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A man wearing protective gear in a decontamination site
October 16, 2014
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Lawrence Wein: Five Disaster Scenarios — and What We Learn From Them

A professor tackles the most effective responses to some of the world's most dangerous risks.

Three economists hit the road to learn about small business in America. See what they discovered.

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A t-shirt says "I love my job"
September 17, 2014
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Harikesh Nair: Human Resources’ Big Data Moment

A marketing professor explains how workplace analytics can transform how companies hire, evaluate, motivate, and retain employees.

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Power plant
October 17, 2014
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What Would it Really Cost to Reduce Carbon Emissions?

Not as much as you might think, according to two scholars.

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A woman running at sunset.
October 14, 2014
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Szu-chi Huang: Pursuit of a Mutual Goal Can Turn Friends into Foes

Marketing research finds that peer support in programs such as Weight Watchers fades as members near the target.

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October 9, 2014
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Kristin Laurin: Do People’s Connections with God Mimic Their Human Relationships?

A scholar finds similarities between interpersonal connections and relationships to a higher power.

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Street signs that say "Wall Street" and "One Way"
October 10, 2014
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Nicholas Bloom: What Leads to Economic Uncertainty?

An economist explains how political polarization and government growth have increased uncertainty.

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Man walking by an advertisement for the 2012 Democratic National Convention
September 8, 2014
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Neil Malhotra: Do Americans Really Want Bipartisanship?

A study shows that political identity often trumps a voter’s desire for compromise.

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Christine Su
September 8, 2014
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Christine Su: “Listen – To Your Customers, Your Team, and Your Employees”

The founder of a business focused on sustainable ranching discusses the value of listening, learning, and understanding your personal vision of happiness.

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October 20, 2014
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Eric Bettinger: Why Stay-at-Home Parents are Good for Older Children

Parental presence isn't just for infants and toddlers.

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San Francisco
September 23, 2014
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Rebecca Diamond: What Is the Relationship Between Economics and Geography?

Research explores the interplay between wages, taxes, housing costs, the movement of workers, and education.

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A sign reads "Closing Down"
September 30, 2014
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Kathryn Shaw: Entrepreneurship Requires Practice, Practice, Practice

A scholar finds that repeat entrepreneurs are more likely to succeed.

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Alibaba headquarters
September 3, 2014
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Joseph Piotroski: What Is the Relationship Between Chinese Politics and IPOs?

Research shows it’s more complex than mere crony capitalism.

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October 1, 2010
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Bill Drayton: Helping the Social Sector Catch up to Industry

The founder of social entrepreneur funder Ashoka says adding business expertise to social endeavors can "tip the world in the right direction."
October 1, 2010
Written

Chilean Mining Minister Accomplishes Rescue Mission

Laurence Golborne led the two-month effort to rescue all 33 trapped miners, and won hearts at home and abroad.
October 1, 2010
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Harikesh Nair: Social Networks Impact the Drugs Physicians Prescribe

Research shows that the drugs your physician prescribes may well depend on the behavior of an opinion leader in his or her social network.
October 1, 2010
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Jeff Bezos Makes Magic Out of Online Retailing

The high-tech legend with a multibillion-dollar company accepted the 2010 Entrepreneurial Company of the Year (ENCORE) award.
October 1, 2010
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Sequoia's Don Valentine: What Problem are you Solving?

The Sequoia Capital founder says it may not matter whether you know how to run a company, as long as you "have a dream and a way to solve a problem."
October 1, 2010
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Tony Hsieh: Happiness Leads to Profits

The Zappos CEO says that doing whatever it takes to keep his employees, customers, and vendors happy has led to profits in the end.
September 8, 2010
Written

A Study Calls for Sheltering-in-Place in the Event of Nuclear Attack

A scholar looks at what to do in the event of a nuclear detonation.
September 1, 2010
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Anat Admati: Why Bank Equity Is Not Expensive

A finance professor says raising bank capital requirements would produce widespread social benefits as well.
August 1, 2010
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David Larcker: Is That CEO Telling the Truth?

Researchers find that speech patterns and words offer clues about whether an executive is being honest during a conference call.
August 1, 2010
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Don't Be Too Specialized If You Want a Top Level Management Job

An economist says generalists stand a better chance of making it to top management positions than those with more specialized resumes.