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A 2016 round up on international trade




Leading from afar: The new world of work calls for a more creative and adaptable approach to leadership

“Leadership matters hugely when it comes to the extent to which your people are engaged,” says Randall S Peterson, professor and academic director of the Leadership Institute at London Business School.“You can be in the best organisation in the world but if your boss is a jerk then your working life is bad.”

Mr Peterson says the research is very clear: when people feel engaged they produce better outcomes. Engaged employees result in greater productivity, profitability, retention and customer perception.

The workplace response to neurological conditions: A focus on migraine, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease

Migraine, multiple sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) affect over 1.3bn people globally. The report  looks at the impact of these three neurological conditions on both patients and carers in the workplace.

Recovery, Resilience and the Road Ahead: Rethinking US Workplace Priorities to Pursue Short- and Long-term Success

Waves of substantial disruption are the norm in business, not the exception. The challenges of 2020-21 have been unusual, but workers and organisations can never assume that stability will persist. The US employment landscape was already seeing substantial transformation long before 2020. That said, covid-19 has revealed the future of work faster than anyone expected. Digitalisation has accelerated; widespread working from home has left many workers eager for more; and the joint experience of navigating through immense disruption has profoundly affected workplace relations.

The power of proximity: Localising supply chains in the Middle East

Three decades of globalisation brought about by the proliferation of free trade agreements, investment liberalisation, and enhanced logistics have facilitated the geographic diversification of supply chains away from domestic markets. From the 1980s to the financial crisis in 2008, supply chains fanned out across the world as companies sought lower-cost locations for the sourcing of inputs and production.

Podcast | Pride and Prejudice: The next chapter of progress

Pride and Prejudice: The next chapter of progress

Economic Power Play: Assessing China's Trade Policies

China has grown at an unprecedented pace to become a leader in global trade over the past four decades. Its rapid rise has met with mixed reactions from the rest of the world, from excited embrace of opportunity, to concern, to confrontation. China’s deepening integration into the global economy has unlocked massive consumption power and brought about efficiency in global supply chains, making it an attractive market for international business and a magnet for foreign investment.

Infographic | Open secrets? Guarding value in the intangible economy

Open secrets? Guarding value in the intangible economy

Open secrets? Guarding value in the intangible economy is a report commissioned by CMS and written by The Economist Intelligence Unit. It explores the extent to which firms identify intangible assets as trade secrets and implement protective measures to safeguard them accordingly.

The bigger picture: Driving business growth through excellence in customer service

Rapid technological innovations and new organisational models and ways of working have changed what customers have come to expect from their interactions with firms. Today’s customer expects companies to provide convenience, flexibility and personalised solutions throughout the customer journey. As a cornerstone of customer-firm interaction, the customer service function can help firms improve their internal operations so that they can effectively meet customers' evolving needs and navigate future market changes.

Video | Remote work: adapting as an organisation

Video | Remote work: adapting as an organisation

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