How to close a factory, responsibly?

The right way to close an operation by Kenneth W Freeman, an article published in the HBR 2009 issue1, is one of the few references regarding responsible factory closings. Freeman observes: “Many managers never had to shrink their operations of workforce drastically, and as a result (…) they assume they have to be the tough guys who make the decisions and that afterward they can delegate the implementation to others with one marching order: go fast.”

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Pertamina’s Catalyser

Winning the EFMD 2020 Gold Award for talent development was an honour for all the partners, especially as this is the first time an Indonesian company has won such an award.

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Unlocking human potential through learning English

Those of us in the anglophone business world often take for granted the ability to easily express ourselves and instantly understand everything around us at work. As English has become the undisputed language of commerce and academia, professionals across much of the planet must contend with language and communication obstacles daily on top of maintaining every other facet of their effectiveness at work.

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Developing entrepreneurship in Russia

The “PRACTICUM Programme” was inaugurated in 2012’ the year Vitaly Polekhin, Head of the Investor’s Club of the newly founded Association of Entrepreneurship Development “SKOLKOVO Community”, came to the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO with the idea for a new educational programme for the founders and CEOs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

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A journey from A to what can Be – The Future Factory Programme

Ireland is focused on keeping its connections with Europe and the rest of the world open for the flow of capital, business and, most importantly, people. Sometimes described as the “Singapore of Europe”, the country serves as a hub for many multinational organisations in the management of their European operations and is also home to many Irish companies who are “born global” with an extensive international footprint.

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Emerging Indigenous executive leaders programme

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people comprise 3% of Australia’s population and continue to experience high levels of disadvantage. Indigenous men die on average eight years younger than non-Indigenous men. Youth suicide rates are four times higher than in non-Indigenous communities, and employment and literacy rates continue to remain lower than those of non-Indigenous Australians.

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Enter the Eurozone programme

The Eurozone is one of the world’s most dynamic, prosperous, and stable markets. Given that it is on the doorstep of the Republic of Ireland, the Eurozone is also a fountain of untapped opportunities for Irish companies – valued at €38bn. For Irish companies, the Eurozone boasts several important advantages, including shared currency, no customs, no tariffs, regulatory alignment, proximity, and ease of access.

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Maintaining and Developing Company Brand Values through Generations Dialogue

The largest functional branch of JSC Russian Railways – the Railway Infrastructure Business Unit – faced a challenge of ensuring the continuity of valuable working experience transferred from mentors in the workplace to students enrolled on employer-sponsored places in the railway transport universities, the future employees of Russian Railways.

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Digital mindset: transforming the way Russia is governed

In order to make accurate predictions and simply to keep the public informed, authorities should have proper tools and interfaces to collect, analyse and represent large amounts of digital data from figures that the health agencies report to the data streams sent out by the proximity apps now being rolled out by the smartphone manufacturers.

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Strategic alignment at LafargeHolcim

How do you reinvigorate a multinational company facing several years of underperformance after a challenging merger? That was the dilemma facing Jan Jenisch in 2017. As incoming CEO of LafargeHolcim, he was tasked with positioning the organisation back on the path to growth.

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A transformative journey for the catalysts of change

We live in a world that is driven and defined by technology. As more and more organisations realise the critical role that technology plays in their business destiny, the onus falls on IT companies to lead the transformative journey and show the way.

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How can museums reinvent themselves and become drivers of urban revitalisation?

The main question faced by a museum today is how to transform from an institution for the conservation of heritage into an inclusive space that combines a variety of resources with the ability to nurture resilient and entrepreneurial communities, exert positive social impact and provide unique knowledge and experience that protects and promotes regional identity.

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Achieving success in digital transformation


– GOLD WINNER OF THE 2019 EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AWARDS – Digital technology over the past few years has been developing faster than industries can exploit its advantages. In particular, traditional players with their roots in the pre-digital era must learn to adapt fast. When launching digital transformation initiatives, many organisations start with low-hanging fruit such…

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Agile journey of front-line business leaders towards business excellence


– GOLD WINNER OF THE 2019 EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AWARDS – A partnership with purpose! Chola MS (Mitsui Sumitomo, JV), a joint venture that entered the insurance business in 2003 with a vision to be the most respected company providing general insurance in India, sought to provide a career for hi-potential branch managers to evolve into…

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Top team drives business transformation


– GOLD WINNER OF THE 2019 EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AWARDS – They say that “no organisation outperforms its top team”. And that principle is at the heart of the project described here where a top team learns new ways of working and leading in order to succeed in a challenging competitive situation. Endo is a global…

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Building client-centricity for growth in Africa


– GOLD WINNER OF THE 2019 EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AWARDS – Standard Bank is a global financial services organisation, headquartered in South Africa with a footprint in 20 African countries. It is one of the largest banks in South Africa and employs more than 49,000 people globally. Standard Bank’s Corporate and Investment Banking division typically services…

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Accelerating leadership development at scale


– SILVER WINNER OF THE 2019 EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AWARDS – It’s a substantial undertaking to strengthen an entire global organisation’s performance culture. ING, a Dutch multinational banking and financial services corporation, can attest to this. In 2014, ING created its Think Forward Strategy under the leadership of CEO Ralph Hamers. The strategy communicates priorities to…

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How to accelerate the transformation of a financial giant


– SILVER WINNER OF THE 2019 EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AWARDS – Santander a Group is a Spanish multinational commercial bank and financial services company founded in Santander, Spain, and whose HQ is located in Madrid. The bank looks after 144 million customers worldwide and has a proud 161-year history of success. But past glory does not…

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Improved customer focused agility to better navigate disruptive forces


– SILVER WINNER OF THE 2019 EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AWARDS – “In a digital world, analog is more important than ever.” This was the comment from an Oracle executive after participating in the company’s first global, cross-function leadership development programme, Accelerate Executive Insight or AEI. As business catapults ahead with increased complexity, the opportunity to meet…

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Purposeful leadership in a digital world


– SILVER WINNER OF THE 2019 EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AWARDS – “The world is changing very fast,” says Olivier Blum, Chief Human Resources Officer of Schneider Electric. “We have to adapt the leadership and culture of the entire company to face this environment.” Such, in 2015, was the daunting challenge faced by Schneider, a global leader…

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Accelerated Excellence


– SILVER WINNER OF THE 2019 EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AWARDS – How do you – as a car manufacturer – influence your dealer network, ramp up customer satisfaction, improve sales and profits, and at the same time involve the dealers in paying the investments”? Questions Porsche AG was asking itself back in 2012. It was the…

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Hardwiring social responsibility and sustainable innovation in the DNA


– SILVER WINNER OF THE 2019 EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AWARDS – Thailand is facing the challenge of innovating in the global economy while suffering severe structural inequality, an ageing population and poor governance. However, Thai businesses know well that more needs to be done to boost human capital, broaden access to education and skills, and ensure…

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Forward-looking leadership development – Valmet and IMD

– GOLD WINNER OF THE 2018 EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AWARDS – In 2014, Valmet – a new organisation born out of a de-merger in the seemingly unsexy, unwanted industry of capital equipment and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries – sought to make the most of its leadership development programmes. How? By turning the…

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