Quinlan Faculty Members Discuss Amazon, Humor, and More

Quinlan Faculty Members Discuss Amazon

Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business faculty and staff were recently quoted in several publications on critical issues in business, ranging from humor to Amazon. Here are some excerpts from those pieces:

Professor Al Gini discussed how humor and jokes can serve as coping mechanisms for dealing with reality with the Chicago Sun-Times. He just released his new book “The Importance of Being Funny” which makes the case that jokes not only delight, but help people approach difficult subject matter in life.

“I believe that humor is a kind of mourning and mocking of the human condition,” Gini said in the interview. “Humor accepts the human condition as sad-scary, and then talks about it, pokes fun at it and laughs at our feeble response to it. In so doing, it frees us from dread. It softens the blow of reality. To joke about politics, illness, death, God, sex or age is my way of defanging or domesticating something that essentially cannot be tamed.”

Gini is also the co-founder and former associate editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, the Journal of the Society for Business Ethics, and can be regularly heard on National Public Radio’s Chicago affiliate WBEZ-FM.

Expedia recently named its treasurer Alan Pickerill, its CFO. Pickerill replaced Mark Okerstrom, who was promoted CEO, following Dara Khosrowshahi’s departure for Uber. In an article for the Wall Street Journal, clinical professor Andrew Keyt discusses emergency transition planning for businesses.

“I think it’s still a little unusual to move that quickly,” Keyt said. “But I think it should be a standard part of board practice to have these kinds of plans in place.”

Keyt is an expert on emergency transition planning and is the president and founder of Keyt Consulting, a private consulting firm.

Lastly, Seth Green (not that one), Executive Lecturer at Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility, appeared on Chicago Tonight to explain The Windy City’s bid for the new Amazon headquarters, which you can check out below. The Baumhart Center supports students seeking to build a more just, humane, and sustainable world through ethical business practice.


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