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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.

  • 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.


  • Hearts on their sleeves

    John Kline, a professor of international business diplomacy in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, has been studying the Alta Gracia experiment since its inception and recently completed a progress report on the company with research partner Edward Soule, an associate professor in Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. Kline shares much of Scott’s enthusiasm about the young brand’s initial success. “They are going to at least break even this year and they are poised to turn their first profit next year,” he noted in an interview last week.


  • On the Eve of Midterms, Government Contractors Fear Another Shutdown

    Unfortunately, experts are predicting another shutdown, most likely after the midterm elections, and possibly before the end of the year. The House of Representatives is unlikely to repeat the scenario from a year ago. But if Republicans succeed in taking the Senate, the chances of a shutdown would escalate substantially, as a show of power, before the 2016 presidential election, says Robert Shapiro, a senior policy scholar at Georgetown's Center for Business and Public Policy, and former economic advisor to President Clinton.


  • Sheikh Dr. Khalid on Advisory Board of Georgetown McDonough Business, Society and Public Policy Initiative

    Prominent Qatari entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Thani al-Thani has been made a member of the Advisory Board of the Business, Society and Public Policy Initiative of the Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.


  • America Can’t Lead the World in Innovation if the FAA Keeps Dragging its Feet on Drone Rules

    An op-ed by Larry Downes, senior industry and innovation fellow at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy: “As the latest revolutionary digital technology takes off, entrepreneurs are finding themselves battling federal regulators for permission just to experiment with new applications. This time it’s the Federal Aviation Administration, which has been struggling since 2012 to develop rules for safely integrating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), aka drones, into U.S. airspace. To be clear, we’re not talking here about the lethal, multi-million dollar military aircraft that are changing the nature of warfare. We’re talking about small, consumer-friendly devices that sell today to hobbyists and others for less than $300.”


  • Apparel Company Succeeding on Anti-Sweatshop Model

    Surveying the Alta Gracia project’s development thus far, a new Georgetown University report concludes the factory “is assuming the attribute of a stable business.” Barring unforeseen circumstances, the report’s authors project that the factory could begin turning a profit by as soon as next year. In other words: Knights Apparel and WRC may be proving that it is possible, under certain circumstances, to run a successful clothing factory in the developing world without depriving the factory’s employees.


  • The Midterm Elections: A Small-Business Primer

    Although an immigration reform bill passed the Senate with pretty strong bipartisan support in 2013, expect only minimal movement on the issue says Robert Shapiro, a senior policy scholar at Georgetown's Center for Business and Public Policy, and former economic advisor to President Clinton. The reason, Shapiro says, is the Republican base is too split to come to an agreement. A Republican sweep wouldn't do much to ease the fissure.


  • FCC’s Rosenworcel: D.C. Needs to Get in the Silicon Valley ‘Sandbox'

    “The traditional regulatory process can be cumbersome,” FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said Tuesday during a panel discussion at Georgetown University. “It can be risk averse and hostile to new ideas. It is rarely as nimble as the digital economy itself. But we need to fix this, and I think we can — if we embrace the idea of government in the sandbox.”