every organization that I encounter and that have so much trouble innovating. Would there not then be a causal link?

Risky business – How family-owned firms react to ‘environmental jolts’

So – you’re a long-established family business. Your company has been passed through family hands for generations and has been situated on the same site since the beginning. Your customers are loyal, and many of them are local. Business is fine. Life is good...

How 4 ‘myths’ made champagne a global marketplace icon

What makes a simple wine, grown in a rather mediocre wine-growing region, one of the most famous and magical icons of today? How did champagne establish such a unique position, against all the odds, and become the global symbol of celebration?

How charisma will help Donald trump Hillary!

With interest in the approaching US Presidential election reaching fever pitch in the media – there doesn’t seem to be a common consensus on which way the contest will swing. Some polls show a decisive victory for the Democrats, while others point to a win for Donald Trump and his Republican party.

In the face of disruption, don’t be customer oriented!

While his latest book - A Manager’s Guide to Disruptive Innovation - has just been published, Philippe Silberzahn agreed to answer a few questions for Knowledge@emlyon.

The ups and downs of the 2016 Venture Capital and Private Equity Country Attractiveness Index

While the 2016 Venture Capital and Private Equity Country Attractiveness Index has just been released, Alexander Groh agreed to comment for knowledge@emlyon the major changes taking place in the ranking.

Why consumers’ temporal experiences are key

The question of ‘timeflow’, or the pace of the customer experience, has long impacted consumers’ perceptions of products and has been capitalised on by companies and researchers to improve their services. [...]

Looking away: Civilised indifference in the modern workplace

As a sociologist, David Courpasson studies new forms of organizations in the workplace and their impact on day-to-day workers’ lives. Here, he points out the paradox between everyone’s perception of a modern workplace, source of engagement and strong involvement, and employees' ordinary mutual insensitivity.[...]

Online experience, ad blockers and consumer privacy concerns

Margherita Pagani, expert in digital marketing, gives a few keys on the way companies should capitalize on ad blockers rather than fight against them.

Zika, Ebola: what do we learn through the economic analysis of a company’s research and development choices?

Part of the economic thinking on research and development (R&D) aims to identify the factors on which companies base their choices for the organization of innovation activities, and to understand their impacts on various dimensions. [...]

Impactful Resistance

Why resistance persists in the workplace... and why it might actually be good for companies!

Managers: how being fair leads to greater commitment

How do feelings of justice and injustice play a role in employees’ commitment in their work? What are they characterized by? Concretely, what actions can a manager take to manage fairly?

A modern financial capitalism without project

Why should we continue to impose ultra-orthodox budget policies while the world economy operates in the craziest monetary heterodoxy?

Are female senior managers really paid less?

Ask most UK business heads – or indeed anyone who reads the newspaper – whether women managers are paid equally to men, and you‘ll be told that the country’s much-discussed gender pay gap reaches right up to the top.

Is uberisation really a technological disruption?

"Everyone is afraid of being uberised". The words of Maurice Levy in the Financial Times in December 2014 first brought the term uberisation to public attention.

Twitter for Research

Twitter is a major social network phenomenon on the web. To such an extent that it became itself an object of study for many scientists, as well as a huge source of interesting data for conducting researches in many different fields.

Dirty Hands and Dirty Money: a new approach to fighting pollution in finance

When explaining that her research focuses on ethics in banking and finance, Mar Perezts, Associate Professor of Management, Law and Human Resources at EMLYON is often met with such cynical remarks as “Ethics in banking? Ha! Haven’t you read the newspapers lately?”

Feb 10th, 2016|Economics & Finance, Mar Perezts|0 Comments

The multinational business: Time to Flee Babel?

A friend who works at a big multinational sent me this. I’m rewriting it here, changing only the names. Let’s call the company where he works Babel…

Interview with Tessa Melkonian: Managerial ‘fairness’ is key to successful business change

Tessa Melkonian discusses why managers need to be aware of the example being set when a business experiences disruptive change, such as a merger.

Brand Love

Margherita Pagani sheds light on how marketers can create a stronger engagement with consumers on social networks in her recent research, ‘Antecedents of brand love in online network-based communities: A social identity perspective’.

Don’t speak like a chipmunk

The way business people use their voices during high-level negotiations is critical to determining success. They could learn a lot from how military and police negotiators speak in extreme situations such as during hostage negotiations.

Bribery and Investment

Interview with Addis Birhanu, Professor in strategy and author of the article "Bribery and investment: firm-level evidence from Africa and Latin America", published in the academic review: "Strategic Management Journal".

Earning a living, one project at a time

“How do you get somebody that you’ve never met before to entrust you with more than half a million pounds when they haven’t even seen you produce anything?"

When does charisma matter for top-level leaders?

Interview with Philippe Jacquart, author of the article "When does charisma matter for top-level leaders?" published in the high-level "Academy of Management Journal".