Insight Blogs

Why China Matters Now, More Than Ever

Stepan Motejzik | 11.12.2017

Chinese firms continue to expand aggressively abroad, competing fiercely with incumbent heavy weights in a growing number of industries. China expert Shaun Rein identifies the key drivers, predominant sectors and human resource implications of unprecedented international growth by state-owned and privately held Chinese corporations in an interview with IRC Institute.

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IRC Responds to Growing Demand for Trusted Board Advisors in Emerging Markets

Patrick Westerburger, IRC Netherlands | 14.11.2017

Outgoing IRC President Patrick Westerburger of IRC Netherlands reflects on the growth of the executive search network under his leadership and analyses the latest industry trends during an interview at the recent IRC Global Conference in Shanghai. Rohan Carr of IRC Australia has been appointed as his successor.

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Leadership Beyond Borders at Toys “R” Us

Sylvia MacArthur | 08.11.2017

Monika Merz used deft leadership and pragmatic innovation to change the game for Toys “R” Us in Canada, Japan and across the Asia Pacific region. Her story, relayed by IRC Canada President Sylvia MacArthur, tells of the fearless and direct management style that took her across the globe armed with compassion, adaptability and resolve.

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ASEAN Leadership Development Pays Dividends for Global Pharma

Raj Kumar Paramanathan, Manish Mehta | 30.10.2017

As business leaders look beyond national borders for growth opportunities abroad, few overlook Asia, given its size and demographics. The world’s most populous continent, Asia is home to 48 nations, each with unique cultural attributes and distinct business practices.

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China’s education revolution: more questions than answers

Rohan Carr, IRC Australia | 27.10.2017

During a recent visit to Shanghai to attend our global IRC conference, it was interesting to observe the rapidly changing Chinese economic, social and political environment and the impact on the education sector.

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Green Shoots of Arab Spring

Rania Abdalla | 09.10.2017

Skilful business leaders mitigate the negative impacts of economic instability by taking proactive measures that encourage growth. The debilitating mind-set of “staying afloat” in crisis is replaced by a mantra of efficiency, innovation and renewal.

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A Career Path to the Top: Starting with HR!

Amanda Bassin, IRC Canada | 03.10.2017

Stephen Liptrap, the newly appointed CEO of Morneau Shepell Ltd. took time out of his jam-packed day of running a global enterprise to address a question that many HR professionals wonder about: “How can a career in HR lead to earning a seat at the Executive table, and moreover, to becoming the CEO?”

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How Fingrid Nurtures a Dynamic Expert Organisation

Tiina Miettinen, Sanna Leppaluoto | 18.09.2017

Fingrid has found a formula to attract top talent and elicit optimal performance from its workforce. Professional development opportunities are intrinsic to the job. Consistent efforts to establish and reaffirm core values of fairness, efficiency, transparency and responsibility have made it one of Finland’s leading places to work. IRC Finland’s Sanna Leppäluoto takes stock of the company’s tireless pursuit of an open, regenerating and target-oriented working community culture.

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Is it compulsory to have ‘experience’ to become a manager?

Gaye Ozcan, IRC Turkey | 11.09.2017

I believe that we have a lot to learn from each other. I mentor many young people and some of them mentor me. I enjoy spending time with them and finding the opportunity to discuss corporate life. There are some “hotspots” so to say, issues which the young lament about the current culture of work. One is the unproportionate value bestowed upon ‘experience’. The other is the role of ‘age’ in their positioning in the workplace.

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Brexit, Trump and Visas

Rohan A. Carr, IRC Australia | 21.08.2017

Brexit, the Trump ascendency and the more restrictive Australian visa regime are illustrative of the significant changes in the global political landscape. They also have the potential to impact the movement of academic talent internationally. So what trends are emerging?

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