Should you buy a home in 2017? Here’s what 3 experts say – 05/24/17
Article offers advice from a financial planner, a real estate broker, and Professor Charles Nathanson about purchasing a home in 2017; although there are caveats, all three say that if you’re financially stable, it’s best to make a purchase before the year is over. “Historically, when prices have been rising in, say, the previous year, they usually continue to rise at least for the next year, about maybe 70 percent as much as they did the previous year, on average,” said Nathanson.
CBO’s report card on Obamacare repeal bill could add more fuel to health-care debate – 05/24/17
Article explores the Obamacare repeal bill, noting that previous versions of the bill were expected to result in 24 million more people being uninsured, and that the House may have to re-vote on the GOP bill if the new Congressional Budget Office report does not show large enough budget savings. The article includes an interview with Professor Craig Garthwaite, who does not expect the new report to significantly impact the debate over the bill.
The academics who study the secrets of work – 05/24/17
Article asks five leading business school professors who specialize in researching the world of work to nominate the academic peers with the most innovative and original research on the professional future. Wharton professor Adam Grant nominates Professor Nicole Stephens for her work on the impact of students’ social background at universities and socio-economy diversity in the workplace.
Meet the Kellogg MBA students whose RompHim broke the Internet – 05/23/17
Article features a Q&A with ACED Design, the team of Kellogg students behind the RompHim romper for men. The group’s Kickstarter campaign was created for its pastel-colored, one-piece shorts outfit for men and quickly went viral, garnering posts on late-night talk show mentions and a “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update segment. The team of four students includes Chip Longenecker, Elaine Chen, Alex Neumann, and Daniel Webster-Clark.
The Washington Post
How to be a better networker for people who hate networking – 05/22/17
Article offers tips for becoming an effective networker, such as making the time and the budget, joining social groups, always following up, and always saying thank you. The article cites Professor Brian Uzzi’s research on “superconnectors,” or one’s friends who are the most socially connected. Reaching out to these “superfriends” is helpful for network expansion.
Congress Steps In On Trade – 05/16/17
Article by Adjunct Professor Phil Levy discusses how, in light of President Trump’s trade philosophy and management style, Congress has begun to take back the reins when it comes to trade policy. This runs contrary to the way Congress has dealt with trade in the past, as Congress has historically tried to yield some of its constitutional power to the executive.
Harvard Business Review
Overcome Resistance to Change with Two Conversations – 05/16/17
Article co-authored by Dean Sally Blount and Professor Shana Carroll identifies sources of resistance in organizations and lays out a number of ground rules for talking with the resistors. Blount and Carroll explain that effective dialogue with resistors typically requires at least two conversations; in the first, you listen and identify the cause of the resistance, and in the second, you articulate what will be different in your approach to the change and explain why.
How Unilever Risked Too Much on Dove to Appeal to Women – 05/15/17
Article by Adjunct Lecturer Paul Earle explores the backlash that Unilever received due to its new line of Dove Body Wash bottles in the U.K. that are designed to mimic different female body types. He praises the company for taking a risk, but emphasizes the need for the creation of new brands. Earle’s corporate innovation and new ventures class is mentioned as well.
Why Tesla Could Become the Next Apple – 05/13/17
Article by Professor Mohanbir Sawhney explains why Tesla has the potential to become as valuable as Apple. Sawhney notes that in order for Tesla to become the next Apple, it will need the “Steve Jobs” approach to marketing in addition to efficient manufacturing.
Harvard Business Review
Recessions Push People to Buy Cheap Things, Which Just Makes Everything Worse – 05/12/17
Article by Professor Sergio Rebelo examines how consumer behavior is contributing to deeper recessions and slower recoveries. It seems that during economic downturns, consumers reduce the quality of the goods and services they consume. This negatively impacts the economy on a grand scale because goods and services of lower quality are produced with less labor than those of higher quality; so overall, the demand for American labor is reduced.
With sales falling, Whole Foods replaces nearly half its board members – 05/11/17
Article discusses Whole Foods’ decision to appoint a new chairwoman and replace five of its board members amid falling sales and pressure from key investors to turn the company around. According to Professor Nicholas Pearce, board members generally do big-picture, strategic thinking, “so this could be repositioning the brand. It could be re-envisioning how Whole Foods thinks of itself.”