Super-acceleration and short-termism in Shanghai
Within the last 30 years, Shanghai has been through a dramatic evolution similar to the one that Paris has experienced for more than a century. This phenomenon has had a considerable impact on both life experience and the business environment. For 5 months, I conducted one-of-a-kind field research on how people in Shanghai experience what can be called “super-acceleration”. This experience, closely tied to a feeling of short-termism, can be defined as the fast expiry of trustable bearings.
Using storytelling to support organizational change
Transformation is a difficult challenge for companies. How can the art of storytelling guide companies through transformative change? Researchers Giada Di Stefano and Elena Dalpiaz turn to Italian houseware and kitchen utensil company — and master storyteller — Alessi to understand the narrative practices for successful change.
Finding a better business approach to human rights
With globalization, reports of human rights violations in the manufacturing of products for multinationals have risen dramatically. According to the International Labour Organization, more people than ever before are being driven into forced labor across the world. How can we find a better balance between human rights and business?
Does environmental proactivity pay?
For a firm to be profitable, does it need to listen to all its stakeholders? And what happens if a firm is sensitive to stakeholder demands and proactive about environmental issues? Bertrand Quelin’s latest research reveals a surprising correlation between these seemingly disparate business issues.
Embracing Change with Executive Education in Qatar
This latest Knowledge@HEC Journal is the result of a collaboration with HEC Paris Executive Education team in Qatar on how to embrace change with a pluridisciplinary approach. "As a member of the Qatar Foundation, we have the great pleasure of supporting its mission to nurture the future leaders of Qatar, and contributing to human development nationally, regionally, and internationally", Nils Plambeck, Professor of Strategy and Business Policy, Dean and CEO of Executive Education at HEC Paris in Qatar.
How can we shape capitalism to increase human well-being?
Fighting poverty and rebalancing wealth creation and appropriation is a fundamental issue for the 21st century. The excesses of financial capitalism have increased disparities in wealth accumulation, and the incipient technological post-capitalist age holds as many promises as threats for human societies.
Dancing with the devil: when NGOs partner with commercial firms
NGOs and commercial firms often form partnerships. What is it that drives these alliances and who really benefits? Olivier Chatain and Elena Plaksenkova created a theoretical model to understand these collaborations better. They find that NGOs make trade-offs, and commercial firms are often disappointed with the outcomes.
Think, Teach, Act for an Inclusive and Sustainable World!
On 8th November, 15,000 scientists from 184 different countries signed a “warning (letter) to humanity,” urging the global community to tackle problems such as, notably, climate change. It’s the second letter of its kind, sent 25 years after the first such warning was issued in 1992. Unlike 25 years ago, however, today consensus within the scientific community around the urgency of the threat has spread to the political sphere. At the COP23 also held this month, the large majority of world leaders were clear on the need to take action.