Kellogg Faculty in the Media


Trump Pushes NAFTA Talks Onto Treacherous New Timeline – 10/01/17
Article by Adjunct Professor Phil Levy discusses how the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation talks between the United States, Mexico, and Canada are most likely not on track for the ambitious goal of concluding by the end of the year. It will be untimely for Mexico and the US to extend these talks into campaign season in 2018.

Qualtrics Experience Week

Finding Insights in the Most Unlikely Places – 10/01/17
Video clip features Professor David Schonthal as he discusses Ideo, a company where he is a Director in the Business Design Practice. The organization specializes in design and innovation consulting, and Schonthal says, “At Ideo we think of design as a way of looking at the world and a way of solving problems, which is putting people first.”

Poets & Quants

B-School Bulletin: Uber’s London Woes & More – 09/30/17
Article takes a look at the top stories coming out of B-Schools this past week. Page 2 highlights perspectives from Professor Thomas O’Toole that are discussed in a Kellogg Insight article exploring how one can get the most from data analytics.


Here's the biggest missing piece in GOP tax plan – 09/28/17
Op-ed by Benjamin Harris, a visiting associate professor in the Kellogg Public-Private Interface at Northwestern University and former chief economist to Vice President Biden.


Trade Wars Take To The Air—Bombardier’s Away – 09/27/17
Article by Adjunct Professor Phil Levy explores the recent threat made by the Trump Administration to impost tariffs of nearly 220% on Bombardier aircrafts imported from Canada, noting that this opens many discussions on the difficult and unknown aspects of trade policy.


Three Reasons Why Culture Efforts Fail – 09/27/17
Article takes a look at why company leaders should not respond to potential disruption with a scramble to overhaul their business, according to Adjunct Professor Cesare Mainardi and his research collaborators. To foster long-term growth, leaders should focus on the benefits of changing company culture.

Harvard Business Review

How to Navigate a Turf War at Work – 09/27/17
Article takes a look at navigating assumptions of who is in charge in the workplace, noting Professor Jeanne Brett’s research that shows in workplace negotiations over authority, one should not get angry, rather “you should go in with ‘an attitude of innovation’” and try to find a way in which everyone can take something satisfying away. Professor Brian Uzzi also adds that one should try to project, “I’m open-minded. I’m a team player. We all want what’s best for the organization.”

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Trump, GOP unveil framework of plan to revamp, simplify tax code – 09/27/17
Article explains the first major revamp of the nation’s tax code in three decades presented by Trump and congressional Republicans, noting that this code would cut levies for corporations, simplify everyone’s brackets and almost double the standard deduction used by most Americans. Visiting Professor Ben Harris notes that “middle-class families get almost nothing” out of the plan.


Are we offering kids too many choices? – 09/27/17
Article highlights research by Professor Michal Maimaran that explores “how an abundance of choice affects children, and in particular, how having so many affects how engaged they are with the option they ultimately choose.” She found that there can be negative consequences to giving children lots of options, mainly that in the end they spend less time engaged with their choice than when they pick from a smaller set.

Business Insider

There's an easy way to strengthen a struggling marriage — and too many people ignore it – 09/25/17
Article profiles research from Professor Eli Finkel’s new book, which says that we're placing more expectations on our relationships than ever before while simultaneously investing less time and energy in the relationship. Business Insider also profiled the research here and here.


In Praise Of Dystopias: ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘1984,’ ‘Brave New World’ And Our Technology-Defined Future – 09/25/17
Article by Professor Robert Wolcott takes a look at the ever nearing reality of shows such as Black Mirror that explore the dystopia of a life controlled by technology, noting that these shows, although potentially, somewhat inaccurate, open public dialogue regarding the impact of artificial intelligence and other technological advances.


How the London License Ban Could Help Uber’s New CEO – 09/25/17
Article by Professor Harry Kraemer explores the Uber license ban in London, noting that this could be an unexpected gift for the new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Instead of going to court over the ban, the CEO could accept the ban in return for an opportunity “to prove his seriousness about changing the company’s culture and business practices.”


This one mistake stops you from getting rich and achieving your biggest goals – 09/25/17
Article quotes Professor Moran Cerf about humans’ ability to be forward-thinking. Our brains are equipped to think deliberately about future-looking abstract concepts — if we make the effort, he said.

New York Times

When a Drug Coupon Helps You but Hurts Fellow Citizens – 09/25/17
Article discusses how using coupons that cause consumers to switch away from a generic drug, with an overall lower cost, to a brand-name drug may be playing a role in raising drug spending and premiums for others. According to a study co-written by Research Assistant Professor Christopher Ody, “the coupons for drugs with generic competition are responsible for several billion dollars of additional drug spending per year.”


Which country has the best healthcare? – 09/23/17
Video clip features Professor Craig Garthwaite following up from an article published last week that asked experts in health care and economics to rate various national health care systems. Garthwaite gives explanations for the choices he and the other panelists made, as they awarded Switzerland with the best system.


On NAFTA, The Trump Administration Is Wrong Yardstick – 09/22/17
Article by Adjunct Lecturer Phil Levy takes a look at renegotiation talks occurring over the North American Free Trade Agreement, noting that the Trump administration “are trying to comprehend a global trading landscape while blinkered by focus on bilateralism.”

WGN Radio

Wintrust Business Lunch 9/21/17: A $100M Grant, Teddy Ruxpin Reboot, & Chicago Half Marathon – 09/21/17
Radio segment features Professor Kara Palamountain discussing being a finalist for the MacArthur Foundation’s 100andChange program that grants $100 million to the winner, which will be announced in December. Palamountain works with N.E.S.T, which is an organization that helps to improve newborn survival in Africa.


GOP health care bill faces opposition from Jimmy Kimmel, Illinois Democrats – 09/21/17
Article discusses the opposition to the repeal of Obamacare that is set to be vote on next week, highlighting certain aspects of the proposed bill, quoting Professor Amanda Starc on how the bill would redistribute money from some states to other states. “The idea being states can have the flexibility to decide what to do with the money, which will now be distributed in one funding stream.”


This Neuroscientist Thinks He Knows the Future of Human Evolution, and It Will Surprise and Inspire You – 09/19/17
Article features key insights from Professor Moran Cerf on the future of human evolution. Cerf noted in his most recent TEDx Talk that humans are gaining control over their own evolution because “advances in technology are making it so that it is driven by us.”

The New York Times

While Premiums Soar Under Obamacare, Costs of Employer-Based Plans Are Stable – 09/19/17
Article explains the sharp contrast between the fast rising price of health insurance premiums in many marketplaces and the remarkably stable cost over the past year of coverage for the large number of people who are insured through their jobs. About 151 million people are covered through their employer, quoting Professor Craig Garthwaite on “a remarkable stubborn stability” that characterizes the insurance environment for many companies.