A new study led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) using data from recruiting site Glassdoor has for the first time revealed a strong link between a satisfied workforce – in the form of higher Glassdoor company ratings – and the financial performance of UK companies.
Essential reading to keep you informed
In the library you will find news, information and guides from Spectrum. Also our Board Chair Report, based on Spectrum’s research of the views and experiences of board chairs, investors and CEOs in fast growth, privately held businesses.
We have also included published information from other organisations which we found to be particularly interesting and relevant, and that we hope you enjoy reading.
Zalando is Europe’s leading online fashion platform. It is one of the platforms around which the online fashion sector has coalesced. Part of the Zalando strategy is to digitize fashion, moving the organization from a digital store to an online platform.
Four companies dominate our daily lives unlike any other in human history: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. We love our nifty phones and just-a-click-away services, but these behemoths enjoy unfettered economic domination and hoard riches on a scale not seen since the monopolies of the gilded age.
Tech companies put a lot of work into designing their products to be “sticky.” That’s investor deck speak, but everyone knows what sticky really means: addictive.
Internet-enabled devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that hackers recently broke into a casino through its fish tank. The tank had internet-connected sensors measuring its temperature and cleanliness. The hackers got into the fish tank’s sensors and then to the computer used to control them, and from there to other parts of the casino’s network. The intruders were able to copy 10 gigabytes of data to somewhere in Finland.
The Great Awakening – How our thinking about technology fundamentally changed in 2017 and where we go from here
2018 is poised to be the year when our consciousness about our relationship with technology hits a tipping point. And, in turn, that’s going to make 2018 the year of the great reckoning– the year in which we’re forced to decide what we want from technology and what irreducible parts of our humanity we want to safeguard and protect.
Nearly a decade ago, CEOs surveyed by McKinsey stressed the importance of talent strategy to their organizations. But they also voiced misgivings about HR’s ability to manage the talent process strategically and deliver maximum value to the business.
Ever since Amazon spent $13.7 billion on Whole Foods last June, theories have been swirling as to why the world’s biggest e-commerce firm would get into the old-time business of selling groceries in stores.
Staying ahead in the accelerating artificial intelligence race require executives to make nimble, informed decisions about where and how to employ AI in their business.
Despite highly publicised handwringing over geopolitical uncertainty, corporate misbehaviour, and the job-killing potential of artificial intelligence, PwC’s 21st CEO Survey reveals surprising faith and optimism among chief executives in the economic and business environment worldwide, at least over the next 12 months.
“Hire a chief innovation officer.” “Change the culture.” “Look outside your industry.” There’s no shortage of advice about how companies can become more innovative. The catch is that most of that advice is based on anecdotal evidence. But there’s one step companies can take that does have some data behind it.
In business, some categories rumble along for years, with everybody playing the same game, driving down costs, responding to customer needs and making the numbers. And then something changes. A market epiphany happens. And all the rules go out the window as new meanings arrive.
Awareness of the business case for inclusion and diversity is on the rise. McKinsey’s latest research reinforces the link between diversity and company financial performance—and suggests how organisations can craft better inclusion strategies for a competitive edge.
A wave of innovations points towards new business models and ways of doing business, though anxieties around talent and the “techlash” run below the surface.
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CFOs are under the gun. They need to manage the growing burden of regulatory controls while being proactive advisors to the business and ensuring a focus on the bottom line.
Spectrum is the exclusive UK representative of Glasford International Coöperatief U.A., a Dutch registered retained global executive search group, headquartered in Amsterdam.
Peter Waine, Chairman of the Spectrum Advisory Board (and Co-founder, Hanson Green), has been asked to chair the plenary session on “The Business Case for Good Corporate Governance” at the IoD London Global Convention this week.
Elon Musk is famed for his unconventional management style.
The South African-born entrepreneur behind companies including Tesla and SpaceX has described himself not as a micromanager but a “nano-manager”.
“There’s no team without trust,” says Paul Santagata, Head of Industry at Google. He knows the results of the tech giant’s massive two-year study on team performance, which revealed that the highest-performing teams have one thing in common: psychological safety, the belief that you won’t be punished when you make a mistake. Studies show that psychological safety allows for moderate risk-taking, speaking your mind, creativity, and sticking your neck out without fear of having it cut off — just the types of behavior that lead to market breakthroughs.