The recent dip in gas prices in the U.S. may have made the Labor Day weekend celebration a little brighter, but analysts warn the price break is not likely to last. Faculty at Emory University's Goizueta Business School agree, noting that even after the unrest in several oil producing nations abates, gas prices are likely to stay high. Blackboards or Basketballs: The Future of American Education?
Does the U.S. have the willpower to return to its historical commitment to funding excellence in education? President Barack Obama wants to reignite the education system, but in a country that has fallen demonstrably behind their counterparts in Asia, and where science and math often take a backseat to sports, is significant change possible? Emory University professor Jag Sheth, who is founder of the India China America Institute (ICA), addresses these and other education questions, noting that while parents need to step up their game when it comes to helping educate their children, more government action is also necessary if the U.S. wants to regain its place at the head of the class. Will the U.S. Small Business Jobs Act Have a Big Impact?
The September 26 passage of the U.S. Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 has the potential to help boost the economy, supporters say. But faculty at Emory University and its Goizueta Business School and others are mixed about the bill’s impact on the weakened American economy. While easing the ability of banks to lend to small businesses sets the stage for expansion and hiring, the psychological impact of the recession has led consumers as well as large companies to pay down debt and resist spending. In this environment, is any push for stimulus likely to succeed? Oil Scarcity and Its Impact on Business
The BP oil spill that continues to devastate America's Gulf Coast has reignited the debate over the country's dependence on oil. In a recent interview with Knowledge@Emory, Anita McGahan discusses her current research on the growing scarcity of petroleum-derived oil and its strategic implications for business. Prior to the interview, McGahan, a professor and the Rotman Chair in Management at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, was the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Atlanta Competitive Advantage Conference (ACAC), co-sponsored by Emory University's Goizueta Business School, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and Beckmill Research. Raw but not Simple: Commodities, Consumers, and the Environment
In the wake of the BP oil disaster, U.S. dependence on fossil fuels and its implications are once again front and center. But the link between key commodities, consumers, and the impact on the environment is complex. Financial journalist Kevin Morrison examines and clarifies the issues in his book Living in a Material World: The Commodity Connection, delineating for readers the connections between high-tech lifestyles and the secure supply of raw materials. Will Legislation Stem 'Too Big to Fail'?
After months of wrangling, Congress in mid-July appeared poised to send beefed up financial regulation legislation to U.S. President Barack Obama. Proponents say such legislation is needed to limit the spread of the “too big to fail” syndrome by financial institutions and thereby prevent another global economic meltdown. But is the concept of “too big to fail” something that really needs massive government intervention, or can the free market do a better job of handling a disruption like that? Faculty at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School weigh in on the topic, making it clear that the answer may not be so cut and dried. India: Land of Global Business Opportunity
Blessed with the “3-D advantage” of demographics, democracy, and diversity, India offers potential for “organized retailing for the masses,” such as ready-to-consume products and services, says Jagdish Sheth, a chaired professor of marketing at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Speaking as part of a keynote address at the recent Emerging India Summit held at Emory, Sheth contends that India is poised to overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy by 2050, provided that the nation continues to forge bilateral trade agreements with advanced and emerging economies, develops its agricultural sector, and calls on its impressive pool of technical and scientific manpower. CCX's Richard Sandor on Financial Innovation and the Protection of our Air and Water
For Richard Sandor, chairman and founder of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), the world’s first and North America’s only legally binding, rules-based greenhouse gas emissions trading system, commoditizing of rights and obligations surrounding air and water is the next major value proposition in the realm of financial innovation. Speaking as part of the Dean’s Leadership Speaker Series at Emory University's Goizueta Business School, Sandor discusses this emerging market and why the opportunities created will allow those involved to address major environmental challenges. Will the Escalating U.S. Deficit Spur Americans to Pay More Taxes?
April 15 is tax day in the U.S. and as Americans file to the post office or send their returns online, the growing cloud of the deficit is adding an extra pall to the annual event. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the federal deficit is likely to swell to $1.5 trillion for fiscal 2010. With those stats it's no surprise that there’s a lot of squawking about fiscal responsibility. But will politicians and the public face up to the mess and start paying down the debt? Faculty at Emory University and its Goizueta Business School explore the reasons for the deficit's trajectory, ways to attack it, and how the recently passed healthcare reform may be the ultimate catalyst for change. The New Normal: Legislating a Place at the Top for Women
On March 15, Deutsche Telekom AG (DT), Europe’s largest telecommunications company, became the latest corporation to announce that its all-male board had agreed on a plan to create its own quota system, which includes a commitment to appoint women to 30% of all senior and middle management positions by 2015, up from 12% today. In the political realm, the Indian Parliament passed a bill on March 9 that would reserve seats for women in both houses of the national parliament. If the lower house approves the law later this spring, women will soon make up 33% of the parliamentarian vote. Is legislating a percentage of top spots for women the new normal? Faculty at Emory University's Goizueta Business School and outside experts weigh in on the topic.