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Slaughter & Rees Report: An Offer in the Oval Office

Here's what we hope President Obama says to China’s President Xi.

Sep 21, 2015

Sporting Fixtures Influence the MBA Classroom

Recaps last year’s 32nd MBA Soccer World Cup hosted by Tuck.

Sep 18, 2015

Understanding the Rise of Manufacturing in India

Vijay Govindarajan writes about the rise of manufacturing in India. The article concludes, “While there is no single formulaic answer to manufacturing success in India, patience and a trusted local partner or advisor to guide western executives’ efforts are necessary—as well as an understanding of the challenges.”

Sep 18, 2015

The Undoing of Disruption

Quotes Andrew King about recent research he conducted that tests author and Harvard business professor Clayton Christensen's theory of disruptive innovation. King spent two years researching disruption and interviewing experts cited in Christensen's work, and found that only 9 percent of cases used fit Christensen's criteria.

Sep 16, 2015

How Useful Is the Theory of Disruptive Innovation?

Andrew King and a co-author have written about the influence of Clayton Christensen’s theory of disruptive innovation. They write, “High-level theories can give managers encouragement, but they are no replacement for careful analysis and difficult choices.”

Sep 16, 2015

As EB-5 investor visa program faces sunset, should it be renewed?

John Vogel questions the need for the EB-5 investor visa program and the way it is being managed.

Sep 16, 2015

New B-School Courses On Innovation Supply Talent For Digital Economy

Alva Taylor comments on innovation in the classroom and the challenges of reforming established philosophies and cultures when trying to implement and pivot with technology. Taylor states, “Managing that evolution requires rethinking longstanding trade-offs between standardization and innovation, efficiency and flexibility, and centralization and decentralization.”

Sep 15, 2015

MBA Students Shun Internships At Blue-Chip Firms For Little-Known Start-Ups

Mathias Machado T'09, associate director in the career development office, is quoted around on-campus hiring not being a good fit for many start-up companies. Machado states, “Most will hire during spring, closer to graduation, or the actual start date of the job opportunity.”

Sep 14, 2015

The Pitfalls of the Microsoft and Apple ‘Frenemy’ Pact

Rod Adner comments on “frenemy” relationships of large companies, in which competing companies work together on mutually profitable endeavors. Adner and co-authors point out that carmakers are already having to decide whether to let software apps developed by "century-old antagonists" into their vehicles.

Sep 14, 2015

Rising Interest Rates Will Boost Value Stocks

Jonathan Lewellen looks at five periods of increasing rates from 1983 to the present comparing high book and low book to market stocks (value). “The short answer is that value stocks seem to outperform growth stocks during periods when the federal-funds rate is increasing, mostly because growth stocks do relatively poorly. However, growth stocks have historically performed well in the six months leading up to rate increases."

Sep 14, 2015

The Comeback Conundrum

Sydney Finkelstein comments on the track record of boomerang C.E.O.s and how corporate success depends not just on the insight and leadership of the person at the top but also on factors—changing consumer tastes, demographic shifts, the broader state of the economy—over which the C.E.O. has little control.

Sep 14, 2015

Slaughter & Rees Report: Albert Einstein and the Global Economy

“Everything should be made as simple as possible—but not simpler,” counseled Albert Einstein. As with physics, so too with public policies aimed at addressing the world’s tensions of rising income inequality.

Sep 14, 2015

Irish-American Woman to Chair British Banking Lobby

Noreen Doyle T'74, who was born in Ireland and has joint US and Irish citizenship, will become the first non-briton and first woman to chair the British Banker's Association in its 96-year history when she replaces Sir Nigel Wicks on October 17.

Sep 11, 2015

Tuck Prof on ‘Triggers’ that Hold Us Back

Poets and Quants says Marshall Goldsmith's latest book, Triggers, offers solid advice and strategies to overcome the triggers in our environment and achieve strong abilities of willpower, focus, and self-discipline. Goldsmith says, “Triggers is really extra-personal—or about the outside environment. It’s a book about not only, ‘How do I create the world?’ but, ‘How does the world around me create me?'”

Sep 11, 2015

The Balancing Act of Brand and Reputation: Finding the Comms Sweet Spot

Paul Argenti and a co-author write, "A corporate brand can actually drive business decisions that keep a company on track with its strategic objectives. It creates expectation in the minds of consumers. Meeting those expectations creates the image in consumers’ minds that the company desires."

Sep 11, 2015

Big Four Auditors Hiring MBAs for Investment Bank Advisory Push

Stephen Pidgeon T'07 was quoted on the growth and M&A activity from PwC and Deloitte. “For us, the demand has come through the smaller and more ‘premium’ companies they have acquired, which have traditionally been strong recruiters of MBAs.”

Sep 11, 2015

CVS Reports Overall Drop in Cigarette Sales

John Vogel comments on the study produced by CVS indicating a shift in corporate responsibilities a year after CVS pulled tobacco products from its shelves. “I think it’s an interesting example of the nonprofit sector and the for-profit sector both working in the same direction.”

Sep 11, 2015

Deconstructing Hillary Clinton’s Apology

Paul Argenti notes leaders should take a proactive approach to apologies otherwise the delay can look particularly bad. "If you don’t take control of the situation yourself, it just looks like you’re responding to what critics say.”

Sep 11, 2015