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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 →

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Mon, Aug 18

Two Types of Trust in Finance

Determining how projects are valued is a primary interest of corporate finance. Part of valuation is technical: you forecast the revenue, forecast the cost, forecast the inventory, shove it in a spreadsheet, and out comes a pristine answer, perfectly accurate... More →