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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 Big Data and Analytics Can Transform Manufacturing

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:48:09 +0000

Big data and analytics will entirely transform the manufacturing industry, says Jon Sobel, co-founder and CEO of Sight Machine.

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Why the Fintech Game Has Just Begun

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:47:47 +0000

Steve McLaughlin, CEO of fintech investment bank FT Partners, talks about the opportunities he sees in the sector.

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‘Woo, Wow, and Win’: Designing a Captivating Customer Experience

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:02:41 +0000

Companies carefully design their products, but they also need to design the customer experience, according to the book, “Woo, Wow, and Win.”

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Is It Time for U.S. Citizens to Learn More About the World?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:46:51 +0000

The world has long come to America. Now it is time for America to go to the world, writes Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett in this opinion piece.

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Why Sports Stadiums Have Morphed into Entertainment Centers

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:48:25 +0000

From kid zones to luxury suites, stadiums have adopted new marketing ploys but remain dear to fans' hearts, says author Rafi Kohan.

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After Equifax, Can Our Data Ever Be Safe?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:22:45 +0000

The Equifax hacking has highlighted the risks consumers face when using their Social Security numbers for verification. Is there a better alternative?

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How to Avoid the Perils of Political Forecasting

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:38:58 +0000

Wharton’s Philip Tetlock discusses the widening chasm between science-based political forecasting and the sound bites from pundits that often miss the mark.

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How Can Apple Remain on Top?

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:08:23 +0000

Is Apple’s latest batch of new products enough to keep the company moving forward, or is it finally losing momentum after years of ruling the gadget world?

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Will Crowdfunding Become a Big Deal in India?

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:14:24 +0000

Crowdfunding is gradually gaining traction in India. But will it deliver like it has in other markets?

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Why Amazon’s ‘1-Click’ Ordering Was a Game Changer

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:27:41 +0000

Amazon’s patent on “1-Click” ordering, which recently expired, helped jump-start the e-commerce giant’s growth from a virtual bookstore to a massive online marketplace.

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Why Hurricane Harvey Was a Predictable Disaster

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:45:01 +0000

Hurricane Harvey was a predictable disaster, says PennDesign's Billy Fleming. He explains what cities could do to prepare.

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Smart Art: Why More Artists Need to Study Business

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:58:43 +0000

Many artists are not wired for business. With economics driving most from the field in the long run, can business training help?

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How Lego Can Rebuild Its Business

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:13:48 +0000

Lego surprised Wall Street with its first drop in revenue in 13 years. Wharton's David Robertson looks at possible causes and suggests remedies for its business.

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How Equifax Botched Its Data Breach Response

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:01:39 +0000

Three experts discuss the Equifax breach, the mistakes that were made in the credit giant's response and what consumers can do to protect their credit going forward.

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Digital Growing Pains: Why Businesses Must Accelerate Change

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:00:46 +0000

Most companies know that shifting to digital is key to their future. But many struggle with the process. A new book offers some advice.

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Leadership Lapses: When Is Firing the Right Response?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:56:06 +0000

When a CEO or high-profile employee makes a big mistake, is firing always the answer? Not necessarily, say experts -- a lot depends on the transgressor and the transgression.

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Beyond Netflix: How Binging Impacts Online Learning

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:27:33 +0000

New Wharton research examines binge consumption in the online education sector and finds that those who binge tend to perform better and are more likely to complete an online course.

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UrWork: Co-working with China’s Newest Sharing Economy Star

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:36:21 +0000

The co-working trend is taking off in China. UrWork is a pioneer in this industry, with its business model of flexible workspaces that let companies adapt nimbly to market conditions.

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How Will Trump Reshape the Federal Reserve?

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:39:34 +0000

The imminent departure of Fed vice chair Stanley Fischer creates a power vacuum and an unprecedented opportunity for President Trump to reshape America’s central bank.

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Time for a Tax Overhaul: What the U.S. Can Learn from Other Countries

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 20:14:52 +0000

History suggests a U.S. tax overhaul is coming soon. The author of a new book has traveled the world see what has worked best elsewhere.

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What Does the End of DACA Mean for Immigration Reform?

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 19:30:46 +0000

The move to end the DACA program has beneficiaries worried – and it casts a shadow over future immigration reform, experts say.

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Insolvency in India: Why Essar Group Is Digging Deep for Funds

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 20:46:28 +0000

India’s Essar Group has sold Essar Oil to Rosneft of Russia to meet debts – shedding light on India’s deepening non-performing asset problem.

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Lessons We Learn from Hurricane Harvey

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:32:07 +0000

Wharton faculty discuss the fallout from Hurricane Harvey and what role the private and public sectors should play when it comes to managing the risks from floods.

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Why Dodd-Frank Increased Banking Industry Consolidation

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:28:41 +0000

Wharton research looks at how new regulatory asset thresholds introduced with the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 led to an increase in acquisitions by large banks.

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If Disney Builds a Streaming Service, Will They Come?

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 15:04:05 +0000

Walt Disney Co.’s decision to pull its content from Netflix and launch its own paid streaming service has led to many unhappy fans. In an already crowded field of offerings, will the move pay off?

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A New Marketing Royalty: Why Digital Influencers Are on the Rise

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:56:26 +0000

As online platforms become cluttered with ads, marketers have to find new ways to connect with customers. One rising trend is “influencer marketing," a Google executive says.

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Will Walmart’s Partnership with Google Give It an Online Boost?

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:02:03 +0000

Despite the retail giant’s latest move to partner with Google, its e-commerce strategies need more coherence to gain traction, say experts.

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How the Father of Arbitrage Pricing Theory Influenced Wall Street

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 20:20:47 +0000

This year's Wharton-Jacobs Levy Prize winner, Stephen A. Ross, is remembered for his ground-breaking arbitrage pricing theory.

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Why Developing Israel’s Leviathan Gas Field Is a Mammoth Task

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 18:47:23 +0000

When crude prices were high, Israel’s Leviathan natural gas field had everything going for it. Now, it needs a market.

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How AI Makes Brand Personalities Come to Life

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 14:16:50 +0000

Artificial intelligence is reinventing the creative landscape for marketers, according to Winston Binch, chief digital officer for Deutsch North America.

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The ‘Why’ Behind Asking Why: The Science of Curiosity

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:00:13 +0000

A new book examines the different drivers of curiosity, and how this fundamental human trait has been impacted by the digital age.

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Why Automation Is Killing the Property Appraisal Business

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:43:16 +0000

The number of appraisers is shrinking as software gets more accurate at valuing property and is increasingly integrated into the sale process.

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The North Korean Crisis: Beyond ‘Belligerent Rhetoric’

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:42:19 +0000

Penn’s Jacques deLisle and Stanford’s Richard Dasher discuss the Korean nuclear threat and the implications for the players in this “complicated, tough, high-stakes diplomacy.”

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What Google’s Memo Controversy Means for Gender Diversity

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:12:15 +0000

The recent memo controversy at Google may not result in immediate gains for working women, but it casts a harsh light on underlying assumptions, say Wharton experts.

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The Business Fallout from Charlottesville

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:57:56 +0000

A public rift has opened between Donald Trump and CEOs upset by his comments following the white supremacist rally in Charlottesvile. What are the lessons in branding and leadership?

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How America Is Closing the Cybersecurity Skills Gap

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:03:17 +0000

The weakest link in America's cyber defenses is the lack of trained personnel. Companies, the government and academia must work together to bridge this cybersecurity skills gap, says this opinion piece.

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Using the Blockchain to Clean Up the Niger Delta

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:28:16 +0000

A nonprofit is planning to use the blockchain to fight corruption and remedy pollution in the Niger Delta. Will it work?

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U.S. Tax Reform: Will the Math Work?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:34:38 +0000

Finding ways to raise revenue and avoiding excessive government debt are the top hurdles, say experts.

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American Science and the Solar Eclipse of 1878

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:56:45 +0000

As the U.S. preps for a rare total solar eclipse on August 21, a journalist looks back on the furor surrounding that same event when it happened back in 1878.

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Why Asia Is the Future of Global Banking

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:55:36 +0000

Nicolas Aguzin, chairman and CEO of J.P.Morgan, Asia Pacific, discusses why Asia’s innovations and massive scale make it the most exciting banking market.

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The Real Costs of the RAISE Act

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:58:23 +0000

Recently proposed immigration reforms in the U.S. would shave 2% off GDP growth and result in more than four million jobs lost by 2040, according to the Penn Wharton Budget Model.

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Hacking in Hollywood: Why the Industry Needs to Shore Up Security

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:42:05 +0000

Experts say the increasing threat of sophisticated cyber crimes should force entertainment firms to take serious stock of their internal security measures.

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The Next Wave: Using AI to Build Better Marketing Campaigns

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:01:02 +0000

As the digital revolution keeps on turning, brands are looking to artificial intelligence to bolster their marketing efforts.

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Science — No Longer Just Fiction — at Comic-ConPhoto by Kendall Whitehouse

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:22:00 +0000

Real-world science was prominently on display alongside pop culture at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

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Public Sector Mergers in India: Does Size Bring Synergies?

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:58:24 +0000

Indian state-owned firms are joining forces, with an aim to improve performance and create efficiencies.

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Gender Lens Investing: Why the Opportunities Are Growing

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:59:33 +0000

The field of gender-lens investing is growing fast, with more than 100 private and public funds now available to impact investors.

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How Improv Methods from Comedy Can Lift Business Performance

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:00:41 +0000

Improvisation, or the art form called improv, may call to mind comedy shows but it is now also a serious business tool.

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Wells Fargo: What It Will Take to Clean Up the Mess

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 18:08:20 +0000

A series of scandals at Wells Fargo is tainting its reputation. Wharton experts weigh in on what the bank must do to recover.

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‘Every Business Is a Digital Business’

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:51:38 +0000

But some just don’t know it yet, says Nitin Rakesh, CEO of Bangalore, India-based IT firm Mphasis.

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Why Economists Must Go Beyond the Numbers

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 20:20:47 +0000

Economists affect public policy. But strict focus on numbers means they miss key insights, say the authors of a new book.

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