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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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Will Coca-Cola’s New India Strategy Have Fizz or Go Flat?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:38:04 +0000

After a period of declining volumes, Coca-Cola is seeing a revival in India. But can the company achieve its target of making India its third biggest market globally?

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How Blockchain Technology Can Serve the Have-nots

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:24:42 +0000

Blockchain technology, which underpins cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, can help the poor access financial services, writes social venture capitalist Mir Haque in this opinion piece.

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Bracing for Brexit: ‘Virtually All the Work Is Still Ahead’

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:55:54 +0000

As the U.K. prepares to negotiate terms for leaving the E.U., it is facing a shaky political base, an uninspiring economy and a lack of bargaining power.

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Why AI Is Tipping the Scales in the Development of Self-driving Cars

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:34:52 +0000

Globally, the U.S. and China are ahead in the race to develop driverless cars. One key reason: advancements in both countries in artificial intelligence.

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How to Reform College Sports to Prioritize Learning

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:55:04 +0000

Wharton’s Ken Shropshire and Collin D. Williams Jr. discuss ways to fix a prevailing problem in college sports -- the amount of time it eats away from academics.

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Wealth Management: Why You Should Be Your Own CEO

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:52:25 +0000

Robo-advisors, new ways of thinking among millennials and women's shifting needs are new trends reshaping wealth management. The author of 'Wealth Management Unwrapped' offers insights.

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How a Student Competition Led to a New Cyber Security Approach

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:53:18 +0000

Nataliya Mykhaylova, winner of a student competition to find new ways to thwart cyber criminals, has devised a novel method for detecting attacks that already has the interest of banks.

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Why a Nobel Laureate Believes Social Businesses Can Cure Poverty

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:26:18 +0000

Microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus explains how making everyone an entrepreneur could eliminate poverty, unemployment and environmental devastation.

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Changes to U.S.-Cuba Policy: What’s the Real Impact?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:46:18 +0000

The latest restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba have created new anxieties for individuals and businesses – but they also provide some clear boundaries that can now be navigated, experts say.

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Why Has the AT&T-Time Warner Merger Gotten Tangled?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:19:50 +0000

Until very recently, it seemed that telecommunications giant AT&T's $85 billion deal to purchase Time Warner would be completed by the end of December.

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Will Proposed U.S. Tax Cuts Pay for Themselves?

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:36:41 +0000

Both the House version of tax reform and the partially fleshed-out Senate plan add to the federal deficit but do not shift the tax bill lower down the income scale, according to the Penn Wharton Budget Model.

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Could the Paradise Papers Lead to Tax Reforms?

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 17:24:10 +0000

With the insights the Paradise Papers provide on how governments, businesses and wealthy individuals use tax havens, some significant changes to tax laws are in order, say experts.

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Can Thailand Escape the Middle-income Trap?

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 22:09:41 +0000

Thailand is getting squeezed by the 'middle-income trap.' Now the government is rolling out big incentives to lure new foreign investment. Will it work?

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Will the Federal Climate Change Report Alter the Debate?

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:35:49 +0000

A new federal climate change report was released last week stating that not only is the threat of global warming real and dangerous, but it's also man-made. How will it impact the climate change debate?

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Too Much Togetherness? The Downside of Workplace Collaboration

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:13:17 +0000

Does cross-functional collaboration really fuel innovation and creativity, or is it a black hole of unnecessary emails and meetings? Experts discuss how it can be done more effectively.

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How the Republican Tax Plan Would Impact Real Estate

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 21:08:45 +0000

Two Penn experts discuss what the Republican tax plan would would mean for individual homeowners and for the housing market.

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Art of the Matter: A Conversation with Jeffrey Deitch

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 20:16:37 +0000

An interview about the art market with dealer Jeffrey Deitch -- former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles -- looks the serendipitous and thorny aspects of this unique world.

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Is India’s Insurance Market Coming of Age?

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 19:43:59 +0000

A spate of insurance IPOs in India has put the sector in the spotlight. Given a more favorable regulatory environment, will foreign investors seek higher stakes?

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Will President Xi Jinping Let Markets Decide China’s Future?

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 17:22:51 +0000

After consolidating power at China's recent Party Congress, a key question is whether President Xi Jinping, facing large debts, will follow Deng Xiaoping's path and open up China's economy more.

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Could a Bit of Tolstoy and Austen Improve Economic Forecasting?

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:34:11 +0000

Society risks losing key tools for solving economic and other problems by allowing the humanities -- and particularly literature courses -- to slip into decline.

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Why AI Is the ‘New Electricity’

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:00:22 +0000

Just as electricity transformed the way industries functioned in the past century, artificial intelligence has the power to substantially change society in the next 100 years.

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The Catalonia-Spain Impasse: Why Elections May Not Be Enough

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 21:50:23 +0000

Fresh elections could pave the way to peaceful co-existence for Spain and Catalonia -- although the social and economic impact of the standoff will likely continue well into the future.

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Why Leaders Are Made, Not Born

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:00:26 +0000

A new book examines figures from the past who overcame adversity to leave a lasting mark on civilization.

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Mastering Disaster: How Companies Can Help in Rescue and Recovery

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:32:22 +0000

Do disaster-hit regions benefit when corporations pitch in on relief, or do the companies get in the way? Experts from Wharton and The George Washington University explain where they can help.

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Is Value Investing Really in the Doldrums?

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:51:03 +0000

According to some, value investing is on life support, if not dead. Wharton experts say that depends on how one measures value.

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How New Fed Chair Jerome Powell Will Shape U.S. Monetary Policy

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 17:12:18 +0000

The appointment of Jerome H. Powell as chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve may lead to lighter regulation of banks, but on other issues he will likely follow the path set by predecessor Janet Yellen.

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The Smartphone as Security Blanket: What It Means for Marketers

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 20:13:43 +0000

New Wharton research finds that smartphone use actually provides some emotional benefits for stressed-out adults, and that in turn has implications for marketers trying to reach an on-the-go audience.

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Is There a Tax Cut in Your Future?

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:37:51 +0000

Details on the big tax reform proposal remain sketchy. What seems clear: As proposed, the tax cuts do not pay for themselves and will spike up the deficit.

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How a Water Filtration Startup Aims to Challenge Brita

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 14:29:57 +0000

Hydros cofounder and CEO Winston Ibrahim has a plan to gain market share in the water filtration business dominated by Brita.

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What Are the Ties between Oligarchs, Moscow and Washington, D.C.?

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:37:03 +0000

Wharton's Philip Nichols and Penn's Mitchell Orenstein discuss the connections between Russian oligarchs, the Kremlin and the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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How to Manage the Top Five Global Economic Challenges

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 21:10:57 +0000

The world’s economic system faces five tough challenges. Multilateral institutions offer the best hope of managing them, notes this opinion piece by the secretary general of the European Stability Mechanism.

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Designing a HQ: What Matters to Firms Today

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 20:16:35 +0000

Google's redevelopment plans in Toronto could lend some insight into what other companies -- including Amazon -- are looking for in headquarters locations.

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Why Emerging Markets Are the Next E-commerce Frontier

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 20:15:55 +0000

Former Alibaba executive Porter Erisman says emerging markets are the next e-commerce frontier.

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How a Lower 401(k) Cap Could Cause More Harm Than Good

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:09:17 +0000

As Republicans scramble to find revenue sources to fund tax cuts, Wharton experts warn against attempts to increase taxes on retirement savings.

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John Sculley: Rising to the Challenge of ‘Truly Disruptive Innovation’

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:24:18 +0000

Former Apple CEO John Sculley talks to Knowledge@Wharton about Steve Jobs, what Apple is doing right, and the future of marketing, fintech and health care.

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Why Argentina Could Be a Sound Investment

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:30:07 +0000

A recent decision by Morgan Stanley Capital International not to upgrade Argentina’s economy to “emerging” status dealt a blow to the nation’s pride. But there are plenty of reasons for optimism about the future, experts say.

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What’s Behind the Hype About Artificial Intelligence?

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 19:55:09 +0000

Google product manager Apoorv Saxena discusses the new horizons -- and limits -- in the increasingly important world of artificial intelligence.

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Will IKEA Find a Home in India?

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 19:53:47 +0000

IKEA’s entry into India is expected to boost the country’s nascent branded furniture market. Meanwhile, Indian firms are gearing up for competition.

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Does Investing in Cutting-edge Tech Attract Better Workers?

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:32:56 +0000

Recent Wharton research examines the shifting priorities of the tech labor market and its implications for workers – and for other industries.

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How to Keep a Company from Leaving Town

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 18:40:34 +0000

When it was time to turn out the lights at the GM plant in Lansing, Mich., the mayor, and many layers of government and social organizations, swung into frenzied action to save the day.

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How Public-private Partnerships Can Boost Innovation in Health Care

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:55:55 +0000

Complexity, increasingly complex technologies and rapidly changing disease patterns make institutional partnerships for health care construction projects more viable.

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Why What Happened in Vegas Won’t Stay in Vegas

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:09:32 +0000

Mass shootings end in grief and frustration because of the fruitless struggle to find solutions. This op-ed looks at some common-sense answers that could gather wide support.

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The Headquarters Checklist: How Do Companies Pick a Location?

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:21:49 +0000

Amazon’s search for a second headquarters has cities competing in a high-profile dog and pony show. But what qualities do companies actually look for? And what could it mean for the city that “wins”?

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Can Volkswagen Rebuild Its Brand?

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:59:02 +0000

A recent book goes behind the scenes of the Volkswagen scandal to examine what drove the automaker to cheat and whether its culture can change.

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What the Future Holds for NAFTA

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:03:28 +0000

Talks about the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement have reached an impasse, and it may be difficult for the three nations at the bargaining table to find a way forward.

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Why Luck Is the Silent Partner of Success

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:37:56 +0000

Most of us are reluctant to admit the strong role that luck often plays in success. That makes many people less willing to support public investments of the type that make their success possible.

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India’s Economic Slowdown: Is It Dire, or Just a Disruption?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:05:04 +0000

Although some are saying that India is facing an economic crisis, analysts disagree about what’s behind the country’s recent decline in growth, or what the long-term effects will be.

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Does Traditionalism Help or Hurt Innovation?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:33:02 +0000

Innovation and the “old way of doing things” would seem to be strange bedfellows. But new research from Wharton’s Laura Huang finds that there are situations where traditionalism can be a help, not a hindrance.

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How Vulnerability Can Help You Connect with an Audience

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:42:10 +0000

Good communicators make themselves look smart. Great communicators make their audiences feel smart, writes Wharton's Adam Grant.

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Why Competition Would Not Lead to Better Outcomes for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:29:07 +0000

Competition might not lead to better outcomes for government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. A better model could be to make them more like regulated utilities.

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