The Washington Post
CVS agrees to buy Aetna in $69 billion deal that could shake up healthcare industry – 12/03/17
Article discusses that CVS Health has agreed to buy Aetna in a $69 billion acquisition, quoting Professor Craig Garthwaite on the implications. “They’re going to be able to offer you a better-functioning insurance package. There’s some sense in which we’re seeing a reshuffling of the organizational structure, such that insurers are owning providers.” Also covered in: Vox, Bloomberg, NPR, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Bloomberg, CNN, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Times.
Poets & Quants
MBA Programs Edging Closer To Gender Parity – 11/29/17
Article takes a look at how gender parity is closer to becoming a reality in business schools, noting that Kellogg has seen growth to 42% women. This is due to encouraging more women to apply and enroll.
It Turns Out Trump’s Tax Plan Is Bad for Businesses Too – 11/27/17
Article by Professor David Besanko discusses the tax reform plan proposed by President Trump and congressional Republicans’, noting that although most analysts have said that the GOP plan is business friendly, it is actually bad news for the private sector and it will hinder business. The plan will ultimately lead to additions to the federal deficit, which will lead to economic stagnation.
5 books from 2017 that these authors think you should read – 11/24/17
Video clip highlights five of authors Daniel Pink and Ann Patchett’s favorite books of 2017, featuring “The All or Nothing Marriage” by Professor Eli Finkel. Pink says, “Finkel’s big point here is that while the institution of marriage, in general, in America is declining, the best marriages today are better than any time in history.
Should you enrol on a technology MBA course? – 11/22/17
Article discusses the growing popularity of 1Y MBA programs, quoting Associate Dean Matt Merrick on how “enrollments to the one-year MBA have risen by 60-70 percent over the past six years” at Kellogg.
Strategy & Business
Reimagining Effective Cross-Functional Teams – 11/20/17
Article by Dean Sally Blount takes a look at the necessity of a business to have insights and actions from people working across the organization, noting that assembling cross-functional teams are the best way to capitalize on this.