Earlier webinars

Earlier webinars

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"Who are your best clients? Finding unusually strong buyer-seller links using the power of statistics"

Which clients or suppliers appreciate the link with my firm best? Are there any strong associations between purchasing managers and suppliers that I should look at? In public procurement, which agencies tend to buy from which firms?

Transactional data can reveal interesting patterns in the network of buyers and suppliers. Statistically analyzing the links between each buyer and each supplier can uncover unusually strong associations. This can be helpful in targeting offers and attention in customer and supplier relations, but also in fraud detection. You can harness the power of statistics even with limited information and data.

This webinar introduces a statistical method to spot unusually strong buyer-supplier links. As an illustration, we apply the method to Hungarian public procurement data, collected by the CEU MicroData research group. The method also allows us to quantify the efficiency of government spending.

Presenting professor:

 Miklós Koren, Professor, Department of Economics of Central European University

Miklós Koren is professor of economics at Central European University. He is the founder of the university's Business Analytics MSc program and the CEU Microdata research group. Miklós has close to 20 years of experience of working with data. His research has been published by leading international academic journals, and he has participated in numerous international research projects, including a large-scale Starting Grant of the European Research Council. He is a recipient of the Peter Kenen Fellowhsip and the Nicholas Káldor Prize. Miklós holds a PhD from Harvard University.

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  1. How statistics can create value from transactional data,
  2. How unsupervised machine learning can be used to aid decision making.

In the webinar, you will learn about a particular branch of statistics applied to a particular type of data, but also gain new insight into the power of statistical thinking.

Targeted Audience

Anyone working with client or supplier data in business and the public sector, including COOs, CFOs, CROs, compliance officers and beyond.

Would you like to deepen your knowledge of data analytics strategies that drive business value? Learn more about CEU’s MSc in Business Analytics program. For more information about CEU’s programs, admissions requirements and scholarship opportunities, click here.

Link to the recorded webinar


How Healthy Organizational Cultures Sustain Business Integrity and Resilience in Challenging Environments

Multinational corporations and any company which establishes business networks in foreign countries are faced with the often even obvious challenge of having to deal with complex market, political and cultural externalities. Among those, bribery and corruption are the most common. In spite of increased sophisticated national and international anti-corruption legislative framework, the number of companies that fall in the trap of losses of integrity is constantly on the rise.

People in the organization will be less weak to fall into integrity traps if they experience their work in the organization of belonging as self-rewarding, socially identifying and transmitting positive and solid values. The bad apple does not make the others rotten if not in a barrel, and you may want to be aware of how cleanly and efficiently works your barrel. The link between the corporate culture and integrity is still not obvious to leaders and managers, and a proper knowledge of this nexus would enhance management and compliance in a challenging environment saving unexpected costs.

Presenting professor:

Davide Torsello, Associate Professor and Director Center for Integrity in Business and Government, CEU Business School. Trained as an anthropologist in Japan, Germany and the UK, he has dealt with the study of anti-corruption and integrity in politics and business over the last 12 years taking part and leading units of international research projects. He has published ten books on topics such as:trust, corruption, gift and social exchange, institutional and organizational change, economic and political anthropology

He has consulted for business, public administration, and NGOs on integrity, cultural awareness, and strategy at management, educational, and training levels.

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  1. how the culture of organizations can be understood in relation with management,
  2. how integrity management needs to be conceived in harmony with the company’s inner culture, and
  3. how resilience and prevention are achieved through an attentive monitoring of manifest and hidden aspects of the working of organizations.

You can find the presentation here.


Decision Support and Value of Information

An introduction to decision trees and value of information in decision making situations  

Collecting and presenting valuable information for decision support purposes has become a key requirement both at mid-management and board levels. However, occasionally available decision options are over-simplified, or discussed at superficial pessimistic / realistic / optimistic scenario levels. There is a particular management tool known as decision tree, that can help not only in clarifying available decision options and choices, but also in evaluating the value of (additional) information in the decision making process.   

Decision trees are frequently used for real option values, investment or project allocation purposes, but they can also provide significant support in elaborating and discovering available decision pathways. In addition, they also enable the formal definition of the value of information. This is a practical webinar, where a specific decision making situation will be presented and solved using a decision tree.     

Date: 5:00 p.m. CET time on Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Presenting professor

Tibor Vörös, Senior Lecturer at CEU Business School

Tibor Vörös has over 20 years of experience both in academic and corporate environments. He has worked in various management areas and levels mostly related to information systems (e.g. knowledge management, decision making, business intelligence) as practitioner, but he also researched these topics and evaluated corresponding frameworks from the theoretical point of view. His research work ranges from social media and cultural issues to strategic elements for corporations & SMEs. More recently Mr Vörös spent considerable time on various business simulations and created unique storyboards to help students experience real life problems in classroom situations. CEEMAN has selected Mr Voros as the winner of the Innovation in Course Design category for the CEEMAN Champions’ Award 2010.

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what decision trees are and how they can be used in decision support,

  1. how the value of information can be calculated, and
  2. how decision trees can support decision making both quantitatively and qualitatively.

In the webinar, you will gain critical new insights into using decision trees for decision support purposes, and how this management tool can improve decision making and evaluation of alternative choices.

Targeted Audience

Virtually everyone working in business, including company officers (CxOs and beyond); consultants, managers, decision makers and decision supporting personnel both in the corporate & SME world.

Link to the recorded webinar


The Bright(er) and Dark(er) Sides of the Sharing Economy

Much attention is being paid to the emergence of a new form of economic exchange and business model in the current phase of late capitalism: the sharing or collaborative economy which is moving economic value creation from centred around ownership towards one based on access. For example, people stream music rather than owning records or CDs. Today, society shares information and images without imposing copyright on them through the use of social media. Through increasingly global, yet decentralized business models, individual consumers are revolutionizing the creation and exchange of value themselves with neo-artisan markets such as Etsy. Almost everyone has heard of Über or AirBnB as icons of the new sharing economy.  

This webinar will have two centres of focus. First are the strategic challenges facing businesses who must try and create economic value in a world in which it is increasingly hard to monetise activities through fixed asset ownership. Second, we will examine the broader societal impacts of the sharing economy - who gains, who loses and whether we are witnessing a fundamental transformation in late capitalism or the sharing economy, as it is currently developing, is a repetition of previous production business models i.e. is there really a difference between Google/Alphabet and Amazon on the one hand and Ford and Exxon on the other? 

The webinar will provide insights and opportunities to discuss how individuals, companies and communities can best respond to the sharing economy.

Presenting professor:

Yusaf Akbar, Associate Professor of Management and International Studies at CEU Business School.                          

With extensive research and consulting experience in emerging markets specifically of the Central and East European (CEE) region (currently engaged in consulting and executive education in Bulgaria, China, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine). His current roles in the Academy and beyond included Head Partner at the BrainTrust Network – a global end-to-end consulting eco-system; Founding Editor of the International Journal of Emerging Markets and an advisor to governmental authorities. His consulting and training references include Citibank, Deutsche Telekom, Illy Caffè, Siemens, Telenor and Toyota. In addition, Yusaf has consulted to large professional service and media companies from the CEE region including At Media, Poland; Kurylowicz & Co., Poland (the country’s largest architectural practice) and Telerik (Bulgaria).

He has published in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Air Transport Management, Cross-Cultural Management, Journal of International Business and Entrepreneurship Development, Journal of World Business, Global Business and Organizational Excellence, Thunderbird International Business Review and World Competition.

He has authored or co-authored numerous business case studies of both large and smaller entrepreneurial firms including Datwyler, Vienna International Airport, Zwack Unicum, Hummus Bar, Philips, UAS, Vendedy. He has published two books the first entitled EU Enlargement and Central Europe: Regulatory Convergence and the Multinational Enterprise and another volume, Global Antitrust: Trade andCompetition Linkages.  He has served as an Editorial Advisory Board member on the following journals: Thunderbird International Business Review, Journal of Asia-Pacific Business and the European Journal of International Management.

You can listen to the recorded webinar here.


Corporate Risk Management in the Post-crisis World

An introduction to modern risk management from the perspective of non-financial corporations

Companies around the world are exposed to a variety of financial risks, including interest rate, inflation, currency, credit, commodity and M&A-related risks.  The Global Financial Crisis and improved risk management capabilities have brought about fundamental changes in how these risks are viewed, identified and managed by top corporations.  

However, modern risk management practices remain seldom discussed and little understood both by companies that need to do risk management and by banks that should provide risk management services, especially in emerging markets.  This presents a major competitive disadvantage in the post-crisis world, where companies with controlled exposures to volatile financial markets enjoy lower earnings volatility, a lower risk of financial distress, and a generally more stable operating environment. 

Date: 5:00 p.m. CET time on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Presenting professor:

Peter Szilagyi, Associate Professor of Finance at CEU Business Schoool.

Prior to joining CEU in 2014, he served seven years at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, where he maintains a fellowship. He had previously obtained a PhD from Tilburg University and held a research fellowship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He has been an external fixed-income consultant to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, and before entering academia worked for the BBC World Service. He is Editor of the Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Subject Editor of Emerging Markets Review, and holds one of the first research grants awarded by the SWIFT Institute.

Slides of the webinar

  • "I have been recently nominated as the Regional IT Manager for West Africa at Unilever. My CEU Business School education has been a key differentiator during an otherwise very competitive recruitment process. I would like to thank all my great peers of the 2013-14 cohort and the wonderful faculty at the B-School for the valuable learning experience I had during my time in BP."

    Moussa Moumouni

    MSc in IT Management class of 2014

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