Collaborating with the competition: Surprising new solutions to sustainability challenges September 9, 2016
In an ever-changing business environment, hot-button issues like safety, supplier compliance, and product stewardship create another level of complexity for firms in every sector. These challenges involve many actors and significant business investment. How can businesses and industries overcome such challenges?
Collaborate with the competition. A radical solution to shared problems has already emerged, and proved successful in extractives, retail, and banking. Competitor collaborations are a growing trend – and they’re working!
Associate Professor Lori DiVito, at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam School of International Business, and an expert panel, provide guidance for firms considering new forms of collaboration — or those seeking to do it better, with less risk and improved outcomes.
From ‘lower for longer’ to ‘lower forever’? What do low interest rates mean for business? June 20, 2016
Today, the global economy sits in uncharted territory. Most of the world’s advanced economies find themselves with headline interest rates that are hovering at – or even below – zero. And the Bank of Canada has not ruled out the possibility of negative rates in the event of a significant economic shock, such as a sharp slowdown in China or another round of commodity price declines.
Perhaps more ominously, some analysts see this situation as becoming more or less permanent – from ‘lower for longer’ to ‘lower forever’. What are the causes? And, more importantly, what are the consequences of perpetually low interest rates?
Learn what a world of perpetually low interest rates might mean for business and the economy.
Making the case for wellness programs in the workplace June 7, 2016
Improving employee engagement, productivity and health is one of the key challenges faced by organizations in every sector. Fitness memberships, health screening, dietary information – companies often provide such benefits, but do they really pay off? Until now, there has been little understanding of both the business case and the health case for comprehensive wellness programs in the workplace.
Ivey Associate Professor Michael Rouse, in partnership with Sun Life, lead an interactive discussion on the preliminary findings of a rigorous, first-of-its-kind study of the benefits of wellness programs in Canada. The preliminary findings of the two-year study show substantial improvement in employees’ physical activity and nutrition habits, increases in employee engagement, an improved corporate culture, and, a reduction in stress levels.
Women in the Workplace: Breaking down the barriers to advancement March 24, 206
Despite some progress, women are still more than a century away from having a level playing field in the corporate world. Tackling the issue requires a widespread change in corporate culture and perception.
For our second event in The Talent Series, Marie-Claude Nadeau, a Principal of McKinsey & Company in San Francisco and co-author of the groundbreaking study, Women in the Workplace 2015, shared insights on why women are still underrepresented at every level in the corporate pipeline. She also gave advice for breaking the barriers.
Women in the Workplace 2015 is a study of more than 100 companies and nearly 30,000 employees in North America. It is part of a long-term partnership between LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company to encourage female leadership and gender equality in the workplace.
Character is an often overlooked aspect of leadership that shapes what leaders notice and how they interpret and react to information and events. Nelson Mandela was revered as he led South Africa out of apartheid because of his extraordinary combination of courage, humility, and humanity. In contrast, the arrogance, recklessness, and lack of compassion on the part of bankers was highlighted in the aftermath of the 2008-2009 financial crisis. Their characters, not just their deeds, distinguished their impact as leaders.
Yet character is seldom used in recruiting, selecting, promoting, or developing leaders and that oversight has an impact on organizational leadership.
Global consumption of fossil fuels has steadily marched upwards for many decades. For expert insights on what the future may hold for Canada’s fossil fuel sector, please join this Idea Forum, Will We Ever Stop Using Fossil Fuels.
Energy development has become increasingly contested at the local level. This event, organized by the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre, brings together expert panellists to address questions from public, private, and academic perspectives.
For Ivey’s third event in The Talent Series, Associate Professor Michael Rouse, in partnership with Sun Life, will lead an interactive discussion on the preliminary findings of a rigorous, first-of-its-kind study of the benefits of wellness programs in Canada.
The newly created Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Ivey Business School will host a special evening event in Toronto featuring Ray Sharma, HBA ’96, Executive Managing Partner of Extreme Venture Partners.
Marie-Claude Nadeau, co-author of the groundbreaking study, Women in the Workplace 2015, will share insights on why women are still underrepresented at every level in the corporate pipeline. She’ll also give advice for breaking the barriers.
Professor Gerard Seijts, Executive Director of the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership and co-author of the new book, Developing Leadership Character, will lead an interactive discussion on why leadership character matters and can be developed to help leaders through challenges.