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Management 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.

  • Fixing U.S. Air Traffic Control

    An op-ed by Rob Britton, adjunct professor: “Having worked in and near the airline industry for almost all my career, I’ve seen lots of good ideas to improve service, safety, and reliability, but none as compelling as reforming U.S. air traffic control (ATC) by converting it to an independent, nonprofit organization.”

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  • Civil Actions: Creating A Culture of Kindness at Work

    A recent essay in Harvard Business Review makes an obvious but often neglected observation: manners matter. Christine Porath, author of Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace, demonstrates the ways in which a study that documented “how incivility diminishes collaboration and performance in medical settings,” echoes results from her own research.

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  • Discussion: Is Fast Fashion Sustainable?

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2017

    DISCUSSION: IS FAST FASHION SUSTAINABLE?

    WHAT: The Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will host a discussion, “Is Fast Fashion Sustainable?,”

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  • The “Messy Middle:” Making Sense of the Gender Pay Gap

    An op-ed by Cathy Tinsley, professor of management, academic director of the Executive Masters in Leadership Program, and director of the Georgetown Women’s Leadership Institute: “Tax Day is yet another reminder of the persistent and pervasive gender pay gap, the corrosive effect it has on women’s lifetime earnings and therefore, on their retirement security. Sadly, according to the Certified Equality Professional Institute, on average women have 50 percent smaller account balances in their retirement plans than men.”

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  • How United Could Have Avoided a PR Mess: Check Its Own Schedule

    Rob Britton, an aviation consultant and adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, said when airline employees fly on other carriers, it’s almost always on “standby,” meaning only if there are seats available after everyone else boards. On a Sunday night, Britton said, it’s entirely possible there were no other seats to buy. “If seats are available, employees of other airlines are boarded after those of the airline operating the flight,” Britton said. “It’s a challenging process, and because flights are more full today than in the past, it’s happening regularly.”

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  • Health Care: Mission Failed

    Trump stated to Business Insider that negotiations are “give-and-take. But it’s gotta be mostly take. Because you can’t give. You gotta mostly take.” According to Georgetown professor Christine Porath “It may be very appropriate for Trump or any other leader to use that style of negotiation, if the issue’s very important to us or if he’s up against someone with that style, because you don’t want to get steamrolled,” she said, but “Typically, if there’s a pattern of that style, people will not want to work with you. You’re losing out on the relationship or the long-term gain of being able to collaborate with a person, group, or country.”

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  • Georgetown Prof Asks: Are You An Uncivil Leader?

    A little over two decades ago, something happened that would send Christine Porath down a specific path. Her father, who to that point had always been healthy, suffered a “heart attack scare.” Porath, a management professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, details the account in the second chapter of her book, Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace.

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