The Global Nomad

IE Business School professor Mark Esposito is an expert in business and economics who is away travelling some 200 days of the year. He says, however, that the world is now a sole, converged platform. As a social media mogul and serial blogger he asks himself whether he could be a virtual economist? It’s well worth hearing what this consummate global nomad has to say!

Prof. Esposito has also authored and co-authored 8 books. His academic work is regularly featured in the Academy of Management Journal, as well as in The Economist and Harvard Business Review

Geopolitical Alpha

There is nothing this man has not already done. Originally from Manhattan, he has lived in Europe since 1996, first in the UK, then Belgium, then Italy, and now in Poland. IE Business School Intelligence & Geopolitics Prof. Milo Jones has worked for Morgan Stanley in NYC and for Accenture in London, and also served as an officer in the US Marine Corps… Could this be why he wrote the book Constructing Cassandra: Reframing Intelligence Failure at the CIA, 1947-2001…?

Here Prof. Jones talks about geopolitical alpha which, he says, is basically intelligence analysis structured in in such a way that it provides a useful tool for financiers and the corporate world in general. If that sounds boring, he adds, it’s not, not to him at least. It enables him to spend his days pondering wars, terrorism, pandemics, elections, and all the huge changes that happen daily across the full spectrum of economics, and to focus on their impact on the business world around us. Put simply it lets him explore current events in depth and think hard about thinking. Believe me when I say you don’t want to miss this.

Not Knowing

In this video Steven d’Souza, Professor of Leadership, Diversity and Social Capital at FT-IE Corporate Alliance (FT-IE CLA), throws out the thought-provoking idea that we place too much emphasis on what we know rather than on what we don’t know…And maybe that’s what brought about the current economic crisis. Prof. D’Souza says that we have to look at the unknown as if it were a source of all kinds of possibilities, because that’s precisely what it is.

Steven is the author of three international bestselling books on diversity and networking published by Prentice Hall. His first book, “Made in Britain,” featured role models from diverse communities in the UK and was available free for schools through sponsors. He presented it in person to HRH Prince Charles. His second book, “Brilliant Networking,” has been translated into several languages and was featured by The Independent in their “Success at Work” series. This video takes its title from his third book, “Not Knowing”, which he co- authored with Diana Renner. Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner scooped the top award with the book at the CMI Management Book of the Year Awards, and I can tell you it was well deserved. In fact, skip the video and read the book 😉

The Myth of the Idea

In this video IE Business School entrepreneurship Prof. Newton Campos throws out the provocative idea that entrepreneurial ideas are not necessarily always a good thing. It’s almost as if he’s issuing a warning about what can happen when you have an idea, namely that while it could be good for society at large, there’s also a possibility it might be bad!!!

Entrepreneurs and ideas go together. But, as is the case with ideas, not every entrepreneur is good for society. Hear out his examples, enjoy, but brace yourself for a challenge!!!

P.S. Prof. Newton Campos is the author of the book The myth of the idea. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from FGV-SP and an MBA from IE Business School and the IIM Indian Institute of Management. He is managing director of SoliPh Entrepreneurship and Educational Services and writes a blog on education and technology for the O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper. He also chairs the Education and Technology Committee of the Brazilian Association of Startups.

Serendipity

What immediately sprang to mind when I started writing about IE University International Relations Professor Waya Quiviger was exactly the same thing I thought when writing about IE’s globe-trotter Dean, Santiago Iniguez, namely the book “When the Going was Good” by Evelyn Waugh – because this lady has always been going somewhere.

Think about it – she has lived in ten countries, she is half French, half Filipino, she was born in Belgium, raised in the US and is currently living in Spain. Another true globe-trotter who is always on the go, just like Dean Iniguez.

She is extremely well read, hard-working, as well as being a really nice person, although I guess serendipity has also played a big role in her life… As you can see, she agreed to shoot the video even while pregnant.

P.S. IE School of International Relations Prof. Waya Quiviger holds a Master’s degree in Management from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris and a Master’s in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration at IE, specializing in social entrepreneurship. Prior to joining IE, she worked for the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland and managed a community of outstanding young leaders, many of them social entrepreneurs. She has also acted as a consultant to the Women’s Forum and the Club de Madrid.