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Kellogg Faculty in the Media

Kellogg School professors continue to lend their insights on an array of subjects, providing expertise from finance and marketing to strategy and economics. Some recent media stories involving Kellogg professors include the following:

Philip Kotler  

Philip Kotler  Photo © Nathan Mandell

Camelia Kuhnen  
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Jonathan Parker  
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David Dranove  
David Dranove
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The Globe and Mail (Canada) "Risk; Why did Jérôme Kerviel gamble billions for no personal gain? Scientists may have an answer: Our hunger for risk is written into our DNA." In this May 30 article, Assistant Professor of Finance Camelia Kuhnen commented on her research, which involves studying the neurological bases for economic behavior. "[E]motions determine very high-level decisions, like your portfolio, and investors should be aware of this fact," said Kuhnen. "[M]oney has become what psychologists call a primary reinforcer. The sight of a $100 bill and a platter full of hot lasagna when you're hungry — they do the same thing to your brain. Money is now, in an evolutionary sense, comparable to any other sort of primitive reward, like food."

Forbes "Outsourcing — To America." Elinor Hobbs Professor of International Business Daniel Spulber contributed to this May 29 story about features of the U.S. economy that are influencing some companies to relocate operations to America. "They may take advantage of U.S. branding, of U.S. management and technique, or U.S. design knowledge," Spulber said.

Chicago Tribune "Critics queasy over hospital mergers." "Time and time again, consolidation is bad for consumers," said David Dranove, the Walter J. McNerney Professor of Health Industry Management, in this May 26 story. "If I lived on the North Shore I would pretty much have to accept that hospital care is going to be dictated by Evanston Northwestern," he noted, adding, "I sure as heck better hope that they have my interest at heart."

USA Today "Study: A lack of power can impair workers' thinking ability." This May 14 article highlights a new study on "executive functioning" co-authored by Morris and Alice Kaplan Professor of Ethics and Decision in Management Adam Galinsky. The research appears in the May issue of Psychological Science. "If employers give workers more control over their work environment," Galinsky said, "they're likely to find their company does better in the long run."

BusinessWeek "Accelerated MBAs Are Gaining Ground." This May 8 article notes that applications are up 50 percent for the Kellogg School's one-year MBA program. Beth Flye, director of admissions and financial aid at Kellogg, said there is no difference in graduates' starting salaries between one-year and two-year participants. But for 1Y graduates to be well compensated, the accelerated program must fit the students' career goals. "This [program] is for someone who is more about career enhancement," than career changing, said Flye.

The Wall Street Journal "New Breed of Business Gurus Rises." This May 5 story ranked S.C. Johnson & Son Professor of International Marketing Philip Kotler No. 6 on the list of the world's Top 20 most influential "business gurus."

South China Morning Post "Increasing allure of US business schools." In this May 5 story, Kellogg Dean Dipak C. Jain said: "Expanding abroad serves a number of key purposes both for business schools and the regions they enter. It obviously increases access to management education; we essentially bring our programs to a new population of students as opposed to forcing them to come to us."

Washington Post " Check's in the Mail? Shop Till You Drop." In this May 4 op-ed, Professor of Finance Jonathan Parker expressed his view on the recent U.S. government's economic stimulus payments.

Financial Times (London) "Schools listen to client demands." This May 12 article examines the relationship between executive education enrollment and the economy's condition. It includes a quote from Associate Dean of Executive Education Stephen Burnett.

Press Trust of India "Boys 'not born better at maths' than girls." Associate Professor of Finance Paola Sapienza was quoted in this May 30 article on the gender gap in mathematics. Her research has indicated a correlation between environmental factors and success in math and science. "The gap doesn't exist in countries in which men and women have access to similar opportunities," said Sapienza, who, along with her colleagues, studied the results of a standardized test taken by more than 270,000 15-year-olds from 40 countries.

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