Why diversifying your business doesn’t always bring success
When entering any new industry, strategy should come before size and if businesses do choose to diversify, there are plenty of positive examples to follow. INSEAD Professor of Strategy Andrew Shipilov explains the differing reaction to Dyson and IKEA’s respective moves. “There are two kinds of diversification: related and unrelated. The latter involves businesses entering markets in which they have no related resources. However, the more that businesses move away from their core competencies, the greater the chance of problems emerging.” European CEO
UK – 22 January

Should virtual coin trading be banned?
Massimo Massa, INSEAD Professor of Finance, comments on regulations on virtual coin trades and says that “The simplest way would be to have disclosure and/or restrictions of trades that restricts to sort of qualified investors, the same restrictions that discriminate between trading in regulated stocks exchanges and OTC (over-the-counter).”  Korea Times
Korea – 17 January

Risks to watch for in European markets 
Antonio Fatas, INSEAD Professor of Economics, says that instead of euro strength, European politics are what could potentially derail growth in the region. CNBC Asia 
Singapore – 17 January

The Gender Case Gap
INSEAD Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise Henning Piezunka has thoughtfully written about the importance of promoting gender balance in academia (Male Professors Can (and Should) Promote Gender Balance) and confirms that issues are part of a wider context. Connect (The Case Centre)
UK – 16 January

Is won on course toward 3-digit level?
Antonio Fatas, INSEAD Professor of Economics, says that it is important to pay attention to the movement of the Korean won against other major currencies, such as the Euro, to see how the fluctuations will translate into the economy. He also expects that the won’s movement against the greenback to possibly affect exporters, but its effect won’t be that large for several reasons. The Korea Times
South Korea – 15 January