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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.

  • Why You May Have Good Reason to Worry About All Those Smart Devices

    An article by Larry Downes: There are an estimated 1.5 trillion objects around the world that could one day connect to the Internet, everything from simple housewares to automobiles. In the so-called Internet of Things, each of them will be capable of sending and receiving data just as our laptops, smartphones, tablets and TVs do today.


  • Trump's Attempts to Pick Industry Winners and Losers Will Ultimately Fail

    An article by Michael Douma, assistant research professor and the director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets at Ethics: President-elect Donald Trump’s intervention in the recent Carrier decision to keep more of its jobs within the United States does not signal an unprecedented break from past administrations. We need to look no further than the Obama administration’s support of Solyndra to find an example of an executive actively picking favorites in the market.


  • Navarro to Provide Shot of Testosterone to China Relations

    An article by Arthur Dong: The recent appointment of Peter Navarro by President-elect Trump to head the newly formed White House National Trade Council sends a strong signal that it will not be business as usual with respect to U.S.–China trade relations.


  • Yuan's Steep Drop Poses Major Risks for Chinese, Global Economies

    An article by Arthur Dong: The 1979 film “The China Syndrome” dramatized a fictional nuclear power plant meltdown that had the potential to burn its way to China. Since the film’s release, the expression “China Syndrome” has been associated as a generic catchphrase to describe catastrophic events. As we enter 2017, China is facing its China Syndrome moment with regard to its currency — the yuan.


  • China's Still Producing, but the World isn't Buying, Trade Data Shows

    An article by Arthur Dong: On Friday, China’s Ministry of Commerce released its December trade figures. What did the numbers reveal? On balance, China’s aggregate exports declined year over year by 7.7 percent. The 2016 figures mark a continuing pattern of decline that has persisted over the past two years.


  • Donald Trump Announces Investment, Jobs Deal With Japan's SoftBank

    “On the surface, a foreign business person saying that ‘I’m going to invest in the U.S. because an administration’s policies will favor my company’ is unobjectionable -- it’s just a P.R. matter,” said John Hasnas, professor of business ethics and law at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business.


  • Lawmakers Change Their Tone on AT&T and Time Warner Deal

    Over all, senators were asking “hard questions,” said Larry Downes, a professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. But, he added, “they seem to be open-minded about the changing nature of competition in the information sector.”


  • Influencing One Business is not Sound Pro-Business Policy

    An article by Michael Douma, director of the Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics: Arguably, Trump knows how to run a business, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he knows what is best for business in general. The kinds of policies that Trump is pushing would make complete sense if the U.S. were a single business trying to crowd out others from a consumer marketplace.


  • Chinese Tech Firms Look to CES as a Launchpad for the U.S.

    But the U.S. market is very different from the Chinese market. To attract customers here, Chinese firms are adapting the playbook used by Japanese firms in the 1980s, said Arthur Dong, professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. "Japanese firms had to turn to the higher end of the market to attract American customers," Dong said. China wants to follow the same path, he said, which explains why they tout their innovative features along with their lower prices.