Smith Brain Trust

Management

Fantasy Merger League: 2018 Edition

Smith School experts bring you their fantasy M&A league — a list of potential tie-ups and explanations about what makes each one interesting. Imagine CVS teaming with 23andMe, or Daimler with Tesla, or Hilton with Airbnb.

Jan 30, 2018
Gupta’s Video Diary from Davos

This week, the eyes of the world are on the tiny Alpine town of Davos, Switzerland, where government and industry leaders, including the Smith School's Anil K. Gupta, are converged for the World Economic Forum's annual gathering.

Jan 25, 2018
CVS Isn't Cool With Airbrushing Anymore

When CVS announced it would ban heavily retouched photographs from its marketing campaigns, suggesting those images set unrealistic beauty standards for the millions of women who shop in its stores, it wasn't just a good deed. It was also good business.

Jan 18, 2018
Can Blockchain Save Kodak?

Can cryptocurrency save the struggling Eastman Kodak? "Kodak is clearly trying to ride this wave," the Smith School's Brent Goldfarb says. "But I am at a loss as to the problem this solves." He thinks the effort will slowly disappear.

Jan 11, 2018
Detours Ahead, Keynote Speaker Tells Grads

Aspiring leaders who want to unlock their potential should anticipate detours in their nonlinear rise to the top, commencement keynotes speaker Connie K. Weaver told graduates on Dec. 20, 2017. She drew lessons from her own career.

Dec 20, 2017
Is It OK to Use Emoji at Work? :P

Is a smiley-face emoji in an e-mail to your boss ever a good idea? It can be, the Smith School's Trevor Foulk says. He offers some advice on when to use emojis and emoticons :) and when to leave them out :(

Dec 14, 2017
Business Solutions to Grow Global Learning

The Smith School's Rebecca Bellinger outlines a business strategy for reversing the recent decline of international student enrollment at U.S. colleges and universities.

Nov 22, 2017
Beauty Pageant Lessons for Business Success

Beauty pageants draw criticism. But Smith School executive communication coach Tricia Homer, who competed in the Miss Universe 2005 pageant, says the competitions can elevate one's brand.

Nov 21, 2017
As World Speeds Up, Friedman Hits Pause

One of the smartest things you can do is pause in a volatile and uncertain world, says New York Times columnist and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman.

Nov 09, 2017
A Sonic Setback for Cuba's Economy

No one is quite sure what's behind the wave of sonic attacks in Havana that have harmed at least 21 American diplomats and their family members. The matter remains a mystery. It's also a setback.

Oct 25, 2017

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