Gilles Hilary, INSEAD Professor of Accounting and Control and Francis de Véricourt, ESMT Professor of Management Science

Different approaches used by Médecins Sans Frontières and the World Health Organisation to identify the threat of Ebola led to opposite conclusions. This highlights the role of organisational culture when addressing new and ambiguous developments.

  • Systems to manage the wealth of knowledge inside companies can help junior staff get a leg up in career advancement.

  • Your unusual trait may be acceptable, even endearing, in some contexts, but in others it could place you at professional risk.

  • Hierarchy is often viewed as hindering innovation, but getting rid of hierarchy carries risks of its own. Savvy organisation design can help you strike a successful balance.

  • A handful of “flat” firms are inspiring industry leaders to rethink the organisational hierarchy. But what’s so special about these firms, and why now?

  • The norms of conducting international business are increasingly becoming standardised. But the behaviour of those around you is fed by cultural backgrounds.