Kellogg in the News


RXBAR, JFK And How To Win The Hard Way – 06/27/18
Article by Adjunct Lecturer Paul Earle gives an account of entrepreneur Peter Rahal’s journey to success. The creator of the RXBAR spoke about the challenges he and his team faced, including doubt from others and the already crowded market, and the article goes on to pull three important messages from Rahal’s success story.

Silicon Valley’s ideal entrepreneur is about 20 years too young, research shows – 06/26/18
Article examines the assumption, particularly prevalent in Silicon Valley, that a younger entrepreneur will be more successful than an older one. According to Professor Benjamin Jones’ research, which examined more than 2 million company founders, the most successful entrepreneurs are middle-aged. Professor Jones’ research was also featured in Inc.

The Washington Post

To Trump, Harley’s tariff decision is a personal — and unexpected — betrayal – 06/26/18
Article discusses Donald Trump’s angry reaction to Harley-Davidson’s announcement that they will move some production outside the United States and quotes Adjunct Professor Phil Levy, who says that his reaction reveals a lack of understanding about the way global supply chains work. Professor Levy was also quoted on this topic in Chicago Tribune (first), Chicago Tribune (second), U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg.

The Hill

Entrepreneurial spirit no longer just for the young – 06/25/18
Article by Visiting Professor Benjamin Harris discusses Benjamin Jones’ new research surrounding the optimum age for successful entrepreneurs. This research shows that a 50 year old start-up founder is 1.8 times more likely to succeed than a younger founder, despite the perception of successful entrepreneurs as very young.

Poets & Quants

B-School Bulletin: Rethinking Capitalism – 06/24/18
Article highlights research by Professor Ping Dong regarding how superstitions change the way people make decisions (originally published in Kellogg Insight).

Harvard Business Review

What Subscription Business Models Mean for Sales Teams – 06/22/18
Article by Professor Andris Zoltners talks about how the business world has been impacted by the growing popularity of subscription sales models and discusses the pros and cons of both a single sales role and two roles, taking into account both the employee and the customer.


How Bad Would A Global Trade War Be? – 06/20/18
Article by Adjunct Professor Phil Levy examines how it's possible to come up with a manageably small estimate of the damage a trade war might have, but there is little cause for confidence in such estimates. There is a strong reason trade economists strongly warn against blundering into a trade war that goes beyond our forecasting abilities.


When The Hiring Manager Becomes The Firing Manager – 06/20/18
Article by Adjunct Lecturer Jeff Hyman discusses how best to go about firing an employee whose performance has been substandard. He suggests that it is important to notice the signs of failure early on and evaluate the employee’s chances for success, as well as to develop a good method of evaluating potential hires in the first place.

Poets & Quants

Best and Brightest Executive MBAs: Class of 2018 – 06/20/18
Article features three recent graduates from Kellogg’s Executive MBA program, sharing their stories and accomplishments. The profiles of Hans-Martin Hellebrand, Rachel Parent, and Keely Goodwin, as well as the other alumni highlighted also appeared in Forbes.


3 Keys For Making Products And Marketing For All – 06/19/18
Article by Professor Mohanbir Sawhney discusses the three key themes involved in making and marketing products to a large audience, which he says are universal design, inclusive design, and inclusive marketing. He goes in depth about each of these themes, examining examples and explaining strategies to achieve them.


How to Double Your Chances of Founding a Successful Startup: Get a Couple of Decades Older – 06/19/18
Article examines the assumption that a younger entrepreneur will be more successful than an older one. According to Professor Benjamin Jones’ research, which examined over 2 million company founders, someone who is 40 years old is twice as likely to fund a successful startup than someone who is 25, although the younger entrepreneur is seen as having a higher potential for success.


The research on race that helps explain Trump’s use of family separation at the border – 06/19/18
Article cites research by Professor Nour Kteily to explain the psychology behind Trump’s new policy of family separation at the border. Participants, mostly white Americans, were asked to rate how evolved they considered people of a certain ethnic group to be using a chart featuring images of an inaccurate evolutionary process of man, and the results showed that Mexican immigrants, Arabs, and Muslims were far more likely to be dehumanized than people of European descent or with lighter skin.

Financial Times

The School for Female Deans – 06/18/18
Article highlights female deans’ point of view and features Kellogg Dean Sally Blount, noting that she hosted a workshop centered on prospective female deans. “We believe the shortage of female leaders clearly has impact — everything from a lack of female role models to a male bias in business school culture and strategy.”

Inside Sources

Why Facebook Shared Data With China’s Huawei – 06/17/18
Article by Professor Ronen Gradwohl discusses the scandal surrounding Facebook sharing data with Chinese device makers, despite U.S. intelligence officials flagging Huawei as a national security threat. He says that Facebook is pursuing universal access, but is making mistakes when it comes to the amount of data being shared and the lack of disclosure to users. Article also appeared in Herald and News and Fredericksburg.

Poets & Quants

B-School Bulletin: Mind-Blowing Solutions To The 9 Hardest Startup Problems – 06/17/18
Article uses research from top business schools to answer difficult questions surrounding startups. It uses the findings of a team of researchers, including Professor Georgy Egorov, which were originally published in Kellogg Insight, to decipher why certain types of elections favor extreme candidates.

Poets & Quants

The Fight For Gender Equality In B-Schools – 06/17/18
Article discusses the barriers to gender equality in the workplace, from cost to business perception, and quotes Professor Ellen Taaffe, the director of women’s leadership programs at Kellogg, who says that the key to changes in the business world is an increase in the number of women who enroll in business school.

USA Today

TBS’ ‘Last O.G.’ reflects ex-offender struggle. Employers more willing to hire than most think – 06/16/18
Article uses research conducted by Professor Dylan Minor and published in Kellogg Insight to address the challenges facing ex-convicts who are trying to find employment, pointing specifically to companies’ unclear or nonexistent policies existing around hiring ex-offenders.

Associated Press TV

Analyst: US Tariffs Are A Game of 'Whac-A-Mole' – 06/15/18
In an interview, Adjunct Professor Phil Levy discusses the Trump administration’s reasoning for putting a 25% tariff on Chinese imports, saying that the tariff is unlikely to address either of Trump’s purported reasons for the tariff: addressing the bilateral trade deficit and Chinese intellectual property practices.

Business Insider

The most effective leaders aren't the most-hated or most-loved — or at least, they don't care if they are – 06/15/18
Article explains how a boss shouldn't be preoccupied with whether other people love or hate them. Instead, a boss should do the right thing for the organization. Quotes Professor Benjamin Jones, who says that leading by fear isn't a sustainable management strategy.

Crain’s Chicago Business

How Chicago's PE players are adapting to a high-priced marketplace – 06/15/18
Article discusses how private-equity firms are adapting to a changing marketplace and quotes Professor Mitchell Petersen on the evolution of the industry.