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Aug 17, 2017
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Kimon KipponKimo Kippon earned generous tips as a waiter in Hawaii, so he actually took a step down in pay when he moved into management. "It was a desire to be part of something bigger and to really help people," Kippon says in episode 3 of Beyond Business, a podcast series hosted by Smith School professor Gary Cohen. The move paid off for Kippon, a Hawaii native who now leads global talent development and workflow initiatives as a senior leader at Hilton Worldwide. He shares five keys that have guided his career. Read more...

Aug 17, 2017
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Soon, it might be that your favorite place to shop is in your mailbox. At least, that's the idea behind the growing crop of online styling and fashion subscription services. The services – Stitch Fix, MM.LaFleur and LeTote are among the most popular – are offering up a tiny-store-in-a-box each month and hoping to gain devoted customers. They're banking on the convenience of shopping at home and the appeal of receiving an assortment of products selected to match a customer's tastes. The idea is catching on. The Smith School's Jie Zhang explains. Read more...

Aug 16, 2017
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General ElectricRevelation this week of Berkshire Hathaway dumping its $315 million stake in General Electric is stoking doubt in the blue chip stock. One analyst describes GE as "the dog of the Dow," citing Berkshire's selloff of its 10.6 million shares as an exclamation point to a bad year. "The outlook for GE has certainly soured since then," Smith School professor David Kass says. He shares insights on the future of GE in the post-Berkshire era. Read more...

Aug 08, 2017
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AlibabaOnline broker Airbnb poses a threat to traditional hotels. But Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson worried more about Google, Amazon and Apple when he visited the Smith School in 2016. He said the real disruption will occur in the hospitality industry when these Internet gatekeepers decide to use their “nearly monopolistic power” to extract tolls from companies that depend on the Internet to connect with customers. Marriott’s vulnerability might help explain its joint venture announced Aug. 7, 2017, with Alibaba Group, which combines the power of Google, Facebook and Amazon in China. Read more...

Aug 02, 2017
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Football season hasn't even started and already the National Football League is tackling some difficult challenges. It's coming off a season that saw a steep, 8 percent decline in TV viewership and now is faced with startling new evidence about the serious medical risks its players face. The Smith School's Derrick Heggans and Henry C. Boyd III say that what the NFL does now – how it reacts to the concussion risk issue – will drive change at all levels of the game. Here's why. Read more...

Aug 02, 2017
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Dining alone.Does food actually taste worse when we're dining alone? A recent study from researchers at Japan's Nagoya University suggests solitude negatively affects our enjoyment of food, but finds we can counter the effect by positioning a mirror or a photo of ourselves where we can see it. The Smith School's Rebecca Ratnersays the research demonstrates the power of solitude. Read more...

Aug 02, 2017
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Everybody knows Uber and Airbnb. The two startups are so big that their names have become not just noun, but verb. The riding-hailing service and the house-sharing service are two of today's best-known unicorn companies, privately held tech startups valued at more than $1 billion. There was a time when the notion of a $1 billion tech startup seemed like a far-fetched, mythical creation. Today, though, there are loads of these companies out there. We asked experts around the Smith School to tell us about some of the ones they like best. Read more...

Aug 02, 2017
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Interstate trucking by 2020 will be first, followed by autonomous taxi service. About half the fleet of U.S. cars become essentially autonomous by 2030. The Smith School's Henry Lucas recently described this path toward the driverless future. Read more...

Jul 31, 2017
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The end is near for Libor, the scandal-plagued financial benchmark formerly dubbed "the world's most important number." British regulators say they will phase out Libor, the London interbank offered rate, by the end of 2021, replacing it with a more transparent set of metrics that are more closely aligned with loan transactions. The shift is tectonic – Libor is said to underpin hundreds of trillions of dollars in loans and derivatives worldwide. Among them: mortgages, automobile loans, and student debt. The Smith School's Clifford Rossi discusses what Libor's demise means for global finance. Read more...

Jul 28, 2017
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Even as our social media identities become more tightly interwoven in many aspects of our lives, when it comes to our job searches, should our postings and profiles be off-limits? Regulators in the European Union are recommending that companies ban the practice of scrutinizing the social media accounts of their job applicants, while here in the United States, human resources industry experts are similarly recommending caution. Read more...

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