Written on August 10, 2015 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Arts & Cultures & Societies

IMBA-182SmallBy Nir Hindi (IMBA 2014)

I recently finished reading a book which in many ways I found inspiring. This was because it managed to put into words some basic foundations of my perception on art and entrepreneurship. The book, Redesigning Leadership, byJohn Maeda, explains the role of leadership from a creative person’s point of view. Why did I find it inspiring and important? Mainly because the majority of leadership literature brings examples from the business world. How many of us read Lee Iacocca, Jack Walsh, Warren Buffett and others? Yet, we hardly hear about leadership role models from the creative world. Maeda’s book aided me in articulating my thoughts – I have always claimed that entrepreneurs and artists are, in many ways, alike – they are both visionaries, push boundaries, are passionate and inspiring. Maeda used the artist’s characteristics to describe leadership. I built on Maeda’s description to present the similarities between artists and entrepreneurs.

You might wonder who Maeda is and why he is a good example. I think he is a good example because he lives in the business world as well as in the artistic world. He is a designer, engineer, artist and an MBA graduate – in the past he was the President of the Rhode Island School of Design, and currently a Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley. As such, he has many of the traits that I find in creative-entrepreneurial people.

I chose to start with a story Maeda is telling in his book which captures the common opinion about artists and their contribution to our world: “When I meet with politicians around…RISD..I often ask them if they have any RISD interns working for them. Their reaction is often one of amusement: ‘No, I have interns from Brown University [Ivy League Research University] or Providence College, but not RISD. I don’t need people drawing pictures for me.’”

This notion that artists are doing insignificant daily activities is something I believe should be changed. Most of the artists I know are determinate, passionate, hard-working people with unique perception of the world around them. Frequently I hear that “you can either be a creative or have a business mind” – but you can’t have both.

I think it’s incorrect and definitely arguable. In my mind entrepreneurs are artists.
They bring their creativity to life by creating businesses, companies and products. They are the artists of the business world. Read more…


IE Arts & Business Club visits ARCO 2015 together with members and friends

Written on August 3, 2015 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE Art Club

By Cindy Kook, Raphaelle Vulliet Falcon De Longevialle and Laura Theuretzbacher

On February 19-23rd 2015, one of the most interesting international contemporary art fairs, ARCO, took place here in Madrid. ARCO is Spain’s largest art fair and among the most well known in Europe.

For this occasion, the IE Arts and Business Club organized a guided tour which gathered around 15 students, who all have an interest in common: Art! Alumnis, students of  different Masters, MBA and IE University students got together to find out what is going on in the contemporary art world today.

For 3 hours(!) our guide led us through different very renowned galleries such as Malborough, Juana de Aizpuru and several Galleries from this year’s invited country Colombia in order to show us some artists in particular and to give us a complete overview of the artistic trends. Thus, we saw some amazing paintings of Secundino Hernández for example, the Spanish painter who is currently revolutionizing the Latin and Spanish Art world.

It was also an interesting opportunity to observe onsite that even though art fairs are popping up all around the world and the internet is taking up more and more market share, making the competition more intensive, Arco managed to keep its importance and remain a reference for connoisseurs and professionals.

At the end of this very long tour, most of the students decided to continue exploring even more or the fair and visited more galleries on their own.

Thank you to all attendants to the event, we were really pleased to see so many people sharing our passion for Art and we hope that a third visit from the IE Arts & Business Club will happen next year!

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Is Teamwork Overvalued?

Written on July 27, 2015 by Santiago Iñiguez in Arts & Cultures & Societies

santiagoBy Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, Dean of IE Business School and President of IE University

“Insanity in individuals is something rare, in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule” (1) wrote German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who himself suffered from episodes of dementia in the final years of his life, tragically converting himself into the exception to his own rule.

He would have been unaware of the term, but in part, what Nietzsche was talking about was groupthink, a dynamic that’s been variously defined as what happens when group members trying to avoid conflict reach a consensus decision without properly evaluating other viewpoints, whether by isolating themselves or suppressing dissent.

Due to the complex nature of the tasks companies must carry out, the need to integrate specialist activities or to internationalize operations, most work within them is carried out by teams. Team work is part of the DNA of all types of organizations, and business schools are keen on getting their students to work in small groups with the aim of preparing leaders able to lead them and make them productive.

But I sometimes wonder if we don’t over estimate the results of team work and that maybe there is something to be said about letting somebody who prefers working alone to do so more often.

Sometimes, teamwork’s very virtue can also be the seed of its destruction. Tightly knit teams, flexible, with a strong spirit of cooperation and a winning spirit, all positive in themselves, can also generate a feeling of invulnerability and a tendency to converge, which often leads to rejecting other opinions, information and data that contradicts supposedly agreed positions, as well as demonizing anybody who disagrees, while blinding the team leader to undesired outside ideas. (2)

Have you ever seen a sales team “unanimously” reject the launch of a popular product, using the excuse for example that it might cannibalize existing products, or perhaps resisting raising the price of a clearly differentiated product? Or perhaps you have come up against the wall of resistance that the IT department can show when it refuses to outsource a particular service.

Critics of teamwork say that the great works of art, along with many scientific discoveries, were the work of one great person, even though they may have benefitted from the collective efforts of their culture or society. None of the 100 greatest novels of all time was written collectively, (3) and neither were any of the great paintings or symphonies. (4) Some might argue that Mozart’s collaboration with Da Ponteproduced his finest work, but his creative talent far outshone that of his librettists. Read more…


Juan José Prat en la reunión sobre literatura popular

Written on July 23, 2015 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE University

Juan-JoseÌ--Prat-1El filólogo y profesor de IE University, y el escritor y folclorista segoviano intervinieron en el VI Simposio en la localidad de Urueña, bajo el tema ‘el vino en la mentalidad popular’.

El filólogo y profesor de IE University Juan José Prat Ferrer, considerado uno de los más destacados especialistas españoles en el estudio de la folclorística, intervino en el VI Simposio sobreLiteratura Popular, que se desarrolló en la localidad de Urueña, Valladolid. Este año el tema alrededor del cual versaban las ponencias era ‘El vino en la mentalidad popular’.

Juan José Prat Ferrer, experto en Historia del Cuento Tradicional, habló sobre la mitología del vino en las culturas hebrea y griega antigua y en los cuentos de la tradición europea, juntando su análisis con entretenidas narraciones. Segovia también quedó representada en este simposio por el escritor y folclorista segoviano Ignacio Sanz, que deleitó a los participantes con un divertido repaso de los brindis de vino en Castilla y León, según informa IE University en un comunicado de prensa.

Según Joaquín Díaz, organizador del simposio, “las expresiones populares en las que se menciona el vino (cuentos, leyendas, tratados, creencias, romances y canciones, brindis, etc.) forman, cómo no, parte del repertorio del imaginario colectivo, tanto por su aspecto lúdico como por otras muchas cuestiones que se abordan en este simposio sobre la vid y el vino en la cultura popular”.

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The Slaughter of the Innocents

Written on July 20, 2015 by Susana Torres Prieto in International Relations

susanaBy Susana Torres Prieto, Professor of Humanities at IE University and IE Business School.

Last Friday, a very sad anniversary was commemorated without ceremonies. Last year, on July 17th, a lost missile ended abruptly the life of the passengers flying over the Ukraine in a plane of Malaysian Airlines. Although partial enquiries have been carried out, nobody has been made accountable or taken to court. The sad and painful truth is that nobody probably will, not now, not ever. The eastern part of Ukraine is in the hands of warlords, all of them with a dubious record who were quickly armed and are now impossible to dismantle. It is Yugoslavia, yet again.

About a year and a half ago, people were following the events in Kiev as they were quickly developing. The whole script of events, yet again. Protests, saviours from abroad, riots, murder, saviours from within, promises from the international community, assurances from the international community, and finally, a war, yet again.

After a few months, the conflict grew old, other news broke in other parts of the world, and the conflict in the Ukraine is on the way of becoming one of those forgotten conflicts that seem to linger in limbo until something else happens. In the case of Ukraine, this point of stagnation has arrived maybe sooner than expected, but it has arrived anyway. I was asked in a seminar back in December last year if I thought that the war in Ukraine was going to end up soon. I replied that, if the first winter passed without a solution, the end would take much longer to come. I hate being right.

It is not only that the weather might be a definitive element of war in that part of the world, as Napoleon and Hitler could see for themselves, it is also a question that there is no money or will to carry out the campaign further. The government of President Poroshenko is economically exhausted, President Putin obtained long ago what he wanted, the Crimea, and the warlords theoretically ruling eastern Ukraine hardly agree on anything apart from defending their own interests. In the meantime, the industry, concentrated precisely in that part of the country, does not bring any revenue to Kiev to invest in carrying the conflict to a definitive point of resolution. Will Russia bother to bring a proper army to the east of Ukraine to settle the conflict? Hardly. Will

NATO intervene in favour of Kiev? Hardly. In the meantime, Ukrainians struggle every day to get by, just to get by, in a country that is only poorer and more broken as time goes by. Did people foresee when they went to the Maidan in all good faith that this was going to be the final outcome of their legitimate protests? Hardly.

It is unlikely that those responsible for the attack to the plane of Malaysian airlines will ever be sentenced at court, but it is even more unlikely that those responsible of bringing a country to tatters following their own personal interests will ever be held accountable for doing so. If the final, and more likely, solution is to be a partition of the Ukraine into two separate states, we can only hope that it would come before another long winter unfolds.

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