Pilar Jericó is an entrepreneur and author with more than fifteen years’ experience in developing leadership and innovation. She holds a doctoral degree in Business Organization and has studied postgraduate courses on strategy, organizational behaviour and leadership at Harvard University, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and West Point. She is the author of books including No Fear: In Business and in Life, La nueva gestión del talento (The new management of talent), ¿Y si realmente pudieras?: la fuerza de tu determinación (And if you really could?: the power of your determination), Héroes cotidianos (Everyday heroes) and Poderosamente frágiles (Powerfully fragile). Jericó took part in the UOC Alumni conference held at Casa Encendida in Madrid on 2 March. She spoke about “The value of talent” to 180 graduates of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
A European study involving the UOC’s Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) is to design a collaborative platform to help citizens control their data and manage their digital identities. The research led by Barcelona City Council also involves 11 other institutions including Nesta (UK), Arduino Verkstad (Sweden) and the Centre d'Économie de la Sorbonne (France).
Sustainable tourism is gaining ground over mass tourism. Travelling in a manner more respectful towards the environment is a growing trend that allows destinations to be better places for those who live there and for those who visit them. The UN has declared 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development in order to promote a change in policies and business practices within the sector and also in the habits of consumers, the travellers. The aim is to make the tourism industry more responsible and committed to preserving the environment and developing local economies and cultures. Here it is analysed by expert UOC professors Soledad Morales and Pablo Díaz.
The Law on Dependency was created to respond to groups of dependent people, setting up a network of resources to assist them and guarantee an independent life on an equal basis with other citizens. Ten years after it was passed, the reality is quite different. In order to analyse the current context and understand the evolution of the implementation of the Law, we talk to UOC professor and researcher Israel Rodríguez-Giralt, who leads the CareNet research group. Rodríguez-Giralt is an expert in social movements and political activism related to health and dependency assistance social policies. His academic career was recognized with the Amsterdaska Award 2014, and with Manuel Tironi and Michael Guggenheim he jointly edited the book Disasters and Politics. Materials, Experiments, Preparedness (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).
Xavier Escales speaks well of his competitors because he considers them great allies in a noble project: helping to encourage people to do more sport. Escales is Country Manager for Spain and Portugal of the Japanese sports brand ASICS. He confesses that the three essential pillars of his life are family, work and sport and that the key to his happiness is having found the balance between them. We talk to him about the running fever, the beginnings of the brand in Spain and his experience at the UOC as a student of Business Administration and Management in the far off 1990s.
New entrepreneurs and new workers are searching for points of reference to act as role models and encourage them to develop their professional careers. These key figures are mentors, professionals who, although they hail from historical models associated with learning, are a new and growing phenomenon in business. Joan Torrent, professor with the UOC's Faculty of Economics and Business, will compare the relationship mentors have with those they are mentoring or their protégés with the relationship traditionally enjoyed between "teacher and student in the education sphere, or apprentice and master in industry". Mentoring is being introduced into Catalan and Spanish companies as a way of increasing worker productivity and ensure that the company operates smoothly.
Last Christmas 3.64 million Spaniards resorted to some form of financing to cover their spending, the equivalent of 12.1% of the adult population, according to analysis by Kelisto. Consumers paid fairly high interest rates but the figures reveal that the quick loan option, with the highest rates, is increasing. In 2015 this sector doubled its clients in Spain, from half a million to one million, which meant an increase from 270 million to 540, according to the Spanish microloans association, AEMIP. Christmas increases requests for this type of quick loan without paperwork. UOC professors, expert in financial economics, advise citizens to “understand the price they pay for the money borrowed”.
Online gambling attracts an increasing number of devotees in Spain every year. New technologies have contributed to the appearance of this boom and, according to the experts, it is the younger generation that has become the target population for gaming operator advertising. Easy access to ICTs at an increasingly early age is another factor that also predisposes young people to the development of gambling-related pathologies much earlier on. We asked UOC Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences professor, José Ramon Ubieto, to talk us through some of the keys to understanding this phenomenon.
Ignasi Belda is a perfect example that a young entrepreneur can go a long way professionally. This Alicante-born scientist is sure to make his mark internationally. Aged 37, he is Associate Director of the Barcelona Science Park (UB) and in 2007 he founded the company Intelligent Pharma, which develops new computational technologies to design drugs. After opening subsidiaries around the world, it was considered by MIT as one of the leading companies in computational chemistry. He trained at Cambridge, Ramon Llull University, the UPC and, most recently, the UOC, where he took the University Master's Degree in Taxation. His final project was recognized as the best in his academic year.