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Business School Students Find Voices in an Age of Protest

Mentions the September 2016 solidarity gathering organized by Black Students at Tuck and quotes Matthew Bubley T'17 regarding MBA student activism. “It is a feeling that business people ought to be concerned about what goes on in the broader world around them," says Bubley.

Apr 16, 2017

Phones and Social Media Turn Consumers Into Whistleblowers

Quotes Paul Argenti, professor of corporate communication, about how smartphone cameras and social media are democratizing information and shifting power to consumers—preventing companies from sweeping complaints under the rug.

Apr 13, 2017

Even Best Stock Pickers Can’t Beat Bots

An article about how traditional active stock management is dying because computers are better and cheaper, cites a simple quantitative value strategy compiled by Kenneth French, the Roth Family Distinguished Professor of Finance. French’s strategy would have yielded the same risk-adjusted return as Peter Lynch's legendary run and beaten Bill Miller's famous 15-year win streak against the S&P 500.

Mar 30, 2017

The End of Focus: A New Wave of Manufacturers Will Choose Scope over Scale

An opinion piece by Richard D'Aveni discusses how advances in manufacturing technology will change the way companies compete, creating “pan-industrial” conglomerates. “A pan-industrial company may look like a conglomerate on the outside, but it will run quite differently,” writes D’Aveni.

Mar 29, 2017

The 40 Most Outstanding MBA Professors Under 40

Daniel Feiler, assistant professor of business administration, and Eesha Sharma, assistant professor of business administration, are named two of Poets and Quants' 2017 Best 40 Under 40 Professors.

Mar 26, 2017

How to Deal with a Chronically Indecisive Boss

Quotes Sydney Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management, about how reporting to an indecisive boss is unquestionably challenging. "It drives you crazy because without direction, you're not sure what to do," says Finkelstein.

Mar 24, 2017

The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders

Lists Carlos Rodriguez Pastor T’88, chief executive officer of Intercorp, as one of the world’s greatest leaders. “In 2010 he took on a vital mission by launching Innova Schools, which provides 19,000 children with affordable, high-quality education,” writes Fortune.

Mar 23, 2017

Ask George Washington: Conflict Should Be Avoided

An opinion piece by Charles White Jr. about lessons President Trump could learn from the actions of President Washington. “He was a 'celebrity' like Trump,” opines White. “But it is as a businessman/developer that Washington most resembled Trump as he faced what he viewed as an ethical issue in accepting office.”

Mar 17, 2017

Vogel: Healthcare Advice

In his latest VPR interview, John Vogel discusses the likelihood of the American Health Care Act failing and suggests, as an alternative, that Republicans make every American eligible for Medicare. “By making every American eligible for Medicare or a similar public option, he could fulfill his promise of ‘insurance for everyone’ and probably end up with a system that fulfills his other promise to create a ‘far less expensive and far better’ healthcare system,” says Vogel.

Mar 14, 2017

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to the MBA

Daniella Reichstetter T’07, executive director of entrepreneurship, Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship, reflects on the value of an MBA from an entrepreneurial perspective. “Just as we educate general business leaders or doctors or lawyers or engineers, in the same way we can educate entrepreneurs so they’ll be more successful,” says Reichstetter.

Mar 14, 2017

Trump Budget Expected to Seek Historic Contraction of Federal Workforce

Quotes Dean Matthew Slaughter about how many of the cuts the Trump administration will propose would impact what he sees as investments in the United States’ future—such as health research, transportation projects, and training programs. “Imagine his plan got enacted,” says Slaughter. “It wouldn’t trigger some crisis, but what’s subtle is relative to what America could be in the next several years in terms of making more substantial investments in infrastructure, science research, and public investments that we have historically made.”

Mar 13, 2017

Uber Used Secret Tool, Extraordinary Measures to Sidestep Government Officials

Quotes Paul Argenti regarding the high-profile issues that Uber has faced in recent weeks. “This is a really bad month. The number and kind of problems they have is an unusual array of bad luck and bad behavior combined,” says Argenti. He suggests the company could recover its momentum with better management. “Ultimately, your reputation is a complex thing. There has to be a lot of bad stuff going on for this to make a difference. I still think they’re not there.”

Mar 03, 2017

Business Schools Face Surge in Activism

Quotes Andrew King in an article about the rise in activism among MBA students and professors. “There’s always been a feeling among us professors that we shouldn’t be too political or it reduced our credibility,” says King. For him that changed when President Trump appointed Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, prompting King and colleagues to write a piece imploring Trump to preserve current environmental laws and adhere to U.S. commitments on climate change.

Mar 01, 2017

U.S. Companies Are Hopeful but Wary about Trade under Trump

As a guest on Marketplace, Dean Matthew Slaughter discusses concerns about the U.S. breaking away from the World Trade Organization. “If the United States did walk away in part torn, more dramatic fashion and pull cloth from the World Trade Organization, we would be walking away from literally generations of policy leadership that has helped grow American jobs and American wages,” says Slaughter.

Feb 27, 2017

How American Workers Got Lazy

An opinion piece by Matthew Rees about the growing complacency that is spreading across the American labor force; questioning whether American ingenuity will revive a low-growth economy. “There’s much less progress under way than most people think, and a prolonged era of sluggishness seems ever more likely,” says Rees. “That’s something everyone—even app-toting bacon lovers—should worry about.”

Feb 27, 2017

8 Books Every Leader Needs to Read in 2017

Lists Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent by Sydney Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management, as one of the best business books to read in 2017.

Feb 22, 2017

Across Top B-Schools, MBAs Open Up

An article by Nicole Burns T’17 and Matthew Bubley T’17 highlights the efforts by business school students and faculty to take a stand and speak out about political and social movements. The article mentions the petitions created by Andrew King, professor of business administration, and notes the rally organized by Erin Dunn-Franklin T’17 in response to President Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Feb 22, 2017

Why Statisticians Worry about Alternative Economic Facts

As a guest on “Bloomberg Markets,” Dean Matthew Slaughter discusses President Donald Trump's approach to economic analysis and potential changes to how U.S. trade data is reported. “The trade statistics are one of the most important pieces of data that the U.S. collects in order to inform how the U.S. is working and competing in the global economy. The reports that are out regarding how the export numbers would be altered—I know of no problem that would solve, but I know of many problems that would introduce for not only how we understand and see how our economy is doing, but more fundamentally about the integrity about our U.S. government statistics,” says Slaughter.

Feb 21, 2017

6 Reasons Smart People Fail

Cites research by Sydney Finkelstein where Finkelstein and his colleagues studied 51 of the business world’s most notorious failures—interviewing CEOs and people from all levels. “He and his team found that the poor decisions these smart leaders made were sometimes intentional and sometimes accidental, but they always followed a clear pattern of hubris that ensured even the most successful enterprise could be run into the ground,” writes Inc.

Feb 17, 2017

The Monetizing of the President

Quotes Kevin Lane Keller in an opinion piece discussing four ways President Donald Trump stands to gain financially from his term in office. Keller argues that President Trump’s usage of Mar-a-Lago as the “Winter White House” is the modern day equivalent of "George Washington slept here." "You would expect that Mar-a-Lago would benefit from being seen as the Winter White House," says Keller.

Feb 17, 2017

Tuck MBA Shares Her Refugee Experience

Ema Reid T’17 shares her family’s experience as refugees from the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Reid delivered a Tuck Talk on the subject in 2016 and, realizing her story could enlighten and inspire others, recently posted a video of her speech on social media after President Trump signed an executive order on immigration. “When we think of refugees, we often think of poor people on a boat, because that’s all the media ever portrays,” says Reid. “Hopefully my story will sort of humanize what a refugee is. And I want people to understand that refugees are just seeking kindness and normalcy and safety—versus more of what seems to be happening now, which is a door being slammed in their face.”

Feb 15, 2017

U.S. Trade Deficit Last Year Was Widest Since 2012

Quotes Dean Matthew Slaughter about how there is “tension” between President Trump’s goals on fiscal policy and trade. “The desire for fiscal expansion…will tend to increase the trade deficit’s overall size, not reduce it,” says Slaughter.

Feb 07, 2017

In the Tax Reform Debate, Congress Must Consider Affordable Housing

An opinion piece written by John Vogel discusses the benefits and efficiency of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit for families, the government, and private sector investors. “It is not perfect, but until a replacement has been presented, debated and tested, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit is the best funding mechanism we have,” writes Vogel. “Maybe we can make it even better.”

Feb 06, 2017

Gap Pushes New Campaign with Children of Its ‘90s Spokespeople (and Naomi Campbell)

Quotes Kevin Lane Keller about Gap’s new campaign being used to promote the reissue of ‘90s apparel. Keller noted that integrating the new advertisement will require on-trend merchandise and a cohesive store experience. "Gap has had some great advertising campaigns in the past, so the idea of doing something that reflects their heritage, but done so in a modern way…that part I'm okay with," says Keller. "But it's all going to come down to what's in the stores and everything else."

Feb 02, 2017

‘Deeply Concerned’: Corporate America Responds to Trump’s Travel Ban

Quotes Sydney Finkelstein about the growing number of companies objecting to President Trump's immigration order and consequently speaking out. "Every single CEO of any company of magnitude is thinking and feeling pressure and trying to decide what to do," says Finkelstein. "Some are speaking out naturally. Others are being more deliberate and strategic and recognize there could be a downside."

Jan 30, 2017

Vogel: South Korean Comparison

In his latest VPR interview, John Vogel compares South Korea’s loss of manufacturing jobs and housing system to the United States. Vogel notes that while it’s unlikely that South Korea’s housing system would work in the U.S., examining their tax code is a good reminder of the unpredictable outcomes of tax reform.

Jan 24, 2017

Six Thought-Provoking Books for Business Education Students

Lists Three Box Solution: A Strategy for Leading Innovation by Vijay Govindarajan, as one of the top thought-provoking books for business education students.

Jan 24, 2017

Trump’s Inaugural Address Suggests Break with Foreign Policy Tradition

As a guest on "All Things Considered," Dean Matthew Slaughter discusses President Trump’s inaugural address. Trump’s remarks suggest he’ll break from the tradition of taking a broad view of U.S. national interests. "There was clearly enlightened self-interest. It was to help make our country more secure, and it was to help grow good jobs at good wages," says Slaughter.

Jan 23, 2017

Want to Change the World? Don’t Look to Davos.

In his latest piece for "Syd Weighs In," Sydney Finkelstein discusses how the World Economic Forum has little to do with resolving the world’s problems or progress—it’s the ordinary, everyday people who make the difference. “So forgive me for not being impressed with the people at Davos,” writes Finkelstein. “They are acting in a complex play, being seen in the practice of helping the world be a better place. But the people I encounter every day, they aren’t acting. They’re doing. And I’ll take doing over acting every day of the week.”

Jan 18, 2017

Robots Will Take Jobs, but Not as Fast as Some Fear, New Report Says

Quotes Dean Matthew Slaughter in an article about how robots are coming, but the implementation of automation in the workplace will displace jobs more gradually than forecasts suggest. "We have more time than we think to adjust to the world that technology makes possible," says Slaughter.

Jan 12, 2017

For New Hires at Alibaba, a Crash Course in Chinese Business

Quotes Matthew Shofnos T’16 about Alibaba’s new, yearlong immersion program in Chinese business, language and the company’s culture. The program aims to produce China-trained, globally minded leaders able to make and manage partnerships with Western retailers. “Earlier in his career, he realized that being ‘an American company’s China guy’ wasn’t going to happen, thanks to lackluster Mandarin skills,” writes The Wall Street Journal. “With Alibaba, he said, ‘I can absolutely be a Chinese company’s American guy.’”

Jan 10, 2017

Donald Trump’s Power to Move Markets

As a guest on "Here and Now," Dean Matthew Slaughter discusses the power the president has to move markets. “The power is substantial. The president is the commander in chief, and is, in some broad sense, the chief economic policy leader of the United States. When he or she speaks, if it's relevant to a particular company or a particular industry, markets, historically, can move and have moved quite a bit," says Slaughter.

Jan 02, 2017

How to Rebalance Your Mutual Fund Portfolio

Quotes Kenneth French on why individuals looking to balance their mutual fund portfolios should choose index funds over active ones. “You should expect to lose. It’s really hard to identify the great managers,” argues French about selecting active funds. “You are wasting your time and money trying to beat the market.”

Dec 27, 2016

Doing Business in India Requires a Mobile-First Strategy

An opinion piece co-authored by Vijay Govindarajan explains why launching new business opportunities in key Indian industries will require companies to have a mobile-first strategy and implement 4G technology.

Dec 23, 2016

We’re Totally Misunderstanding the Difference between Mexico and China

References an economic model by Emily Blanchard and co-authors Robert C. Johnson of Dartmouth's economics department and Chad Bown, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, in an article about the economic relationships the U.S. has with China and Mexico. Blanchard and her co-authors “estimate that about 11 percent of the value of goods manufactured in Mexico come from American-made inputs. With automobiles, the figure is 14 percent. With electrical equipment, it rises to 19 percent. For China, the numbers are a lot lower — about 2 percent on average,” writes The Washington Post.

Dec 19, 2016

Immigrants Innovate

An opinion piece by Dean Matthew Slaughter about how President-elect Donald Trump's assumption that immigrants damage, rather than enhance, the prospects for U.S. workers couldn't be further from the truth. "Skilled immigrants tend to complement, not substitute for, native-born workers in U.S. companies," says Slaughter. "A recent ambitious study of hundreds of America's most innovative companies found that when these U.S. companies hire more skilled immigrants, their employment of native-born skilled workers rises as well."

Dec 19, 2016