Quechua’s new Global Design Center: at the crossroads of influences 

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Marine Abondance



A lot of mountain bikes parked next to the entrance, breath-taking posters on the wallsand people walking around in their business casual attire. No doubt, we are in a sports company.The Business Development Master had recently the chance to be invited by the site manager to visit the company. Continue reading

Sports and Business: a love story

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Louis Roux

2014 was about winter Olympics and the football world cup, and 2015 has already dealt with Handball and ski world cup whereas 2016 will see rugby world cup and summer Olympics. It seems that we live in a world more and more sportive, or at least with more and more communication about sport and sportive events. You walk in the street, you see banner ads about local sports events or sports products, you go on the internet, you find results and comments about the latest confrontation in Football, Basketball or Rugby, and you turn on the TV, you got spots about sports products, or the diffusion of the current competition. But what can we actually learn from this practice, what does the sport really give us? A lesson? A philosophy? A spirit? Continue reading

Connected objects are not that close to revolutionize the sport market


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Mathieu Thomyre

Friday, 16th of January, Google decided to stop its Google Glass project for B to C market. The decision sounds like an earthquake, and most of all for some companies like Nike, which had invested on applications for this new technology. Nike had, few months before, announced the end of their FuelBand project and the possibility to fire their entire team taking care of connected objects. This smart band would have been connected to your smartphone to calculate all your moves during the day, during sport activities and help you follow your program and objectives. But why, such amazing objects like Google Glass or the FuelBand, especially in the sport market, are so controverted? What is the future for connected objects in sport? Continue reading

M&A Paradox


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Musunuru M. Chanakya

Following the findings that the rate of failures is at least 50 percent, it can be expected that senior managers and boards of directors would avoid merger and acquisitions. However, in reality the trend continues towards mergers and acquisitions constantly increasing over the past 20 years.”

This Article introduces topics from the book, A Comprehensive Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions: Managing the Critical Success Factors Across Every Stage of the M&A Process, which covers the critical success factors across every stage of the process, including planning, screening, negotiation, due diligence etc… in order to analyze the above the statement quoted above.

The main drivers for any M&A relate to various growth opportunities such as acquiring new products, expansion into new geographical areas, or access to new customers. This is in addition to such motives as improving profitability and the company’s strategic capabilities and positioning. Thus, there is no surprise that the activity of M&A in 2011 showed continued recovery from the downturn of 2008 and 2009.

Many research studies conducted over the decades clearly show that the rate of failures is at least 50 percent. Following these findings, it can be expected that senior managers and boards of directors would avoid merger and acquisition activities as much as possible and would search for other strategies to achieve market share and profitability goals. However, in reality the trend continues towards mergers and acquisitions constantly increasing over the past 20 years. Global M&A deal volume increased drastically from 2010 to 2012.

The sharp increase in M&A activities during the years on one hand, and the tremendous amount of failures on the other hand, draw research interests from different areas of business administration and economics. Even if the number of mergers and acquisitions declines in the next few years, it is clear that this strategy will continue to remain important to many organizations. Yet, the future seems bright for M&A. According to a survey report of financial market professionals made by Bloomberg, the M&A activity will continue to grow, majorly in Asia-Pacific companies. In addition, the increase of international activities and processes of globalization will encourage international mergers and acquisitions and processes of globalisation will encourage international mergers and acquisitions.

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Emotional Intelligence 101

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Mahmoud Montasser


Although we are in the 21 century, but most people still relate intelligence to academia, the power your brain has to process and remember information and your ability to draw conclusions from facts and data. But it is painfully obvious that there is much more to intelligence than just raw IQ. Continue reading

Business Opportunities in the Event’s Industry


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Ana Cristina Rivas Ruiz’Castilla

The events industry is a very dynamic and evolving business that is on the rise. I’ve always liked wedding planning specifically and what goes around planning such an emotional and mile stone event; hence when I decided to study Sports/Events/Entertainment Management I discovered a new world in this industry. Continue reading