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Keeping spirits up in a downturn

Grace Segran reports from London on the current state of the spirits industry.

Strategy

Will your strategy succeed?

What's one of the best ways to gain market share, defy the vagaries of the economy, and adapt to rapidly advancing technology? Booz and Company's Paul Leinwand talks to Cindy Babski about how to win with a capabilities-driven strategy.

Economics & Finance

Cargill’s business longevity in China

For agribusiness giant Cargill, doing business in China required adapting its global business model to China's diverse domestic economies. An interview with Robert Aspell, President of Cargill China.

Economics & Finance

Foreign firms eye China’s rural markets

Foreign multinationals in China looking to expand are gearing up for its rural markets. Where are the opportunities and will the government facilitate their efforts?

Strategy

Playing China’s internet market

Forget the massively popular Facebook. In China, it's all about Qzone and QQ and a host of other internet and mobile value added services that's caught the attention of China's Internet users.

Economics & Finance

The upside of a down market

How did Spain's biggest bank become a white knight in the UK and emerge as the fourth most profitable bank worldwide? António Horta-Osorio, CEO of Banco Santander's UK operations discusses strategy and future plans.

Strategy

M&As: Not necessarily the best way to grow your company

There could be other ways to acquire the skills and competencies you need without actually buying them outright, says INSEAD Professor Laurence Capron.

Strategy

A leap into languages

Some entrepreneurs are born into the role. Such was the case of Tom Adams who, at the age of 30, became CEO for a family business selling language-learning software. Rosetta Stone may not have been Adams’ creation, but the company’s phenomenal growth during his tenure is testimony to the role of the entrepreneur within a mature corporate structure. Armed with his passion for languages and skilful execution, Adams took Rosetta Stone to new heights, achieving 20-fold growth during his seven-year tenure.

Strategy

CEO View: Paul Desmarais, Jr.

I like the INSEAD spirit of saying it truly embraces the world, says Paul Desmarais, Jr, "and not just the business world, but the social world and other things of that nature so that INSEAD grads can really be people who can move the dial."

Leadership & Organisations

The pursuit of value

In the second article of a three-part series, INSEAD Professor Horacio Falcao tells INSEAD Knowledge editor Stuart Pallister about strategies for creating and claiming value in negotiations.

Economics & Finance

MBC: Building a media powerhouse in an emerging market

Can Western broadcasters learn anything from the one of the Middle East’s most successful satellite channels? According to a recently-released case study by Annet Aris, Adjunct Professor of Strategy at INSEAD, the answer is yes.

Responsibility

Sustainability and your corporate strategy

Cindy Babski

Sustainability. Can it become a central part of corporate strategy? Today, the answer is: it had better be.

Leadership & Organisations

Taking the lead

Peter Grauer, the Chairman and CEO of Bloomberg, is a man with a mantra and he repeats it every chance he gets: “We have an aspiration at Bloomberg to become the most influential news organisation in the world.”

Leadership & Organisations

How LG Electronics reinvented itself in the US

It took three attempts in four years for Korean electronics giant LG Electronics (LGE) to launch its brand in the US market in 2002. Five years later, it became the top seller of refrigerators and washing machines, and has since been successfully maintaining its lead in the two home appliance categories with current respective market shares of about 24 per cent.
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Leadership & Organisations

A passion for education

If you build it, they will come, so the mantra goes, and that’s exactly what Ng Gim Choo did with the EtonHouse group of schools. However, after having become an established market leader in Singapore with 10 centres, Ng says breaking into the China market was more daunting.