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This post originally appeared on AACSB Insights - January 5, 2021.

In the title of his 2018 landmark article in Harvard Business Review, Sydney Finkelstein of Dartmouth College notes that “the best leaders are great teachers.” He takes this idea one step further, concluding that “if you're not teaching, you’re not really leading.”

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Is the recent rhetoric decrying China and Chinese business practices justified or merely an exercise in deflection? In other words, could the differing views between Chinese and North American cultures be based on one’s own blurred vision?  Let’s clean our lenses and take a closer look. Might we be encouraged at what we discover once we get clarity on the reasons behind such differences between the two cultures?


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This article, which takes a post-pandemic look at third-party risk management, ties to a recently recorded webinar titled How to Quarantine Your Third-Party Risk.1 Our two organizations -- World Commerce and Contracting Association (WC&C) and Determine, a Corcentric Company2-- broadcasted the webinar on April 13, 2020.

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Greg Tharp, who has written excellent articles for us recently, offers this two-part series about cost recovery for commercial item contracts.  He starts with this question…

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What follows is an update of Arnaud Cervera’s article that was originally published March 14, 2020, on LinkedIn. We preface his piece with an endorsement from Tim Cummins, President of IACCM, who stated recently,

“This is an excellent article and absolutely hits the right points on the combination of simplification and the use of artificial intelligence (AI.) I’d like to suggest there are two additional issues that need to be addressed to make this change fast and effective.

  1. Economics- IACCM has been spending time (and using AI) to analyze the powerful business case - not only within individual organizations, but also now in the context of national economies.
  1. Standards - For benefits to be sustainable, we should avoid the mistake of replacing one art form (individual approaches to design and drafting) with another. There is a growing army of ‘design specialists’, each with their own view of how it should be done. Imagine if accountants took a similar view to producing accounts - we would finish up with replacing one form of chaos with another.

So again, IACCM has been working to create a publicly available ‘design library’. It’s also worth mentioning that the legal authorities which oversee court and dispute systems need to come on board with this - so we are working on that too.” - Tim Cummins

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This is the third in a series of articles on business relationships, triggered by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and economic crisis, but the recommendations hold true well beyond both of those challenges.

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It seems that collaboration is everywhere nowadays.  Whether it is Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber1 producing a number one single, or designer Tommy Hilfiger2 delivering exclusive clothing lines to Apple; or Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton3 putting CarPlay into cars.  But are they all as successful?

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This article is reprinted with permission from “Turning “Accidental Adversaries” into Allies" from strategy+business. © 2019 PwC. All rights reserved. PwC refers to the PwC network and/or one or more of its member firms, each of which is a separate legal entity. Please see for further details.

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