Asia firms’ sentiment slips on geo-political tensions – Thomson Reuters/INSEAD
Business confidence among Asian companies fell for the first time in three quarters in July-September as escalating geo-political tensions outweighed an improved performance by most economies in the region, the latest Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Asian Business Sentiment Survey showed.

“Companies expressed concerns this quarter about trade and diplomatic tensions not only in the region but also in the world,” said Antonio Fatas, INSEAD Professor of Economics. “This brought the index down, in a reflection of cautiousness because of the potential risks that could derail the current state of the economy,” he added.

Researchers at INSEAD and Columbia Business School explain how musicians can craft their next chart-topping song 
People like to say that mainstream music all tends to sound similar. An analysis of more than 26,000 songs by Noah Askin, INSEAD Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour, and Michael Mauskapf, Assistant Professor of Management at Columbia Business School, shows that breakout songs are those that conform to current musical preferences while infusing a modicum of individuality.

Book review: Mastering Private Equity
Claudia Zeisberger, INSEAD Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences, Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, recently published the bookMastering Private Equity: Transformation via Venture Capital, Minority Investments & Buyouts with two co-authors Michael Prahl and Bowen White, both INSEAD alumni. The companion case book –Private Equity in Action: Case Studies from Developed and Emerging Markets – offers a selection of rich and diverse case studies, written with leading private equity firms. BVI – 20 September