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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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November 1, 2009
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Heidi Roizen: Networking Is More Than Collecting Lots of Names

The Silicon Valley master networker explains the importance of relationship building.
November 1, 2009
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John Doerr: Best Entrepreneurs Attempt the Impossible

The venture capitalist describes the importance of ambition and a thirst for knowledge in driving new ideas.
November 1, 2009
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The Right Decisions Aren't Always Easy, Says Avon's Jung

Andrea Jung stuck with a company she loved. Today, she's turning heads, as Avon's CEO. The firm is a success story in a brutal economic climate.
October 1, 2009
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Bill Browder: A Warning Against Investment in Russia

The Hermitage Capital Management founder publicly accuses the Russians of fraud and collusion in unraveling his company's $4 billion investments.
October 1, 2009
Written

Cost of Reducing CO2 Emissions Could Plunge

A study says the financial impact of regulating coal-fired power plants under a cap-and-trade system will be much less than previously projected.
October 1, 2009
Written

Nobel Laureate Sharpe: There Are No Shortcuts in Investing

Nobel Laureate William F. Sharpe explains how futile it is to read sure-thing investing books or watch the latest financial guru to find easy answers.
October 1, 2009
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Slowing Introductions of New Electronic Products Reduces E-Waste

Research says some regulations can reduce the world's mountains of devices waiting to be recycled and slow the rate of new product introductions.
September 1, 2009
Written

Courting So-So Customers Can Be Good for Business

Marketers lavish attention on their best customers, but it may be more cost effective to increase spending on the occasional consumer.
September 1, 2009
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How Good Are Commercial Corporate Governance Ratings?

Research casts doubt on the value and validity of the ratings of governance advisory firms.
September 1, 2009
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Why Are Some Geographic Areas So Entrepreneurial?

A professor of organizational behavior says working with former entrepreneurs makes individuals more likely to start their own businesses.