Global Entrepreneurs Need New Funding Models

Harvard Business Review

Entrepreneurship seems to have become the silver bullet for a job-scarce, unemployment-saddled global economy still struggling to shake off recession. and] a serious constraint on efforts to promote strong and sustainable global recovery.". For me, it has been a problem of finance until LEDFC," he says, referring to the Liberian Enterprise Development Finance Corporation that offers Liberian-owned firms desperately needed small business loans.

2020 Top CHRO List – The People Leaders To Watch

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7 Ways to Improve Employee Development Programs

Harvard Business Review

Making the right investments in learning and development programs has never been more important – or more of a challenge – for business leaders. billion dollars on learning and development programs, many executives still grapple with how to improve and enhance their effectiveness. To understand how providers of training and development view these challenges, we also interviewed leaders of executive education programs at several leading universities.

Six Ways to See the World through New Lenses—and Lead More Effectively

Leading Blog

Here, the authors share how to develop that perspective: How we see the world—our leadership perspective—shapes our thoughts, decisions, and actions. Senior managers at Allianz Global Investors, a global asset management company, attended a workshop called Dialogue in the Dark, led by visually impaired trainers who conducted the entire workshop in total darkness.

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One Big Reason There’s So Little Competition Among U.S. Banks

Harvard Business

Basically, a handful of asset management firms have become the most powerful shareholders of the nation’s largest banks. This collective flood of individual investment has turned asset management companies into ginormous shareholders. BlackRock alone manages about $4.7 trillion in assets. These developments in the retirement system change who is in control of Corporate America. Reduce the size of the large, diversified asset management firms.

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What’s Driving Superstar Companies, Industries, and Cities

Harvard Business

The debate about superstar firms and superstar effects has been intensifying, partly in response to the rapid growth of global US tech companies. In our recent research at the McKinsey Global Institute, we examined the superstar phenomenon across firms, as well as sectors and cities. These firms make up two thirds of global corporate pretax earnings (EBTDA) and revenues. Apexphotos/Getty Images.

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How Cloud Computing Is Changing Management

Harvard Business

Theories and practices of management often spring from the opportunities created by new technologies. Client-server technology begat enterprise resource planning systems, and the consequent system-wide visibility that was required for what we call business process management (BPM). That makes it imperative to start thinking about how management will be changed by the most impactful information technology of our time: cloud computing. yagi studio/Getty Images.

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The 3 Essential Jobs That Most Retention Programs Ignore

Harvard Business

For example, in 2009 professors Brian Becker, Mark Huselid, and Richard Beatty estimated that in most companies less than 15% of jobs are what they call strategic positions and said management should focus “disproportionate investments” on finding A players for those jobs. But over and over again in our three decades of experience as talent development and retention specialists, we’ve seen that companies consistently overlook half of them. park troopers/unsplash.

Can Index Funds Be a Force for Sustainable Capitalism?

Harvard Business

Just look at Uber to understand the importance of diversity and product safety or at car manufacturers scrambling to develop a competitive advantage in electric cars as countries seek to decarbonize their economics and fight pollution. It is tough to beat the market and over long periods of time indexing has been shown to outperform most active managers. First, large index asset managers, such as Blackrock, State Street, and Vanguard. Hiroshi Watanabe/Getty Images.

Spain Is Now Making Ireland's Mistakes

Harvard Business Review

Just like Ireland, Spain had a credit boom financed mostly with external debt, which meant that the balance sheets of their banks are now stuffed with bad debts as asset values collapse. And yet in the run up to the collapse in 2007, the combined asset footprint of the three main Irish banks was around 400 percent of GDP. percent over the ten years of the construction bubble, while loans to developers constituted nearly 50 percent of national output by 2007.

Can Insurance Companies Incentivize Their Customers to Be Healthier?

Harvard Business

Consider the Vitality program developed by the South African insurance company Discovery over 25 years ago. In addition to using this shared-value approach in its wholly owned South African and UK businesses, Discovery has established a global network of insurance partners that employ it, including John Hancock Financial (U.S.),

It’s Time to Tie Executive Compensation to Sustainability

Harvard Business

It isn’t just about limiting downside risk; the company can also create profitable new products and services to address the urgent global needs such as those associated with scarce water supplies, hunger, and greenhouse gas emissions. Rather than aiming at all 17 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals , for example, companies will likely tailor their sustainability efforts to their commercial priorities. Neasden Control Centre for HBR.

Startups Could Fundamentally Change the Way Big Investors Operate

Harvard Business

Small startup firms are already developing proprietary technologies — such as machine vision, deep learning, and other innovations —– that could help large investors evaluate opportunities and risks with far greater accuracy and efficiency than was previously possible. In September 2016 we undertook a survey of nearly 300 endowment and foundation managers. This disconnect is a major problem for the continuing development of efficient capital markets.

Why an Activist Hedge Fund Cares Whether Apple’s Devices Are Bad for Kids

Harvard Business

But CalSTRS is one of the world’s leading asset owners on the importance of integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues into investment decisions — investing as a way of maximizing returns while making the world a better place — so why would it be interested in partnering with an activist hedge fund? trillion in sustainable and impact investing strategies, representing one out of every five dollars being professionally managed.

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Why the U.S. Needs More Worker-Owned Companies

Harvard Business

nonprofit organizations like the Heartland Capital Strategy Institute are bringing together institutional investors, private asset managers, and worker representatives to harness some of the $13 trillion of assets in workers’ pension funds to invest in worker-friendly businesses that offer good investment returns. And companion bills developed to enable the U.S. Klaus Meinhardt/Getty Images.


How Accounting Can Help Build a Sustainable Economy

Harvard Business Review

Eccles , a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School points out, that’s not because these issues don’t have financial consequences. Eccles, a mathematician by training and one of the foremost experts in corporate reporting, has for the past five years been working to create sustainability accounting standards for the investment community (he is also the chairman of ESG asset management firm Arabesque Partners).

How Companies, Governments, and Nonprofits Can Create Social Change Together

Harvard Business

In 2016, socially responsible investing made up more than one out of every four invested dollars under professional management. And recently, the head of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, called on all companies to explain how their businesses make “a positive contribution to society” beyond just financial performance. Manage people effectively through decentralized teams across organizations. Ilka & Franz/Getty Images.

How to Fix Financial Capitalism? Focus on Ethics

Harvard Business Review

These were among the questions addressed at a luncheon in New York convened by CFA Institute President John Rogers with financial industry leaders that included representatives from private and not-for-profit asset managers, public pension funds, insurance companies, and diversified financial services firms. The organization has developed an Asset Manager Code of Professional Conduct , which more than 700 firms have adopted.

Seven Ways CEOs and Investors Can Promote the Long Term

Harvard Business Review

Not long ago, the chief executive of a global telecommunications firm shared with me his frustration that "even in a meeting with the CEO, most institutional investors seek only granular data points to plug into their models. They are not interested in hearing about the technological, regulatory, and societal developments that will determine the long-term, strategic positioning of this company.". Asset owners should build in-house investment capabilities whenever possible.

Innovation Is as Much About Finding Partners as Building Products

Harvard Business

The innovation alone is a herculean task, but imagine being that upstart pioneer trying to develop the technology, while at the same time going up against entrenched, powerful competitors with deep industry knowledge, assets, and channels who’ve been around for a hundred years or more. Transforming our oldest industries calls for more than new technology; sophisticated knowledge of regulations, testing protocols, and traditional physical assets are now essential.

It's Time to Rethink Continuous Improvement

Harvard Business Review

As Fujio Ando, senior managing director at Chibagin Asset Management suggests, "Japan's consumer electronics industry is facing defeat. As innovation thinker Vijay Govindarajan says , "The more you hardwire a company on total quality management, [the more] it is going to hurt breakthrough innovation. Sure it's important to inject discipline into product and service development, but not so much that it discourages creativity.

Universities Are Missing Out on an Explosive Growth Sector: Their Own

Harvard Business Review

One representative example: April’s Education Innovation Summit , where more than 2,000 people energetically discussed how technology and markets are charting the future of education globally. One outside manager of many endowments I spoke to confirmed to me that there has been “no mandate” from clients to be investing in the future of higher education. “I Those who manage money for higher education, I propose, need to get much more interested in the market they are in.

6 Ways to Turn Managers into Coaches Again

Harvard Business Review

The role of the manager is currently undergoing a transformation. Historically, managers embraced the role of coach and mentor. Through informal conversations during the commute to work, over a coffee break, or while enjoying a burger after hours, managers passed along crucial information and knowledge about the organization’s culture. This erosion in the role of the manager has not gone unnoticed. Support daily learning and development activities.

Making Sense of the Many Kinds of Impact Investing

Harvard Business Review

According to the Global Impact Investing Network, the market for impact capital, currently sized at $60 billion, could grow over the next decade to $2 trillion, or 1% of global invested assets. Investors might have a geographic focus: they may care more about developed or developing economies, or a particular country or community. Ultimately, asset managers can develop a matrix with financial asset classes (e.g.,

The “40-Year-Old Intern” Goes to Wall Street

Harvard Business Review

Morgan Asset Management’s Head of Diversity Gordon Cooper told me his firm is now introducing a Legal ReEntry Program. (In Applicants pay a $250 fee to cover the cost of career development assessments, but those who are selected receive a $125,000 work and training fellowship, plus benefits, for their first year at one of four major law firms: Baker Botts, Cooley, Hogan Lovells, and Sidley Austin.

How to Give Negative Feedback When Your Organization Is “Nice”

Harvard Business Review

I was meeting with a client last week, the CEO of a global asset management firm. Edgar Schein, the renowned expert on organizational culture and professor emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management, says that once cultural norms such as not giving feedback are established, it’s easier for people to resist change “by denial, projection, rationalization, or various other defense mechanisms” than to change their behavior.

The Power of Beliefs to Move Markets and Mindsets

Harvard Business Review

For more than two years, we and others have been talking about the need to shift the prevailing view among managers, boards of directors and investors from "quarterly capitalism" to what we call "capitalism for the long term". Together with Harvard Business Review and the Management Innovation eXchange, we have issued a challenge calling for the most instructive case studies and provocative ideas that will help us re-imagine capitalism for the long term. Mindsets matter.

Top 10 Green Business Stories of 2011

Harvard Business Review

Increased demand for transparency and its close partners, (a) the quest to define and develop useful sustainability metrics and (b) the growing sustainability data explosion. The ongoing failure of policy at a global level (with the important exceptions of some successes/workarounds such as new mileage targets for cars and trucks and a carbon tax in Australia ). The best analysis of the resource scarcity mega-trend came from asset manager Jeremy Grantham.

Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2012

Harvard Business Review

A GreenBiz report indicated that progress had slowed or even regressed, but MIT and BCG also declared that sustainability had reached a "tipping point" with more companies putting sustainability "on the management agenda.". After Sandy raged across the eastern coast, Businessweek blared on its cover " It's Global Warming, Stupid." To make the exercise feasible and affordable, they turned to Columbia University, which developed a new algorithm for fast carbon footprinting.