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Apr 19, 2017
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When you envision the future of autonomous delivery, do you imagine an army of drones for every supermarket and corner store, waiting to be deployed to customers' homes? Noted futurist and Smith School clinical professor Oliver Schlake sees a better way. He sees a future where everyone has a drone. He says homeowners and apartment dwellers will install landing docks at home for their personal drones, and retailers...

Apr 12, 2017
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Google’s mea culpa for ads appearing alongside extremist videos on YouTube has culminated in promises from the tech giant, including a measure to block ads from channels with fewer than 10,000 views and a new system in which third-party firms will verify ad quality standards. Is Google doing enough to reassure YouTube advertisers? One approach to assessing the effectiveness of a corporate apology is to view it against the...

Apr 06, 2017
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What does it mean when a pioneer of the telecommuting workforce begins to curb its work-from-home practices? For IBM, it means a massive culture shift, say experts from Smith School of Business. And while the tech giant might be hoping it results in a surge in innovation, it also might spark a surge of resignations. IBM is ending work-from-home policies for thousands of marketing employees, many of whom had never commuted to an office...

Mar 29, 2017
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Can U.S. companies simultaneously encourage that employees get enough sleep (7-plus hours nightly) and still maintain a competitive edge? Sleep deprivation costs U.S. firms 1.2 million employee work days and roughly $411 billion in revenue a year, according a recent report from the Rand Corporation. That lack of sleep knocks an estimated 2.28 percent off the nation’s gross domestic product each year. The groggy workforce is a...

Mar 17, 2017
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Those annual employee performance reviews can be pretty stressful. But what if instead of being a once-a-year thing with just your boss, they were every day, with everyone you work with? JPMorgan Chase & Co. is revamping the way it evaluates its 240,000 employees, deploying a mobile app that will let colleagues across the organization send and receive instant feedback about each other any time. Executives say the...

Mar 09, 2017
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GM headquarters, Detroit.It was never an easy marriage. Now General Motors and its European operations are officially calling it quits, laying bare their incompatibilities and the difficulties of bridging the consumer divide. GM will sell its Opel and Vauxhall brands to Peugeot maker PSA Group in a $2.33 billion deal that will make PSA Group the second-largest automaker in Europe, behind only Volkswagen. The German Opel and...

Mar 09, 2017
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Could the activism inspired by International Women's Day, such as State Street Global Advisors' placing a statue of a young girl before the iconic charging bull of Wall Street, actually hamper the push to gain more women on U.S. corporate boards? Smith School professor Rajshree Agarwal supports the goal of having gender equality on corporate boards, but says getting there may require some care. Agarwal was...

Feb 24, 2017
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Can Volkswagen’s recently announced $2 billion spending plan on zero emission and electric vehicles be a tipping point for the U.S. electric car economy? No, says Smith School management professor David A. Kirsch. “It’s a little bit wishful thinking,” he tells Marketplace radio. “This is an incremental advance in the long-term process.” Here's what it might mean. Read more...

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Feb 22, 2017
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How close are the Fortune 500 companies to achieving gender equality on their corporate boards? They've got a long way to go, baby. The boardrooms of the Fortune 500 companies, which represent two-thirds of U.S. GDP, continue to be overwhelmingly male, with women holding only 20 percent of all board seats, according to a new report. Scholars tend to blame the gap on some combination of two factors: Workplace biases or individual...

Feb 08, 2017
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When Smith School lecturer Jonathan Aberman thinks about Snap Inc. going public, the image that springs to mind is a queue of airplanes, waiting for takeoff, with the parent of the popular Snapchat photo app first on the tarmac. It's because Snap is the first in a line of so-called unicorns – privately held tech companies with an estimated valuation of $1 billion or more – that are...

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