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Strategy, Economics, Ethics & Public Policy Faculty in the News

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business’s distinguished faculty members regularly provide thought leadership through various media outlets. They share research insights and commentary on business news.

  • Obama bank tax: Smart policy or bank bashing?

    President Obama wants to hit big banks with a new tax to discourage them from taking too much risk. The proposal would generate lots of money from the sector that was kept alive by a taxpayer-funded bailout. That new revenue could then be used to help boost stagnant wages for the middle class by funding programs like Obama’s plan for two free years of community college. “These are institutions that have made enormous profits. They can afford it,” said Robert Shapiro, a senior fellow at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.


  • Why We Torture

    In this op-ed co-authored by Georgetown McDonough School of Business Professor Catherine Langlois, the authors offer a counter-argument to those who hastily dismiss torture as a method of intelligence-gathering: “Intelligence is never perfect -- mistakes will be made. Extreme fear of one type of intelligence mistake, however, has repercussion not only on the likelihood of committing the other type of error but in the value of information and the methods used to obtain it. Stopping torture requires a balanced perspective on intelligence errors.”


  • Obama Celebrates Improving U.S. Economy with Call for Tax Hikes

    On Tuesday Mr. Obama set about trying to change that part of his legacy, laying out $320 billion in tax increases designed to transfer wealth almost exclusively from the richest 1 percent of Americans to the poor and middle class in the boldest and most specific tax-increase plan of his presidency. “It’s very easy to attack the top 1 percent. They are a very easy target. Numbers wise, they’re small yet very powerful,” said Thomas B. Cooke, a professor who studies tax law at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.


  • Ideas, Debates Soar at 2015 World Economic Forum

    CCTV America interviewed Michael Czinkota for more on the highlights of this year’s World Economic Forum. Czinkota is a business professor at Georgetown University and specializes in marketing and international business strategy.


  • The Media Revolution That Isn’t Being Televised

    This op-ed by Larry Downes, project director at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, discusses the millennial generation’s transformation of the paid video market.


  • Panel Discussion on FCC & Communications Mergers

    Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy to Present “Declaration of Independents: Not All Mergers Are Created Equal,” Jan. 28

    WHAT: The Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will host


  • Take Note Republicans and Democrats, This is What a Pro-Innovation Platform Looks Like

    This op-ed by Larry Downes, project director at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, outlines the political choices that would make the government most friendly to technological innovation.


  • 3 Crisis Negotiation Tactics Guaranteed to Get You Through Any Holiday Meal

    Acknowledge your “grumbly grandfather.” That’s a direct turn of phrase from Chris Voss, former FBI lead international hostage negotiator. “There are presenting emotions and there are underlying emotions,” he says. “The grumbly grandfather who doesn’t want to spend time at the holiday dinner table: the underlying emotion is that this guy feels passed by. He feels left out. He’s speaking up in his own dysfunctional way because he wants attention.” How do you fix that?


  • Steve Wozniak Refutes Apple’s Creation Story: ‘The Garage is a Bit of a Myth’

    The garage wasn’t that important to Apple’s history, but became a key feature of the company’s founding myth as the genesis chapter of Apple was told and re-told by those inspired by their success. Why? Perhaps because the garage “evokes the image of the lone individual who relies primarily on his or her extraordinary efforts and talent to overcome the difficulties inherent in creating a new business,” according to a 2009 article in California Management Review titled “A Garage and an Idea: What More Does an Entrepreneur Need?” by Pino Audia of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and Christopher Rider of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.