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January 26, 2018
Innovation is a popular business buzzword. Online dictionary Merriam Webster named it among its top 10 “Word of the Year” finalists in 2014 after seeing a 30% year-on-year surge in look-ups for the word. Among 1,379 CEOs around the world who participated in PwC’s 2017 CEO Survey, nearly a quarter named innovation as a top priority for their company. Yet though companies clearly understand the importance of innovation, it remains challenging to get employees to innovate. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) on annual staff performance evaluations are the usual tactic that companies use to nudge staff towards behaviours that will help them meet strategic priorities. But as the results of a new study co-authored by CEIBS Assistant Professor of Management Sebastian Schuh show, many employees don’t receive fair recognition for their innovation efforts in traditional performance evaluations.
January 10, 2018
Israel has become to innovation what Switzerland is to chocolate. Israel spends over 4% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on research and has clearly developed expertise in an astonishing range of technologies. During a recent memorable week there, I attended a talk by a world-renowned molecular biologist seeking to extend life expectancy, learned about a social enterprise which is producing medical devices that reduce the risk of HIV infection, and met an entrepreneur gamifying the pursuit of happiness (literally).
December 18, 2017
After observing that the stock of mainland-listed companies usually beats the market when foreign investors hold more than five percent of the shares, a Goldman Sachs analyst suggested recently that investors should look for companies with relatively high foreign ownership when buying Chinese shares. The findings of some of my own academic research offer some explanations for this trend, and suggest three things to know about Chinese companies, and those from other emerging markets, before investing: foreign ownership, institutional investors and political connections. Since many factors can influence stock performance, I can’t say with certainty that these things will guarantee good stock performance. But I have seen evidence of how they have had a positive effect on the governance and transparency practices at Chinese listed companies, and that often signals better potential for a good performance.
December 15, 2017
Clearly the time has come for a long-term solution to Europe’s broken immigration system – one that looks at the issue from an economic perspective, not an emotional one. Nowhere is this more obvious today than in Germany. Angela Merkel, unable to form a coalition government more than three months after her party’s shaky retention of power, is still feeling the after-effects of anti-immigration sentiment that kept her from an impressive victory on September 24. But the problem, as we all know, is not Germany’s alone.
December 12, 2017
Firms that want to improve the performance of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes may want to re-evaluate their corporate governance systems. A new study co-authored by CEIBS Professor of Management Tae-Yeol Kim shows that some governance mechanisms can also influence the outcomes of their CSR programmes.


February 8, 2018
February 7, 2018. Shanghai – Outside talent tapped to manage family-owned businesses should never forget that the company belongs to the family, which they are there to serve. The trick is to find the balance between keeping owners happy and taking a stand, when needed, to protect the company’s long-term future.  That was among the nuggets of advice Gerard Van Schaik, former CEO of Heineken, a family business that became a global brand, served up during this evening’s Master Class at CEIBS Shanghai Campus.  Van Schaik is also Co-Chairman of the CEIBS Board and Honorary President of EFMD.
February 1, 2018
January 26, 2018 – China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), the leading international business school in China, and Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, have inked a deal that will see CEIBS provide training for the company’s top talent.  The agreement was signed, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, between CEIBS Vice President & Dean Ding Yuan and Managing Board Member of Royal DSM Dimitri de Vreeze. It is the first of what is expected to be many more agreements entered into with the headquarters of major European multinational companies, and is an indicator of CEIBS’ growing reputation in Europe.  


March 10, 2018
Join us at the e-Fellows MBA Day in Munich to discover why the FT & Forbes rank CEIBS the #1 MBA in Asia. Find out more about Shanghai, our MBA and CEIBS as our Admissions colleagues and MBA alumni guide you through the following frequently asked questions:
March 11, 2018
Have a coffee, on us, while CEIBS admissions staff and alumni tell you all about the full-time English-taught MBA programme at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai.


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