In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Emanuel Zur to talk about his research findings, which delve into the issue of corporate tax loopholes.
People like to have choices. But research shows that human brains have limits, and making too many decisions over the course of a day can wear down a person’s self-control. Smith professor Nicole M. Coomber has created a simple framework that can help people guard against decision fatigue. She says people must consider at least four things: values, automation, rationality and intuition.
Tesla, the electric-car company and Silicon Valley darling, has announced it would be selling new battery systems for homes and businesses. Is this the first step in an energy storage revolution, as some think? Less grandly, can it help the $29-billion company eventually turn a profit? Smith School professors Rajshree Agarwal and Charles E. Olson share insights.
Smith School executive-in-residence Bill Longbrake says the Greece crisis can be viewed in the short term as a skunk at the party – the party being new optimism in the European Union. But in the longer view, Longbrake says Greece is a canary in the coal mine. “Its condition and crisis is the direct result of deeply embedded flaws in the European Union," he writes in the monthly Longbrake Letter.