Ivey Business Journal Online

Bimonthly journal publishing scholarly articles written by business management professionals.

Articles from November/December

A New Lens for Looking at the New Business Environment
Organizations are struggling to identify their most important cost-cutting and innovation needs and opportunities. While the exercise itself isn't new, the lens that organizations use to search for those needs and opportunities must be a new one. The...
Building 360 Organizational Sustainability
Like perhaps other terms that have become staples of the management vocabulary, the word "sustainability" has come to mean several different things. But, as this author says and describes, sustainability means only one thing. The true and legitimate...
Chaotics: Leading, Managing and Marketing in the Age of Turbulence
For the foreseeable future, the economy will no longer ebb and flow like the smooth upward rising sine waves of the past 50 years. Rather, economic activity on a graph will look like the choppy spikes of a heartbeat in an EKG-a series of non-uniform...
Cutting Your Losses: How to Avoid the Sunk Cost Trap
"If at first you don't succeed, give up," is the road less travelled for leaders who continue to spend money on an acquisition they made - even though the acquisition is clearly not working out. But why, as this author asks, don't we actually strive...
Managing in Business Cycles
Knowledge of cycle management is more critical today than ever before. It implies making in-out decisions and long-short decisions. But how can leaders and managers do this effectively? The author, the former president of IMD, Lausanne, and the former...
Planning to Manage Your Next Crisis Decisively and Effectively
Risk management (specific plans dealing with high-probability events) by itself cannot account for all levels of uncertainty. Management also needs to rely on a generalized approach, a crisis-management plan to deal with low-probability but high-consequence...
Recognizing the Value of Middle Management
Organizations and social scientists have long seen middle managers as a target for assigning blame, or they have hardly seen them at all. As far as many are concerned, middle managers are invisible; they barely exist. However, this author argues, middle...
Slogging Our Way to Recovery
Executives are busy, which is why short articles that make one important point are appealing. This article has been written in that spirit.The point is that executives should be very wary of the view that because the economy is recovering, good times...
Structured Finance, Risk Management, and the Recent Financial Crisis
Structured finance is often mentioned as the main cause of the latest financial crisis. But rather, as this author argues, it was the result of poor risk management, agency problems in the securitization market and poor rating and pricing standards,...
The Four Intrinsic Rewards That Drive Employee Engagement
Motivational dynamics have changed dramatically to reflect new work requirements and changed worker expectations. One of the biggest changes has been the rise in importance of psychic, or intrinsic rewards, and the decline of material or extrinsic rewards....

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