Logistics, Business & Public Policy

Trump Is Winning Twitter: Does It Matter?

Retweets aren't necessarily endorsements, and they definitely aren’t votes. So what can Twitter tell us about the 2016 presidential election? Maybe more than you think, new research from the University of Maryland suggests. For starters, Republican nominee Donald Trump is winning — at Twitter anyway — over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. The authors of a working paper focused on presidential campaign media coverage and tweeting analyze the effects of Trump's frequent tweeting. Read more...

Southwest Fights Off Online Travel Agencies

Southwest Airlines eschews online travel agencies. But a trio of U.S. senators is pushing for a forced marriage of sorts between the industries in the name of consumer protection. The lawmakers recently issued a news release urging pressure on airlines to share fares and fees with online travel agencies. Smith School professors Martin Dresner and P.K. Kannan share insights. Read more...

Counterintuitive Ways to Close the Gender Pay Gap

On Women’s Equality Day last week at the White House, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, General Motors and other big U.S. companies signed an “Equal Pay Pledge” to close the gender pay gap for their employees. But methods of measuring success include many unintended consequences. The most efficient approach, based on the current standard of "equal pay for equal work," is sometimes counterintuitive, new Smith School research shows. Read more...

How Underdogs Can Win in the Service Industry … and Politics

Hiring someone in the service industry? You’re likely focused on finding a competent provider with a successful track record, and it’s unlikely you’ll make extra time to seek character references. This setup stacks the odds against an upstart who wants the opportunity, but has no history of successful deals. But new Smith School research suggests ways to win as an underdog in the service industry — and in a presidential election. Read more...

Why the NFL is Tapping into Twitter

Twitter will stream 10 Thursday Night Football games this NFL season, creating "a top media story to watch," a panel of sports and media executives tells Sports Business Journal. "Along with the (NFL’s) pregame Periscope broadcasts, the Twitter offering will give the NFL additional insight into how fans choose to consume their sports and entertainment content,” says one of the experts, Smith School professor Derrick Heggans, director of the Smith-hosted Maryland Sports Business Academy. Read more...

Ryan Cooper

Professor Cooper is originally from Charleston, South Carolina, and has also lived in Provo, Utah; Andorra; Barcelona, Spain; Madison, Wisconsin; and St. Louis, Missouri.

India Goes Big to Lure Foreign Investment

Foreign firms doing business in India are “entering essentially 29 different countries,” Smith School professor Kislaya Prasad says. That’s because tax systems differ state to state in a market otherwise inherently attractive to foreign investment. But a revamping looms. India’s parliament advanced a goods and services tax on Monday that would reduce the complexity of doing business in India. Read more...

Five Reasons Stocks Will Push Higher

Stock prices are setting new records but could easily charge much higher, says Smith School economist Peter Morici. “The U.S. economy is growing again — about 2.5 percent in the second quarter and going forward — and corporate profits are rising again.” Post-Brexit, the dollar strengthened against foreign currencies, “but overall it remains well below levels recorded earlier this year and last,” Morici says. Read more...

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