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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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What Italy’s Referendum Means for Europe

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:15:13 +0000

In the wake of rising right-wing populism in Europe, Italians voted against big government and reforms. The fallout could ripple across the continent.

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Why the Coming Jobs Crisis Is Bigger Than You Think

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:47:26 +0000

Half of all jobs could be lost in the next 25 years due to technology and globalization, according to WorkingNation.

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Walmart vs. Amazon: Is India the Next Battleground?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:14:37 +0000

Walmart reportedly wants to enter the online retail market in India. Will this be a game changer?

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Why Trump Should Embrace – Not Ditch – Green Energy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:15:01 +0000

The election results should not be mistaken for a vote on an environmental agenda. Almost 90% of Americans favor expanding solar and wind energy.

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Can Wells Fargo Repair Its Image Through Arbitration?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:40:41 +0000

In response to a class-action lawsuit resulting from its fraudulent accounts scandal, Wells Fargo has petitioned a Federal District Court to force the bank's customers into arbitration.

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What Would Dismantling Dodd-Frank Mean for Banks and Consumers?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:11:52 +0000

As the Trump Administration prepares to alter regulation of the financial sector, some big threats loom, experts say.

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The Final Frontier: How Entrepreneurs Cracked the Aerospace Industry

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:24:49 +0000

Space exploration is a complex, highly technical and increasingly expensive endeavor. What’s enabling more private firms to jump into the fray?

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How Physicians Can Enrich the Doctor-patient Relationship

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:05:58 +0000

Physicians are learning to create deeper relationships with patients to improve health outcomes, says Cleveland Clinic neurologist Adrienne Boissy.

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Can Trump – or Anyone – Bring Back American Manufacturing?

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:37:03 +0000

Experts say no. But the real question is: Does manufacturing really need 'saving'?

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The Digital Leader: Self-transformation for Long-term Success

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:33:11 +0000

The key to successful digital transformation of companies in the long run is the self-transformation of the business leader.

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Why Clean Power Plan Rules Could Ultimately Cut Electricity Costs

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:15:17 +0000

Implementing the EPA’s Clean Power Plan initially means higher costs, but ultimately it lowers wholesale electricity prices, according to new Wharton research.

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What’s Behind the Latest Merger Mania?

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:41:41 +0000

Slower earnings growth, shifts in technology, interest rates that could soon rise and record stock prices have combined to create a perfect storm for mergers and acquisitions.

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Why Trump’s Election Was a Financial Boon for Some Nonprofits

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:09:47 +0000

Anxious Americans are voting with their checkbooks as they fear the effect that the incoming Trump administration will have on their favorite causes.

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The ‘Entrepreneur Gap’ Facing Women and Minorities

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:34:57 +0000

Why do some groups struggle more at becoming small business owners? In most cases, it's a lack of mentoring, not money.

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Is It Time To Rethink the Traditional Fixed-rate Mortgage?

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 17:01:39 +0000

Recent Wharton research looks at how lower interest rates impacted homeowners -- with some surprising results.

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Has Black Friday Lost Its Magic?

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:08:51 +0000

The holiday season has become synonymous with major sales -- but retailers could be taking a savvier approach.

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How Inheritance Rights Changed the Lives of Kenyan Women

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:30:10 +0000

A law that granted inheritance rights to Kenyan women resulted in greater empowerment and gains in their levels of education and health.

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Why Retailers Could Pay a Price for Not Accepting Mobile Payments

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:49:11 +0000

Mobile payment systems like Apple Pay are gradually gaining traction with consumers. But is widespread adoption by retailers likely – or even necessary?

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What if Computers Become Smarter Than Humans?

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:58:25 +0000

A superhumanly smart AI is not going to take over the world. But we might get in its way, says popular tech blogger Tim Urban.

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Fake News, Hate Speech and Social Media Abuse: What’s the Solution?

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:08:57 +0000

Google, Facebook and Twitter have vowed to fight fake news, hate speech and abuse amid a backlash over how such content may have influenced the U.S. presidential election.

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How Your Brand Can Become a ‘Third Place’

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:47:11 +0000

As the retail landscape becomes more fragmented and retaining customer loyalty becomes an increasingly slippery proposition, brands are looking to build a community among customers.

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How Platforms Will Disrupt the Future of Media and Entertainment

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:19:56 +0000

The media and entertainment industries are being upending by people and platforms. Their old way of doing business must change or they risk being disrupted even more, say Wharton experts.

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The End of Digital Advertising as We Know It

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 19:37:43 +0000

The display-ad business model is reaching its saturation point, spurring a need for digital publishers to come up with a new approach.

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Why Corporate Gender Equality Could Take 100 Years

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 18:43:58 +0000

America did not elect its first female president. Women executives also still face bias, which could remain into the next century, a McKinsey report says.

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Why Middle America Voted for Trump

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:30:15 +0000

Middle America came out for Donald Trump. Why? They played by the rules and yet were left behind economically.

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Demonetization in India: Who Will Pay the Price?

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:35:40 +0000

India has withdrawn recognition of existing large-value currency notes to combat corruption. Will it work?

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Can the U.S. and China Avoid a Trade War?

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:29:04 +0000

Despite Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric, the U.S. must avoid positions that could trigger trade wars with China or upset the military balance in Asia, say experts.

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Will Trump’s Rhetoric Hit a Wall?

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 20:31:56 +0000

President-elect Trump’s bark will likely prove worse than his bite, says a Penn ethicist, who expects reality to taper his more extreme positions.

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Why Google’s Pixel Is More About Strategy Than Smartphones

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:21:22 +0000

The Pixel marks a significant change in Google’s past phone strategy. Is the higher-end device likely to succeed?

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‘Seoul Man’: An American’s Cultural Challenges Working at Hyundai

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:37:00 +0000

Frank Ahrens was a reporter for The Washington Post before joining Hyundai as head of communications and experiencing culture shock upon moving to Seoul.

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Trump’s Planned Economic Policies: What Could Work, and What Won’t?

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:00:17 +0000

Donald Trump’s plans to invest in infrastructure could stimulate the U.S. economy and create jobs, but tax cuts could smother long-term growth, says Wharton’s Kent Smetters.

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What a Trump Presidency Means for the Supreme Court

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 19:27:56 +0000

Penn's Kermit Roosevelt and Georgetown's Nan Hunter discuss the future of the Supreme Court.

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How a Trump Presidency Could Affect LGBT Rights in the Workplace

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 19:16:11 +0000

Many LGBT individuals and other minorities in the U.S. have expressed concern about what a Trump administration, along with a conservative congress, will mean for their rights in the workplace and elsewhere. Penn law professor Tobias Barrington Wolff discusses what’s at stake.

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What a Trump Presidency Will Mean for Globalization

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 16:24:43 +0000

Donald Trump will have to recalibrate his positions on trade deals, China and globalization as he transitions from campaigning to governing, says Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett.

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How Will Trump Rebuild His Brand?

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:50:08 +0000

The Trump brand once stood for luxury but it’s now about populism. How will Trump recast his brand's image?

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Do One-stop Shops Create Value for Clients?14205686 - symbol of law and justice, law and justice concept, focus on the scales

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:00:08 +0000

Becoming a one-stop shop seems logical because firms can keep all of a client’s business. But it actually erodes value, Wharton research shows.

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How a British Court Ruling Could Delay Brexit Negotiations

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 21:12:58 +0000

Consult with Parliament before acting on Brexit, a court tells British Prime Minister Theresa May. Experts delve into the implications.

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Jeremy Siegel: The Impact of the Election on the Markets

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 18:17:19 +0000

The U.S. stock market rebounded a day after the election -- a quick reversal that erased an overnight 800-point plunge in the Dow futures after a surprise Donald Trump win.

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Trump Wins – What Now?

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 17:20:15 +0000

Donald Trump’s stunning victory begs the question: Where does the country go from here?

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Leveraging Customer Analytics: Hotels and Travel Agencies

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:20:23 +0000

Wharton professor and analytics expert Peter Fader joins WNS executive Raj SivaKumar to discuss the power of harnessing customer analytics for travel agencies and the hotel industry.

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Why We Can’t Afford to Ignore Higher Education’s Financial Problems

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 19:42:05 +0000

The U.S. recognizes how important college is -- for individuals and for society. Yet, by failing to provide a sustainable way to pay for it, we have painted ourselves into a corner.

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How Stress Influences Decision-making

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 18:15:28 +0000

Research by Wharton’s Gideon Nave takes a closer look at how hormones impact our choices.

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How the NFL Could Reverse Its TV Viewership Decline

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 20:52:48 +0000

NFL ratings are down for good reasons. They could bounce back -- perhaps using new distribution mediums, say experts.

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How to Go from Wall Street Trader to Serial Entrepreneur

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 19:40:05 +0000

Why -- and how -- would you make the leap from Wall Street trader to serial entrepreneur? The CEO of lifestyle brand Tracy Anderson tells her story.

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Will Twitter Find Its True Calling?

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 18:04:37 +0000

Twitter is experiencing increasing popularity among users and financial woes at the same time. What’s ahead for the social media platform?

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Can Brazil’s New Austerity Plan Renew Investor Confidence?

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 20:21:07 +0000

Many hope the Brazilian government’s new spending caps will revive investor confidence. But is the plan too extreme for the country's ailing economy?

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How the U.S. Election Will Affect Capital Markets

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 17:29:20 +0000

Capital markets clearly favor Hillary Clinton for President, experts say, while a Trump win would bring volatility.

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Why Marketers Often Miss the Mark in Product Innovations

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 14:32:22 +0000

Many product innovations flop because companies focus on features instead of the job for which customers ‘hire’ them, a new book argues.

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Why It No Longer Pays to Work for a Larger Firm

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 19:45:00 +0000

New Wharton research shows that workers at the middle and bottom of the wage scale felt the largest negative effects from the erosion of the link between firm size and wages.

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The ‘Deadly Sin’: The Positive and Negative Power of Pride

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 15:02:29 +0000

Pride is a complicated emotion. It can propel human beings to dizzying heights or tear people apart. And for some business leaders, it can be corrosive.

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