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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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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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What Global Risks Lie Ahead in 2018?

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 Issacson 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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What Will Waivers for Convicted Banks Mean for the Financial System?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:34:34 +0000

The Trump administration's recent waivers of convicted banks have raised questions about banking oversight and the criminal penalty system.

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John Sculley: Why AI Is the Tech Trend to Watch in 2018

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 19:24:57 +0000

Former Apple CEO John Sculley talks about the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show and how AI is disrupting industries.

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Latin America in 2018: Why Commodities Are Still King

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:12:11 +0000

Rising commodity prices pegged to Chinese demand will likely push up Latin America's economic growth modestly this year. But potential political setbacks remain a risk, experts say.

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Opportunity, not Failure: The Real Reason Startups Decide to Pivot

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:32:11 +0000

Wharton research into startups focusing on hard-science and technology sheds light on when companies pivot and when they “firefight.”

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How Banking-as-a-Platform Propels Cross River Bank

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:16:28 +0000

Cross River Bank CEO Gilles Gade talks about his banking-as-a-platform business model and what’s ahead for fintech.

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Could Iceland’s Equal Pay Law Work in the U.S.?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:41:32 +0000

In Iceland, it is now illegal for companies to pay men more than women for the same job. Experts discuss why the policy may work in that country, but might not translate well to others.

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How Goldman Sachs Is Moving the Needle on Diversity

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:12:22 +0000

Goldman Sachs’s head of human capital management explains how building a successfully diverse culture goes far beyond the hiring process.

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Creating a Multi-million Dollar Brand: Stuart Weitzman on His Shoe Empire

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:03:31 +0000

The entrepreneur-founder and lead designer of Stuart Weitzman shoes said that doing things differently from everyone else helped him create a multi-million dollar global brand.

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How a Fintech Startup Aims to Take the Fear Out of Investing

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:02:26 +0000

Fintech startup Riskalyze believes that when investors’ portfolios more accurately match their risk tolerance, they will make better decisions.

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When Guilt Is Good: Unexpected Traits That Can Help You at Work

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:26:50 +0000

Wharton research finds that some seemingly unproductive traits can actually spur people to work well and to be effective in leadership roles.

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Are Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon Unstoppable?

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:15:39 +0000

NYU professor Scott Galloway talks about the pervasive influence of Big Tech -- both good and bad -- in his new book.

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How CEOs Can Align the Leadership Team with Corporate Goals

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 23:25:06 +0000

Only a motivated and adaptable team committed to shared goals guarantees success, says Mphasis CEO Nitin Rakesh

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Will Protests in Iran Pave the Way for Economic Changes?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:58:51 +0000

Iran’s embattled government may respond to recent protests with populist measures -- but those will not necessarily create more jobs, experts say.

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Breaking the Script: How Companies Can Make Themselves Memorable

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:52:48 +0000

We get lots of experiences in life, but very few are memorable. Is there a way for companies to burnish a positive memory with customers?

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Boom or Bust: How Will Retail Fare in the New Year?

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 19:50:04 +0000

After a turbulent 2017, retail sales were up during the holidays. But retailers still face plenty of choppy water ahead.

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Will Political Challenges Upend Europe’s Growth Story in 2018?

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 19:12:01 +0000

Europe's economy has surprised almost everyone with a surge of growth over the last couple of years. But will large political challenges derail progress in 2018?

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U.S. Environmental Policy in 2018: What’s at Stake?

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:34:19 +0000

Experts discuss the direction the U.S. is heading in regarding environmental protection and conservation, and whether recent policy changes put U.S. businesses at a disadvantage globally.

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Beyond Obamacare: What’s Ahead for U.S. Health Care in 2018

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 21:30:14 +0000

With debate over the Affordable Care Act likely to take a backseat, here are some key issues facing the U.S. health care sector in 2018.

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How Diversity Powers Team Performance

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:40:38 +0000

Increasing diversity has long been promoted as the right thing to do. But that notion does not account for the deep benefits that diversity can bring to an organization when it comes to performance.

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What’s Blowing Up the Bitcoin Bubble?

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:37:15 +0000

Despite bitcoin's growing credibility among individual and institutional investors, the cryptocurrency’s skyrocketing price is causing some concern.

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Blockchain, the Bard and Building More Inclusion for Banking

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:09:09 +0000

Can blockchain and cryptocurrencies deliver safer financial transactions than bank regulatory regimes, without leading to financial exclusion for some?

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Why Mobile Banking Will Replace Bank Branches

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:35:55 +0000

As customers opt for convenience, the number of bank branches could decline by 50% to 75%, say BankMobile co-founders Jay Sidhu and Luvleen Sidhu.

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Jeremy Siegel: What’s Ahead for the U.S. Economy in 2018

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 20:14:46 +0000

It was an unexpectedly stellar year for U.S. stock markets in 2017. According to Wharton finance professor Jeremy Siegel, since most of the good news regarding the economy has been baked into indexes now, markets will likely take a breather in 2018.

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New Year, New Gig: How to Master the Modern Job Search

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 17:00:42 +0000

To land a new job, it seems that being a good fit is less important than being able to navigate job-search technology. What can job seekers and employers do to get the right outcome?

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Why Flexibility Is the Key to Reaching Your Goals

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:00:18 +0000

Recent Wharton research finds that people who utilize “emergency reserves” – such as a cheat day on a diet – are more likely to attain their goals.

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Europe Is Outperforming the U.S. — So What’s Next?

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 17:00:39 +0000

Europe has surpassed the U.S. when it comes to economic performance in recent years. This opinion piece suggests a "Euroboom" is underway, thanks to global investors.

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The Real (and Imaginary) Benefits of Multitasking

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:00:12 +0000

New Wharton research finds that the perception of multitasking seems to be beneficial to performance.

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So Long, Aid: Why Blending Is the New Face of Development Finance

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:34:03 +0000

Combining funds from various sources can help mitigate risks and attract private-sector support, notes the IFC’s Nena Stoiljkovic.

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Can Disney’s Bid for Fox Overcome Antitrust Concerns?

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:08:52 +0000

A dominance in regional sports networks could worry regulators, but Disney has the right strategy in content and direct-to-consumer streaming, say experts.

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Internet Policy 20 Years Later: Did the U.S. Get It Right?

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:40:51 +0000

During the last two decades, the internet generally has been regulated lightly. But despite all the advances, was it the right approach given the rise of fake news, cybercrimes, burgeoning privacy issues and other serious problems?

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Viewing U.S. History Through the Prism of Capitalism

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 20:57:47 +0000

A new book outlines the intertwined history of capitalism and democracy in the United States, and why pragmatism has outweighed ideology.

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Why AI Could Be Entering a Golden Age

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:49:06 +0000

After years of dashed hopes, we could be on the brink of large breakthroughs in artificial intelligence for businesses thanks to deep learning, says Frank Chen of Andreessen Horowitz.

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Why Tom Cruise Is Still Bankable: Debunking the Long Tail

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:39:55 +0000

New Wharton research finds that as consumers increasingly are deluged with a dazzling array of choices, they tend to stick to brands they know.

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How to Build a Better Antitrust Policy

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:12:41 +0000

Recent Wharton research offers a compelling defense for antitrust policies that advocate protecting consumers over businesses.

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The Jerusalem Controversy: What It Means for the Region’s Economies

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:07:24 +0000

The Arab economies are overly reliant on oil and need to diversify, while Trump’s Jerusalem move is a needless irritant, say experts from Wharton and Johns Hopkins.

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Dinner on Aisle Six: Why Supermarkets Are Opening Restaurants

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:54:35 +0000

Consumers' growing appreciation for eating out is bad news for grocery stores, which have long struggled with razor-thin profit margins. Their solution? Getting into the restaurant business.

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Tapping AI: The Future of Customer Experience at Verizon Fios

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:29:30 +0000

In a world of vast automation via AI, companies that learn how to preserve a human touch should have a competitive advantage, says Verizon Fios's Justin Reilly.

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From the Macro to the Personal: Lessons from Five Top Leaders

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:52:27 +0000

In this opinion piece, Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett writes about critical advice he has received from other leaders – lessons that “have had a massive impact on how I try to lead every day.”

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Does Trickle-down Economics Add Up – or Is It a Drop in the Bucket?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:51:04 +0000

The truth about trickle-down economics is that it’s a shallow way of trying to get at a very complicated question: How do tax cuts really play out in the economy?

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Building for the Long Term: Lessons from Leonardo da Vinci

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:14:18 +0000

Walter Isaacson, who's written a slew of well-received books on famous figures such as Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, discusses his latest on Leonardo da Vinci.

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