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Two Ways to Break into India’s Consumer Market

An opinion piece co-authored by Vijay Govindarajan about how multinational companies can enter the market in India by leveraging the county’s supply chain and taking advantage of its growing e-commerce. “Nimble global consumer companies looking for growth can accelerate their entry into India while mitigating their risks if they use one or both strategies,” writes Govindarajan.

Oct 10, 2016

Surveillance: Gross Says Job Report Won’t Bar Fed Rate Increase

As a guest on "Bloomberg Surveillance," Peter Fisher talks about the U.S. economy. "We wish we had more of an acceleration in this recovery. We wish we were doing better in some terms, but we're doing pretty well especially compared with the rest of the world—just looking at the level of our unemployment, the level of our GDP. It's disappointing, but it’s also better than the neighborhood, absolutely,” says Fisher. He also comments on the Fed targeting low-level volatility.

Oct 07, 2016

Vogel: Housing Bonds

In his latest VPR interview, John Vogel discusses how the solution to the housing problem in Vermont may be housing bonds—taking advantage of Vermont’s high credit rating and today’s incredibly low interest rates.

Oct 03, 2016

Why the Best Leaders Want Their Superstar Employees to Leave

Sydney Finkelstein explains how an organization can become more resilient, sustainable and successful over the long term by letting top performers leave. “To win big, we can no longer afford to keep our best talent to ourselves,” says Finkelstein. “We have to be willing to lose it. Our talent will be better off, and so will we.”

Oct 02, 2016

5 Ways Smart Leaders Ruin Companies

Cites research by Sydney Finkelstein, where him 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 Forbes.

Sep 27, 2016

Four Quotes from the First Clinton-Trump Debate, Explained

Emily Blanchard participates in an analysis of last night's presidential debate at Hofstra University. "Trade—together with technology—has undeniably reshaped the American labor market over the past decade, partly at the expense of middle class workers. But with the line about Chinese currency policy, Trump struck wide of the mark," says Blanchard.

Sep 27, 2016

Slaughter & Rees Report: The Three Debate Questions Lester Holt Should Ask Tonight

With a record number of eyes forecast watch the first of three televised presidential debates, this edition of the Slaughter & Rees Report offers three questions moderator Lestor Holt should ask tonight—as well as, for the candidates, what we consider to be the three ideal answers to these questions.

Sep 23, 2016

What Happens When a Business Goes Before Congress

As a guest on CNBC's Power Lunch, Sydney Finkelstein discusses what it means to a company when it gets called to testify before Congress. “When you go to a Congressional testimony you know what’s happening, you know exactly what the playbook is going to look like,” says Finkelstein. “Therefore, show up and be ready with stuff you’ve thought about.”

Sep 22, 2016

How to Be a ‘Superboss’ (or Hire Like One)

As a guest on WNYC’s “Money Talking,” Sydney Finkelstein talks about what qualities make a boss a “superboss” and why their hiring practices can make for a better workplace. Finkelstein also addresses the question, “is a ‘superboss’ necessarily a ‘supermanager’?”

Sep 22, 2016

Make America Great Again—Invest in High-Skilled Immigrants

Cites the paper, “High-Skilled Immigration and the Rise of Stem Occupations in U.S. Employment,” co-authored by Dean Matthew Slaughter in an article about the importance of hiring high-skilled foreign workers for the growth of America. "In their analysis, economists Gordon H. Hanson and Matthew J. Slaughter found that foreign-born workers currently account for a 'disproportionate' share of specialists in the STEM fields, despite the relatively limited numbers of employee-sponsored (140,000) and H-1B (85,000) visas available to skilled workers within the current immigration system," writes Pacific Standard.

Sep 21, 2016

Peter Fisher: There Must Be Some Angst at Fed

As a guest on "Bloomberg Markets," Peter Fisher discusses how a divided Federal Reserve left its policy interest rate unchanged to await more evidence of progress toward its goals. “I think there is a bigger issue that they have to confront” says Fisher. “Are they getting ready for the next recession or are they going to try to normalize policy?”

Sep 21, 2016

It’s About Fed’s Path Not Policy: Peter Fisher

Peter Fisher discusses why Fed policy must be clarified. “They’re way too focused on tactics and not enough on strategy so we are always debating whether or not they are going to move 25 basis points, which isn’t that important,” says Fisher. “And we don’t seem to get a lot of focus or clarity around what the strategy is.”

Sep 19, 2016

RPT-Sensing Threat, UPS Plans to Expand Its 3D Printing Operations

Quotes Richard D'Aveni, Bakala Professor of Strategy, in an article about United Parcel Service's plans to expand its 3D printing service to Asia and Europe in an attempt to get ahead of a trend that could otherwise take away a portion of their business. "Why wait a day for a part to arrive (from UPS) when you'll be able to innovate six times a day on your own?" says D'Aveni. Via Reuters.

Sep 19, 2016

A Delicate Balance

Cites comments by Vijay Govindarajan in an article about the recent hostility towards U.S. businesses and the impact on policymakers. “Vijay Govindarajan points out that big companies can solve economic and social problems that are too big for small companies and too complicated for governments,” writes The Economist. “They have the financial muscle to make long-term investments, the global scale to mobilize resources across borders and the management skills to deliver on their promises.”

Sep 16, 2016

How Much Can the N.H. Governor Actually Do?

Former Governor John Lynch, senior fellow for the Center for Business, Government & Society, discusses the importance of the New Hampshire governorship. “I think there’s an assumption that the governor’s office in New Hampshire is weak," Lynch says. "But I think that’s incorrect. I think the governor in New Hampshire has a lot of responsibility, accountability, and authority, to get things done."

Sep 13, 2016

How We Talk About Corporate Responsibility

Professor Paul Argenti originally became interested in corporate responsibility because it was a function often handled by those in corporate communications.

Sep 12, 2016

Anand Mahindra Makes His Mark in India and Abroad

Quotes Vijay Govindarajan about the growing success of Anand Mahindra, chairman of India-based Mahindra Group. "Great leaders have to be able to look through a microscope to deal with today's issues, and through a telescope to position for the future, and he has been able to do both well," says Govindarajan.

Sep 10, 2016

Van Ostern Puts Private Sector Experience at Center of Gubernatorial Bid

Quotes Sydney Finkelstein about Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern T'09, and how Van Ostern's political experience influenced his studies. "He was known as one of the more politically alert students," says Finkelstein. "I think he was someone who had a bigger potential contribution in mind."

Sep 06, 2016