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Knowledge@Wharton is the online business analysis journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.



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What Science Says About Quitting While You’re Ahead

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:41:31 +0000

People who achieve a personal best tend to relax afterwards and not push themselves further. But is that a good thing to do?


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The White House Budget: What’s the Reality?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:47:52 +0000

White House budgets usually amount to nothing more than "vision statements" -- and the latest one suffers from undue optimism about economic growth and a troubling expansion of the deficit, experts say.


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Why What You Say Reveals More Than You Think

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:54:02 +0000

Research presented at a recent Wharton conference shows how word choice can have deep implications for individuals, business and society.


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A Fish Farming Social Enterprise Wants to Lead a ‘Blue Revolution’

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:29:20 +0000

Akshay Verma traded an investment banking career in London to revolutionize fish farming in Bihar, India.


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Smart Money: Developing New Funding Mechanisms for Smart Initiatives

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:48:04 +0000

Creative new approaches are being pioneered by cities, utilities, investors and businesses to fund smart cities.


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Collect, Crunch, Collaborate: Fresh Approaches to Smart Cities’ Core Functions

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:42:50 +0000

Utilities are among those embracing the promise of smart technology by collecting and sharing data with customers. And they are finding ways to save money by sharing resources and collaborating.


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Laying the Groundwork: Philadelphia’s Strategic Approach to Becoming a Smart City

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:34:55 +0000

Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology is creating a roadmap to ensure the long-term coordination of its wide-ranging projects.


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The Quest to Make the World’s Best Chocolates

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:16:22 +0000

In his recent book, Steve Wallace chronicles his journey to create a gourmet chocolate company in Ghana.


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Vishal Sikka: Why AI Needs a Broader, More Realistic Approach

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:44:33 +0000

Artificial intelligence brings human-like understanding to machine systems to increase efficiencies. But a broader, more realistic approach is needed, says tech guru Vishal Sikka.


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How the Next Generation Is Changing Charitable Giving

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:39:55 +0000

Today’s philanthropists are increasingly coming from the younger generation and they expect their giving to have a real and measurable impact, according to a new book.


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Uber’s Waymo Settlement: Why the Road Isn’t Clear Yet

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:24:01 +0000

The Uber-Waymo case sheds light on the cutthroat world of technology-based businesses and the race to produce the next big thing.


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Why Customer Retention Lies at the Heart of Corporate Valuation

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:39:51 +0000

New research from Wharton is changing the way investors are looking at the valuation of businesses by taking a closer look at the worth of those firms' customers.


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What’s Driving India’s Fintech Boom?

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 14:33:11 +0000

An explosion of smartphone users and a world-class digital infrastructure are fueling the rapid growth of fintech in India. But innovating for low-income groups remains a challenge.


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Will Amazon Go Capture the Holy Grail of Retail?

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 22:01:44 +0000

Amazon's new cashier-less convenience store aims to answer one of retail's thorniest challenges: Understanding why shoppers do what they do, and leveraging that knowledge into increasing sales.


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It’s All About Timing: How Nonprofits Can Increase Charitable Donations

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 21:18:50 +0000

New Wharton research shows that timing is the key to maximizing donations, particularly from people with an existing connection to an organization.


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How Can the U.S. Improve Internet Security, Speed and Access?

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:59:45 +0000

A scrapped proposal to nationalize the U.S. 5G network brings up questions about what the U.S. must do to take wireless connectivity to the next level.


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How Businesses Can Drive Health Care to the Underserved

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 16:32:05 +0000

Medical devices maker Medtronic and ERC Eye Care have created sustainable models to bring health solutions for the neediest in remote areas.


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The Stock Market Rollercoaster: Should Investors Be Worried?

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:41:41 +0000

Wharton finance professor Jeremy Siegel advises investors to hold tight for the ride -- the recent losses that erased some $4 trillion in value in global stock markets are an overdue correction.


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Will Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Reinvent Health Care?

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:11:22 +0000

The three heavyweights announced last week that they are joining forces to reduce health care costs for their employees. Will the new model shake up the health care industry?


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Remembering Jon M. Huntsman, Sr.: Lessons from a Compassionate Leader

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:41:46 +0000

At a time when ethical leadership is vital in business as well as politics, humanity is the beneficiary of Jon M. Huntsman, Sr.'s legacy.


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Scoring or Snoring? The Super Bowl in Five Ads

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:35:15 +0000

Brands spend millions of dollars to air ads during the Super Bowl, but few achieve the ultimate payoff of actually bringing in more sales.


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Mindfulness: Why Being Present Can Make You a Better Manager

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:49:21 +0000

A new book by Gretchen Steidle looks at how organizations can boost management performance by investing in mindfulness training.


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A ‘Dirty and Open Secret’: Can Social Media Curb Fake Followers?

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 21:11:20 +0000

In the wake of a New York Times expose, experts weigh options to identify and weed out fake users on social media.


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Why Millennials Are Moving the Needle on the Real Estate Market

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 19:34:11 +0000

While the uptick in homeownership is nowhere near pre-recession levels, it marks a significant shift from a decade ago. But what has changed?


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Rethinking the Mortgage Industry: Is There a Better Way to Subsidize?

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 22:07:42 +0000

New Wharton research looks at how underpriced government mortgage guarantees contributed to the housing crisis, and how that could be fixed.


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Does Health Care Need a New Startup Model?

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 18:41:25 +0000

Traditional Silicon Valley startup models involving venture capital or private equity are missing new markets as health care's evolution speeds up, says one entrepreneur.


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Why Consumers Lose in the Big Pharma Wars

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 18:18:02 +0000

Leading pharma companies conspire to keep drug price in the U.S. far higher than a free market would support -- and that also stifles innovation, says the author of a new book.


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Is a Transition to Renewable Energy on the Verge of Being Unstoppable?

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:56:01 +0000

The flexibility of natural gas as an electricity-generating energy source -- plus long-term low prices -- will bring speed to the transition to renewable power.


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Can GE Bring Good Things to Its Business Once Again?

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 18:27:45 +0000

The venerable multinational firm has seen its stock decline more than 40% in a year. What will it take to turn things around?


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How Innovative Business Models Can Bring Cheap Energy to Poor Communities

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 22:10:44 +0000

An Indian entrepreneur and an Australian investor are finding ways to bring low-cost, clean power to remote communities.


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How Crowdfunding Helps Entrepreneurs Beyond Silicon Valley

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:50:05 +0000

New Wharton research looks at how crowdfunding is democratizing access to capital in diverse areas of the U.S. -- and why that trend is growing.


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Is a U.S.-China Trade War Heating Up?

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 21:02:57 +0000

The recently announced import tariffs on solar panels and washing machines could be a precursor to bigger trade clashes between the U.S. and China, experts say.


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Why the U.S. Founding Fathers Wanted an Activist Government

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:15:50 +0000

Did the Founding Fathers actually support limited government, as some suggest? Yale professor Steven Pincus argues otherwise in his new book.


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Brand Crisis Management: Responding to the Tide Pod Challenge

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:45:31 +0000

Other brands can learn important lessons from Procter & Gamble's response to the trend of teenage YouTubers ingesting toxic detergent pods.


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Why 2018 Is Shaping Up to Be a Good Year for Banks

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:38:21 +0000

The deregulation that banks expected in 2017 but didn’t materialize could become reality this year. Still, lingering consumer distrust and increased competition from fintechs are potential hurdles, experts say.


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Private Equity in Southeast Asia and China: The Trends to Watch

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 16:22:06 +0000

One firm’s view of what’s ahead in the region: Baring Private Equity Asia’s managing director explains the firm’s strategy.


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What Leadership Lessons Can Business Learn from Ukraine’s War?

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:13:15 +0000

Ukraine’s military has had to transform itself during its conflict with Russia. The story holds leadership lessons for businesses, according to this opinion piece.


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How to Drive Competitive Returns with Impact Investing

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:54:54 +0000

Businesses are best placed to help solve social and environmental issues, and those that do tend to do well for themselves, say two impact investors, who share their experiences.


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How Spectre and Meltdown Will Impact Companies and Consumers

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:45:53 +0000

Recent news about the computer chip vulnerabilities has caused alarm because of the sheer scale of the problem. Businesses are scrambling to protect themselves -- should consumers be worried, also?


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What Can Jay-Z and Beyoncé Teach Us about Corporate Accountability?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:09:45 +0000

Recent Wharton research offers a new framework for viewing the moral obligations of individuals as well as corporations.


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2017 Was a Terrible Year for Natural Disasters: Is It the New Normal?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:39:34 +0000

Last year was the costliest on record in the U.S. for damage from natural disasters, painting a grim picture of what the future could bring.


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Global Risks in 2018: What Lies Ahead?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:54:55 +0000

According to the 2018 Global Risks Report, the environment, cyber security and geopolitics are areas drawing the most concern.


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Is This the Year Electric Cars Become Exciting?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:30:13 +0000

U.S. automakers are weighing continued sales optimism against uncertain policy moves. Meanwhile, electric cars look ripe for consumer-friendly jumps in performance.


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The Emperor Has No Clothes: Recasting Leadership in the Open-source Era

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:27:37 +0000

The digital age has democratized the workplace. So what happens when employees can wield just as much knowledge and power as their managers?


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China in 2018: What Hangs in the Balance?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:09:25 +0000

China’s leadership in clean energy and its strong economic growth are counterweighted by potential trade clashes with the U.S. and simmering social unrest, say experts.


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What Can an Ancient General Teach Us About Modern Leadership?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:50:56 +0000

Few military leaders hold as much allure for historians as Hannibal. Archaeologist Patrick N. Hunt writes in his new book that much of his success came from strong finances.


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The Age of Cryptocurrencies: Is This the End of Money?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:00:51 +0000

Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett sees a big split in how cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are viewed on Wall Street -- with skepticism -- versus Silicon Valley where they are "all in."


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From Leonardo da Vinci to Steve Jobs: The Benefits of Being a Misfit

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:55:40 +0000

Wharton professor Adam Grant interviews Walter Isaacson about his biography on Leonardo da Vinci. The biggest takeaway: "Stay curious about everything."


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The Mobile Payments Race: Why China Is Leading the Pack — for Now

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:50:08 +0000

Fast growth by China's Alipay and WeChat Pay will likely continue in parts of Southeast Asia where traditional credit cards were never strong. But expect obstacles in countries with old-style systems like Japan.


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‘Freedom at a Price’: Why Regulation Is Crucial to Fintech’s Future

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:03:06 +0000

Technology has dramatically expanded financial inclusion across the globe, but it has also created new questions about regulation and oversight.


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