The California Labor Commission sided this month with an Uber driver who argued that she should be classified as an employee of the company, not an independent contractor. The decision means the woman is entitled to reimbursement of expenses she incurred driving for Uber for three months last year, some $4,152. In a recent conversation for Knowledge@Wharton, Smith School professor
Fitbit is riding high: When the wearable fitness device company went public last month, its stock closed the day 48 percent over its IPO price, which puts the company's value at $4.1 billion. But critics see some vulnerabilities. Smith alumna Elana Fine, managing director of the school's Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, shares insights.
Fourteen undergraduate students are in Australia this summer as part of a 10-week program led by Mary Harms, associate clinical professor of marketing. The first two weeks were spent in Melbourne, where the students earned three credits for an upper-level BMGT marketing course. Afterwards, Smith students began working at internships in and around Sydney.
A recent feud between singer Taylor Swift and Apple should help government regulators realize that digital music is not a public good like electricity. Swift taking Apple Music to task for not paying artists royalties for songs streamed during a three-month free trial attests to the power of a few strong artists to dictate to the channels. It also illustrates free market dynamics, Smith School professor P.K. Kannan
If India models China, it can similarly affect the global economy. India aims to increase its manufacturing contribution to its GDP from 17 percent to 25 percent within the next decade. The initiative, dubbed “Make India,” is the “only way India can create highly productive jobs for the 10 million-plus youngsters who join the country's labor force each year and the much larger number of farmers who need to move from working the