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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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Is the End of IBM’s Remote Work Policy a Bellwether?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:09:33 +0000

IBM is calling its remote workers back to the office as a result of a switch in its business methodology. Will other firms follow suit?

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Twelve Innovative Ideas for Fixing American Health Care

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:23:41 +0000

Obamacare advisor and Penn professor Ezekiel Emanuel looks at innovative solutions for the health care crisis, in his new book.

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Will China Become a Leader in Clean Energy?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:18:11 +0000

China is the world’s biggest polluter, but it is investing aggressively in clean energy. What role will it play now that the U.S. has pulled out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement?

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Amazon’s Big Buy: What Whole Foods Brings to the Table

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:36:38 +0000

Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods expands its presence in the grocery space, but could also provide a boost to the company across multiple sectors.

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China’s Global Financial Integration: How Far, How Fast

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:18:49 +0000

Financial reforms in China lag far behind the country's outsized impact on the global economy. How far and how fast should its global financial integration go?

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What Can China and the U.S. Learn from Each Other about Retail?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:09:50 +0000

China and the U.S. are learning from each other about the future direction of retail, a real exercise in globalization, says Hong Kong real estate executive George Hongchoy.

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Is There a Match for Tech Between China and Israel?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:49:12 +0000

Israel is famous for its tech prowess. China has deep pockets and is a tech innovator in areas like financial payments. Is there a match in the making?

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Can Corporations Be Held Morally Responsible?

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:53:24 +0000

People are responsible for their individual actions. But what about the company as an entity?

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Disruptors Need to Continue Innovating – or Be Disrupted

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:09:14 +0000

In the digital era, companies that have distinguished themselves as disruptors cannot afford to rest on their laurels, according to a new paper from Wharton's Mack Institute.

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How Business Can Take the Lead on Combating Climate Change

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:24:27 +0000

To combat climate change, businesses must move beyond rhetoric to action -- but they will face some challenging moral choices.

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Why Blockchain Creates A New ‘Architecture of Trust’

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:59:05 +0000

Wharton professor Kevin Werbach explains why the blockchain is poised to upend the way many industries do business.

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How a Rollback of Dodd-Frank Would Impact Wall Street

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:48:47 +0000

Wharton experts discuss how a rollback of regulations on the financial sector would impact Wall Street and the U.S. economy.

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How Uber Can Reset Its Corporate Culture

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:47:29 +0000

In order to create a healthier corporate culture, Uber will need leaders who are committed to change.

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To Manage Millennials, Lead Them Well

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:49:52 +0000

Millennials have a reputation for being difficult to engage and retain. But could the core problem be with their leaders?

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Why Fairness Matters in Reforming Flood and Health Insurance Programs

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:55:13 +0000

As Congress considers restructuring the national health care and flood insurance programs, two Wharton professors argue that they must consider the issue of fairness.

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How a Yoga Guru Is Mastering the Consumer Goods Market in India

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:22:23 +0000

Patanjali Ayurved, a firm headed by a popular yoga master, is leveraging natural ingredients and nationalism to compete with giants in India's fast moving consumer goods market.

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Are You a Self-aware Leader?

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:23:23 +0000

Organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich says becoming more self-aware can lead to greater success personally and professionally.

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Why Budget Airlines Are Flying High

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:49:14 +0000

Buoyed by low oil prices and new fuel-efficient aircraft, several low-cost European carriers are challenging major legacy airlines in the lucrative U.S.-Europe market.

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‘The End of Loyalty’: Shock and Awe for Many American Workers

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:43:51 +0000

As the U.S. moved from a blue-collar society to a knowledge economy, certain things were lost, including two-way loyalty in the workplace.

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How Urban Planners Can Encourage ‘Vibrancy’ — and Create Safer Cities

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:26:47 +0000

Recent Wharton research examines how healthy energy in a particular neighborhood can help reduce crime.

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‘Britain 0, Insanity 2’: How the U.K. Election May Play Out

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:30:42 +0000

The U.K.’s shocking vote has piled more uncertainty on Brexit as Conservatives lost the majority. Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett analyzes the potential fallout.

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Building Diversity: The People That Analytics Often Leaves Behind

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 01:20:53 +0000

Facebook’s head of diversity and other experts talked about the challenges of supporting racial minorities in the workforce at the recent Wharton People Analytics Conference.

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Is Hosting the Olympics Good or Bad for a Nation’s Brand?

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 18:44:01 +0000

Does hosting a major international sports event help or hurt a nation’s brand? The image polishing and profit expectations do not always lead to gold.

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Does Democracy Encourage Criminal Politicians?

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:16:09 +0000

In India, the world’s largest democracy, 34% of parliamentary members are involved in criminal cases. Does democracy fuel crooked politicians?

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Is Testosterone to Blame for Bad Decisions?

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 20:53:39 +0000

Elevated testosterone may lead people to make worse decisions and not question their impulses, new Wharton research finds.

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Why Genetic Testing Is a ‘Perfect Storm’ for Insurers

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 20:47:05 +0000

Genetic testing tells people if they are predisposed to certain diseases – and it carries major implications for insurers.

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Billionaire Philanthropists Are Shaping a New Gilded Age

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 20:14:09 +0000

A growing number of philanthropists is quietly using charitable giving to influence issues they support, according to a new book.

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How to Turn Online Data into a Pricing Strategy That Works

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:33:05 +0000

Recent Wharton research examines how retailers can use online data to create more effective pricing policies.

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Can Retailers Escape the Scourge of Free Shipping?

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:30:48 +0000

Free shipping is ubiquitous and expected -- but it’s also delivering a significant hit to retailers’ bottom lines.

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Has the U.S. Housing Market Recovered? It Depends on Where You Are…

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 20:15:11 +0000

Like so many other things in real estate, perspectives on whether the housing market has recovered following the Financial Crisis will depend on three things: location, location, location.

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What’s Behind Michel Temer’s Crisis in Brazil

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:29:37 +0000

Penn's William Burke-White and Columbia's Christopher Sabatini discuss the growing crisis facing Brazilian President Michel Temer.

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More Money, More Problems: How Profit Hijacked U.S. Health Care

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:04:55 +0000

The cost of health care in the United States is spiraling upward while politicians continue to bicker over how to fix a broken system.

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The State of U.S.-E.U. Relations: Where’s the Common Ground?

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 18:48:40 +0000

Wharton's Mauro Guillen and the Transatlantic Academy's Stephen Szabo discuss the state of U.S.-E.U. relations in light of recent comments by Donald Trump and Angela Merkel.

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Who Will Survive the Retail Reckoning of 2017?

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 18:28:35 +0000

The struggles of traditional retailers have dominated headlines in 2017. Those who emerge from the wreckage will be the brands that successfully transform the customer experience.

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How ‘Little Ideas’ Can Lead to Powerful Innovations

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 18:33:47 +0000

When people talk about innovation, industry disruptors like Uber come to mind. But that’s not the only way to innovate successfully.

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What’s the Matter with the IPO Market? That’s the Wrong Question

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 18:30:55 +0000

We should be asking why alternative paths to IPOs are developing so much faster, writes Wharton senior fellow and finance lecturer David Erickson.

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The NBA’s Adam Silver: How Analytics Is Transforming Basketball

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 18:14:29 +0000

From deciding who plays to tracking stats to selling tickets, analytics is changing the game of basketball, according to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver at the Wharton People Analytics Conference.

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How One Startup Is Solving a Major HR Challenge

Wed, 31 May 2017 18:24:40 +0000

Twine, an HR analytics startup, won Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship's first Startup Challenge. Founders Joseph Quan and Nikhil Srivastava use algorithms to match internal candidates to open jobs at a company.

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What to Do When Life Hands You ‘Option B’

Wed, 31 May 2017 17:22:42 +0000

Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg, and Wharton management professor and author Adam Grant discuss their new book about how to recover when the unthinkable happens.

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Will the Fed and U.S. Monetary Policy Ever Get Back to ‘Normal’?

Tue, 30 May 2017 18:21:09 +0000

As the economy seems to be finding solid footing, the U.S. Federal Reserve is looking to resume pre-Great Recession operations. Is it possible?

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The U.S. Needs a Proactive Asia Play — or Risks Losing Ground to China

Tue, 30 May 2017 16:07:53 +0000

As China seeks to draw countries closer to it with the "One Belt, One Road" initiative, the U.S. must find ways to be better engaged in Asia, both economically and politically.

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Why Impact Investing Has Reached a Tipping Point

Tue, 30 May 2017 15:46:47 +0000

Mainstream investment managers are flocking to impact investments, and total funds committed are now $25 trillion worldwide.

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Mobile Money in India: Does Digitalization Follow Demonetization?

Tue, 30 May 2017 15:42:53 +0000

Demonetization in India may not have achieved its prime objective -- unearthing black money. But it has given a boost to mobile wallets.

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Why a U.S. Tax System Overhaul Would Be ‘a Massive Undertaking’

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:38:11 +0000

Tax reform is a hot topic in Washington, but many questions surround the complex issue, both on the personal and the corporate tax side.

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How the CBO Report Will Impact the AHCA’s Fate

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:32:55 +0000

The CBO's report is in about the potential impacts of the American Health Care Act -- here's how the findings could impact Senate Republicans' version of the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Myth vs. Reality: Four Behaviors That Define Successful Leaders

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:00:37 +0000

Four traits characterize high-performing CEOs, according to an extensive 10-year study called the CEO Genome Project.

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How the Ford Foundation Is Raising the Stakes on Impact Investing

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:57:38 +0000

The Ford Foundation is shifting up to $1 billion in endowment funds to mission-related investments. Will it encourage others to change strategies too?

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Is Privacy Still a Big Deal Today?

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:51:32 +0000

Americans value their privacy but they are also resigned to giving up personal data to transact with a company. Is this acceptable?

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Why Finding Meaning — Not Happiness — Is What Really Matters

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:25:08 +0000

It is the pursuit of a meaningful life -- not happiness -- that leads to true contentment, according to a new book.

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Is Canada on the Brink of a Housing Bubble?

Wed, 24 May 2017 20:17:20 +0000

Housing prices in Canadian cities like Toronto and Vancouver have skyrocketed in the last few years, putting home ownership out of reach for many and causing experts to warn about a possible bubble.

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