Kellogg in the News


2017: Trump's Troubled Year In Trade Policy – 12/29/17
Article by Adjunct Professor Phil Levy discusses how to date, the Trump administration has been ineffective in putting forward a viable new vision for trade, but it has managed to shake the old order, highlighting four top trade stories from 2017.

The Hill

Don't confuse soaring stocks with real economic growth – 12/29/17
Article by Visiting Professor Benjamin Harris gives a recap of the 2017 stock market and offers his predictions for stocks in 2018. “To sum up, was 2017 one of the best years ever for the market? No. Was it in the top quarter? Yes. Were market gains indicative of higher long-run growth? Probably not. Can we expect more fiscal stimulus in 2018? Only if you’re a true optimist.”


Trump's New Tax Reform Likely Won't Help The Trade Deficit – 12/28/17
Article by Adjunct Professor Phil Levy discusses the new tax law signed by President Trump, and explains that while features of the law may positively impact the desirability of doing business in the United States, the President has a particular fascination with the trade deficit. Does it follow that a boost to business incentives will move us toward balanced trade?

Poets & Quants

Our Favorite MBA Startups Of 2017 – 12/28/17
Article discusses P&Q’s favorite MBA startups coming out of 2017, highlighting the Kellogg social impact startup, Front Row Education, on page 2.


China Policy: Ghost Of Christmas Past – 12/23/17
Article by Adjunct Professor Phil Levy reflects back on and addresses the economic questions devoted to U.S. trade policy with China, and China’s acceptance into the WTO in 2001.


The Loopholes Drug Companies Use to Keep Prices High – 12/20/17
Article discusses how drugmakers are using a variety of strategies to extend the exclusivity period of their wares, keeping less expensive alternatives away from patients. Article quotes Professor Craig Garthwaite, on how “the expectation of more exclusivity fuels investment in drug companies, potentially leading to future breakthroughs—even as some patients have trouble paying for the drugs.”


Five Reasons Why Managers' Careers Go Wrong – 12/20/17
Article discusses Professor Carter Cast’s new book, The Right And Wrong Stuff: How Brilliant Careers Are Made And Unmade, highlighting the five archetypes that bosses or managers typically portray.

China Global Television Network

James Conley discusses global patent, trademark and industrial design applications – 12/19/17
Video features an interview with Professor James Conley about what's driving global patent, trademark and industrial design applications.

Crain's Chicago Business

Rauner keeping public in dark about rates in Medicaid reboot – 12/19/17
Article examines the lack of public disclosure in Governor Bruce Rauner’s Medicaid managed care overhaul, quoting Professor Joel Shalowitz, who contrasted Illinois' lack of disclosure with Medicare, which typically makes rates public. "My personal philosophy is that if it's a public contract, it should be open to public scrutiny."


What Happens When White Nationalists Hijack Your Brand – 12/19/17
Video features an interview with Professor Nour Kteily on how alt-right groups are pouncing on brands in an effort to appear more mainstream to the general public.

The Washington Post

How too much focus on ‘superstar’ workers enables harassment – 12/19/17
Article explains how various industries have an organizational culture that rewards stars and bestows power not just on the CEO or president at the top, but to those who are star performers on or behind the scenes or when it comes to the bottom line. Article quotes Professor Dylan Minor, "Those firms today that are so focused on the 'star' employee, where it’s all about productivity -- that’s an enabling environment… people can have less than favorable evaluations and it doesn’t matter. All that matters is the numbers."

Poets & Quants

Dean Of The Year: Kellogg’s Sally Blount – 12/18/17
Article profiles Kellogg’s Dean Sally Blount as P&Q’s 2017 Dean of the Year. The piece provides an in-depth look at notable accomplishments over the last seven years at Kellogg.


Career Advice: Where should you sit at work? This is the secret to success, new research suggests – 12/16/17
Article discusses research by Professor Dylan Minor, which sheds light on exactly which type of high-performing co-workers will be most helpful to you: For optimal results, people with complementary, not identical, skills should be paired together.

Chicago Tribune

Best architecture of 2017: Apple Store, Unity Temple and the Biennial in a remarkable year – 12/15/17
Article recaps the architectural highlights in Chicagoland this year, noting Kellogg’s Global Hub among the top new structures: “At once visually dynamic and calmly ordered, the atrium of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management building created an instant indoor town square for students at the elite business school.”

Chicago Tribune

Help Squad: Navigating the ins and outs of the sharing economy – 12/15/17
Article discusses why so many people still opt to participate in the sharing economy, quoting Professor Kent Grayson. "For providers, barriers to entry are much lower," he said. "You don't have to build a hotel, you have one in your house. You don't have to get a city certification, you can start driving for Uber."


Lead Change Or Decline: The Future Of The Automotive Industry-- And Every Industry – 12/14/17
Article by Professor Robert Wolcott explores how established players can navigate radical marketplace change. “Focus your core businesses on medium-term performance while building new platforms and partnerships for what’s next. To do so, incumbents must first transcend past success. Vigilance against over-confidence that what won in the past will prevail in the future.”


Allbirds, How To Take A Leap Of Faith To Success – 12/14/17
Article by Adjunct Lecturer Paul Earle discusses the story of Allbirds, a profitable Kellogg start-up, and how various aspects, including faith as a business principle, has made the company so successful.


Lighthizer's Global Trade Governance Critique – 12/12/17
Article by Adjunct Professor Phil Levy gives four legitimate critiques of how the trading system under US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is currently operating.


Venezuela's PDVSA settles lawsuit with China's Sinopec – 12/12/17
Article discusses the settlement between Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA and its Chinese counterpart Sinopec. Even in the context of delayed debt payments by Venezuela, Adjunct Lecturer Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez said “when you think about the cash flow at PDVSA, it’s not a difficult sum to pay.”

Tax reform and health policy should be linked — just not via the individual mandate – 12/11/17
Article by Professor Craig Garthwaite discusses how tax reform and health policy are inexorably linked, despite protests that they are separate. Republicans have a unique opportunity to significantly improve health insurance markets and produce the conditions for truly revenue-neutral and conservative tax reform, which would involve repealing the tax break for employer-provided health insurance.