Smith Brain Trust

Walmart’s Big Month on the World Stage

We are watching a new and very different global Walmart take shape, the Smith School's Anil K. Gupta writes. Recent moves in the U.K., India and Brazil are "bold and brilliant," he says.

Monday, May 14, 2018
Post-Crisis and Below Average: A Financial Sector Report Card

As the 10-year anniversary of the global economic crisis approaches, Clifford Rossi offers a financial sector report card. "We have absolutely come a long way in many regards," he says. "But in other respects, we've learned nothing."

Monday, May 14, 2018
Three Things To Watch As U.S. Exits Iran Deal

With President Trump making official his decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, Kislaya Prasad takes a look at what's likely to happen next.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Summer Blockbuster Season Starts Early

Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Infinity War" isn't just shattering box-office records. It's shattering the industry's notion of a summer blockbuster season, the Smith School's David M. Waguespack says.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
How U.S. Fortunes Rise With Climbing Oil Prices

Blame Russia and OPEC for rising energy prices. Or thank them. Smith School professor Charles E. Olson says the United States will benefit overall as oil approaches $70 per barrel.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
How Wizards, Caps Use Big Data to Win

Teams worried about player safety used to count just minutes played. They now use 20 different inputs to monitor athletes, Raul Fernandez of Monumental Sports & Entertainment said at the Smith School.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Three Steps To Return To 'Africa Rising'

For much of the past two decades, the overarching economic theme in sub-Saharan Africa has been "Africa Rising." But growth has slowed since then.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Mentoring in a #MeToo Era

Addressing #MeToo requires more women leaders; the backlash to #MeToo could create the opposite. Smith School experts offer advice for would-be mentors in the changed environment.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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The Soviet Union rattled the United States and triggered a Space Race in 1957 with the launch of Sputnik. Back on Earth in 2018, Smith School professor Anil K. Gupta sees a different kind of race emerging. "Whether we like it or not, the U.S. and China are in a technology race," he says.

BET Networks executive Donna Blackman applauds the courage of women who speak up about sexual harassment in the workplace. But she is cautious when it comes to giving advice to people who might face retaliation.