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Knowledge@Wharton



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



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What’s Blocking Corporate Creativity?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:04:36 +0000

Today's business leaders so often are driven by metrics, yet creative ideas often lack realistic measures. So how can executives keep creativity alive?


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How Whole Foods Can Emerge from a Slump

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:52:02 +0000

Organic food has become more popular among consumers, and it's now easier to find in many grocery stores. But that's not good news for Whole Foods, which once had a corner on the market.


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Does India Need a Radically Different Approach for Rapid Growth?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:33:16 +0000

Participants at the 2017 One Globe Forum in New Delhi suggested ways India can overcome the challenges that stand in the way of its transition to a knowledge economy.


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How the Federal Reserve Can Maintain Its Independence

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:28:33 +0000

Retaining the Federal Reserve’s autonomy is a top concern as President Trump’s appointments could occupy key roles, say experts.


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You’re Happy and You Know It — Why You Probably Shouldn’t Show It

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:04:20 +0000

New Wharton research finds that abundantly happy people are perceived as innocent and unsophisticated, which makes them more vulnerable to deception.


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A Boutique Investment Bank’s Aramco IPO Grand Slam

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:50:09 +0000

Moelis & Co. beat some Wall Street titans to land a coveted advisory role to the huge Aramco IPO.


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How Mindfulness Can Lead to Better Health Care Outcomes

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:40:52 +0000

Physicians must heed warning signals of burnout, and be more compassionate to be effective, says Ronald Epstein in a new book on mindfulness.


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First Book: A Novel Model for Social Enterprises

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:30:18 +0000

First Book has adopted a novel business model that is key to the nonprofit's success in distributing books and other items to kids in need.


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The Elephant in the Room: Why Silly Corporate Buzzwords Catch On

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:56:02 +0000

Why does corporate America use silly buzzwords like ‘low-hanging fruit’? Author James Sudakow explains.


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Trump, the Dollar and Trade – What’s Ahead

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:07:51 +0000

While President Trump appears to have softened some of his contentious stances on trade and currency levels regarding China and Japan, plenty of policy uncertainty remains.


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Why Humans Distrust Algorithms – and How That Can Change

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:38:48 +0000

Many people are averse to using algorithms when making decisions, preferring to rely on their instincts. New Wharton research says a simple adjustment can help them feel differently.


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The CFO Imperative: Next-Gen Technology Drives Cost Optimization

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:37:39 +0000

Cost-optimization strategies must include IT and business initiatives to make sure investments are maximized for long-term growth and profits. In this effort, next-generation technology becomes a critical partner.


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Will Small Investors See the End of Hidden Commissions?

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:01:39 +0000

The Trump administration’s review of the fiduciary rule for financial advisors brings uncertainty to retirement planning, but investors could still protect themselves, says Wharton’s Kent Smetters.


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How Disagreements in Inflation Projections Affect Fixed Income Yields

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:01:06 +0000

Broad disagreements on future inflation rates can influence yields of fixed-income securities, according to new research by Wharton’s Philipp Illeditsch.


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Do ‘Sin Taxes’ Really Change Consumer Behavior?

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:03:16 +0000

Imposing taxes on products that have negative effects on health can theoretically lower consumption. But do these policies help consumers to make better choices?


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Repealing Dodd-Frank: What’s the Likely Fallout?

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:06:24 +0000

Some tweaks to the Dodd-Frank Act are in order, but Trump’s proposed changes will leave the financial system far more vulnerable, say experts.


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Will Snap Be the Next Facebook — or Twitter?

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:55:37 +0000

Snap plans an IPO worth perhaps $25 billion. But there are many questions about non-voting shares and how the company will perform, says a Wharton expert.


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How Will Corporate America’s New Political Boldness Affect Its Brands?

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:42:44 +0000

Companies ranging from Budweiser to Airbnb took a political stand during this year’s Super Bowl through television ads. Will they alienate stakeholders?


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Good News for Messy People: How Disorder Can Contribute to Success

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 20:39:35 +0000

When companies impose tidiness rules, employees will hate the space, hate the company, hate everything, says author Tim Harford.


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India’s 2017 Budget: Why Prudence Trumped Populism

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:06:23 +0000

India’s federal Budget for 2017-2018 contained few radical moves. But that was reason enough for the stock markets to celebrate.


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How Would Curbs on Immigration Affect U.S. Tech Firms?

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:04:07 +0000

Although the Trump administration’s proposed immigration restrictions are being challenged in court, the tech sector has been seriously shaken.


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What Ostriches Can Teach Us About Risk

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:45:44 +0000

A new book by Wharton professors Howard Kunreuther and Robert Meyer offers an innovative solution for addressing the biases that prevent people and groups from adequately preparing for disasters.


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Why the Twittersphere Helped Donald Trump Win

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 19:37:37 +0000

Wharton research shows that sensational tweets have staying power, aiding Donald Trump’s ascent during the Republican primary debates.


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How to Regulate Innovation — Without Killing It

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:46:35 +0000

Regulations don't always evolve as quickly as technological change -- at least that's the perception. So what should policy makers and regulators do?


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Why Health Care Is Ripe for Digital Disruption

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:39:48 +0000

The bloated U.S. health care industry is poised for disruption, with the network effect providing many benefits.


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Who’s Going to Save American Jobs?

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 21:31:02 +0000

Tackling unemployment and the “skills gap” needs to happen at the corporate, state and local levels, experts say.


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Lone Wolf: The Legacy of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 18:56:02 +0000

With Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch being compared to Antonin Scalia, it’s a good time to revisit Scalia’s legacy.


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How Will Trump’s Policies Affect the U.S. Economy?

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 22:19:17 +0000

Trump's policies could boost the market by at least 10% or trigger a disastrous trade war. Wharton experts analyze his economic plan.


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Do Trade Agreements Lead to Income Inequality?

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:36:46 +0000

Free trade lowers our costs, but produces economic winners and losers, notes Wharton dean Geoffrey Garrett. Compensating the losers allows all to benefit, he says in this opinion piece.


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How Banks Can Keep Up With Digital Disruptors

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:05:40 +0000

Banks are being stalked by fintech. But they have the assets, potentially, to turn many would-be disruptors aside, notes this opinion piece.


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Cutting Regulations: How Far Can Trump Go?

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:22:05 +0000

President Donald Trump has promised corporations he will cut regulations by 75%. What will this mean for business and the environment?


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How the Immigration Ban Will Impact U.S. Businesses

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:56:10 +0000

Though temporary, the Trump administration's immigration ban could undermine the long-term reputation of the U.S. as a reliable place to do business.


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Taiwan’s Leslie Koo: A Business Leader Who Loved to Be Underestimated

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:00:26 +0000

The 62-year-old chairman of Taiwan Cement Corporation died January 23 in a tragic accident. In this interview, Koo revealed how he succeeded at the firm.


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What Does ‘Sexual Harassment’ Mean Today?

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:30:07 +0000

Could the increased attention paid to sexual harassment during the 2016 election lead to a new era of awareness -- or will it translate into more incidents in the workplace?


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TPP: Why the U.S. Withdrawal Could Be a Boon for China

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:17:05 +0000

Experts say that President Trump’s move to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) paves the way for China to forge its own deals with other countries and dominate the world’s major trading regions and routes.


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The Risks of Reviving the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:43:34 +0000

Experts from Wharton and elsewhere discuss the implications of Donald Trump's recent move.


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Why Product Recommendations Can Lead to Bad Decisions

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:47:52 +0000

New Wharton research reveals some surprising data about how consumers react to specific language used in recommendations and reviews, and why that language could lead some astray.


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The Growing Clout of Rural Consumers

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:42:15 +0000

Companies and governments cannot afford to ignore the rising clout of the rural consumer, argues author and marketing professor Vijay Mahajan in his new book.


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How Economic Realities in Saudi Arabia Can Benefit Women

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:51:34 +0000

Two major Indian IT firms have set up women-only workplaces in Saudi Arabia. Will the initiative to empower women succeed?


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What a NATO Exit Would Mean for the U.S. and Europe

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 21:30:37 +0000

President Donald Trump last week rattled many European leaders when he described the 28-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization as “obsolete.” What’s ahead for U.S.-Europe relations?


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What Can Media Companies Learn from Top Retailers?

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 18:48:14 +0000

Despite falling in-store sales and store closings, some retailers find new ways to engage customers. What can struggling media companies learn?


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Will the Trump Administration Embrace the ‘One China’ Policy?

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:16:27 +0000

Two Penn experts discuss the latest economic developments in China and Chinese officials' reactions to what is happening in Washington.


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Why Smart Machines Will Boost Emotional Intelligence

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:48:49 +0000

Virtual reality, robotics and AI will spark a new appreciation for uniquely human traits like collaboration and emotional intelligence in organizations.


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Growth vs. Profits: Uber’s Cash Burn Dilemma

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:37:49 +0000

Can global ride-hailing startup Uber slow its rate of cash burn before losses start to threaten the company’s viability?


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What Changes Are Ahead for the Affordable Care Act?

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:59:57 +0000

President Trump has signed an executive order to begin dismantling parts of Obamacare. Is it possible to keep some aspects of the health care plan but not others?


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The Emotion That Leads to Deception

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:08:55 +0000

Wharton research shows that spillover anger -- not sadness or another emotion -- leads to deception.


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Obama’s Scorecard: Hits, Misses and His Ongoing Legacy

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:44:07 +0000

Barack Obama led a committed and mostly scandal-free White House, but he could have forged consensus on key issues with more persuasive communication, say experts.


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Why Early-stage Investors Tend to Trust Their Gut

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:00:08 +0000

“Gut feel” plays a surprisingly important role in decision-making by early-stage angel investors, according to new research by Wharton’s Laura Huang.


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Is Europe Headed for a Political and Financial Crisis in 2017?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:02:13 +0000

Political upheaval threatens a breakup of the EU and shaky Italian banks mean a major financial crisis cannot be ruled out in the New Year.


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Dressing-down: The Fashion Industry’s Reaction to the Trump Inauguration

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:39:24 +0000

The refusal of leading fashion designers to craft outfits for Melania and Ivanka Trump is about taking a stance and bowing to a public outcry, say experts.


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