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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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Funding Flipkart: Can India’s Internet ‘Unicorn’ Take on Amazon?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:42:52 +0000

While Amazon has the size to go it alone in India, local rival Flipkart is teaming up with big players from the U.S. and China to carve out a bigger space in India's e-commerce landscape.

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Emotions as ‘Power’: How to Handle Chronic Stress

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:46:31 +0000

Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says the key to alleviating chronic stress is right at our fingertips: establishing emotional well-being.

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The French Election: Why the E.U. Is Breathing a Sigh of Relief – for Now

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:30:10 +0000

Political outsider and pro-business centrist Emmanuel Macron looks highly likely to be France’s next president. But can a leader without a party succeed?

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How Technology Can Help Solve Societal Problems

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:48:56 +0000

Nonprofits must embrace Social Change as a Platform to reach more people and at lower cost, experts say.

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How Close Community Ties Can Drive Online Sales

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:13:21 +0000

Word-of-mouth testimonials from consumers in cohesive communities drive online sales higher, Wharton research shows.

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Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:47:00 +0000

Formerly, President Trump supported greater economic ties with Cuba. Just before the election, he reversed course. So what should businesses expect now?

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Is South Africa Facing More Economic Trouble Ahead?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:33:48 +0000

Hopes have receded for a steady recovery of South Africa’s fragile economy with the downgrade earlier this month of the country’s credit rating to junk status.

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How Unconscious Biases Block Effective Interactions

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:06:57 +0000

Nearly everyone has unconscious biases when interacting, notes a new book. But learning how to shift filters can boost effectiveness in dealing with others.

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Why Payday Lending Is Creeping into the Middle Class

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:35:48 +0000

Even middle-class Americans are now tapping payday lenders because they cannot make ends meet. A new book explains why.

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What Turkey’s Referendum Means for the Country’s Future

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:28:48 +0000

This week’s referendum in Turkey has implications not only for how the country will be governed, but also for its economy, its efforts to join the European Union and its future role in the Middle East.

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The United Airlines Debacle and the Morality of Capitalism

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:57:32 +0000

Prioritizing profits over people led to United Airlines’ recent PR debacle. Father James Martin argues that morality must play a key role in capitalism.

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Top-line Detox and Strategic, Small Shifts: Lessons from Successful Retailers

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:23:52 +0000

Forget growth at any cost. Small changes to lift comparable-store performance could work magic to boost profitability in retail, a new study finds.

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Has the ‘Dream Run’ for Indian IT Ended?

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:15:56 +0000

Technology disruptions and global political developments are threatening the fundamentals of the Indian IT services industry.

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Why the Best ‘Customer Journeys’ Place Mobile at the Center

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 15:41:23 +0000

Leading companies are making the user experience on mobile devices the center of the marketing universe, say two Google executives.

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Can United Recover from Its Customer Service Crisis?

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:11:13 +0000

United’s forcible eviction of a passenger brings into focus the deeper, underlying problems that airlines face.

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How Delaware’s Blockchain Trial Could Change Wall Street

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:49:05 +0000

Delaware is testing the application of blockchain technology that could transform Wall Street’s "plumbing," experts say.

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The Democratization of Machine Learning: What It Means for Tech Innovation

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:47:51 +0000

Tech is on the brink of another innovative leap thanks to the democratization of machine learning and AI, note a Wharton professor and a Google executive.

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Thirty Years After the Last Major Tax Reform, Is It Time to Retool?

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:34:55 +0000

There is wide agreement that U.S. tax codes need modernizing. A collection of articles by top tax experts offers a starting point for thinking about reforms.

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How Customer Behavior Can Be Used to Value Your Company

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:37:38 +0000

Companies with non-contractual business models have a tough time predicting future customer activity, and subsequently using it as a measure of firm value. New Wharton research aims to determine what data can help.

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How Millennials Will Lead in the C-Suite

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:02:12 +0000

Millennials are poised to take over the C-suite from baby boomers. But what kind of leaders will they be? A new report debunks some stereotypes.

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What the Future Holds for U.S.-Cuba Relations

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:17:41 +0000

A handful of executive orders by President Donald Trump could soon set back the clock to the days when hardline opposition to ties with Cuba’s communist regime was the norm in Washington.

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Love Culture: What It Takes to Create a Happy Workplace

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:26:42 +0000

New Wharton research takes a closer look at the role of emotion in male-dominated organizations, finding that the most fulfilling workplaces are both compassionate and convivial.

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How to Bully-proof the Workplace

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:50:41 +0000

Bullying is on the rise in the workplace, affecting productivity and morale. There are constructive ways to deal with it, according to a new book.

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What Will Trump’s Meeting with Xi Jinping Mean for U.S.-China Relations?

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:48:07 +0000

The much-awaited meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping got off to a warm start last week -- although several tough questions remain unanswered.

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Are Retailers Facing a Coming ‘Tsunami’?

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 20:37:53 +0000

A recent spate of Chapter 11 filings shows that chain retailers have too many stores and don’t understand their customers, while online channels are growing, say experts.

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How a Budget Chinese Airline Carved a Niche in Japan

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:17:59 +0000

Wang Wei, chairman of Spring Airlines Japan and son of a Chinese mogul, talks to Knowledge@Wharton about his plans to expand in Japan.

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Is Despair Killing the White Working Class? Ask Angus Deaton

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 18:40:01 +0000

An overlooked health crisis among working-class, middle-age whites in the U.S. has led to a sharp spike in mortality rates not seen in other groups or other rich countries. Why?

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Anne-Marie Slaughter: Why We Need Fewer ‘Tribes’ and More Networks

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:30:36 +0000

The power of networking should not be underestimated, whether it is to find a better job or counter Russian hackers, says Anne-Marie Slaughter in her new book.

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Could Changing Immigration Rules Hinder Innovation?

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:58:08 +0000

Brillio's Raj Mamodia offers his views on temporary visas, technology, employee engagement, and keeping one foot in the present and one in the future.

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How the Stock Market Affects Corporate Decision-making

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 21:32:35 +0000

Company news affects how its stock reacts. But market reaction also influences corporate decision-making, Wharton research finds.

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Turning Waste Streams into Value Streams

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:54:00 +0000

Remanufacturing, cascading materials through several lifecycles and rethinking the idea of ownership are more effective than recycling waste.

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Designing for the Circular Economy

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:53:24 +0000

Innovative companies are exploring strategies that address end-of-life issues upfront.

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The Producer Pays

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:49:37 +0000

The idea behind extended producer responsibility (EPR) is catching on.

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How Will the Vodafone-Idea Merger Shape India’s Telecom Market?

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:40:29 +0000

Vodafone India and Idea Cellular are merging in a $23 billion deal to become the largest mobile carrier in India.

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Retirement Is Coming — Are You Ready?

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 18:59:04 +0000

With many baby-boomers closing in on the age at which they are required to take disbursements from their retirement accounts, more financial education is needed, says Wharton’s Olivia Mitchell.

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What Trump’s Executive Order Means for the Environment

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 20:13:29 +0000

President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week that unwinds the environmental policies of his predecessor – but some experts say the move was more flash than substance.

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Will Israel’s Credit Card Market Reforms Work?

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:56:53 +0000

Credit card reforms in Israel promise to open up the market to new entrants to boost competition and benefit consumers. But will they work?

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Selling Your Data: The Vote to Deregulate Online Privacy

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:31:29 +0000

The growing conflict surrounding what internet service providers can do with customer data could take years to resolve.

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Predicting Financial Reform Under a Trump Presidency

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:24:44 +0000

Now that the GOP is in charge of Congress and the White House, the future of financial regulation -- particularly, the Dodd-Frank Act -- is unclear.

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Why Bicycles Are Making a Huge Comeback in China

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:46:34 +0000

Bike-sharing is spreading like wildfire in Chinese cities. Falling costs, dockless designs and unappealing transportation options are helping to fuel it.

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Vanguard’s CEO on the Future of Investment Management

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:39:17 +0000

Vanguard CEO Bill McNabb says the death of actively managed funds is "overstated." But the future is lower costs, even for active funds.

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Telling True Stories: Insights from a White House Speechwriter

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:47:01 +0000

Sarah Hurwitz, former speechwriter for Michelle Obama, shares stories from her years in the White House and offers tips for how we all can become stronger storytellers.

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As More Women Become Leaders, Financial Literacy Is a Key Ingredient

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:29:58 +0000

Financial literacy is important for everyone, but especially for women because they earn less and live longer, experts say.

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Following ‘Repeal and Replace,’ What’s the Fate of Health Care?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:35:16 +0000

Obamacare may still be the law of the land, but how much will Republicans be able to chip away at its foundations?

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The Death of the Daily Deal

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:36:14 +0000

Critics have long said that Groupon’s business model was flawed and that it was only a matter of time before it collapsed. Could that time be now?

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Can Mobile Care Transform Dental Hygiene in India?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:38:02 +0000

With frugal thinking and an innovative delivery model, a Bangalore-based startup wants to transform how Indians approach dental care.

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Is a Traffic Tax the Solution to Congestion in Cities?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:52:40 +0000

Would a traffic tax solve congestion problems in cities? Not necessarily, according to recent Wharton research.

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How Trump’s Election May Be Making Men More Aggressive

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:01:24 +0000

A new Wharton study found that men were more aggressive in their negotiation tactics against women following the 2016 election.

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Why the French Election Will Decide Europe’s Future

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:01:20 +0000

If a pro-European candidate doesn’t win the French election, Europe's nationalist, protectionist agendas may dominate the region, notes this opinion piece.

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Weaponized Twitter: Terror in 140 Characters or Less

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:43:04 +0000

The FBI has arrested a man who is accused of sending investigative journalist Kurt Eichenwald, who suffers from epilepsy, a threatening tweet along with a strobe light which triggered a seizure.

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