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Starting strong: Making your CEO transition a catalyst for renewal

The best CEOs use the first six to 12 months of their tenure as a moment of great personal transition and institutional renewal. There are four keys to success.

How will the space economy change the world?

– Space is no longer the sole domain of governments and aerospace and defense companies. Businesses that pursue emerging opportunities... now may gain a first-mover advantage.

A devilish duality: How CEOs can square resilience with net-zero promises

– Amid turbulence on the path to net zero, leaders will have to be much nimbler to balance resilience with an energy future that... is secure, affordable, and clean. Five actions can help.

A defining moment: How Europe’s CEOs can build resilience to grow in today’s economic maelstrom

– Can leaders lift their companies to the next frontier of resilience—not only to survive but also to thrive?

Will fusion energy help decarbonize the power system?

– Nuclear fusion has long been considered a near-impossible clean-energy solution. But technological advances—and the need... for a flexible zero-carbon power grid—have made fusion worth considering.

The 125th anniversary of the little engine that couldn’t

– Once upon a time, the Stanley Steamer was the “car of the future” that broke speed records, drove beautifully, and... famously climbed Mount Washington. What could go wrong?

Bias busters: When good intentions get derailed

– Motivated reasoning can lead people to believe everything’s fine despite evidence to the contrary. Here’s how to counter... emotions with facts.

Strategic courage in an age of volatility

– Today’s challenging environment requires business leaders to hone their edge in three critical areas: insights, commitment, and... execution.

Does ESG really matter—and why?

– Although valid questions have been raised about ESG, the need for companies to understand and address their externalities is likely... to become essential to maintaining their social license.

Interviews

‘It’s important to bring the spirit of emergencies to the long term’

– In the third episode of our series The Quarterly Interview: Provocations to Ponder, chef and nonprofit founder José Andrés talks about what emergencies can teach us about solving long-term problems and being effective in two different spheres.

‘If you’re going to build something from scratch, this might be as good a time as in a decade’

– In the second episode of our series The Quarterly Interview: Provocations to Ponder, venture capitalist Bill Gurley explains... the promise and perils facing start-ups at a moment of economic uncertainty and reveals why hybrid work may be the most interesting technology of all.

‘Find the smartest technologist in the company and make them CEO’

In the first episode of the new The Quarterly Interview: Provocations to Ponder series, Silicon Valley’s... Marc Andreessen tackles tech trends like artificial intelligence, crypto, and Web3—and why incumbents still have a tough time competing with digital start-ups.

Much anew about ‘nudging’

– Almost 15 years after introducing a critical choice-making framework, behavioral economists Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler reflect... on its continuing impact on business and society.

Featured research

Powering up sustainable energy

Can the power industry simultaneously decarbonize generation, propel the transition to electric vehicles, and keep the lights on?

Feeding the world sustainably

– Green technologies, biotech advances, and artificial intelligence could help tame agricultural emissions and waste, while safeguarding... ocean resources.

Reimagining industrial operations

– Through innovation, advanced analytics, digitization, electrification, and process efficiencies, carbon-intensive operations underpinning... the global economy can shape a more sustainable future.

Redefining the power industry

– Quick takes on the pressures posed by climate change—and potential responses.

Podcasts

The war on the coronavirus

Three top military leaders offer lessons from the front lines of managing deadly crises.

The value of talent management

– The roles that create the most value in your organization may not be at the top.

Getting beyond gridlock: The promise of traffic congestion solutions

– With more than half the world’s population living in cities, congestion and pollution are worsening. Technology may be able... to provide new and innovative traffic congestion solutions—but only if city governments and companies collaborate.

Preparing for and managing through a downturn

– As talk of an impending economic downturn takes hold in the business world, executives can take thoughtful steps to help their... companies better weather the storm.

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