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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

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

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

When to Send an Investing Model into Retirement

Highlights the three-factor model of investment returns that was introduced by Kenneth French, the Roth Family Distinguished Professor of Finance, and his colleague Eugene Fama, Nobel Prize–winning University of Chicago economist, in an article that discusses when it’s time to retire a theory.

Dec 14, 2016

Fed Watch: What’s Ahead for Rates in 2017?

As a guest on Bloomberg’s “What’d You Miss?,” Peter Fisher, senior lecturer and senior fellow at the Center for Business, Government & Society, discusses the outlook for the Fed and the timing of the Fed rate hikes in 2017, the importance of monetary policy to investors, the impact of political risk on the markets, and the outlook for Japan's economy. "The fed is going to have to reflect that the economy is a littler firmer than it was in September, the labor market is a little tighter, and the inflation measures have moved a little further,” says Fisher.

Dec 12, 2016

Why Electric Cars Are Only as Clean as Their Power Supply

Cites the paper “Spatial and Temporal Heterogeneity of Marginal Emissions: Implications for Electric Cars and Other Electricity-Shifting Policies,” co-authored by Erin Mansur in an article about how electric car emission impact is highly dependent on how the electricity is sourced.

Dec 06, 2016

The Surprisingly Unequal Benefits of Electric Vehicles, Mapped

The Atlantic's "City Lab," cites the paper “Distributional Effects of Air Pollution from Electric Vehicle Adoption,” co-authored by Erin Mansur, the Revers Professor of Business Administration, in an article about whether electric-vehicles (EV) are truly better for the environment. “The co-authors mapped out the costs and benefits of EV adoption in terms of the emissions they put into the air—not only carbon dioxide, but also pollutants that affect local air quality, such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen, particulate matter, and volatile organic compounds,” writes City Lab. “Unsurprisingly, the places with the greatest EV adoption rates got cleaner air as a result.”

Dec 05, 2016

Not All Immigrant Labor Is Cheap Labor

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 challenging the narrative that visas let foreigners take Americans’ jobs at lower wages. “The study shows that the average foreign worker in science and technology jobs starts out making only slightly less than American-born workers—about 94 cents on the dollar,” writes The Atlantic. “But after working in the United States for five years, the average foreign STEM worker earns $1.04 for every dollar their American colleagues make.”

Nov 30, 2016

Here’s Why Military Veterans Are Flocking to Elite U.S. Business Schools

Quotes Punam Anand Keller about Tuck's Next Step: Transition to Business program, which is designed for veterans and elite athletes looking to make a move into the business world. “The goal is to help our participants focus strengths, translate experiences, and identify opportunities so they can land the excellent jobs they absolutely deserve,” says Keller.

Nov 21, 2016

Cyrus Mistry Fiasco: Acid Test for Brand Tata’s Business Basics

Quotes Vijay Govindarajan about the problems facing Tata Group after the controversial dismissal of Cyrus Mistry as chairman of Tata Sons Limited. "First, the Tata group is always known for management excellence despite being family-owned. That is why the current leadership crisis stands out as an anomaly," says Govindarajan. "Second, this incident raises fundamental issues of corporate governance that all Indian companies must address going forward. Third and perhaps the most important is the distraction this crisis is causing at a time when the Tata group has to contend with many challenges like Brexit or the most recent US elections that have cast globalization in a different light. The last thing they need is a crisis at the top."

Nov 18, 2016

Jobs abound, but skills to fill them are lacking

Highlights Eric Spiegel T'87, CEO of Siemens USA, as the keynote speaker on Monday at Governor Maggie Hassan's summit on work-based learning and better preparing students for the job world. According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, Spiegel will speak about America's "training gap" and how New Hampshire can develop public-private partnerships to train workers for jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

Jun 07, 2016

The Climate for Corporate-Charity Partnerships Is Hotting up

Cites the 2011 study, Does Retailer CSR Enhance Behavioral Loyalty: A Case for Benefit Segmentation, co-authored by Kusum Ailawadi, Scott Neslin, and Gail Taylor that showed that extremely price-conscious consumers are not swayed by corporate giving.

Jun 07, 2016

Stop Saying Big Companies Can’t Innovate

An opinion piece co-authored by Vijay Govindarajan about how contrary to popular belief big companies can still innovate just as well—if not better—than startups. “The world faces many complex problems,” says Govindarajan. “Big companies, such as GE, with historic global presence and valuable resources can help to tackle some of those complex problems. Emergent firms would do well to follow their example.”

Jun 07, 2016

How Disney Found its Way Back to Creative Success

An opinion piece co-authored by Vijay Govindarajan about how the contrasts between Disney and Warner Brothers provide an instructive study on how the key to success is adapting to industrial changes. "Repeating what you've done in the past or copying what someone else is doing now is not innovative, and it's innovation that underwrites future success," says Govindarajan. "The contrasting fortunes of Disney and Warner Brothers highlight the importance of continuous innovation. Indeed, long-term competitiveness depends on it."

Jun 03, 2016

Big automakers vs. disruptors

As a guest on CNBC's Power Lunch, Paul Argenti discusses management issues in the auto sector as companies like Uber and Tesla are disrupting the industry. "This comes at a really bad time for them, and I think the new competition is something that they're not ready for," says Argenti.

Jun 03, 2016

No Venture Capital Needed, or Wanted

Highlights Dana Ehrlich T'05, founder and CEO of the grass-fed beef company Verde Farms, in an article about successful startups that have been growing and expanding without the help of investors or venture capitalists. Ehrlich used $100,000 from savings and student loans to secure debt financing. The New York Times writes that the company, “Sold 10.1 million pounds of grass-fed beef in 2015, up from 240,000 pounds in 2008. Sales, which totaled $665,000 in 2008, surged to $7 million in 2009 and more than $50 million in 2015.”

Jun 03, 2016

What’s At Stake: Politics of Fear, Exclusion and Hate a Threat to Progress

An opinion piece by Fred McKinney about the rifts that the presidential campaign is causing in America. McKinney challenges readers to come together as a nation before the current crisis becomes an existential crisis for the Republic. “There is too much at stake to let hate and ignorance rule,” he says. “The only superiority one group or person can ever have over another group or person is based on the capacity to love.”

Jun 03, 2016

AOL’s newest employee perk: VC funding for your startup

Quotes Vijay Govindarajan in an article about a new incentive being offered to AOL employees—the chance to launch their own startup with funding and six months to develop their project. Govindarajan argues that the more a company is productive in the present, the less it can be focused on the future. “The performance engine is too powerful,” he says. “The focus on preserving it is too intense.”

Jun 03, 2016

To Win the Civil War, Lincoln Had to Change His Leadership

Vijay Govindarajan describes how Abraham Lincoln applied elements from his book The Three Box Solution during the Civil War. He writes that Lincoln, "decisively left behind the conventions of the past and created a new relationship with both the military and the general public."

May 31, 2016

How Bae is going to change the game with mobile dating for Black people

Features an interview with Brian Gerrard who worked with his brother Justin Gerrard T'16, to create the mobile app Bae (Before Anyone Else).The brothers won a Dartmouth pitch competition last year and received $30,000 to launch the app.

May 27, 2016

Laid-Off and Looking for Work? Access to Credit Can Give You a Big Leg Up

Continued coverage of a study conducted by Gordon Phillips and colleagues that examines the correlation between job loss and credit access and how it can affect the job seeking process in the U.S.

May 27, 2016

From Accountant to Yogi: Making a Radical Career Change

An opinion piece co-authored by Vijay Govindarajan about making a radical career change—offering six tips on how to be successful while making the shift. Govindarajan writes, “Once we’re on the path of growth, we can continually move through the seasons of transformation and renewal.”

May 27, 2016

Book Review: Balance The Boxes

Review calls The Three Box Solution by Vijay Govindarajan, "a clear winner" with concepts that should be part of every organization's DNA.

May 27, 2016

Column: The downward spiral of IPO generations

Cites a recent study co-authored by Anup Srivastava about why successive cohorts of certain firms are persistently riskier. The study found that each new cohort uses riskier production technologies and operates in more competitive product markets than its predecessor.

May 26, 2016

US Probes E-Commerce Giant Alibaba’s Accounting Practices

Quotes Anant Sundaram about Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba which is now under investigation by the U.S. for questionable accounting practices. "I think it's a moment of truth for the company. If I'm buying into that stock, what am I buying into?"

May 26, 2016

Digital Transformation: concept too big for Spanish companies?

Highlights Sydney Finkelstein as a guest speaker at the 2016 Digital Enterprise Show in Madrid, Spain. Finkelstein discussed the need for organizations to generate and regenerate talent in order to survive and shared what characteristics employers should look for in new hires.

May 26, 2016

The One Time It’s OK to Pile Up Credit-Card Debt

Features a study conducted by Gordon Phillips and colleagues that examines the correlation on how job loss and credit access can affect the job seeking process in the U.S. Bloomberg writes, “It turns out that credit can often help jobseekers get back on their feet, especially those with lower income and fewer savings.”

May 26, 2016

How firms can avoid being boxed in

A feature article about Vijay Govindarajan and his new book The Three Box Solution: A Strategy for Leading Innovation.

May 26, 2016

Central Jersey Native Part of Holocaust Ethics Program

Robert Devers Wilson T'16 is one of 13 business students and early-career executives chosen by Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) to participate in its two-week program in Europe this summer. "The FASPE program is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from history's greatest tragedy and apply those lessons to our world today," says Wilson. "The types of ethical breakdowns that led to the Holocaust still abound in the world today, and FASPE is designed to help us fight against such injustice."

May 24, 2016