Category: Business Week

Money for Nothing: How to Stop ‘Patent Trolls’ From Stifling Innovation

June 9th, 2014 in 2014, Business Week, James Bessen, Michael Meurer, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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James Bessen, School of Law
Michael Meurer, School of Law

When it comes to smothering good ideas, no group does it better than the so-called patent trolls, also known by more flattering euphemisms as “patent assertion entities,” “nonproduct entities,” and “nonpracticing entities.”…

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RH CEO Gary Friedman’s Luxury Retail Ambitions

February 27th, 2014 in 2014, Business Week, James Post, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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James Post, School of Management

“These are the original antique library chairs that are in our catalog. Those are the original antique tables that we have replicated,” says Gary Friedman as he walks briskly through his home in California’s Marin County, passing low-slung brown leather chairs and unpolished wood tables. Friedman is the public face of RH (RH), formerly known as Restoration Hardware, and its guiding spirit…

Expert quote:

“There is certainly pressure on the board to be extremely vigilant about Mr. Friedman’s behavior. They cannot afford to be fooled again.”

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Does Bitcoin Have a Future in Politics?

January 8th, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, Business Week, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Texas Congressman Steve Stockman is no stranger to provocative proposals…

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“If bitcoin is adopted, it will create financial instability in the economy, decline in GDP and drop in overall commerce.”

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Deutsche Bank Forfeits 221 Million Euros From Monte Paschi Deal

December 19th, 2013 in 2013, Business Week, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) is forfeiting 221 million euros ($302 million) to end a derivative contract with Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA as regulators in Germany and Italy probe the transaction…

Expert quote:

“It’s highly unusual after a transaction that there would be a discount. This money is going back to Italian taxpayers and the bank has a duty to shareholders to explain why they are paying for it.”

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Ethics: In the Real World, Kant Can’t Help (but Here’s What Does)

December 18th, 2013 in 2013, Business Week, Kabrina Chang, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Management 0 comments

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By Kabrina Chang, School of Management

Every decade or so, scandals rock the business world and revive a long-running debate about the place of ethics in the business school curriculum…

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To Build a Better Business School, Consider the Student a Customer

December 4th, 2013 in 2013, Business Week, Kenneth Freeman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Management 0 comments

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By Kenneth Freeman, School of Management

After leaving the for-profit world three years ago to become Dean of Boston University’s School of Management, I observed to one of my new colleagues that our students are our customers…

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Summers Schooled by Harvard Rates Now Wants Job Setting Them

August 29th, 2013 in 2013, Business Week, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Lawrence Summers was president of Harvard University when in 2004 the world’s richest school came up with an inventive and ultimately flawed financial strategy…

Expert quote:

“That speaks to the risk-tolerance of this individual.  On Wall Street it works, but does it work as the chairman of the Federal Reserve?”

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A Truly Smart Idea Republicans and Democrats Actually Agree On

August 23rd, 2013 in 2013, Business Week, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Laurence Kotlikoff, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Laurence Kotlikoff, College of Arts & Sciences

Worried about the economic future of your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren?…

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“It’s not the case that no investment can pay for itself. Is this going to make the fiscal gap worse? That’s an intelligent discussion. Can we afford this if it doesn’t pay for itself? It’s just what a grown-up would ask.”

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Zvi Bodie is the 401(k) Elephant in the Room

August 20th, 2013 in 2013, Business Week, Newsmakers, School of Management, Zvi Bodie 0 comments

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Zvi Bodie, School of Management

You put in $1,000; they put in $1,000. At age 74, said $2,000 is $58,914.05 at 7% per annum…

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U.K. Judges Face O.J. Simpson-Style Trials With Cameras in Court

August 9th, 2013 in 2013, Business Week, Chris Daly, College of Communication, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Christopher Daly, College of Communication

The U.K. justice system, where judges in criminal cases still wear 18th century-style horsehair wigs and winged collars, will take a step toward U.S.-style legal dramas when cameras are allowed in court…

Expert quote:

“There were warnings that the sky would fall and we were told to beware because lawyers would start playing to the cameras.”

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