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Why Regulation Is a Tricky Business in the Sharing Economy

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:58:15 +0000

Around the globe, governments are grappling with particular problems created by innovative sharing platforms like Uber and Airbnb. What role should regulators play?

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How Focusing on Impact Can Help Nonprofits Thrive

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:53:08 +0000

As baby boomers retire in coming years, part of their legacy will be to leave an unprecedented level of donations to nonprofits. Here's how each can win a fair share.

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What Went Wrong: The Demise of Toys R Us

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:21:33 +0000

As the end nears for the once-mighty retailer, experts say the blame squarely falls on the company's failure to innovate.

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Kickstart Your Job Search: How Neuroscience Can Help

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 20:42:28 +0000

Insights from neuroscience can help you take a more strategic approach toward searching for a new gig.

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How Tech Companies are Helping to Curb Wildlife Trafficking

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:59:08 +0000

Action by major tech companies combined with consumer education efforts can make big gains towards defeating the online trade of wildlife, say experts at Wharton and elsewhere.

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The NFL’s First Female Coach Shares Lessons From On and Off the Field

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:28:39 +0000

Jen Welter, who has had a career of firsts in a field dominated by men -- including as the first woman to coach in the NFL -- shares lessons on leadership and teamwork.

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Gun Control After Parkland: What Can Firms Really Do?

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 20:11:46 +0000

Following the Parkland school shootings in February, gun-control advocacy in the U.S. has won support from large corporations – although there are some limits to what they can accomplish, experts say.

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Loneliness on the Job: Why No Employee Is an Island

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 20:40:19 +0000

New Wharton research shows that loneliness in the workplace isn't just damaging to mental health -- it can also lower job performance.

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Why Tech Companies Are Worried about the Ohio v. Amex Case

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:55:30 +0000

A Supreme Court case on the card issuer’s business practices is rattling technology companies -- including Google, Facebook and Amazon -- that have business models involving disparate sets of customers.

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How Europe’s Banking Revolution Will Boost Fintech

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 18:05:23 +0000

In a move that will give fintech companies the wind at their back, Europe is requiring banks to release account records to third-parties when customers request it.

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How AI Startup Vicarious Got Backing from Tech’s Biggest Names

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:16:34 +0000

Vicarious CEO Scott Phoenix talks about his startup and why "it's getting harder and harder to argue that artificial intelligence is not the next big thing."

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Why Is the White House Challenging the Penn Wharton Budget Model?

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:50:57 +0000

The White House has taken issue with the economic analysis of President Trump’s infrastructure plan by the Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM), suggesting that the model is flawed and inaccurate. The PWBM rebuts those claims.

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Why a U.S. Tariff Plan Could Backfire

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 19:06:09 +0000

The U.S. risks severe trade retaliation and a loss of credibility if it presses ahead with plans for import tariffs on steel and aluminum, say Wharton’s Jeremy Siegel and Fordham’s Matt Gold.

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In the Global Media Chess Game, Comcast Aims for the Sky

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 18:47:22 +0000

Comcast's surprise bid to acquire U.K.-based satellite TV operator Sky complicates a planned merger between Disney and Fox and has opened the door to a bidding war.

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Learning from CEOs: What It Takes to Get to the Top and Succeed

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 21:31:05 +0000

Elena Lytkina Botelho, co-author of The CEO Next Door, and IDEX CEO Andrew Silvernail discuss how leaders can deliver results and get noticed for them.

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The Pot Paradox: Can the U.S. Fix Its Conflicting Policies?

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 22:05:27 +0000

Wharton's Peter Conti-Brown explains how federal banking regulations have forced the cash-based legalized marijuana industry to operate in a gray market.

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What Can We Learn from the World’s Happiest People?

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 21:38:33 +0000

In the happiest countries, enlightened leaders did not focus on economic development alone. That created an upward spiral in well-being.

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How Firms Can Do a Better Job of Leveraging Diversity

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 21:15:53 +0000

Managers and employees must move beyond an abstract notion of diversity if they want to effect real change.

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Why Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Is Resonating Globally

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 17:53:05 +0000

‘Black Panther’ is more than just a global blockbuster superhero movie -- it has become a cultural force.

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Can the Minerva Model of Learning Disrupt Higher Education?

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 15:45:53 +0000

Traditional universities have much to learn from disruptors like the Minerva Schools, which aims to provide high-quality learning opportunities at a fraction of the cost of an elite college.

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Why Timing Is — Almost — Everything

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 22:04:01 +0000

Author Daniel Pink discusses his new book about how the time of day we do things can change outcomes.

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What Xi Jinping’s Longer-term Rule Will Mean for China’s Economy

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 20:26:02 +0000

With the path looking clear for Chinese President Xi Jinping to continue in office past 2023, experts discuss how the change will affect the economy and foreign investment.

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How Silicon Valley Came of Age: The Role of Little-known Innovators

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 19:39:13 +0000

Stanford historian Leslie Berlin discusses her book about Silicon Valley's origins, and some little-known yet significant innovators.

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Will the U.S. Economy’s Period of Stability Continue?

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 20:32:47 +0000

As new U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell settles into office, experts consider the best pace for interest rate increases and whether the financial system is strong enough to weather another downturn.

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Seeing Red: Can a Brand Trademark a Signature Color?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:35:35 +0000

Luxury fashion designer Christian Louboutin is fighting to trademark his signature red shoe soles in the European courts. Will he succeed?

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America First? To the World, It’s Eighth

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:32:39 +0000

Global perceptions of the U.S. are getting significantly worse, notes the new Best Countries report from U.S. News & World Report, BAV Group and Wharton.

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Would Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Drive the U.S. Forward or Backward?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:51:08 +0000

The Trump infrastructure plan could lift the federal debt or decrease it, depending on how it is financed. But it will surely need more private and state funding, experts say.

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How Modern Medicine Changed the Way People Die

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:50:22 +0000

Death has changed in modern times, with technology prolonging life and making dying a shareable event. But what has been gained and what has been lost along the way?

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What’s Behind One of the Biggest Financial Scams in History

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:32:42 +0000

The LIBOR scandal is one of the biggest financial scrams in history. In his new book, journalist David Enrich unravels what went down.

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What Science Says About Quitting While You’re Ahead

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:41:31 +0000

People who achieve a personal best tend to relax afterwards and not push themselves further. But is that a good thing to do?

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The White House Budget: What’s the Reality?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:47:52 +0000

White House budgets usually amount to nothing more than "vision statements" -- and the latest one suffers from undue optimism about economic growth and a troubling expansion of the deficit, experts say.

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The Quest to Make the World’s Best Chocolates

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:16:22 +0000

In his recent book, Steve Wallace chronicles his journey to create a gourmet chocolate company in Ghana.

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How the Next Generation Is Changing Charitable Giving

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:39:55 +0000

Today’s philanthropists are increasingly coming from the younger generation and they expect their giving to have a real and measurable impact, according to a new book.

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Uber’s Waymo Settlement: Why the Road Isn’t Clear Yet

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:24:01 +0000

The Uber-Waymo case sheds light on the cutthroat world of technology-based businesses and the race to produce the next big thing.

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Why Customer Retention Lies at the Heart of Corporate Valuation

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:39:51 +0000

New research from Wharton is changing the way investors are looking at the valuation of businesses by taking a closer look at the worth of those firms' customers.

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Will Amazon Go Capture the Holy Grail of Retail?

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 22:01:44 +0000

Amazon's new cashier-less convenience store aims to answer one of retail's thorniest challenges: Understanding why shoppers do what they do, and leveraging that knowledge into increasing sales.

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It’s All About Timing: How Nonprofits Can Increase Charitable Donations

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 21:18:50 +0000

New Wharton research shows that timing is the key to maximizing donations, particularly from people with an existing connection to an organization.

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How Can the U.S. Improve Internet Security, Speed and Access?

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:59:45 +0000

A scrapped proposal to nationalize the U.S. 5G network brings up questions about what the U.S. must do to take wireless connectivity to the next level.

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How Businesses Can Drive Health Care to the Underserved

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 16:32:05 +0000

Medical devices maker Medtronic and ERC Eye Care have created sustainable models to bring health solutions for the neediest in remote areas.

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The Stock Market Rollercoaster: Should Investors Be Worried?

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:41:41 +0000

Wharton finance professor Jeremy Siegel advises investors to hold tight for the ride -- the recent losses that erased some $4 trillion in value in global stock markets are an overdue correction.

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Will Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Reinvent Health Care?

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:11:22 +0000

The three heavyweights announced last week that they are joining forces to reduce health care costs for their employees. Will the new model shake up the health care industry?

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Scoring or Snoring? The Super Bowl in Five Ads

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:35:15 +0000

Brands spend millions of dollars to air ads during the Super Bowl, but few achieve the ultimate payoff of actually bringing in more sales.

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Mindfulness: Why Being Present Can Make You a Better Manager

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:49:21 +0000

A new book by Gretchen Steidle looks at how organizations can boost management performance by investing in mindfulness training.

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A ‘Dirty and Open Secret’: Can Social Media Curb Fake Followers?

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 21:11:20 +0000

In the wake of a New York Times expose, experts weigh options to identify and weed out fake users on social media.

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Why Millennials Are Moving the Needle on the Real Estate Market

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 19:34:11 +0000

While the uptick in homeownership is nowhere near pre-recession levels, it marks a significant shift from a decade ago. But what has changed?

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Rethinking the Mortgage Industry: Is There a Better Way to Subsidize?

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 22:07:42 +0000

New Wharton research looks at how underpriced government mortgage guarantees contributed to the housing crisis, and how that could be fixed.

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Does Health Care Need a New Startup Model?

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 18:41:25 +0000

Traditional Silicon Valley startup models involving venture capital or private equity are missing new markets as health care's evolution speeds up, says one entrepreneur.

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Why Consumers Lose in the Big Pharma Wars

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 18:18:02 +0000

Leading pharma companies conspire to keep drug price in the U.S. far higher than a free market would support -- and that also stifles innovation, says the author of a new book.

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How Innovative Business Models Can Bring Cheap Energy to Poor Communities

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 22:10:44 +0000

An Indian entrepreneur and an Australian investor are finding ways to bring low-cost, clean power to remote communities.

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How Crowdfunding Helps Entrepreneurs Beyond Silicon Valley

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:50:05 +0000

New Wharton research looks at how crowdfunding is democratizing access to capital in diverse areas of the U.S. -- and why that trend is growing.

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Is a U.S.-China Trade War Heating Up?

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 21:02:57 +0000

The recently announced import tariffs on solar panels and washing machines could be a precursor to bigger trade clashes between the U.S. and China, experts say.

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Why the U.S. Founding Fathers Wanted an Activist Government

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:15:50 +0000

Did the Founding Fathers actually support limited government, as some suggest? Yale professor Steven Pincus argues otherwise in his new book.

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Brand Crisis Management: Responding to the Tide Pod Challenge

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:45:31 +0000

Other brands can learn important lessons from Procter & Gamble's response to the trend of teenage YouTubers ingesting toxic detergent pods.

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Why 2018 Is Shaping Up to Be a Good Year for Banks

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:38:21 +0000

The deregulation that banks expected in 2017 but didn’t materialize could become reality this year. Still, lingering consumer distrust and increased competition from fintechs are potential hurdles, experts say.

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How to Drive Competitive Returns with Impact Investing

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:54:54 +0000

Businesses are best placed to help solve social and environmental issues, and those that do tend to do well for themselves, say two impact investors, who share their experiences.

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How Spectre and Meltdown Will Impact Companies and Consumers

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:45:53 +0000

Recent news about the computer chip vulnerabilities has caused alarm because of the sheer scale of the problem. Businesses are scrambling to protect themselves -- should consumers be worried, also?

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What Can Jay-Z and Beyoncé Teach Us about Corporate Accountability?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:09:45 +0000

Recent Wharton research offers a new framework for viewing the moral obligations of individuals as well as corporations.

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2017 Was a Terrible Year for Natural Disasters: Is It the New Normal?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:39:34 +0000

Last year was the costliest on record in the U.S. for damage from natural disasters, painting a grim picture of what the future could bring.

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Global Risks in 2018: What Lies Ahead?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:54:55 +0000

According to the 2018 Global Risks Report, the environment, cyber security and geopolitics are areas drawing the most concern.

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Is This the Year Electric Cars Become Exciting?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:30:13 +0000

U.S. automakers are weighing continued sales optimism against uncertain policy moves. Meanwhile, electric cars look ripe for consumer-friendly jumps in performance.

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The Emperor Has No Clothes: Recasting Leadership in the Open-source Era

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:27:37 +0000

The digital age has democratized the workplace. So what happens when employees can wield just as much knowledge and power as their managers?

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China in 2018: What Hangs in the Balance?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:09:25 +0000

China’s leadership in clean energy and its strong economic growth are counterweighted by potential trade clashes with the U.S. and simmering social unrest, say experts.

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What Can an Ancient General Teach Us About Modern Leadership?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:50:56 +0000

Few military leaders hold as much allure for historians as Hannibal. Archaeologist Patrick N. Hunt writes in his new book that much of his success came from strong finances.

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From Leonardo da Vinci to Steve Jobs: The Benefits of Being a Misfit

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:55:40 +0000

Wharton professor Adam Grant interviews Walter Isaacson about his biography on Leonardo da Vinci. The biggest takeaway: "Stay curious about everything."

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‘Freedom at a Price’: Why Regulation Is Crucial to Fintech’s Future

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:03:06 +0000

Technology has dramatically expanded financial inclusion across the globe, but it has also created new questions about regulation and oversight.

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What Will Waivers for Convicted Banks Mean for the Financial System?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:34:34 +0000

The Trump administration's recent waivers of convicted banks have raised questions about banking oversight and the criminal penalty system.

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John Sculley: Why AI Is the Tech Trend to Watch in 2018

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 19:24:57 +0000

Former Apple CEO John Sculley talks about the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show and how AI is disrupting industries.

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Opportunity, not Failure: The Real Reason Startups Decide to Pivot

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:32:11 +0000

Wharton research into startups focusing on hard-science and technology sheds light on when companies pivot and when they “firefight.”

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How Banking-as-a-Platform Propels Cross River Bank

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:16:28 +0000

Cross River Bank CEO Gilles Gade talks about his banking-as-a-platform business model and what’s ahead for fintech.

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Could Iceland’s Equal Pay Law Work in the U.S.?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:41:32 +0000

In Iceland, it is now illegal for companies to pay men more than women for the same job. Experts discuss why the policy may work in that country, but might not translate well to others.

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Creating a Multi-million Dollar Brand: Stuart Weitzman on His Shoe Empire

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:03:31 +0000

The entrepreneur-founder and lead designer of Stuart Weitzman shoes said that doing things differently from everyone else helped him create a multi-million dollar global brand.

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How a Fintech Startup Aims to Take the Fear Out of Investing

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:02:26 +0000

Fintech startup Riskalyze believes that when investors’ portfolios more accurately match their risk tolerance, they will make better decisions.

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When Guilt Is Good: Unexpected Traits That Can Help You at Work

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:26:50 +0000

Wharton research finds that some seemingly unproductive traits can actually spur people to work well and to be effective in leadership roles.

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Are Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon Unstoppable?

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:15:39 +0000

NYU professor Scott Galloway talks about the pervasive influence of Big Tech -- both good and bad -- in his new book.

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How CEOs Can Align the Leadership Team with Corporate Goals

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 23:25:06 +0000

Only a motivated and adaptable team committed to shared goals guarantees success, says Mphasis CEO Nitin Rakesh

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Will Protests in Iran Pave the Way for Economic Changes?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:58:51 +0000

Iran’s embattled government may respond to recent protests with populist measures -- but those will not necessarily create more jobs, experts say.

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Breaking the Script: How Companies Can Make Themselves Memorable

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:52:48 +0000

We get lots of experiences in life, but very few are memorable. Is there a way for companies to burnish a positive memory with customers?

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Boom or Bust: How Will Retail Fare in the New Year?

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 19:50:04 +0000

After a turbulent 2017, retail sales were up during the holidays. But retailers still face plenty of choppy water ahead.

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Will Political Challenges Upend Europe’s Growth Story in 2018?

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 19:12:01 +0000

Europe's economy has surprised almost everyone with a surge of growth over the last couple of years. But will large political challenges derail progress in 2018?

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U.S. Environmental Policy in 2018: What’s at Stake?

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:34:19 +0000

Experts discuss the direction the U.S. is heading in regarding environmental protection and conservation, and whether recent policy changes put U.S. businesses at a disadvantage globally.

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Beyond Obamacare: What’s Ahead for U.S. Health Care in 2018

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 21:30:14 +0000

With debate over the Affordable Care Act likely to take a backseat, here are some key issues facing the U.S. health care sector in 2018.

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How Diversity Powers Team Performance

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:40:38 +0000

Increasing diversity has long been promoted as the right thing to do. But that notion does not account for the deep benefits that diversity can bring to an organization when it comes to performance.

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What’s Blowing Up the Bitcoin Bubble?

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:37:15 +0000

Despite bitcoin's growing credibility among individual and institutional investors, the cryptocurrency’s skyrocketing price is causing some concern.

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Why Mobile Banking Will Replace Bank Branches

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:35:55 +0000

As customers opt for convenience, the number of bank branches could decline by 50% to 75%, say BankMobile co-founders Jay Sidhu and Luvleen Sidhu.

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Jeremy Siegel: What’s Ahead for the U.S. Economy in 2018

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 20:14:46 +0000

It was an unexpectedly stellar year for U.S. stock markets in 2017. According to Wharton finance professor Jeremy Siegel, since most of the good news regarding the economy has been baked into indexes now, markets will likely take a breather in 2018.

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Why Flexibility Is the Key to Reaching Your Goals

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:00:18 +0000

Recent Wharton research finds that people who utilize “emergency reserves” – such as a cheat day on a diet – are more likely to attain their goals.

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Can Disney’s Bid for Fox Overcome Antitrust Concerns?

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:08:52 +0000

A dominance in regional sports networks could worry regulators, but Disney has the right strategy in content and direct-to-consumer streaming, say experts.

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Viewing U.S. History Through the Prism of Capitalism

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 20:57:47 +0000

A new book outlines the intertwined history of capitalism and democracy in the United States, and why pragmatism has outweighed ideology.

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Why Tom Cruise Is Still Bankable: Debunking the Long Tail

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:39:55 +0000

New Wharton research finds that as consumers increasingly are deluged with a dazzling array of choices, they tend to stick to brands they know.

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How to Build a Better Antitrust Policy

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:12:41 +0000

Recent Wharton research offers a compelling defense for antitrust policies that advocate protecting consumers over businesses.

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The Jerusalem Controversy: What It Means for the Region’s Economies

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:07:24 +0000

The Arab economies are overly reliant on oil and need to diversify, while Trump’s Jerusalem move is a needless irritant, say experts from Wharton and Johns Hopkins.

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Dinner on Aisle Six: Why Supermarkets Are Opening Restaurants

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:54:35 +0000

Consumers' growing appreciation for eating out is bad news for grocery stores, which have long struggled with razor-thin profit margins. Their solution? Getting into the restaurant business.

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Tapping AI: The Future of Customer Experience at Verizon Fios

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:29:30 +0000

In a world of vast automation via AI, companies that learn how to preserve a human touch should have a competitive advantage, says Verizon Fios's Justin Reilly.

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Building for the Long Term: Lessons from Leonardo da Vinci

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:14:18 +0000

Walter Isaacson, who's written a slew of well-received books on famous figures such as Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, discusses his latest on Leonardo da Vinci.

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Mapping India’s Economic Future: Jobs, Growth and Banking Reform

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:56:58 +0000

Manish Sabharwal, co-founder and executive chairman of TeamLease Services, one of India's leading human resource service companies, outlines a path for greater productivity and growth.

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Is the CVS-Aetna Merger a Game Changer for Health Care?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:48:38 +0000

A merger between CVS and Aetna would create a one-stop model for coordinated care – but would consumers really benefit?

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Tax Bill Reconciliation: What Are the Likely Outcomes?

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:25:14 +0000

Experts weigh the implications of the upcoming tax bill reconciliation process for individuals and corporations, as well as the impact on the federal deficit beyond 2025.

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How Rising Deficits, Huge Loopholes and Small Family Gains Plague Tax Reform

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:18:36 +0000

Proposed tax legislation speeding through Congress will enlarge the deficit and offer meager gains to low- and middle-income groups. It may also open up huge business tax loopholes, says Wharton's Kent Smetters,

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How Tax Reform Could Impact Senior Citizens

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:30:45 +0000

A deduction for high medical expenses that is largely used by senior citizens hangs in the balance as Congress tries to craft a final version of its tax reform bill.

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Why It Is Not Enough to Merely Vote for Social Change

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 21:25:59 +0000

Wharton’s Brian Berkey says it’s not enough to merely agitate for social change -- it’s a moral imperative to give generously to the less advantaged.

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