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Kasra Ferdows Receives Shingo Research Award

August 31st, 2020

Kasra Ferdows, Heisley Family Chair of Global Manufacturing at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, received the 2020 Shingo R…

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Lizhi Liu Earns 2020 Ronald H. Coase Award

August 17th, 2020

Lizhi Liu, an assistant professor of strategy at Georgetown McDonough, was awarded the 2020 Ronald H. Coase Award for the Best Dissertation in Instit…

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Dining Out: July Marks 3rd Month of Recovery for U.S. Restaurants

August 14th, 2020

Sales and employment at U.S. restaurants posted another month of improvement in July, but at rates below previous months as the industry remains challenged by the pandemic and economic crisis. “It’s trending in the right direction,” said Arthur Dong, professor of the practice at Georgetown McDonough. “Are they out of the woods yet? By no stretch of the imagination.”

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With Value Approach, Off the Chain Capital is Changing the Bitcoin Investment Narrative

August 11th, 2020

“In order for Bitcoin to go mainstream, we have to find ways to bridge the crypto world with the rest of the world,” said Perianne Boring, distinguished fellow at the Center for Financial Markets and Policy and president of the Chamber of Digital Commerce. Boring tells Bitcoin Magazine the value approach to investing in crypto assets and the new story behind these crypto investments.

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CPAs Accuse Banks of Pocketing Finder’s Fees on PPP Loans

August 10th, 2020

In dozens of lawsuits that have been filed over the last three months, accounting firms are seeking a slice of PPP pie through agent fees. Thomas Cooke, distinguished teaching professor, tells Bloomberg Tax this legal fight could last for years and Congress could intervene.

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Hong Kong’s Richest Family Loses US $8B in a Single Year

August 6th, 2020

Shares of the Kwoks’ Sun Hung Kai Properties are now trading at less than half the value of the company’s net assets. “The long-term value of these assets is tied to Hong Kong and the integration of Hong Kong into China. Growth in the future will not be as high as in the past,” said Gilles Hilary, chaired professor of accounting, referring to the city’s developers as a group.

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How Much Money is in Nonprofit Endowments in America?

August 5th, 2020

The endowment assets of the country’s nonprivate-foundation nonprofits totaled over $690 billion dollars in 2017, according to their Form 990s analyzed by Sandeep Dahiya, associate professor of finance at Georgetown McDonough.

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Next Steps for Companies That Pledged to Do Better on Diversity

August 4th, 2020

Meeting diversity goals will take much more than training sessions on topics such as implicit bias. “Training can be helpful and start a conversation, but only if it’s part of a larger strategy,” says Ella Washington, a professor of practice at the McDonough School of Business.

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Favorite MBA Professors of the Class of 2020

August 3rd, 2020

Described as the “kindest, most driven professor at Georgetown,” Allison Koester, associate professor at Georgetown McDonough was named to Poets&Quants Favorite MBA Professors of 2020.

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Big Tech CEO Hearing: Showdown or Show Trial?

July 31st, 2020

The CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google all faced tough questions from the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel. Betsy Sigman, a distinguished professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, says that finding counterfeit sellers is a herculean task for many companies, but it is still crucial to work towards better regulation. Learn about the key takeaways from the panel.

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Trump is Wrong Again: U.S. Manufacturing is Not Recovering

July 28th, 2020

An op-ed by Robert Shapiro, a senior fellow at the Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown McDonough: The headline from the Commerce Department’s new report on the economy is that new shipments and new orders of durable goods by U.S. manufacturers increased at healthy rates in June – by 15 percent and 7 percent respectively. Larry Kudlow almost certainly will herald the numbers as proof that American manufacturing is back, and good times are just around the corner.

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Apple, Microsoft, and Other Tech Giants Top Forbes’ 2020 Most Valuable Brands List

July 27th, 2020

When it comes to brand value, it is hard to topple Big Tech. On Forbes’ 2020 list of the 100 most valuable brands, the top five are the same as last year: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook. Christie Norhielm, associate teaching professor of marketing explains the “stickiness” of brand value and how brands are modernizing their delivery to compete.

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Personal Services are Getting Creative to Stay in Business During Pandemic

July 25th, 2020

While grocery stores and other essential businesses stay open but take health and safety precautions, other businesses have to get creative. “I think if you’re not using this time to think about strategic alternatives to reinvent at least part of your business offerings, then you’ll get passed by,” said Jason Schloetzer, William and Karen Sonneborn Term Associate Professor of Business Administration at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

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What is Chapter 11 Bankruptcy?

July 24th, 2020

“The goal in Chapter 11 is to carve out the productive part of the company and get rid of the parts that are losing money,” said James Angel, associate professor of finance at the McDonough School of Business.

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Leslie Crutchfield: “Break from Business as Usual”

July 22nd, 2020

“All great leaders share one common trait: they’re ‘leaderfull,’ meaning they give power away, rather than hoard it,” says Leslie Crutchfield, executive director of Business for Impact at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Crutchfield sits down with Ben Ari from Thrive Global to have a discussion on the importance of social movements and leadership.

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4 Ways to Spot A Potentially Toxic Hire Over Video Interview

July 18th, 2020

“There’s a pattern of de-energizing, frustrating, or putting down teammates. It’s not just that Joe is rude; the whole team suffers because of it,” said Christine Porath, associate professor at the McDonough School of Business. She provides insight for employees looking to avoid a potentially bad hire via Zoom interviews.

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Georgetown Program Gives Returning Citizens a Second Chance

July 17th, 2020

Gerorgetown’s McDonough School of Business created the Pivot Program to help previously incarcerated individuals make a turn in their lives through mentorship and expert guidance from faculty. News4’s Meagan Fitzgerald speaks with program director, Pietra Rivoli, about how the initiative gives people a second shot at a productive life.

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Can China and the U.S. Uphold the Phase One Trade Deal Amid COVID-19?

July 14th, 2020

The looming election may also serve to accelerate, rather than pause the trade pact between China and the U.S. Arthur Dong, teaching professor at the McDonough School of Business says Trump’s election prospects hinge on China acting upon commitments of the phase one deal.

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Washington’s NFL Team Drops ‘Redskins’ Name After 87 Years

July 13th, 2020

Marty Conway, a Georgetown University adjunct professor of sports marketing and business, said that while the NFL and team could pay tens of millions of dollars to buy back old merchandise, the long-term benefits are more lucrative with a new stadium naming rights deal and other corporate sponsorships. “It’s a huge opportunity, certainly long overdue in terms of the time frame,” Conway said. “But I think there’s sort of an immediate opportunity, which we’re seeing play out every day, which is to reposition the franchise and in a step-by-step way away from the roots of its past and consistent with the change in time and social climate.”

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