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Fri, May 20

Can Neuroscientists Read Our Dreams?

In a recent TED Talk, Kellogg's Moran Cerf explains what the latest studies in neuroscience can tell us about our own dreams.Some of these studies address the possibility of being able to read dreams. In one study, for instance, participants... More →

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Mon, Dec 21

The Dolls Have Ears—and Algorithms

Toys loaded with the latest machine-learning capabilities undoubtedly made it onto 2015 holiday wish lists. Offerings like Hello Barbie, CogniToys Dino, and Miposaur provide an opportunity to reflect on recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI)—as well as a few challenges.What... More →

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Fri, Oct 16

The Myth of the Perfect Tweet

In many ways, digital media have revolutionized marketing communications. Consumer insights—previously restricted to focus groups—can now be gleaned from social media, and the relationship between brands and customers is more fluid than ever. In this landscape, it is easy to... More →

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Thu, Sep 24

Your Questions Answered: How to Deal with a Bad Boss

Have you ever had a bad boss? Someone who undermined his team or sabotaged her top-performing employees?Kellogg School professor Jon Maner studies power-hungry bad bosses. Last month we solicited questions from Kellogg Insight readers via social media. Maner’s answers to... More →

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Thu, Aug 27

Is the Chinese Stock Market Rigged?

It has been a tumultuous summer for the Chinese stock market. After a months-long boom, share prices tumbled in late June, causing the leadership in Beijing to take action. In addition to new regulations—such as a ban on short selling—and... More →

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Mon, Jul 13

Why Leaders Should Think Like Economists

In strategy, there is always demand for universal frameworks. Business leaders—whether they sell ice cream or microchips—are often tempted by blueprints promising growth in any circumstance. But while certain principles may apply no matter what the industry, the elegance of... More →

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Fri, Jul 10

What Will the T.P.P. Accomplish?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership—an ambitious trade agreement reached in October 2015 among the United States and eleven Pacific Rim nations including Mexico and Canada—has been a source of controversy across the U.S. political landscape. Detractors argue it threatens American jobs and... More →

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Mon, Jun 29

Getting the Most from Online Reviews

In the age of Yelp, Twitter, and Facebook, few companies can avoid dealing with online customer feedback. A one-star boost can translate into dramatically higher revenue; at the same time, a single tweet of discontent could become a public relations... More →

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Tue, Jun 16

Beyond the Viral Video

Crowdfunding sites like Crowdrise or Indiegogo allow nonprofits to reach beyond their traditional donor base, helping them promote causes faster and cheaper than ever before. Still, crowdfunding is not a magic cure for budgetary woes. According to Liz Howard, a... More →

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Mon, Jun 8

Could FIFA Lose the World Cup?

The news of alleged corruption at FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, has lead to speculation about the future of the organization and its signature event, the World Cup. The resignation of Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s newly reelected president, and the indictment... More →

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Wed, Jun 3

Drawing the Link Between Money and Political Polarization

In the last decade, two trends have received a great deal of press: income inequality and political polarization. The first of these has been well established by scholars like Thomas Piketty, author of the best seller Capital in the Twenty-First... More →

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Mon, Jun 1

The Good Merger

When two healthcare companies merge, it is often assumed (or publicly touted) that the marriage will generate measurably better outcomes or lower overall costs. But “the harsh reality is that it is difficult to find well-documented examples” of such results... More →

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Thu, May 28

Life Is Full of Big Games

From optimizing our daily commute to choosing whether or not to purchase Apple’s latest gadget, our lives are filled with instances of strategic decision making. And while most of us are vaguely aware of the larger systems at work (the... More →

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Wed, May 13

The Hazards of Workplace Anxiety

From performance reviews to presentations to office politics, the modern workplace is rife with situations that trigger anxiety. And while anxiety is not always a bad thing—it motivates people to pursue their goals, and it keeps employees on task—too much... More →

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Tue, Apr 28

Navigating the Multigenerational Workplace

Today’s workforce is more generationally diverse than ever before. With more professionals delaying retirement—either by choice or necessity—companies now have employees from as many as four different generations working side by side. Soon, for the first time in history, a... More →

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Fri, Apr 17

Growth Is at the Edges

The recent global recession had a lasting effect on consumer behavior. As middle-class workers felt the squeeze, they “traded down” on everything from food to clothes to pharmaceuticals, setting in motion a vicious cycle that polarized the economy. High-skilled jobs... More →

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Wed, Apr 15

Write Your Own Script

The research on unequal pay is clear. Women who graduate from elite MBA programs earn 93 cents on the dollar compared to their identically educated male colleagues, and they stand to miss out on hundreds of thousands of dollars over... More →

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Mon, Apr 6

The Rise of Corporate Inversions

American corporations are getting better at not paying U.S. taxes. According to the Congressional Research Service, over the past ten years, at least 47 U.S. companies have changed their legal residence for tax purposes—a move known as corporate inversion. Inversions... More →

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Wed, Mar 25

What Is the Future of Marketplace Lending?

In 2007, Lending Club was just another technology startup seeking venture capital. Today it is at the forefront of a growing financial trend, referred to interchangeably as “peer-to-peer” or “marketplace” lending. Last December, the company raised almost $900 million in... More →

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Wed, Mar 25

Leaders Are Willing to Get Uncomfortable

Most leadership courses focus on how best to influence others—how to communicate more effectively, how to build successful teams, and how to motivate an organization to achieve a desired result.But for Harry Kraemer, a clinical professor of strategy at the... More →

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Wed, Mar 18

Eyes on the Fries

McDonald’s has had an inauspicious start to 2015. After a year of declining sales, lower-than-usual profits, and reports of french-fry shortages in Venezuela and Japan, CEO Don Thompson left the company on March 1, making way for Steve Easterbrook, former... More →

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Tue, Feb 24

Phoning It In

When RadioShack announced this month that it was filing for bankruptcy, not everyone was shocked by the news. Although it was once a leading electronics chain with thousands of outlets across the country, the rise of Best Buy and Amazon... More →

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Mon, Feb 16

From Selling Cola to Selling Clinton

Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that Wendy Clark, Coca-Cola’s North American Marketing Chief, is likely to join Hillary Clinton’s (as yet unannounced) presidential campaign. Clark would not be the first marketing star to try her hand at politics... More →

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Tue, Feb 10

Miami, Still the Cupid of Airports

This Valentine’s Day, if you buy a rose—or any other flower, for that matter—chances are good that it will have passed through Miami International Airport. Last year, the airport accounted for 85% of flower imports, with the majority of those... More →

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Mon, Feb 9

NEWS: Award-Winning Research Explains Perplexing Investor Behavior

Why are investors so keen to invest in growth firms like Uber or Facebook—growth firms that seem risky yet have historically produced low average returns—when, say, value stocks like General Electric seem like such an attractive bet?In new research, Dimitris... More →

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Mon, Jan 26

Q&A with David Schonthal on Design Thinking

In advance of a visit to the Kellogg School by Paul Bennett, Chief Creative Officer at the global design firm IDEO, Insight sat down with David Schonthal, a clinical assistant professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School and a... More →

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Thu, Dec 4

Detroit Steers through Bankruptcy

Last month, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes announced an agreement wherein the City of Detroit would exit bankruptcy protection. There was much relief and rejoicing around the Motor City. In what might be considered the end of the beginning of... More →

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Mon, Dec 1

Using Curation to Battle Big Box Stores

This past weekend, we celebrated Small Business Saturday—a day when consumers are encouraged to ignore the big box stores in favor of independent, local retailers. Tapping into community values may help to combat the advantages of the “Big Boys,” who... More →

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Wed, Nov 12

Larry Gies Talks Growth

Madison Industries CEO Larry Gies has had great success over the last two decades at buying and growing businesses.“We build really great businesses with great teams and when you sell them, you’re selling a part of yourself,” Gies says. “We’d... More →

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Thu, Oct 16

Meet Your New Supercompetitors

What does it take to dominate your industry these days?Last month, we featured work by three Kellogg School professors (Thomas Hubbard, Paul Leinwand, and Cesare Mainardi) on supercompetitors, or firms that make the most of their core, and highly scalable... More →

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Tue, Oct 14

Why Business Leaders Must Drive Durable Growth

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama came to the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University to update the nation on the progress we’ve made in recovering from the Great Recession, as well as to promote policies to spur further... More →

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Mon, Sep 15

The Many Ways of Growing Coffee

Like many industries, coffee was in a state of flux around the turn of the millennium. The explosion of Starbucks’ coffee shop culture and the rise of gourmet roasts threatened the traditional home-brewed cuppa. The number of coffee drinkers had... More →

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Fri, Aug 22

Remembering Stanley Reiter

Stanley Reiter, a towering figure in the development of mathematical economics, died Aug. 9 in Evanston, Ill. He was 89.Reiter will be remembered as the intellectual force behind the creation of the Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences Department at the... More →