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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.

  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • Crisis Negotiators Give Thanksgiving Tips

    Chris Voss, the F.B.I.’s former lead international hostage negotiator who is now the chief executive of the advisory firm Black Swan Group, elaborated on the concept of emotional labeling. “There are presenting emotions and there are underlying emotions,” he said. “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.”

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  • The Party's Over for Democrats in Congress, but Obama Isn't Bowing Out Yet

    Nevertheless, shutdowns are deeply unpopular with U.S. voters and small business owners, and Republicans would risk a rebound effect, policy experts say. They may not be willing to risk that heading into the 2016 elections. "Republicans will be blamed for a government shutdown, not the president, and there will be a lot of pressure to avoid one, which gives the president a little bit of leverage," says Robert Shapiro, a senior policy scholar at Georgetown's Center for Business and Public Policy, and former economic adviser to President Clinton.

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  • Obama Backs Net Neutrality, Stuns Industry

    United States Telecom Association (USTelecom), the Washington lobby group for telecom service providers, has also been stressing the potential negative impact on investment. In late October, US Telecom issued a report citing a research paper by Anna-Maria Kovacs, visiting scholar with the Georgetown University Center for Business and Public Policy, which said the investment community believes a "heavy-handed regulatory approach" such as broad imposition of Title II status would have a negative impact on future broadband investment.

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  • The Ethical Limits of Markets

    The Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics (GISME) at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will focus its fall symposium on “The Ethical Limits of Markets” on Friday, Nov. 21.

    The symposium will explore questions surrounding ethical limitations on

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  • From The Farm to The Mobile App

    There is a secret in America. Specifically, in rural America. The secret is there is entrepreneurial life outside of Silicon Valley and Tech Alley. Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is teaming up with the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) to give a few of those back roads startups an opportunity through its newly announced Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative. A phase of that initiative is the inaugural Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge.

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