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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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Are You Ready for the Third Digital Revolution?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:06:02 +0000

The world is heading into a third digital revolution with computerized fabrication, notes a new book -- Designing Reality. The effects will go way beyond 3-D printing.

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Janet Yellen: What the Fed Has Learned Since the Financial Crisis

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:32:05 +0000

Former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen reflected on regulators’ missteps in preventing the 2008 financial crisis during a recent interview with Wharton finance professor Jeremy Siegel.

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What Silicon Valley Can Learn from the Theranos Fraud Case

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:14:32 +0000

The SEC's verdict in the Theranos case raises broader questions on how much leeway to give startup founders and when controls need to be put in place.

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Will Dropbox Be the Unicorn That Proves Itself?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:31:51 +0000

The Dropbox IPO is expected to be one of the biggest tech stock offerings since Snap in 2017. How will it fare?

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How the Next Generation of Global Kids Will Learn from One Another

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:26:17 +0000

Increasingly, technology is making it possible for children to educate each other -- from anywhere in the world -- in a more personal way that can sometimes promote deeper learning than traditional methods offer.

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Why Regulation Is a Tricky Business in the Sharing Economy

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:58:15 +0000

Around the globe, governments are grappling with particular problems created by innovative sharing platforms like Uber and Airbnb. What role should regulators play?

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How Focusing on Impact Can Help Nonprofits Thrive

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:53:08 +0000

As baby boomers retire in coming years, part of their legacy will be to leave an unprecedented level of donations to nonprofits. Here's how each can win a fair share.

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What Went Wrong: The Demise of Toys R Us

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:21:33 +0000

As the end nears for the once-mighty retailer, experts say the blame squarely falls on the company's failure to innovate.

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Kickstart Your Job Search: How Neuroscience Can Help

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 20:42:28 +0000

Insights from neuroscience can help you take a more strategic approach to searching for a new gig.

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How Tech Companies are Helping to Curb Wildlife Trafficking

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:59:08 +0000

Action by major tech companies combined with consumer education efforts can make big gains towards defeating the online trade of wildlife, say experts at Wharton and elsewhere.

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The NFL’s First Female Coach Shares Lessons From On and Off the Field

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:28:39 +0000

Jen Welter, who has had a career of firsts in a field dominated by men -- including as the first woman to coach in the NFL -- shares lessons on leadership and teamwork.

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Why Luxury Brands Are Racing to Embrace E-commerce

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:24:20 +0000

As millennials and Generation Z become a larger part of their customer base, luxury fashion brands are actively building a stronger online presence.

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Is the Trade Resurgence Sustainable?

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 20:34:53 +0000

The strong uptick in trade in the last two years looks likely to wind down even without the newest threats, say two Conference Board experts.

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Gun Control After Parkland: What Can Firms Really Do?

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 20:11:46 +0000

Following the Parkland school shootings in February, gun-control advocacy in the U.S. has won support from large corporations – although there are some limits to what they can accomplish, experts say.

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Loneliness on the Job: Why No Employee Is an Island

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 20:40:19 +0000

New Wharton research shows that loneliness in the workplace isn't just damaging to mental health -- it can also lower job performance.

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Why Tech Companies Are Worried about the Ohio v. Amex Case

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:55:30 +0000

A Supreme Court case on the card issuer’s business practices is rattling technology companies -- including Google, Facebook and Amazon -- that have business models involving disparate sets of customers.

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How Europe’s Banking Revolution Will Boost Fintech

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 18:05:23 +0000

In a move that will give fintech companies the wind at their back, Europe is requiring banks to release account records to third-parties when customers request it.

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How AI Startup Vicarious Got Backing from Tech’s Biggest Names

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:16:34 +0000

Vicarious CEO Scott Phoenix talks about his startup and why "it's getting harder and harder to argue that artificial intelligence is not the next big thing."

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Why Is the White House Challenging the Penn Wharton Budget Model?

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:50:57 +0000

The White House has taken issue with the economic analysis of President Trump’s infrastructure plan by the Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM), suggesting that the model is flawed and inaccurate. The PWBM rebuts those claims.

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How Aviation Can Help African Economies Take Off

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 23:08:29 +0000

A strong aviation industry can boost African economies, but entrenched interests and other hurdles must be removed, say the authors of 'Fly Africa.'

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Will Parkland Flip the Switch on Gun Control?

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 19:06:45 +0000

The quick, decisive and broad response to the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., has to do, in part, with who the victims and survivors are.

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Why a U.S. Tariff Plan Could Backfire

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 19:06:09 +0000

The U.S. risks severe trade retaliation and a loss of credibility if it presses ahead with plans for import tariffs on steel and aluminum, say Wharton’s Jeremy Siegel and Fordham’s Matt Gold.

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In the Global Media Chess Game, Comcast Aims for the Sky

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 18:47:22 +0000

Comcast's surprise bid to acquire U.K.-based satellite TV operator Sky complicates a planned merger between Disney and Fox and has opened the door to a bidding war.

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Learning from CEOs: What It Takes to Get to the Top and Succeed

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 21:31:05 +0000

Elena Lytkina Botelho, co-author of The CEO Next Door, and IDEX CEO Andrew Silvernail discuss how leaders can deliver results and get noticed for them.

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The Pot Paradox: Can the U.S. Fix Its Conflicting Policies?

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 22:05:27 +0000

Wharton's Peter Conti-Brown explains how federal banking regulations have forced the cash-based legalized marijuana industry to operate in a gray market.

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What Can We Learn from the World’s Happiest People?

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 21:38:33 +0000

In the happiest countries, enlightened leaders did not focus on economic development alone. That created an upward spiral in well-being.

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Country Garden’s Forest City: Growth Through Overseas Expansion

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 20:12:27 +0000

Globalization is not just for manufacturers. It is increasingly a preferred choice for infrastructure and real estate developers as well. This is no different for Chinese firms. Country Garden, one of the largest and most successful vertically integrated real estate developers in China, is at the forefront of a new wave of global expansion. Forest

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CFLD’s Gu’an New Industry City: A New Kind of Public-Private Partnership

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 19:08:47 +0000

The China Fortune Land Development Co. (CFLD) moves beyond the traditional capital and construction value proposition associated with public-private partnerships.

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How Firms Can Do a Better Job of Leveraging Diversity

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 21:15:53 +0000

Managers and employees must move beyond an abstract notion of diversity if they want to effect real change.

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How to Turn ‘Data Exhaust’ into a Competitive Edge

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 18:24:52 +0000

Most organizations trash far too much of their data and end up losing out on a lot of potential value, notes this opinion piece by a Wharton expert and an IoT executive.

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Why Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Is Resonating Globally

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 17:53:05 +0000

‘Black Panther’ is more than just a global blockbuster superhero movie -- it has become a cultural force.

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Can the Minerva Model of Learning Disrupt Higher Education?

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 15:45:53 +0000

Traditional universities have much to learn from disruptors like the Minerva Schools, which aims to provide high-quality learning opportunities at a fraction of the cost of an elite college.

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The Future of Jobs in the World of AI and Robotics

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 15:19:23 +0000

Catching AI and robotics trends early and learning new skills are keys to staying relevant, says Mphasis’s Srikanth Karra.

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Why Timing Is — Almost — Everything

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 22:04:01 +0000

Author Daniel Pink discusses his new book about how the time of day we do things can change outcomes.

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What Xi Jinping’s Longer-term Rule Will Mean for China’s Economy

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 20:26:02 +0000

With the path looking clear for Chinese President Xi Jinping to continue in office past 2023, experts discuss how the change will affect the economy and foreign investment.

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How Silicon Valley Came of Age: The Role of Little-known Innovators

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 19:39:13 +0000

Stanford historian Leslie Berlin discusses her book about Silicon Valley's origins, and some little-known yet significant innovators.

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Will the U.S. Economy’s Period of Stability Continue?

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 20:32:47 +0000

As new U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell settles into office, experts consider the best pace for interest rate increases and whether the financial system is strong enough to weather another downturn.

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How New Technologies Will Radically Reshape India’s Workforce

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:23:17 +0000

India will have the world’s largest workforce by 2027. But as AI, blockchain and other technologies quickly render existing ways of working obsolete, training will become more critical than ever.

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Will India’s 2018 Budget Spur Growth — and Modi’s Re-election?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:16:05 +0000

India’s economy is poised to rebound. But realizing the potential requires a smoother absorption of big structural reforms, revived private investment and stable oil prices, say experts.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: How Empathy Sparks Innovation

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:09:45 +0000

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recounts his unlikely ascent to the top job and how the software giant’s culture is changing.

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Why Automation Could Make Teams Less Efficient — and Less Cooperative

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:47:53 +0000

New Wharton research delves into the little-studied question of how human performance and team dynamics are impacted by automation.

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Seeing Red: Can a Brand Trademark a Signature Color?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:35:35 +0000

Luxury fashion designer Christian Louboutin is fighting to trademark his signature red shoe soles in the European courts. Will he succeed?

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How Living Wills Can Work for ‘Too Big To Fail’ Firms

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:32:22 +0000

Planning for the possible orderly shut-down of big banks can ensure that shareholders and management "bear the consequences of their decisions" -- not taxpayers, says the outgoing FDIC chair.

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America First? To the World, It’s Eighth

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:32:39 +0000

Global perceptions of the U.S. are getting significantly worse, notes the new Best Countries report from U.S. News & World Report, BAV Group and Wharton.

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Would Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Drive the U.S. Forward or Backward?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:51:08 +0000

The Trump infrastructure plan could lift the federal debt or decrease it, depending on how it is financed. But it will surely need more private and state funding, experts say.

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How Modern Medicine Changed the Way People Die

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:50:22 +0000

Death has changed in modern times, with technology prolonging life and making dying a shareable event. But what has been gained and what has been lost along the way?

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What’s Behind One of the Biggest Financial Scams in History

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:32:42 +0000

The LIBOR scandal is one of the biggest financial scrams in history. In his new book, journalist David Enrich unravels what went down.

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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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How 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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