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Convalescent Plasma Treatment for Coronavirus

April 23rd, 2020

Peter Jaworski, ethics professor at Georgetown University, discusses possible convalescent plasma treatments for Coronavirus on TVN24’s Wstajesz i Wiesz (in Polish).

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There Will Be More ‘Zoonotic’ Viruses Where COVID Came From

April 22nd, 2020

But against this backdrop, more urgent “first-response non-profits,” are attracting the attention and money of many, says Leslie Crutchfield, executive director of Business for Impact at Georgetown University. This often comes at the expense of environmental causes.

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The Heat: Economic Impact of COVID-19

April 18th, 2020

China faces the worst economic losses since 1979, after shutting down the country to fight COVID-19. [Watch] Arthur Dong, [who] is a teaching professor with the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

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The Blood and Misery on Trump’s Hands

April 17th, 2020

The administration’s dithering also did enormous damage to the economy. An analysis by Robert J. Shapiro—a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business who served in the Clinton administration’s Commerce Department—comparing the U.S. to Germany and South Korea argues that at least 40 percent of the carnage can be traced back to Trump’s inaction.

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Highlights from Center for Financial Markets Webinar on COVID-19 Volatility

April 16th, 2020

The Center for Financial Markets and Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business quickly assembled a group of panelists well-equipped to provide their views on the securities markets during the midst of the market turmoil caused by COVID-19. The Center hosted the webinar on Thursday, March 26, which produced lively discussions and important insights. ETF BILD’s co-founders attended the webinar safely from their homes, including John Jacobs, who is the Center’s Executive Director. Key topics that were explored include reduced trading hours, circuit breakers and limit up/limit down, short sales ban and electronic trading.

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Online Investment Tools See a Boost Amid Economic Uncertainty

April 16th, 2020

“Millennials have been hit,” said Simon Blanchard, an assistant professor of marketing at Georgetown University and a consumer marketing and personal finance expert. “Financial security and general planning is really top of mind. They’ve been burned twice at times when there are big changes in their lives.”

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Supply Chain Management is a Vital Weapon in the War Against the Coronavirus

April 15th, 2020

An op-ed by Ricardo Ernst, Baratta Chair in Global Business and director, Global Business Initiative: “The great French-Algerian philosopher Albert Camus observed in his classic novel ‘The Plague’ that ‘…always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.’ What does not take people by surprise is the naming and blaming and politicization (especially in an election year) that immediately come front and center when a national catastrophe takes place.”

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How the Government Pulls Coronavirus Relief Money Out of Thin Air

April 15th, 2020

Even so, the growing comfort with the Treasury Department’s relying on the Fed to buy its bonds — and help finance large deficits — is an important shift in the conventional thinking of politicians and policymakers, said Mr. McCulley, who retired from Pimco in 2015 and now teaches at Georgetown University.

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3 Steps to Optimize Intern Onboarding and Training

April 14th, 2020

“MBA internships are often used as a ‘bridge’ to pivot from one industry or function to another,” Doreen Amorosa, associate dean of career services at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business, told HR Dive. “Successful internships allow MBA students to demonstrate newly acquired academic skills which enable those career transitions,” she said.

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Amazon: Coronavirus Tests so Hard to Get We’re Building Our Own Lab

April 10th, 2020

“Kudos to Amazon for developing its own antigen testing for the virus to create a safer environment for its workers,” says Georgetown university professor Hal Singer. “But there’s no reason why the costs of testing should fall on private companies, or be exclusive to the richest companies in America.”

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U.K. Government Rescues Cripled Charities Sector

April 9th, 2020

“I think you will see contraction in the non-profit sector just like we’re seeing in the commercial economy,” says Leslie Crutchfield, executive director of Business for Impact at Georgetown University.

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Civil Liberties Under Attack During COVID-19

April 8th, 2020

Georgetown philosopher Jason Brennan offers a succinct summary of the problem: “[T]he biggest intellectual lesson we can learn from this is that, when a crisis hits, the powers that be violate everything we know about data collection, giving us non-random and unrepresentative samples from which — as we all learned in week two of methods — you cannot draw good conclusions.”

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With Stock-exchange Floor Closed, Traders and Investors Grapple With Uncertainty

April 8th, 2020

“Most of the traders are just tending to computers, and they can do that from anywhere,” said James Angel, associate professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business who has extensively studied markets and financial exchanges. “Honestly, the biggest impact will be on the media showcase, which can help a premiere stock exchange.”

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9 TED Talks for Leaders Managing Remote Teams

April 8th, 2020

The lack of face-to-face interaction when working digitally can court bad behavior: rudeness, disrespect, dismissiveness, teasing. Management professor Christine Porath studies the cost of incivility.

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PwC’s Speedy Move to an Online Summer Internship

April 8th, 2020

Talia Schatz, the director of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Undergraduate Career Development Center says she’s been advising students to prepare for “unexpected changes” as they likely pop up over the coming weeks and months.

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9 Ways to Know If You Have a Great Business Idea

April 7th, 2020

“Since starting a business requires an inordinate amount of time, energy and patience, ideally, the idea will be one that you are passionate about as well as one that you have skills or experience [in],” said Melissa Bradley, managing director of Project 500 and an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

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Top 10 Employee COVID-19 Concerns Every Leader Needs to Understand

April 7th, 2020

An article by Brooks Holtom, professor of management: “The Coronavirus / COVID-19 impact is not evenly distributed geographically, and vital themes have emerged when reviewing the Top 10 Concerns of Employees when it comes to this pandemic.”

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How to Make the Most of Your MBA Alumni Network

April 7th, 2020

The chance to craft a large and varied professional network is a big draw for would-be MBA students looking to advance their career, says Gopika Spaenle, associate director at the MBA Career Center at Georgetown McDonough. Classmates, faculty and alumni are an invaluable source of advice, guidance, and can facilitate introductions to employers.

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We’re at War and Need Wartime Institutions to Keep Our Economy Producing What’s Necessary

April 4th, 2020

An op-ed by Robert Hockett, visiting professor of finance: “There can be no question about the nation’s current predicament. We are at war. We are faced with a public health crisis, yes, but the virus now ravaging our communities is a lethal invader taking American lives, threatening our way of life and destroying our productive capacity and economic health.”

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How Coronavirus Affects Upcoming IPOs in 2020

April 3rd, 2020

As investors have seen their portfolios plummet, their focus has been on trying to maintain the value of what they own rather than taking on the new risk that investing in IPOs would entail, says Reena Aggarwal, professor of finance at Georgetown University.

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What the New Virtual MBA Classroom is Like

April 2nd, 2020

Matthew Cypher, who is the Atara Kaufman Professor of Real Estate and director of the Steers Center for Global Real Estate at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business welcomes full-time MBAs to his Real Estate Clinic course at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time on the first day of April. It’s a similar greeting he’d be giving to students rushing into his classroom in Washington D.C. But on this early April afternoon, he’s greeting virtual heads popping up onto a computer screen. This is the new reality of residential full-time MBA programs across the country and globe. Once sitting next to one another, the students are spread to who knows where.

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What Authority Should Government Have Over Our Actions?

April 1st, 2020

As an immigrant, himself, Georgetown University professor Peter Jaworski invites us to consider the freest countries in the world and examine the economic freedom and civil liberties their citizens enjoy.

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T-Mobile Joins the Ranks of Major Carriers as Sprint Acquisition Closes

April 1st, 2020

“I always thought it made a lot of sense,” said Larry Downes, project director for the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. “Sprint was not a viable competitor,” Downes added. “My view was that it takes us from two to three viable competitors.”

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CEOs are Taking Pay Cuts as Furloughs and Layoffs Mount. Is it Actually Helping?

April 1st, 2020

“But the gesture is often symbolic; executive pay is largely made up of stock options, rather than the salary CEOs pull biweekly. Cutting pay doesn’t always have a significant impact on a company’s bottom line, although it can help if firms are severely cash-constrained. And if the pay cuts are also accompanied by layoffs—like Macy’s nationwide furloughs—any morale-boosting benefits can be “lost in the noise,” according to Jason Schloetzer, an associate professor of accounting at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.” Subscription required.

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How Adopting a Humble Mindset Can Make You a Better Leader

March 31st, 2020

A survey of more than 19,000 people by Harvard Business Review last year revealed that respondents reported feeling a lack of respect from their leaders. “No other leader behavior had a bigger effect on employees across the outcomes we measured,” wrote the survey’s co-author, Christine Porath.

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