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Data Hemorrhages: Digital Medical Records Run Wild

Electronic medical records are in the news, with President Obama calling for the medical records of every American to be digitized by 2014, and the stimulus package providing $19 billion to make it happen.

Aug 24, 2010

Tweaking CAPM

Forty years ago, economist William Sharpe rattled Wall Street when he balanced risks and rewards mathematically. At first seen as heretical and later as “commanding,” his capital asset pricing model (CAPM) earned him the Nobel prize in 1990. Succeeding generations of distinguished scholars have continued to tweak the model and debate it, among them Tuck Professor Jonathan Lewellen.

Aug 24, 2010

The Changing Nature of Strategy

Why are some firms more successful than others? How do firms differ and why does it matter? In strategy research, the issue of heterogeneity among firms is critical. If all firms were the same, and they all operated in a similar business context, they would all be equally successful. Since this isn't true, then either the firms themselves have to be different or the business context in which they operate must be.

Aug 24, 2010

Do You Know Where Your Competition Is?

Richard D’Aveni and former Tuck professor Koen Pauwels have come up with a new method to uncover the nature and structural changes of competition in fast-changing markets.

Aug 19, 2010

Think Outside of the Box (Store): Defending Against Walmart

Kusum Ailawadi has run the numbers—lots of numbers—and discovered that the best defense is fine-tuned for individual stores and categories.

Aug 19, 2010

Private-Label Products in the Manufacturer-Retailer Power Balance

The economy is in a major downturn, and supermarket prices for products ranging from milk and eggs to shampoo and laundry detergent are up 20 to 70 percent compared to a year ago. Just the kind of environment in which consumers tend to shift from national brands to significantly lower priced private labels, and at a time when private labels are already seeing a worldwide surge in availability and market share.

Aug 19, 2010