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Foodie Paradise: How Technology Is Changing The Way We Eat

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:44:39 +0000

Food halls, craft beers and farm-to-table cuisine are among newest food trends. A new book examines how technology is helping restaurateurs keep up while staying profitable.


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How Will Environmental Regulation Change Under Pruitt’s EPA?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:02:49 +0000

Former Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt’s confirmation as the new head of the U.S. EPA has revived concerns over how he may steer environmental regulation in the wrong direction.


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Weighing the Impact of a U.S. Border Adjustment Tax

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:56:28 +0000

The border adjustment tax proposed by Republicans would have “significant” impacts throughout the economy, according to two Penn experts.


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What’s Behind the Jump in FHA Mortgage Delinquencies

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:00:59 +0000

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, Federal Housing Administration mortgage delinquencies spiked in the fourth quarter for the first time since 2006. How will this impact FHA loans and the U.S. housing market?


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What’s Holding Back U.S. Economic Growth?

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:55:41 +0000

The American Enterprise Institute’s Edward Conard challenges conventional wisdom about factors that dampen U.S. economic growth.


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Raising a New Generation of Female Leaders in Africa

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:18:56 +0000

Leading Ladies' Network, founded by Eisenhower Fellow Yawa Hansen-Quao, aims to raise a new generation of female African leaders.


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The Republican Health Care Plan: Do the Promises Add Up?

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:52:43 +0000

Experts worry that the Republican health care proposals set forth in a recent policy brief could hurt younger people with lower incomes, among others.


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How Net Neutrality Will Fare Under Trump’s FCC

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:19:25 +0000

The new FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, is a noted critic of net neutrality regulations -- but there may be fewer changes coming than you think.


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What’s Blocking Corporate Creativity?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:04:36 +0000

Today's business leaders so often are driven by metrics, yet creative ideas often lack realistic measures. So how can executives keep creativity alive?


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How Whole Foods Can Emerge from a Slump

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:52:02 +0000

Organic food has become more popular among consumers, and it's now easier to find in many grocery stores. But that's not good news for Whole Foods, which once had a corner on the market.


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How the Federal Reserve Can Maintain Its Independence

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:28:33 +0000

Retaining the Federal Reserve’s autonomy is a top concern as President Trump’s appointments could occupy key roles, say experts.


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You’re Happy and You Know It — Why You Probably Shouldn’t Show It

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:04:20 +0000

New Wharton research finds that abundantly happy people are perceived as innocent and unsophisticated, which makes them more vulnerable to deception.


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How Mindfulness Can Lead to Better Health Care Outcomes

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:40:52 +0000

Physicians must heed warning signals of burnout, and be more compassionate to be effective, says Ronald Epstein in a new book on mindfulness.


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First Book: A Novel Model for Social Enterprises

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:30:18 +0000

First Book has adopted a novel business model that is key to the nonprofit's success in distributing books and other items to kids in need.


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The Elephant in the Room: Why Silly Corporate Buzzwords Catch On

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:56:02 +0000

Why does corporate America use silly buzzwords like ‘low-hanging fruit’? Author James Sudakow explains.


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Trump, the Dollar and Trade – What’s Ahead

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:07:51 +0000

While President Trump appears to have softened some of his contentious stances on trade and currency levels regarding China and Japan, plenty of policy uncertainty remains.


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Why Humans Distrust Algorithms – and How That Can Change

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:38:48 +0000

Many people are averse to using algorithms when making decisions, preferring to rely on their instincts. New Wharton research says a simple adjustment can help them feel differently.


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Will Small Investors See the End of Hidden Commissions?

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:01:39 +0000

The Trump administration’s review of the fiduciary rule for financial advisors brings uncertainty to retirement planning, but investors could still protect themselves, says Wharton’s Kent Smetters.


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Do ‘Sin Taxes’ Really Change Consumer Behavior?

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:03:16 +0000

Imposing taxes on products that have negative effects on health can theoretically lower consumption. But do these policies help consumers to make better choices?


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Repealing Dodd-Frank: What’s the Likely Fallout?

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:06:24 +0000

Some tweaks to the Dodd-Frank Act are in order, but Trump’s proposed changes will leave the financial system far more vulnerable, say experts.


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How Will Corporate America’s New Political Boldness Affect Its Brands?

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:42:44 +0000

Companies ranging from Budweiser to Airbnb took a political stand during this year’s Super Bowl through television ads. Will they alienate stakeholders?


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Good News for Messy People: How Disorder Can Contribute to Success

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 20:39:35 +0000

When companies impose tidiness rules, employees will hate the space, hate the company, hate everything, says author Tim Harford.


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What Ostriches Can Teach Us About Risk

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:45:44 +0000

A new book by Wharton professors Howard Kunreuther and Robert Meyer offers an innovative solution for addressing the biases that prevent people and groups from adequately preparing for disasters.


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Why the Twittersphere Helped Donald Trump Win

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 19:37:37 +0000

Wharton research shows that sensational tweets have staying power, aiding Donald Trump’s ascent during the Republican primary debates.


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How to Regulate Innovation — Without Killing It

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:46:35 +0000

Regulations don't always evolve as quickly as technological change -- at least that's the perception. So what should policy makers and regulators do?


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Lone Wolf: The Legacy of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 18:56:02 +0000

With Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch being compared to Antonin Scalia, it’s a good time to revisit Scalia’s legacy.


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Cutting Regulations: How Far Can Trump Go?

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:22:05 +0000

President Donald Trump has promised corporations he will cut regulations by 75%. What will this mean for business and the environment?


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How the Immigration Ban Will Impact U.S. Businesses

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:56:10 +0000

Though temporary, the Trump administration's immigration ban could undermine the long-term reputation of the U.S. as a reliable place to do business.


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TPP: Why the U.S. Withdrawal Could Be a Boon for China

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:17:05 +0000

Experts say that President Trump’s move to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) paves the way for China to forge its own deals with other countries and dominate the world’s major trading regions and routes.


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The Risks of Reviving the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:43:34 +0000

Experts from Wharton and elsewhere discuss the implications of Donald Trump's recent move.


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Why Product Recommendations Can Lead to Bad Decisions

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:47:52 +0000

New Wharton research reveals some surprising data about how consumers react to specific language used in recommendations and reviews, and why that language could lead some astray.


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What a NATO Exit Would Mean for the U.S. and Europe

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 21:30:37 +0000

President Donald Trump last week rattled many European leaders when he described the 28-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization as “obsolete.” What’s ahead for U.S.-Europe relations?


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Will the Trump Administration Embrace the ‘One China’ Policy?

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:16:27 +0000

Two Penn experts discuss the latest economic developments in China and Chinese officials' reactions to what is happening in Washington.


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Why Smart Machines Will Boost Emotional Intelligence

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:48:49 +0000

Virtual reality, robotics and AI will spark a new appreciation for uniquely human traits like collaboration and emotional intelligence in organizations.


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What Changes Are Ahead for the Affordable Care Act?

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:59:57 +0000

President Trump has signed an executive order to begin dismantling parts of Obamacare. Is it possible to keep some aspects of the health care plan but not others?


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The Emotion That Leads to Deception

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:08:55 +0000

Wharton research shows that spillover anger -- not sadness or another emotion -- leads to deception.


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Obama’s Scorecard: Hits, Misses and His Ongoing Legacy

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:44:07 +0000

Barack Obama led a committed and mostly scandal-free White House, but he could have forged consensus on key issues with more persuasive communication, say experts.


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Why Early-stage Investors Tend to Trust Their Gut

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:00:08 +0000

“Gut feel” plays a surprisingly important role in decision-making by early-stage angel investors, according to new research by Wharton’s Laura Huang.


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Dressing-down: The Fashion Industry’s Reaction to the Trump Inauguration

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:39:24 +0000

The refusal of leading fashion designers to craft outfits for Melania and Ivanka Trump is about taking a stance and bowing to a public outcry, say experts.


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The Biggest Risks Facing the World in 2017

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:03:37 +0000

As the World Economic Forum convenes in Davos, Switzerland, a new report warns of the greatest challenges global leaders will face over the next decade.


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Building a Better Earned Income Tax Credit

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:15:02 +0000

Recent Wharton research suggests that redefining who is eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit in the U.S. may make it more effective.


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‘Speaking American’: Regions, Accents and the Subtleties of Language

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:41:57 +0000

The New York Times' Josh Katz discusses his compendium of colloquialisms and why people from various regions speak differently.


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Do Online Reviews Matter to Businesses?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:14:14 +0000

Customer reviews affect the business of online marketplaces in surprising ways, Wharton research finds.


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The Right Way to Do Mobile Marketing

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:20:16 +0000

Consumers spend 25% of their time on mobile devices, yet, advertisers spend just 12% of their dollars there. That's about to change.


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Transportation and the Cost of Convenience

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:06:09 +0000

Our transportation system underlies all of modern life, from moving us to our jobs to bringing yesterday's Amazon order to our door. But there is a mounting cost to this convenience.


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The Science of Good Salesmanship

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:30:38 +0000

Author David Hoffeld says science can help sales people sell in the way their customers’ brains are wired.


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How the South Korean President’s Impeachment Trial Will Impact Businesses

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:17:18 +0000

Experts from Wharton and Stanford discuss the impact that the impeachment of South Korean president Park Geun-hye will have on businesses there.


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Can Government Be Run Like a Business?

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:46:41 +0000

Can business executives -- such as those chosen for Trump's cabinet -- run government better, or are the differences too great?


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Privatizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: How It Can Be Done Effectively

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:22:50 +0000

Wharton’s Benjamin Keys and Columbia’s Christopher Mayer offer a roadmap for the privatization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.


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The U.S. Economy in 2017: Why Uncertainty Is the ‘Biggest Risk’

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:43:49 +0000

Wharton’s Jeremy Siegel and the Philadelphia Federal Reserve’s Patrick Harker discuss what lies ahead as the Trump administration assumes office this month.


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The ‘Delicate Dance’ of Replacing Obamacare

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:47:30 +0000

Repealing and replacing Obamacare is at the top of the Republican agenda, but doing so will be a complicated process, experts say.


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We Don’t Need a Crisis to Act Unitedly Against Cyber Threats

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:47:35 +0000

Jay Clayton, Donald Trump's nominee to head the SEC, co-authored this 2015 opinion piece on why a collective response is needed to combat cyber threats.


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Cause and Effect: Do Prescription Drug Ads Really Work?

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:25:42 +0000

Drug ads increase the number of prescriptions for medications, Wharton research finds, but that doesn't necessarily translate into health benefits.


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Why Combining For-profit and Philanthropic Investment Can Succeed

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 17:00:55 +0000

Companies that mix for-profit and philanthropic capital sources for positive social impact need leaders who can push in more than one direction, according to social entrepreneur Derek Handley.


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How Technology Shocked the Entertainment Industry

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:46:35 +0000

Companies such as Netflix, Amazon, Apple and others have made big Hollywood studios, TV networks and other traditional media outlets rethink how they approach the idea of success.


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How Lego Is Building a Non-brick Empire

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 17:00:58 +0000

Toymaker Lego is expanding its business into online video gaming, in addition to its other non-brick diversifications.


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The Piracy Playlist: Can the Music Industry Fight Counterfeit CDs?

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 19:19:38 +0000

That CD you bought on Amazon may look and sound exactly like the real thing. But thanks to a growing number of counterfeiters, there’s a fair chance your disc could be a fake.


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Banking with a Public Benefit

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:12:54 +0000

Kat Taylor, co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank, discusses how the triple bottom line company enhances economic sustainability in low-income communities


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The Emotional Intelligence Deficit — How It Stifles Careers

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:15:04 +0000

Many professionals plug away for years with only moderate career success. A lack of emotional intelligence may be stifling advancement.


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What Will Trump’s Cabinet Picks Mean for the Environment?

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:02:23 +0000

The private sector will likely need to fill any gaps in federal funding for research in areas such as climate change and earth science, experts say.


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Getting Out of Line: How to Shorten ER Wait Times

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:06:21 +0000

Recent Wharton research examines a new approach to assigning patients to doctors in the ER.


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Can Trump Sidestep His Conflicts of Interest?

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 19:29:44 +0000

Both domestically and internationally, Donald Trump’s looming interlocking business and presidential interests are more substantial than any other U.S. president in history.


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Insuring Against Disaster: How to Build Better Policies

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 18:32:13 +0000

A recent Wharton report examines what can be done to improve coverage and minimize risks.


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How Two Psychologists Re-invented How We View the Mind

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:09:09 +0000

In 'Moneyball' author Michael Lewis showed how data analytics up-ended professional baseball. His new book reveals where the concepts originated.


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How a Pixar CFO Learned to Love the Creative Process

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:54:01 +0000

Pixar went from a scrappy startup to a proven leader in the entertainment industry. In a new book, former CFO Lawrence Levy recounts building the company and taking it public.


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CEO Pay: Can a Tax Address Income Inequality?

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 18:30:43 +0000

The move by Portland, Ore., to tax companies for “outrageous CEO pay” comes with the best of intentions but could become counterproductive, say experts.


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Trump’s Mixed Signals on China: Is There a Strategy?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:45:11 +0000

President-elect Donald Trump recently has given conflicting signals on how he will deal with China on trade, security and diplomacy.


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How the Pursuit of Happiness Has Made Us Nervous Wrecks

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:59:13 +0000

What’s making Americans so anxious? Author Ruth Whippman says it’s the notion that happiness must be pursued above all else.


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Stick Figures vs. Spreadsheets: Why You Should Doodle at Work

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:56:56 +0000

In a recent book, management consultant Dan Roam explains why doodles and drawings are the among the best ways to convey information.


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When Customers Browse Store Shelves, Perception Is Reality

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:54:37 +0000

New research from Wharton’s Barbara Kahn finds that the way products are displayed affects a shopper’s perception of choice – and, in turn, can impact what and how much they buy.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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