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Boeing Faces New Challenges Now That FAA Ban Of 737 MAX Is Lifted

November 24th, 2020

Robert Britton is an adjunct professor of marketing at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business where he teaches courses on crisis management. He is a former managing director of advertising and marketing planning for American Airlines, a job he started two weeks after 9/11.

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The Dow has Passed 30,000 for the First Time Ever

November 24th, 2020

Today’s historic news “signals that investors are a lot more confident about the future than the present,” says Arthur Dong, professor of practice at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. But he adds that the measure’s rise has little impact on small businesses. “There is disconnect between what happens on Wall Street and Main Street. The pain on Main Street continues to persist.”

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ForoMET Global Closed with the Commitment to Strengthen Sustainable Female Entrepreneurship

November 23rd, 2020

According to Ricardo Ernst, general director of the Latin American Board of Georgetown University, “if globalization is rain, the umbrella is competitiveness, and entrepreneurship is the most agile way of adapting to globalization. Globalization opens new windows of opportunity and entrepreneurship and ICTs are the best way to take advantage of them “.

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The Smart Strategy that’s Helping Women Become CEOs

November 23rd, 2020

The researchers, Catherine Tinsley, a professor of management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and faculty director of GU’s Women’s Leadership Institute, and Kate Purmal, an Institute senior industry fellow, wrote: “Our data suggests corporate boards have been finding a creative way out of this chicken-and-egg dilemma. Specifically, they seem to have relaxed the prior-CEO-experience requirement for women and are using prior corporate board service as a proxy qualification.”

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How to Navigate Awkward Political Conversations at Thanksgiving Dinner After a Tense Election

November 23rd, 2020

Stress from COVID-19, health care, the economy, racism and the presidential election is threatening American’s mental health, according to the annual “Stress in America” survey from the American Psychological Association. Stress or feeling overwhelmed is the primary reason people cite for being rude, which has the potential to ignite conflict during the holidays, according to Christine Porath, a professor at Georgetown University and the author of “Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace.”

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Vaccine Distribution Will be an ‘Enormous Logistical Problem’: David Rubenstein

November 16th, 2020

David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-executive chairman of the Carlyle Group, joins CNBC’s “Squawk Box” team to discuss how the market is anticipating vaccine distribution and if he thinks there will be disappointments along the way of the economic recovery. [He spoke of these topics at the Financial Markets Quality conference hosted by the Center for Financial Markets and Policy later that day].

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SEC Chairman Clayton to Step Down

November 16th, 2020

James Angel, associate professor of finance at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, told ThinkAdvisor Monday in an email that he doubts “the lame duck Trump administration will try to ram through his [Clayton’s] nomination” to the Southern District of New York post.

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Biden to Talk More Softly Toward China, but Keep Trump’s Big Tariff ‘Stick’

November 11th, 2020

“I think it would be impractical for Biden to do any tariff reductions immediately. I don’t think he has the latitude to remove them right away,” said Charles Skuba, a professor at Georgetown and former senior official at the U.S. International Trade Administration . “He also has some chips to play. You could consider the tariffs as a gift to Biden.”

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Yes, Virtual Presenting Is Weird

November 4th, 2020

An article by Sarah Gershman, adjunct professor: Recently, I worked with a CEO who told me that she dreads giving virtual presentations. “I used to enjoy getting up in front of an audience,” she explained. “I loved working the room. Now, I feel like I’m speaking into a black hole.”

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Analysis: Retail Traders Position for Volatility After U.S. Election

November 3rd, 2020

The surge of new retail investors benefits the market in many ways, such as promoting financial literacy and bringing more attention to a wider variety of companies than institutional investors tend to focus on, said James Angel, a finance professor at Georgetown University.

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Happy Birthday Dear Bitcoin: Crypto’s First White Paper Turns 12

October 31st, 2020

James Angel, an associate professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, told Coin Telegraph: “It has set in motion a revolution in finance with the rise of DeFi apps, smart contracts, and coin offerings, in addition to a payment revolution that is leading to central bank digital currencies.”

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How COVID-19 May Affect Spectator Sports in the Coming Years

October 28th, 2020

Covid-19’s impact on spectator sports this year has been obvious. Marty Conway, a longtime sports executive who teaches sports management and marketing at Georgetown University explains what the impact will be as the pandemic continues, and whether the impact will last when the pandemic ends.

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Hedge Funds’ Shot at Stock Secrecy Fades as SEC Drops Revamp

October 27th, 2020

“This shows the value of the public comment process,” said James Angel, a finance professor at Georgetown University who wrote a letter to the SEC opposing the rule change. “More people should monitor what our regulators are proposing and submit comments. The SEC is a political agency, and they do pay attention to public opinion.”

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Widening Racial Gap Evident In Jobs Confidence, Economic Optimism

October 16th, 2020

“Historically, during recessions and downturns, inequality increases,” said Rohan Williamson, a finance professor at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. During the pandemic, the jobs most impacted have been service jobs, he explained—and those jobs are more likely to be held by non-white workers.

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Why There is No Ethical Reason Not to Vote (Unless You Come Down with COVID-19 on Election Day)

October 8th, 2020

According to a recent study by the 100 Million Project, nonvoters are twice as likely as active voters to say they do not feel they have enough information about candidates and issues to decide how to vote. This group of nonvoters might believe that it is unethical to vote because they are uninformed. In The Ethics of Voting, political philosopher Jason Brennan argues that uninformed citizens have an ethical obligation not to cast votes, because their uninformed votes can produce results that damage our political system.

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Q&A: Meet Chunky the Georgetown Panda!

September 30th, 2020

You may have seen him in your classes or appearing on Instagram and various locations across the United States visiting fellow Hoyas. Though he may b…

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How The Turmoil With TikTok Could Change The Course Of Big Tech

September 18th, 2020

While TikTok’s announcement is a big story, Betsy Sigman, professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, points out that it’s far from a done deal. Partnering with Oracle makes some sense, since Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is one of the only Silicon Valley tech leaders to vocally support Trump. “This could also help position Oracle well for the ongoing period of trade wars between China and the US, and expand into cloud operations and advertising,” Betsy adds.

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Rude Work Emails Are Bad for Your Health and on the Rise – Here’s What You Need To Know

September 14th, 2020

In 1998, one-fourth of employees polled said they were treated rudely at least once a week. By 2016 that figure had risen to 62%. Indeed, 98% have reported uncivil behavior of some sort. A number of factors are to blame, says Christine Porath, a leading academic in the field of workplace incivility. These include an increasing sense of isolation, as well as poor communications.

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China and U.S. Relations

September 13th, 2020

In January, Chinese and American officials signed a trade pact that keeps commerce between the world’s two largest economies flowing. The agreement came despite the bilateral relationship deteriorating in other areas. Mike Walter talks with Georgetown University business professor, Arthur Dong, about the future of Chinese and U.S. relations.

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Former Deutsche Bank Traders to Stand Trial in Test of Spoofing Crackdown

September 11th, 2020

Some critics have questioned whether spoofing should be prosecuted as a crime, instead of a civil regulatory violation handled by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Deutsche Bank paid $30 million in 2018 to settle CFTC claims tied to the traders’ spoofing. Other experts say the Justice Department’s attention is warranted because manipulation affects commodity prices as well as correlated assets, such as stocks. “It is basically lying to people about their willingness to trade and lying about the liquidity in the market,” said James Angel, a finance professor and regulatory expert at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

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Xbox Series S vs PS5: Does the Cheapest Console Always Win?

September 11th, 2020

This means the Xbox Series S will be a “no brainer” purchase for those in the market for a new games console, according to Luc Wathieu, professor of marketing from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. “The Xbox Series S’s price is what I have called in my research a ‘no-brainer price’ – a price so low that it suppresses buyer’s incentives to think deeply about differences in features,” he tells WIRED. “This price will kill most people’s appetite to actively compare the Xbox Series S with other more expensive, feature-rich alternatives, particularly Sony’s upcoming PS5.”

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Would Postal Banking Save the Post Office?

September 2nd, 2020

“Roughly 6% of the population is unbanked,” meaning they manage their money outside of traditional banks and credit unions, explains James Angel, a professor of finance at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. If the USPS revived postal banking, it could provide “a lifeline” to people who live in banking deserts where banks have closed branches or never opened them at all, he says.

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