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Aug 29, 2018

Government Cyberattacks, the Perception of Lies, and More – Chicago News

Government Cyberattacks, the Perception of Lies, and More – Chicago News

Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week.

How Governments Can Better Defend Themselves Against CyberattacksKellogg Insights

Northwestern Kellogg Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences Professor Sandeep Baliga recently co-authored new research with University of Chicago’s Ethan Bueno de Mesquita and MIT’s Alexander Wolitzky, which articulates a new theory about how victims of cyber aggression might choose to retaliate—or not—against shadowy aggressors.

Baliga explains that their model presents a theory that “cyber warfare is inherently multilateral.”

“If the standard of proof is satisfied, yeah, then you should react super aggressively. But when there’s a lot of noise, you might actually want to back off because others may exploit your policy by hiding behind misidentification. If somebody wants to trigger a war between us and China, then they have every reason to do a hack that looks like China did it.”

Baliga adds, “If nations get better at both detecting attacks and identifying their perpetrators, then cyber peace is more likely to prevail.”

You can read the full article on the future of government cyberattacks here.

New Study Finds When Telling Lies, Perception MattersBooth News

Chicago Booth Assistant Professor Emma Levine recently co-authored new research with UCLA Anderson’s Adam Eric Greenberg and Deakin University’s Matthew Lupoli that finds that “well-intentioned lies can spark strong resentment from the person who is deceived.”

In other words, “Telling a lie in order to help or protect someone—a practice known as prosocial lying—backfires if the person being lied to perceives the lie as paternalistic,” meaning lies that require the “liar to make assumptions about whether lying is in the deceived party’s best interest.”

Emma Levine

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Levine explains the trio’s findings, which were published as part of a paper entitled “Paternalistic Lies” in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes:

“We sometimes tell lies to others believing that they will help, when in reality we are acting upon a paternalistic assumption that lying is better than the truth. Our research demonstrates that in these situations, the individual on the receiving end is likely to resent deception.”

You can read more about the research here.

Faculty Focused on Workplace Wellness Continue to Steer the DiscussionGies College of Business News

Gies College of Business Assistant Professors of Finance David Molitor and Julian Reif co-authored The Illinois Workplace Wellness Study, whose results examine the efficacy of a homegrown wellness program.

According to the website, “The study’s findings will empower employers, public health professionals, and policymakers to make more informed decisions regarding the implementation of workplace wellness programs throughout the United States.”

You can find more here.

Aug 28, 2018

The Newest Fordham EMBA, and More – New York News

The Newest Fordham EMBA, and More – New York News

Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week.

New EMBA Program Prepares Athletes and Artists for Second CareersGabelli Connect

Earlier this month, the Fordham Univesity Gabelli School of Business unveiled a new EMBA program that caters to athletes and artists. Associate Dean Francis Petit, who will preside over the new program, writes about the specific segment the EMBA will service:

“Overall, this segment is looking to reinvent themselves and reinvention is oftentimes arduous. This program will provide the necessary tools.”

Petit compares the collective and collaborative academic journey that participants will take to the experiences athletes had among their teammates.

According to the article, the new EMBA will include “team projects, career coaching, presentations, and site visits to companies in the New York area, along with a capstone project.”

You can read more about the new Gabelli EMBA program here.

What Everyone Needs to Know When Traveling AbroadColumbia Business School News

New research co-authored by Columbia Business School’s Michael Morris explores the question of how far should you go to “adopt local ways when your work brings you abroad?”

Not surprisingly, Morris’s paper “Do As the Romans Do? Diversity Ideologies and Trust in Evaluations of Cultural Accommodation” finds that the answer is complicated.

“If you’re wondering whether to try to speak limited Spanish in Barcelona or say ‘G-Day’ in Sydney, the answer is a yes. Accommodate to a moderate extent and locals will appreciate the gesture,” he writes. “Visitors need to be careful not to overdo it, since going too far can cause a backlash. This research sends the simple message to foreign visitors that effort matters. It’s a sign of respect and authenticity.”

You can read more of Morris’ advice here.

The Secret to Influential Management Research? It All Comes Down to DataStevens Institute of Technology School of Business News

The Stevens Institute of Technology School of Business recently profiled Emeritus Professor Dr. Richard Reilly, whose pioneering work in talent management research was honed during a distinguished career designing studies at Bell Labs, AT&T, and ETS. The article notes that Dr. Reilly was “recognized by Academy of Management Learning and Education as being among the top 1 percent of all researchers in human resource management and strategy, as measured by textbook citations.”

Dr. Reilly notes, “Understanding these organizations and how they work gave me access to data that helped me do meaningful research, write articles and teach to what was actually going on in the workplace.”

Dr. Reilly explains one of the impetuses for his research:

“The issue with testing is that the outcome in higher education is so much harder to pin down. Is it grades, or something more nuanced, more complex? I got interested in looking in the issues around fairness in tests, as it relates to gender and background.”

You can read more about Dr. Reilly here.

Aug 22, 2018

Curbing the Conspiracy Mindset at Northwestern, and More – Chicago News

Curbing the Conspiracy Mindset at Northwestern, and More – Chicago News

Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week.

Conspiracy Theories Abound. Here’s How to Curb Their AllureKellogg Insight

Northwestern Kellogg Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations Cynthia Wang took a social psychological approach to understand what drives conspiratorial perceptions like Pizzagate, and “what are things that can be done by organizations that can prevent this mindset,” highlighted in a recent release from Kellogg Insight.

Wang co-authored a new paper with UCLA’s Jennifer Whitson, Penn State-Erie’s Joongseo Kim, Ohio State’s Tanya Menon, and Ball State’s Brian Webster, which finds that “individuals who exhibit a desire to take action in pursuit of their goals are less prone to conspiratorial thinking.”

The group began to focus on “regulatory focus theory (RFT), which looks at how people go about achieving their goals.” Kellogg Insight explains:

“RFT proposes two main strategies. People with a “promotion-focused” orientation aim to do everything in their power to achieve their hopes and dreams. In this mindset, individuals believe they can shape their future, suggesting that they feel a high degree of control over their environment. Those with a “prevention-focused” orientation, on the other hand, act diligently to protect the security they already have.

The researchers hypothesized that prevention-focused people might be more prone to believe conspiracy theories because conspiracies can feel like a threat to their security. The team suspected that people with a promotion focus, however, would be more skeptical.

The team surveyed three groups of people, including military personnel and college students. Consistently, they found that people who were more “promotion” focused thought they had more agency in what happens to them, and therefore more control. In this frame of mind, those that felt they had more control were less susceptible to believe conspiracy theories.

You can read more about the group’s research here.

Yuxuan Tang is Ready for His 48 Hours of FameGies School of Business Blog

Gies College of Business senior Yuxuan Tang was one of four University of Illinois students drawn from the Illinois MakerLab and selected to compete in Season 3 of the PBS show Make 48, a “televised national invention competition that gives teams 48 hours to come up with an idea, create a prototype, and present their idea to a panel of judges.”

Tang writes, “It’s an honor. The competition is like a sped-up creation process. Being able to make the model is important, but the rest of the team should diversify. You need some people to see ‘How’s the market? What do customers think of this service?’ That’s what business people do.”

You can read more about Tang’s work here.

Graduate Students Tackle Issue of Clean Water in HaitiQuinlan School of Business Blog

Loyola’s Masters of Social Justice student Josh Goralski spoke with the Quinlan School of Business Blog about his social enterprise, which “focuses on building water filtration businesses [in Haiti] funded through micro-financing.”

This idea is an extension of a business idea he and his undergraduate classmates at Rockhurst University developed to address the 5,700 Haitians water-related diseases claim each year. According to the article, “52.4 percent of Haiti’s rural population does not have access to clean water.”

Loyola student Josh Goralski, pictured in Haiti / Photo via

“Water filters would be sold by local community members. The sellers would be trained and certified to micro-finance the filters affordably for their community members.” According to the article, the ceramic water filter that the Haitian water enterprises sell can “provide clean water for a family of five for up to 10 years with little maintenance, and save families $400+ USD over 10 years.”

Goralski writes that his goal is to “empower communities. We wondered, how do we work with a local community partner, provide access to business education training, and empower these communities?”

You can can read more about Goralski’s work here.

Aug 16, 2018

Top MBA Recruiters: AT&T

Top MBA Recruiters: AT&T

Finding employment after graduating from an MBA program can be a challenge for some. Thankfully, new MBAs are never alone in the process. From companies that actively recruit talent from business schools throughout the country, to MBA programs themselves helping to facilitate interviews and job referrals for their students, students should be sure to take advantage of resources available to them.

A look at 2017 employment data from a top MBA program like the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business reveals the overwhelming trend: a whopping 89.2 percent of students found employment through university-facilitated avenues, be it on-campus recruitment and interviews, networking events, or through a Booth-facilitated summer employer. The success of campus recruitment benefits everyone, not only because universities are willing to open their doors and advocate for their students, but because top companies go out of their way to recruit young talent and create opportunities for them.

One such company is American multinational telecommunications holding company, AT&T. Founded in 1983 as the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company—part of the Bell Telephone Company with roots in the late 19th century—today AT&T has more than 254,000 employees worldwide and $190 billion in revenue. With a commitment to MBA graduates through internships and early career development programs, AT&T makes the grade as a top recruiter and employment destination for MBAs.

What Is An AT&T Career Like for MBAs?

It should be no surprise that MBAs love working at AT&T when you know the kind of investment this company makes in the educational development of its employees. In 2016, AT&T spent $250 million on employee training and invested roughly 20 million hours into the process. With so many opportunities for ambitious team members to accelerate their careers through leadership and development programs, this is the perfect company for those looking to quickly rise into leadership roles.

AT&T has been awarded many times for its workplace culture, including being named on Fortune‘s ‘100 Best Companies to Work for in 2018‘ and 3rd overall on the Diversity Inc. list of the ‘Top 50 Companies for Diversity‘ in 2018.

Of course, it pays to have an AT&T career, even beyond a positive workplace culture. According to PayScale data, MBA graduates at AT&T earn an average annual salary over $95,000. This can range as high as $142,000 for those in operations management. Employees, including interns, are rewarded with competitive compensation and benefits, including paid holidays, time off, and discounts for AT&T products.

Getting Started

MBA students interested in starting an AT&T career should keep an eye out for the various recruitment events set up through their university, where they can apply on campus and may be selected to interview with college recruiting managers. Because of the company’s heavy investment in a diverse workforce, AT&T also has a strong presence at recruitment conferences like the Forté Foundation for female business leaders, Reaching Out MBA for LGBT candidates, and the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA).

Many MBAs start their AT&T career through its many internship opportunities, which are found at locations throughout the country and typically last 10-12 weeks. AT&T offers these paid internships a huge variety of fields, such as data analytics, cybersecurity, entertainment group technology, software development, and leadership, among others.

In addition to internships, MBA graduates may apply for one of the many AT&T career development programs. These are full-time, paid rotational programs that may last anywhere from two to three years, providing hands-on experience, exposure and opportunity. Development programs at AT&T include:

  • B2B Sales
  • Cybersecurity Development
  • Engineering and Operations Development
  • Finance Leadership Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Software Development

What Does AT&T Look for in MBA Candidates?

When hiring for its MBA internships and development programs, AT&T looks for students with at least three years of professional experience with the ability to collaborate on complex issues and thrive in a leadership role. The company seeks candidates who are passionate about the role technology can play in people’s lives and its capacity to transform.

In addition to the internships and early career programs, AT&T also looks for more experienced MBA holders for higher-level executive and management positions. For these roles, the company seeks candidates with at least five to eight years in experience related to the role with the ability to work in a team, be a self-starter, and think critically.

Aug 14, 2018

Are Business School Neighborhoods Becoming More Gentrified?

Are Business School Neighborhoods Becoming More Gentrified?

When universities are found in downtown urban areas, gentrification most often follows. It almost seems inevitable since universities bring in more individuals with higher education, draw in more money, and increase new businesses. But what does the rapid increase of gentrification statistics mean for the business school students looking to start their career in a new area?

What Is Gentrification?

First, we need to look at what gentrification is. In simple terms, it’s the influx of more affluent residents moving into urbanized neighborhoods. At the outset, it may sound good, but it can be controversial.

Gentrification may improve the financial quality of a neighborhood, but it can also force the relocation of current residents and businesses due to increasing costs. Often, the process of gentrification also shifts a neighborhood’s racial and ethnic composition, as well as the average household income. This can lead to community displacement for lower-income families in gentrified areas, some of which often live in the area for several generations.

However, there is a grey area. Gentrification happens when a location becomes increasingly attractive. At that point, more high-income individuals move into the area bringing in investments in the community and leading to improved infrastructure and economic development.

What Causes Gentrification?

According to a recent comprehensive review of gentrification completed by researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA, gentrification most often occurs when more public transportation is available. People are more attracted to transit hubs because they allow more privileged groups to trade car commutes for transit and signal a large-scale commitment to neighborhood upgrading, which, in turn, leads to increased employment opportunities.

Another spur to gentrification is education. Quality schools, universities, colleges, and medical centers tend to shape gentrification. The substantial federal support that public universities receive brings money into neighborhoods through many means including housing and housing subsidies for faculty and staff. A CityLab study revealed that universities and other academic institutions are key to attracting the creative class, creating more market demand and political pressure for better amenities, schools, and other services. 

Analyzing University Neighborhood Gentrification Statistics

Since universities have such an impact on gentrification, we thought we’d take a look at what areas and schools have been most affected. While gentrification is not something most urban areas should aspire for, it happens, and it’s important to know where it’s occurring the most.

To find out, we looked at a recent study by RentCafe of the most gentrified areas in the U.S. The study took a look at the 2000 Census and the 2016 American Community Survey to see the changes that took place over a decade and a half across 1,000 U.S. ZIP codes. The study found that there are easy ways to quantify gentrification statistics when looking at median home value, median household income, and the population that holds a bachelor’s or higher degree.

Based on the results of the study, we analyzed the top five MetroMBA universities in gentrified areas.

  1. University of Southern California

Located less than five miles away from ZIP code 90014 in Los Angeles, USC Marshall is just on the edge of the most gentrified area in the U.S. Over the last 16 years, this area has witnessed:

  • A 707 percent increase in home values
  • A 95 percent increase in median household income
  • And an 857 percent increase in people holding bachelors or higher degrees

So, while some at USC might be fighting gentrification, it may not be working. Just last year, USC opened up a brand-new $700 million USC Village with a Target Express, Trader Joe’s, and 15 restaurants, transforming the surrounding neighborhood. And even though as part of the development USC provided $20 million for construction of off-site subsidized housing, there are still concerns.

“Across the street, land values are going to increase,” Joe Donlin, Associate Director of Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, told KPCC. “We know the landlords are going to rent at higher levels of rent.”

  1. Howard University

Located in Washington, D.C. Zip Code 20001, Howard University’s campus is located directly in the second most gentrified area in the U.S. Over 16 years, the area has witnessed:

  • A 207 percent increase in home values
  • A 163 percent increase in median household income
  • And a 212 percent increase in people holding bachelors or higher degrees

The gentrification statistics of the Howard University area hasn’t gone unnoticed. According to NPR, there has been a drastic change:

“The area, located just a couple of miles north of Capitol Hill, was once working-class and black. But as hundreds of new residents move to D.C. each month, more non-black residents move into Howard’s neighborhood. And as property values rise, the university is trying to capitalize on the hot real estate market.”

  1. University of Houston — Downtown

Located just steps away from zip code 77003, The University of Houston campus is located near the third most gentrified area in the U.S. In the last decade and a half, the area has seen:

  • A 284 percent increase in home values
  • A 71 percent increase in median household income
  • And a 443 percent increase in people holding bachelors or higher degrees

Much of the gentrification can be laid at the university’s feet as its student housing footprint has expanded into surrounding neighborhoods over the last decades. According to the Houston Chronicle, “In the portion of the neighborhood closest to downtown, which includes Emancipation Park, median home values increased 176 percent between 2000 and 2013, according to an analysis of census estimates conducted by Governing.”

  1. University of Pennsylvania

The Wharton School at UPenn is less than five miles outside the fourth most gentrified neighborhood in the country: zip code 19123. This area, over the last 16 years, has noticed:

  • A 203 percent increase in home values
  • A 95 percent increase in median household income
  • And a 230 percent increase in people holding bachelors or higher degrees.

In fact, UPenn has had a complicated history with gentrification over the years, dubbed Penntrification by some. The problem, according to The Daily Pennsylvania, is that in West Philadelphia Penn students’ demand for housing is displacing low-income families. There have even been protests criticizing the university for causing gentrification in the area.

  1. Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX, contains the sixth most gentrified area in the U.S.; just two miles away from Texas Christian University (TCU). Over 16 years, the area has witnessed:

  • A 323 percent increase in home values
  • A 103 percent increase in median household income
  • And a 122 percent increase in people holding bachelors or higher degrees

While Fort Worth’s growth has brought new life to the city’s urban core, it’s also sky-rocketed property values. In particular, the areas around TCU are growing quickly. The university recently completed a $100 million renovation for its football stadium—just five years after its last overhaul, which reportedly cost $164 million.

Aug 13, 2018

MIT Sloan Celebrates 4th Annual Women’s Week in 7 Cities Worldwide

MIT Sloan Celebrates 4th Annual Women’s Week in 7 Cities Worldwide

The MIT Sloan School of Management’s #MITSloanWomen campaign just celebrated its fourth anniversary. One of the cornerstone events of the campaign, which offers female prospective applicants and current MBA students new ways to interact with the school and build their post-graduation careers, is the annual Women’s Week.

Since 2014, Women’s Week has brought female MIT Sloan alumnae and the Sloan admissions team to cities across the United States and abroad to interact with women interested in the Sloan MBA. The events are designed specifically for female MBA applicants and offer deep-dives into what it means to be a Sloan woman.

“Women’s Week is a great chance to hear stories from MIT Sloan female alumnae who are making an impact,” explained Shauna LaFauci Barry, the associate director of admissions at MIT Sloan. “It is a unique opportunity to network with a community of women who are exploring the MBA.”

Women’s Week took place this past July in seven cities around the world: Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, New York City, and London. Women gathered at each location to enjoy a featured TIMTalk (Think. Inspire. Motivate), as well as a panel of local female alumnae from the two-year MBA, Sloan Fellows MBA, and Executive MBA programs.

The events were a resounding success.

“This year’s events surpassed 1,000 women registered,” explained Barry. “There were 1,600 registrants for over seven events including one live stream. This even included two new cities: Seattle and London.”

To learn more about the success of Women’s Week and what it was like to attend, we reached out to Shauna LaFauci Barry for an in-depth chat.

Women’s Week 2018 Theme

The theme of this year’s events was “MIT Sloan Women: Creating Ideas Made to Matter,” and their focus was on celebrating Sloan women who are making an impact.

According to Barry, all of the alumnae panelists were “incredibly accomplished, articulate, thoughtful, [and] authentic. Each one brought something unique to the event. We were so grateful to have such great MIT Sloan Women Ambassadors.”

Meet the San Francisco Women’s Week TIMTalk Speaker

Barry was particularly impressed by Sephora Innovation Lab Senior Manager Nelly Mensah (MBA ’15), the San Francisco’s TIMTalk speaker. In her talk, Mensah discussed the importance of creativity, collaboration, and being value-driven.

“I am still singing her praises in my mind,” said Barry. “She was agile and adaptable. When my computer started rebooting right before her slide presentation, she rolled with everything. She brought a great sense of humor to her talk—a vulnerability and honesty on the importance of creating a culture at Sephora Innovation Labs where innovation ripples through.”

Mensah tied everything in her talk into the culture of MIT Sloan, her activities while in school (Retail Club, internship in Milan, etc.), and how they contributed to where she is now. There were three key takeaways:

  • Cross-Cultural Collaboration: At MIT Sloan, Mensah was part of the Hacking Arts. Now, she runs Hackathons at Sephora.
  • Creating Space and Time for Creativity: There is always an opportunity to be creative; make time for it and make sure you get input from people throughout the organization.
  • Be Value-Driven: Sephora feels strongly about their value of empowering women, and all of their activities align with this (i.e. Women Who Code).

Women’s Week Takeaway

Barry explained what she hoped attendees would take away from not just the San Francisco event, but every Women’s Week event. “We want them to be energized about their own ideas and to see how an MBA from MIT Sloan can help them achieve their goals,” she said. “We want them to learn something new and come away from the event wanting to explore more.”

Why Women’s Week?

Here are just a few reasons why a prospective female MBA candidate should attend next year’s MIT Sloan Women’s Week:

  1. It offers excellent exposure to a variety of stories from MBA women at various stages of their careers.
  2. It showcases how the MIT Sloan MBA has served as a gateway to making women’s ideas matter.
  3. It inspires attendees to imagine what might be possible in their future.

Coming Soon

Fret not if you missed this year’s Women’s Week. You still have a chance to attend a few female-focused events by registering for one of MIT Sloan’s Women’s Ambassadors Days this fall. The first event, MBA Women’s Visit Day, occurs on October 12 and will feature faculty member Gita Rao discussing finance and action learning at MIT Sloan. You can register here.

Other events include the Women’s Ambassadors visits, which allow women to come to class for an on-campus visit, attend a class, and join a member of the Admissions Office for a presentation about the school.

Aug 7, 2018

Kellogg Launches ‘Ask an Admissions Officer’ Initiative on Social Media

Kellogg Launches ‘Ask an Admissions Officer’ Initiative on Social Media

Are you curious about the Northwestern University Kellogg admissions process? Do you want to know if it’s better to apply in one round or another, what the committee is looking for, or how you can apply to more than one program at a time? Kellogg’s new social media initiative, “Ask an Admissions Officer,” offers answers to these burning questions and more.

“Simply put, we are giving people an opportunity to send us questions via Instagram direct message (DM),” explains Kellogg Communication Specialist Rebecca Rogalski.

“Then, our social team is going to collect the best and most frequently asked questions, creating a short series of videos with the Kellogg admissions officers answering those questions.”

Kellogg applicants who want to submit their questions over the next week should do the following:

  1. Follow @KelloggSchool on Instagram.
  2. Send the school a question via direct message.
  3. Check back in early August to see if your question was answered.

ask an admissions officer

This is an ideal opportunity for Kellogg hopefuls to get answers to all their burning questions before the Round 1 deadline on September 19, 2018.

Pro tip: Before you submit your question to Instagram, make sure it doesn’t have an answer that can be easily found on the Kellogg website. We suggest checking the Admission Facts & Tips section first if you need intel on …

  • The best time to apply
  • Deferrals
  • Applying with a partner
  • Work experience recommendations

You can also check out last year’s Clear Admit post where Kellogg’s Director of Admissions for the full-time MBA and MSMS Programs Melissa Rapp discussed application essays, female enrollment, and more.

Remember to stay tuned later this month for the Kellogg admissions team to provide video answers to the most frequently asked questions.

This article has been edited and republished with permissions from our sister site, Clear Admit.

Aug 7, 2018

Where Have All the New Ideas Gone? – Boston News

Where Have All the New Ideas Gone? – Boston News

Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Boston business schools this week.

New Ideas are Getting Harder to Find—and More ExpensiveMIT Sloan Newsroom

MIT Sloan recently examined just how difficult is it to come up with new ideas in an age of seemingly infinite access.

A new National Bureau of Economic Research study published by MIT Sloan Professor of Applied Economics John Van Reenen, Stanford University professors Nicholas Bloom and Charles I. Jones, and Stanford Doctoral candidate Michael Webb finds that “the productivity of scientific research is falling sharply across the board” due in large part because “researchers are putting in more and more effort to sustain the same—or even a slightly lower—pace of idea generation as we experienced half a century ago.”

Van Reenen writes, “As the total amount of knowledge becomes larger and larger and larger, it becomes increasingly difficult to get to its frontier of that knowledge. It was much easier a couple thousand years ago.”

Two workarounds are to narrow the “focus of one’s studies to specialize in a very particular domain” and expand investment into research. However, both solutions arrive with their own sets of challenges, according to Van Reenan.

“In order to carry on innovating, you’re constantly working together, and it’s very complicated to get all of these people and ideas together.”

Van Reenan is concerned that government investment into scientific research is simply not enough of a high priority.

“I think a lot of the time you hear we’ll just cut the top tax rates to generate lots of innovation — I’m pretty skeptical about that in terms of the incentives you’re going to give. Both have positive effects on growth and equality. Instead of giving away $5 trillion in tax cuts, use that to invest in growth opportunities for the future.”

You can read the full article from MIT Sloan here.

No More General Tso’s? A Threat to ‘Knowledge Recombination’Harvard Business Week

HBS Technology and Operations Management Unit Assistant Professor Prithwiraj “Raj” Choudhury is set to publish a new Strategic Management Journal paper that explores the “role ethnic migrants play within the work force,” as well as the “new technologies in countries where they’ve migrated.”

Choudhury points to examples throughout history like Soviet mathematicians who “came to the United States in the 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union; far ahead in fields like partial differential equations and symplectic topology, they helped their American counterparts solve otherwise intractable problems,” American Chinese cuisine staples like General Tso’s chicken and chop suey, and Indian immigrants who brought double-entry bookkeeping to South Africa in the late 19th century.

Choudhury uses ‘The Ethnic Migrant Inventor Effect: Codification and Recombination of Knowledge Across Borders,’ written with HBS doctoral student Do Yoon Kim, as a launch pad to discuss immigration through the lens of knowledge production rather than job creation—or absorption.

“Instead of seeing migrants through the lens of whether they create jobs or not, we should view migrants as carriers of knowledge—knowledge that could be further recombined by locals. If H1-B was scrapped, or Europe stopped admitting skilled migrants, the knowledge production of the global economy would suffer.”

Choudhury adds, “It’s not only a loss to the firms, it’s also a loss to local workers, who will lose out if they do not imbibe this knowledge from migrants. I would turn the debate on its head and say, it’s not about destroying or creating jobs, it’s about participating in or losing out on creating knowledge.”

You can read the full article here.

Coffee BreakSawyer Business School

MassChallenge, the self-described “most friendly start-up accelerator on the planet” recently selected WarmUp Protein Coffee, a “coffee-cum-protein beverage” developed by Sawyer Business School alum James Testa (BSBA ’17) as part of Sawyer’s “Crowdfunding the Venture” class.

Testa writes about how getting rejected from last year’s competition sent him back to the drawing board and enabled WarmUp to stand out among the other 1,600 applications. In a recent interview with his alma mater, Testa says:

“I spent all year getting the product out there, building the business, and getting some sales. So when I went back to MassChallenge this year, I feel like I had a much better grasp of my business and who my customers were. And because I had real sales, I was a lot more confident about it. The proof of concept was already there.”

MassChallenge start-ups “get free office space, connections to industry-specific mentors, advice from venture capitalists, and the chance to win up to $1.5 million to help launch a business.”

You can read the full article here.

Aug 2, 2018

New MBA Jobs: Morgan Stanley, Google, Nike, and More

New MBA Jobs: Morgan Stanley, Google, Nike, and More

Every MBA’s goal is to land their dream job, but why limit your choices to the United States? With so many great companies recruiting MBAs to develop businesses in markets across the globe, it’s hard to stay on top of all the opportunities out there. Here’s a selection of some of the most exciting open positions out there right now in the US, Europe and Asia: Continue reading…

Jul 30, 2018

MBA Recruiter: Starting Your MBA Career with Cisco Systems

MBA Recruiter: Starting Your MBA Career with Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems, a leader in computer networking, is constantly looking for MBA talent. Founded in 1984 by two computer scientists from Stanford University who sought an easier way to connect different types of computer systems, the multinational corporation now hires MBAs from top business school across the country. Continue reading…

Jul 24, 2018

What Exactly is the “Target Effect”? NYU Stern Prof Looks Deeper – New York News

What Exactly is the “Target Effect”? NYU Stern Prof Looks Deeper – New York News

Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week.

Why It’s So Hard To Buy “Just One Thing” At TargetRefinery29

Speaking with Refinery29 writer Cait Munro, New York University’s Stern School of Business marketing professor Tom Meyvis elaborated why consumers have such a strong impulse to buy more things than they intended when shopping at a big-box store.

“Stores have an idea about the path [shoppers take],” he says in an interview. “Walmart was once famous for doing things like putting like Band-Aids next to fishing hooks and things like that. Something you don’t naturally associate, but once you see them there, it makes sense. So when people come in for something in one category, you can cross-sell, you can sell them something that compliments in the next product category by making sure they’re right next to each other.”

What is the so-called “Target Effect” that makes people buy more products than they intend to?

“Meyvis also notes that stores like Target have extensive data on which products customers typically buy together, and they’ll often employ those numbers to decide what should go where within the store’s layout. Some are obvious, like placing flip flops next to sunscreen, while others are so subtle that you might not even notice what’s going on when you pick up hot sauce and Pepto Bismol in the same motion.”

You can read more of Munro’s piece with Refinery29 here.

A Masters in Governmental Accounting? Five Reasons It’s Time to Make the InvestmentRutgers Business School Blog

Offered completely online, the Rutgers Business School Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting program may be perfect for working professionals “in the field of public financial management or transition to the public sector from private industry.” The school outlines five the biggest reasons why you may need to consider it, too:

  1. Opportunities – Projections indicates that there will be governmental vacancies galore due to the fact that “nearly a third of the government workforce will qualify for retirement.”
  2. More than just numbers – The interdisciplinary degree combines “public policy, public administration, ethics, government accounting, and auditing.”
  3. Quality instruction – Instructors include former New Jersey State Auditor Rick Fair and Dean Michael Mead, senior research manager at the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.
  4. Valuable connections – Rutgers “works hard to build connections with local, state and federal employers who can provide job opportunities and advancement to students and graduates.”
  5. Uniquely accessible – The online program means “you can benefit from the quality of instruction and the Rutgers connections … no matter where you are.”

You can read more about the RBS program here.

5G mobile Communication in China: From Imitator to InnovatorJohnson Business Feed

Baohong Li, an Associate Professor at the School of Economics and Management at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and visiting scholar at the Emerging Marketing Institute, recently wrote a piece for the Cornell Johnson Businessfeed, in which they discussed China’s incredibly rapid mobile technology advancement and the future of 5G connectivity.

Specifically, Li laid out five reasons why China has an vastly important role in the implementation of 5G, including:

  • Institutional innovation and reform
  • Strategic planning and policy innovation
  • Imitating innovation and gaining advantage
  • Encouraging patent and international standardization
  • Creating co-opetition innovation ecosystem

Click here for a more in-depth review of Li’s work.

Jul 23, 2018

Monday Links: New MBA Jobs at Wolters Kluwer, BMO, and More

Monday Links: New MBA Jobs at Wolters Kluwer, BMO, and More

The ultimate goal of all MBA candidates is to get the best possible job following graduation. With so many great companies recruiting so many talented MBAs, it’s hard to stay on top of all the MBA jobs out there! Here’s a selection of some of the top open positions out there right now:

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Jul 19, 2018

Finding Your New Career: What MBAs Need to Know About Aetna

Finding Your New Career: What MBAs Need to Know About Aetna

Founded in 1853, Aetna Inc. has long been one of the most successful health care companies in the world. Serving roughly 37 million consumers, Aetna makes it a priority to recruit diverse and dedicated individuals to their team of nearly 50,000 employees throughout the U.S. The company’s wide reach and impact on the world of health care cannot be overstated; last year, the company made headlines with the huge announcement that it would be purchased by CVS in a $69 billion acquisition—a move which one New York Times report said would “reshape the American health care industry.”

With a commitment to finding skilled team members, and with needs ranging from health care to technology to financial services, it’s no wonder that Aetna and MBAs can make a perfect pair. Aetna has a long history of MBA recruitment, offering a Summer Associate Program which was recently named in Vault‘s 2018 “Top Internship Survey” as the second “Best Healthcare Internship” and ninth “Best Financial Services Internship.”

Why MBAs Love Aetna

Even with massive growth and the status of Fortune 50, Aetna can hardly be described as a stuffy or overly bureaucratic workplace. And it’s no wonder with a mission to help people and build a healthier world that that work should start with their own employees. The recognition Aetna has received for their diverse workplace speaks for itself: in 2016, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation named the company among the best places to work for LGBT employees. Other awards include a 2015 “Best Employer Healthy Lifestyles Platinum Award” form the National Business Group on Health, as well ranking in Training magazine’s “Training Top 125” as the 60th best company for employee development.

MBAs may be drawn to a potential Aetna career for its focus on employee development and creating a diverse workforce, but they probably stay for the payday. According to Payscale, MBAs at Aetna can make anywhere from $84,000 to to $10,200, a significant increase from the average salary for those with undergraduate degrees (around $70,000).

In addition, Aetna’s benefits package truly reflects the company’s strive towards healthy lifestyles. In addition to healthcare, company benefits include coverage for services like counseling, legal and financial support, employee discounts, and access to fitness centers.

Life at Aetna

Aetna offers a number of early career opportunities for recent graduates, which focus on area-specific training and providing access to a network of mentors and experienced professionals. Interested students will find development programs in a wide range of fields, including:

  • Actuarial
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology Leadership
  • Information Technology Technical Training
  • Sales
  • Underwriting

The details of each program vary from field to field, but typically span anywhere from three to six years. Most programs also include rotations that will allow students exposure to the wide variety of opportunities open at Aetna, even within a particular area. For example, possible rotations included in the Financial Development Leadership Program include business finance, investor relations, tax, and corporate investment. After the program is completed, graduates will be placed in a full-time position, though the professional development and advancement opportunities will continue long after the program is done.

Landing an Aetna Career

Aetna is an active recruiter of MBAs and interested students should keep an eye out for professional recruiting events and career fairs throughout the country.

Each Aetna career has different requirements, but most early career programs expect applicants to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, an undergraduate degree in a related field, strong analytical and communication skills, and the ability to succeed in a fast-paced environment.

In addition to the early career program, at the time of writing, there are 16 open jobs that require or strongly prefer applicants with MBA degrees. Below is a small sampling of the types of jobs available to MBA graduates at Aetna:

Product Strategy Manager – New Insurance Plan Design

  • The Product Strategy Manager, a position for which candidates with top tier MBA degrees are preferred, will be at the forefront of decisions surrounding what healthcare is and how/where/when its delivered to those in need. According to data reported to Payscale, individuals in this role earn an average salary of $123,000 each year.

National Accounts Product & Solutions Leader

  • Requiring an MBA and at least eight years of professional experience, the National Accounts Product & Solutions Director will “execute the product and solution strategy for the company in the national account employer group market” through collaboration as a member of the Large Group Solutions team.

Lead Marketing Analytics Consultant

  • The Lead Marketing Analytics Consultant will use statistical predictive models to problem solve and help make decisions. The person in this role will also serve as a key contact for business stakeholders, and must be able to easily convey their predictions and recommendations to senior leadership. For this role, Aetna seeks someone with at least 7 years total business experience with an MBA preferred.

Jul 17, 2018

Babson Olin Graduate School of Business Names Keith Rollag New Dean

Babson Olin Graduate School of Business Names Keith Rollag New Dean

Earlier this month, the Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business named its new dean: Keith Rollag. A management professor with over 17 years of experience teaching entrepreneurial leadership at Babson, Rollag was chosen for his campus leadership and his vision for the graduate school’s future. Continue reading…

Jul 11, 2018

The Fastest California MBA Programs

The Fastest California MBA Programs

Earning an MBA in no simple task, and takes commitment on several levels. Of course there’s the financial commitment and, for those in part-time programs, there’s also a work commitment. There’s also a large time commitment involved—prospective MBAs must sink time into studying, attending class, immersion courses, case competitions, and the like. Continue reading…

Jul 11, 2018

Columbia Research Identifies Customers At Risk, and More – New York City News

Columbia Research Identifies Customers At Risk, and More – New York City News

Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week.

Online Companies Beware: New Columbia Business School Research Reveals That Customers With High Activity May Be At Risk Of Leaving the CompanyColumbia Business School Blog

Columbia Business School professors Eva Ascarza and Oded Netzer recently published new research that explores how “customers end their relationships with companies in new and unpredictable ways.”

Professor Ascarza writes, “Companies need to understand the ramifications of this paper, because in the digital age, the landscape on customer retention has changed. Unlike the past when a consumer might have had to physically call to end a relationship with a company, today some customers are leaving without saying goodbye.”

Professor Netzer adds, “When it comes to customer retention levels, the most important thing is acknowledging that, in this new hybrid setting, there are indeed two unique types of customers who are at risk of ending their relationship with a company.”

“If businesses want to continue amassing and retaining loyal customers, they need to identify which customers belong in which bucket and then study their individual behavioral patterns so that they can take the appropriate measures to stop them before they walk out that virtual door.”

You can check out the article and the full study here.

Analytics Career Fair Draws Dozens of Recruiters to Meet Business StudentsStevens Institute of Technology School of Business Blog

The Stevens Institute of Technology School of Business Intelligence & Analytics program recently hosted a networking event in which Bed Bath & Beyond VP of Consumer Analytics Melanie Murphy spoke “with dozens of master’s students about how their analytical insights create value in business.”

Of Stevens’ Biz Intelligence & Analytics program, Murphy writes, “The program is so well balanced, from data, to different types of analytics, to the business intelligence perspective—and the students are incredibly smart.”

She adds, “You can tell, in talking with these students, that they’ve had that experience of getting in front of people and sharing ideas.”

A group of students and professionals looking at a poster presentation at Stevens, with the New York City skyline in the background.

Bed Bath & Beyond VP Melanie Murphy (right), talks with Stevens Business Intelligence & Analytics students / Photo via

According to the article, recruiters from Robert Half, L’Oreal, Jefferies, and UBS, among companies, “attended the event to meet and ask questions of students about their research.”

L’Oreal Assistant VP of Human Resources Information Services Gary Winant “brought in a Stevens team to examine turnover in a particular department, and use predictive tools to recommend solutions.”

He writes, “The students here come ready to work. I met with the students twice and was impressed by their commitment. We came back to them three months later with additional questions and even though the project was over, they took the time to respond in detail.”

You can read the full report from this year’s Business Intelligence & Analytics program here.

Graduate Students Provide a Helping Hand for New Business OwnersGabelli Connect

Fordham’s recent Entrepreneurial Law Clinic was a joint effort between the Gabelli School of Business and Fordham Law, which “brought together students to work on behalf of … social ventures that seek to create positive change in society and companies founded by low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs who otherwise would be unable to afford an attorney.”

One business the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic supported was ConBody, “a boutique gym where New Yorkers learn a workout regime” its proprietor Coss Marte developed in prison. Marte, who received business training at “Defy Ventures, a non-profit that helps formerly incarcerated individuals start businesses,” got legal counseling from Fordham law students and fundraising advice from Gabelli students.

He writes, “They’re absolutely geniuses. They shot me questions that I never really thought about, and I was like, ‘Oh, I should do that.’ They were really on top of their stuff, and really hungry in helping me.”

You can check out the full piece here.

Jul 9, 2018

Paid Maternity Leave Increasing, and More – New York News

Paid Maternity Leave Increasing, and More – New York News

Pack up the pool gear and beach towels: let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week.

Father’s Day Data: Columbia Business School Research Demonstrates Popularity of Paid Paternity LeaveColumbia Business Blog

How has the culture of paid maternity leave been changing recently? New research from the Columbia Business School explores the topic, which has increased for 12 percent of private-sector workers in the U.S. There is still no current federal law requiring the implementation of paid maternity leave, leaving the U.S. with the precarious title as the only “industrialized” country in the world without a federally-mandated law. Individual states, however, can implement the policy, which has been increasing since the early 2000s.

Earlier this year, New York became the fourth state in the U.S. to create policy regarding paid maternity leave, alongside New Jersey, Rhode Island, and California, which implemented the law back in 2004. According to the article, “California’s paid family leave produced a 46-percent increase in fathers taking time off to bond with newborn and newly-adopted children.”

CBS professor Ann Bartel writes, “This study should help inform the conversation around paid leave, because research shows it is fundamentally a family issue – appealing to both mothers and fathers. At its core, paid family leave is a ‘dad’ issue as much as it is a ‘mom’ issue. As Father’s Day approaches, our research demonstrates that fathers will greatly utilize paid family leave if it is offered, and their employers are supportive of them taking that important time away from the job.”

You can read more about “Paid Family Leave, Fathers’ Leave‐Taking, and Leave‐Sharing in Dual‐Earner Households,” which was published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, here.

How Social Media’s Powerful ‘Silent Majority’ Moves Bitcoin PricesStevens Institute of Technology Blog

Stevens Institute of Technology School of Business professor Feng Mai recently led an investigation to understand how social media public sentiment can significantly manipulate the value of bitcoin.

Professor Mai’s research, which was published in the Journal of Management Information Systems, encompassed scholars from Ivey, Dickinson, and the University of Cincinnati, all of whom “collected and analyzed two years’ worth of forum posts on the world’s most popular public bitcoin forum, Bitcointalk.”

The team found that “periods of increasingly positive social media commentary do in fact influence the rising price of Bitcoin significantly.” Mai writes, “We wanted to know who is affecting the price: a vocal minority, who may be biased, or the quieter majority, who do not seem to have a reason to be untruthful, or both.”

According to the article, “the “silent majority” — infrequent Twitter and Bitcointalk users who took the time to comment on the cryptocurrency’s prospects — moved prices more, as much as ten times more, when they posted positive comments.”

Mai writes, “This was a big finding, and it does seem to prove that people are trusting the silent majority much more, perhaps because they do not seem to have an agenda.”

Check out the full Stevens’ article here.

Johnson Women MBAs Boast Record-Breaking Attendance at Forté ConferenceJohnson School of Management Business Feed

As we recently highlighted, Cornell’s S.C. Johnson School of Management reported that 49 Cornell students attended this year’s FortéMBA Women’s Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia—29 from the two-year MBA program, seven from the one-year program, and 13 from the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program.

The Forté Conference brings “together admitted, enrolling, and current women MBAs from Forté sponsor business schools to explore career paths, meet recruiters and mentors, and hear from today’s most influential businesswomen.”

This year’s conference featured keynote speaker Joanna Lipman, veteran journalist, chief content officer of Gannet, editor-in-chief of USA Today, and author of That’s What She Said, who spoke on “gender bias in the workplace and provided tips for how women can leverage their value.”

In addition to a Power Pitch session and a number of workshopsand panels on “on communications strategies, interviewing, design thinking, sustainable and socially responsible careers, LinkedIn, and the future of feminism, among others,” the conference also included talks from Accenture North American CEO Julie Sweet and State Street EVP and Deputy Global Chief Investment Officer Lori Heinel.

Anne Latham, Two-Year MBA ’20, writes of her experience:

“The Forte Leadership Conference was an incredible few days. I walked away feeling fortunate to have met so many of my incredible female classmates! The Dialogue with Leadership session, moderated by Dean Erika James, featuring Lori Heinel and Julie Sweet, was a particular favorite of mine, due to their incredibly engaging and thought provoking remarks. I hope we all continue to live by Julie’s advice: ‘If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough!’”

You can read the full article from Cornell here.

Jul 6, 2018

Jeff Sessions Learns Lessons from Notre Dame, and More – Chicago News

Jeff Sessions Learns Lessons from Notre Dame, and More – Chicago News

Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week.

Stop Flailing and Start DeliveringKellogg Insights

Of the “five common issues that impede career progress” Northwestern Kellogg clinical professor of innovation and entrepreneurship Carter Cast writes about in his new book, The Right (and Wrong) Stuff: How Brilliant Careers Are Made—and Unmade, the one issue that people most frequently self-identify is struggling to keep up.

Cast writes, “Careers can derail when people don’t deliver on promises. This can be a real problem because fellow workers start to distance themselves when they think you can’t be counted on.”

Cast offers five suggestions for how to “get organized and get ahead.”

1) Be Clear on What’s Expected of You

“Being clear with your boss on what success looks like is really important for setting expectations and ensuring you’re aligned. What are your goals and objectives for the year? What are the key initiatives that map to those objectives? What are the timelines for those initiatives, and what sort of resources will you need?”

2) Understand Your Organization’s Workflow Process

Cast says creative types tend to “overpromise and underdeliver” because “their eyes are typically bigger than their stomachs.” To these folks, Cast says, “Decide which tasks will really move the needle for your organization, and focus on those first. You can’t treat every message in your inbox equally.”

3) Be Intentional about Prioritizing Your Work  

Cast suggests “breaking your day into segments and tackling challenging work during times when you are sharpest and most productive.” For instance, if your brain is most active between six and ten in the morning, for instance, that may not be the best time to respond to noncritical emails.”

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4) Learn How to Say “No”  

Cast writes that people-pleasers “tend to take on more than they should—their default response is, “yes, why not?” But learning when to say “no,” and learning to do it tactfully, is critical for preserving valuable time and energy.”

5) Look for Opportunities to Delegate

Cast says, “We tend to think the best person to perform a given task is ourselves. In many cases, you have to learn to let go a bit. Things won’t go exactly the way you’d like, but you have to move forward and avoid needless distractions.”

You can check out the full article here.

Larry Gies Urges 2018 Graduates to “Find Your Way”Gies School of Business Blog

Madison Industries founder, president, and CEO Larry Gies used his speech at Gies’ recent Convocation ceremony, which honored the “1,824 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree recipients,” as an opportunity to inspire graduates to spend time pinpointing their passion for what they do—or their “why.”

Gies, who donated $150 million to the University of Illinois last year, thus, changing the name of the business school in his honor, explains, “Knowing your why is critical. It is the ability to connect the dots between what you’re doing each and every day and a higher purpose. Our why is what drives us, inspires others around us, and allows us to persevere during those difficult moments. To put it simply, when you find your why, you love what you do.”

Gies adds, “I was forty-five before I found my why.”

Find out more about Gies’ speech here.

I’m a Biblical Scholar. It’s Clear That Jeff Sessions Needs a Bible LessonMendoza Ideas & News

Notre Dame Mendoza business ethics professor and former Jesuit priest Joseph Holt contributed an op-ed to a recent issue of Fortune in which he took Attorney General Jeff Sessions to task for his “use of scripture to defend the Trump administration’s immigration policies.”

Professor Holt writes, “Sessions is pursuing justice understood as the strict and impartial application of the law. That shriveled understanding of justice is captured in the statement by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen: ‘In the United States, if you break the law, you go to jail and you’re separated from your family.’

He adds, “From that viewpoint justice and mercy are opposed, because mercy could impede the administration of strict justice. But tzedek [the Hebrew word for “justice”] and its derivative tzedakah (which is a commandment to give as an act of social justice), mean justice and mercy working in unison.”

You can read the full article here.

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