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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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How Public-private Partnerships Can Help Build Nations’ Brands

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:53:29 +0000

Why are PPPs increasingly a favored model for solving societal problems? They combine expertise and help stakeholders with branding, legitimacy and access.


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Reinventing a Dot-Com Era Startup for the Mobile Age

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:00:10 +0000

Shazam CEO Rich Riley presided over a major overhaul of the music-recognition company. It’s now in the advertising business.


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Political Newcomers: Here’s How Twitter Can Boost Your Campaign

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:15:40 +0000

New Wharton research has uncovered a surprising way that social media could be lowering barriers to entry to national politics.


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How Companies Can Tap Sustainability to Motivate Staff

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:43:59 +0000

Companies can boost employee engagement through involvement in sustainability issues, which offers a higher sense of purpose, notes this opinion piece.


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‘Workplace Poker’: How to Get Ahead by Managing Office Politics

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:07:49 +0000

Skill and hard work aren’t enough to propel your career ahead. Pay attention to office politics, too, argues a new book.


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How Federal Policy Is Paving the Way for Driverless Cars

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:46:50 +0000

A proactive regulatory regime is critical in the run-up to 2021, when the auto industry expects to have a full-fledged launch of self-driving vehicles.


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How Customer Analytics Is Speeding the Cure for Parkinson’s

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:50:32 +0000

The Michael J. Fox Foundation found success using the latest customer analytics tools to better predict donor behavior and boost contributions.


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Leveraging Customer Analytics for Business Success

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:01:52 +0000

Wharton professor and analytics expert Peter Fader joins WNS executives Raj SivaKumar and Mike Nemeth to discuss the power of harnessing customer analytics for business success.


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Choosing Your Candidate: There’s an App for That

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:19:25 +0000

A new app, called Voter, promises to bring clarity to the task of choosing the best political candidate for you, based on the issues and your own beliefs.


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Will Yahoo’s Data Breach Help Overhaul Online Security?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:26:24 +0000

The largest data breach in history -- affecting 500 million Yahoo accounts -- could trigger an industry-wide overhaul of user authentication procedures.


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How Big Data Connects Bankers, Politics and Insider Trading

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:09:00 +0000

Insider trading by politically connected bankers spiked just before the massive bailouts of October 2008, research by Wharton professor Daniel Taylor shows.


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What’s My Dog Thinking? Getting Inside Fido’s Head

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:44:15 +0000

Pets are more like people than you think. They suffer from emotional and mental issues too, says renowned vet Nicholas Dodman.


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Why the Wells Fargo Hearing Raises More Questions Than It Answers

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:00:12 +0000

Wells Fargo chairman and CEO John Stumpf’s testimony before the Senate Banking Committee raised new questions about banking culture and incentives, but offered little clarity on what went wrong.


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Is Corporate Debt a Ticking Time Bomb in Latin America?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:51:08 +0000

A debt boom in emerging markets, produced largely in the private sector, has analysts worried that a bubble is on the horizon.


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Infographic – Precision Medicine: New Paradigms, Risks and Opportunities

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:17:31 +0000

Precision medicine is changing the nature of health care. This infographic illustrates its implications on everything from genomics to medical devices.


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Precision Medicine: New Paradigms, Risks and Opportunities

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:10:25 +0000

Precision medicine is changing the way therapies are being developed. It has widespread implications for everything from genomics to medical devices, and creates new models for enterprises.


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The Right Way to Take Risks — in Business and Life

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:19:21 +0000

In business and life, people take all sorts of risks. But they must be balanced with prudence. Aureus CEO Karen Firestone explains how.


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‘Rogue Algorithms’ and the Dark Side of Big Data

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:32:58 +0000

Opaque algorithms used to micro-segment people can lead to unfairness and bias, says the author of "Weapons of Math Destruction."


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How Brexit Could Boost the European Union

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:40:31 +0000

Brexit presents the EU with profound challenges. But providing more benefits to citizens, plus better management and marketing, could spark new success.


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How Uncertainty Impacts Funding for Microfinance Organizations

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:52:22 +0000

New Wharton research examines how political and economic turmoil in a country can impact how microfinance organizations are funded.


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Can Japan Escape Its Relentless Slow-growth Trap?

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:02:33 +0000

Japan’s economy continues to falter as the government fails to institute structural reforms and firms are reluctant to invest in the stagnant home market.


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The Private Equity Outlook in Latin America, India and Africa

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:49:43 +0000

Bullish long-term sector trends make Latin America, India and Africa attractive to PE firms, but they are cautiously eyeing investments due to current upheavals in certain areas.


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The End of Annual Performance Reviews: Are the Alternatives Any Better?

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:18:55 +0000

The development of new performance management systems, aided by apps and people analytics combined, has enormous potential.


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Fixing the Dysfunctional HECM Reverse Mortgage Market

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:24:47 +0000

HUD’s HECM reverse mortgage program can benefit a lot of seniors. But only if its dysfunctional features are fixed.


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The CFO Imperative: Managing Risks Arising from Technology

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:43:14 +0000

As companies increasingly use technology in all parts of their business, managing technological risks becomes a critical part of enterprise risk management.


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How the Rockefellers’ VC Firm Picks Tech Startups

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:09:31 +0000

Veteran VC firm Venrock has backed some of the most successful tech companies in Silicon Valley, including Intel and Apple. Here’s how it invests.


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What Can the U.S. Learn from Canada’s Immigration Policy?

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:02:46 +0000

Reforming the immigration system is a major theme in this year’s U.S. presidential race. What lessons can U.S. policy makers learn from Canada, where immigration is largely supported?


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How Venezuela Could Come Back from the Brink

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:03:56 +0000

Venezuela is plagued by political instability and economic hardships made worse by cheap oil. The time is ripe for widespread reforms – but there are no quick and easy solutions.


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How Honeybees — and Humans — Are Being Stung by Environmental Problems

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:08:49 +0000

Honeybees are facing both natural and manmade threats that are killing them by the millions. What is the impact on agriculture, commercial bee keepers and consumers?


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Why Venture Capital in India Is Seeing a Mindset Shift

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:09:32 +0000

The startup community in India is seeing a host of new opportunities for growing and monetizing businesses.


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Pushing Past Procrastination: How to Get Stuff Done

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:26:41 +0000

Do you have brilliant idea -- or a small task -- you keep putting off? Author Phyllis Korkki explains that you're not alone and what you can do about it.


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Assets vs. Access: A Digital Reality for Commercial Real Estate

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 15:45:36 +0000

The commercial real estate industry must adapt to the digital era or risk getting disrupted. Here’s how to do it.


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The Wells Fargo Scandal: Is the Profit Model to Blame?

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:04:30 +0000

Wells Fargo’s latest revelations on errant practices could reverberate across the financial services industry.


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Does Apple Need a New Blockbuster to Thrive?

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:11:44 +0000

Is it realistic to expect never-ending growth?


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Mass Transformation: From Coal Mining to a Model for Sustainability

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:38:16 +0000

As corporations increasingly recognize the potential ravages of climate change, some are creating new business models. One company, DSM -- formerly Dutch State Mines -- has entirely abandoned coal mining for more environmentally friendly pursuits.


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Assessing Private Equity Trends Worldwide

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 18:21:23 +0000

Private equity remains bullish about China and Southeast Asia as firms spot opportunities in the shift to consumer-driven markets due to a growing middle class.


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The Truth about China’s Role in Global Economic Turmoil

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 20:08:26 +0000

Some of the claims about China’s role in harming global economies are outdated, while others present a more realistic scenario, experts say.


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The Real Losers in the European Commission’s Apple Tax Ruling

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 20:04:05 +0000

The European Commission’s tax ruling on Ireland and Apple could unnerve investors and ultimately impact Ireland’s growth.


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How Water Scarcity Became a Worldwide Problem

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 15:17:35 +0000

Water scarcity is a growing global problem and climate change is making it more challenging. Author Judith Schwartz offers some unexpected solutions.


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Robot Assistants in Aisle 10: Will Shoppers Buy It?

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 18:43:44 +0000

Retailers are experimenting with in-store robots to assist shoppers and take inventory. Will it enhance the customer experience?


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Can a Gender-oriented Investment Lens Boost Financial Performance?

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 19:24:11 +0000

Being aware of the gender lens – practicing gender capitalism -- can quash investment bias, create opportunities and boost returns, according to a Bank of America expert.


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NAFTA’s Impact on the U.S. Economy: What Are the Facts?

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 19:22:34 +0000

It's not easy to disentangle the impact that NAFTA has had on the U.S. economy from other economic, social and political factors that have influenced U.S. growth.


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The Multiple Boss Dilemma: Is It Possible to Please More Than One?

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 19:28:24 +0000

Nearly everyone finds it tough keeping the boss happy sometimes. But what if you had a steady stream of conflicting requests coming from two bosses or more?


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New Maps, New Media and a New Human Condition

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:29:31 +0000

Chris Kutarna, co-author of 'Age of Discovery,' explains what we can learn from the time of Johannes Gutenberg, Nicolaus Copernicus and Michelangelo to navigate today's challenges.


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Finding a Better Way to Value Companies in the Digital World

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:15:40 +0000

In a digital world, it’s time to update industry classifications and accounting standards to properly value companies.


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Does More Trouble Lie Ahead for Indian Startups?

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:46:50 +0000

Indian startups are contending with devaluations, shutdowns and consolidation in their sectors. Will they make it through the funding crunch?


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Will Mylan’s EpiPen Episode Help Curb Pharmaceutical Price Gouging?

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:13:34 +0000

Mylan, the maker of the EpiPen allergy-treatment device, has raised outrage over out-sized price increases. Experts at Wharton and Penn Medicine explain the causes and the impact.


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How Data Skills Help Firms Create Social Media That Matters

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:28:01 +0000

Most firms consider social media a must in today’s highly networked world. But new Wharton research shows it’s not simply being on social that matters – it’s how you use it.


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How Millennial Consumers Will Transform Health Care

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:25:59 +0000

Steve Klasko, president of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of the Jefferson System, says the health care industry needs be transformed and millennial consumers will lead the way.


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‘Flawed at Birth’: Why the Eurozone Faces Endless Division

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:33:28 +0000

Unless eurozone leaders reverse economic policies – or take measures such as creating two or more separate euro currency zones -- the region faces more economic stagnation and widening political divisions, says Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz.


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