Category: School of Management

Italy’s approval of Monte dei Paschi deal raises new questions

February 25th, 2015 in 2015, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, Reuters, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Italy’s Monte dei Paschi bank hoped to become a big player of European finance when it bought rival Antonveneta in 2007…

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“Bank regulators are always playing catch-up with the banks they are charged with regulating. Monte dei Paschi was a painful personal experience for Draghi. Now he, like the Fed has done in the U.S., is taking very strong action on capital to potentially prevent the next financial crisis.”

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Familiar ‘smoke and mirrors’ promote e-cigs

February 25th, 2015 in 2015, Futurity News, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Management 0 comments

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Stine Grodal, School of Management

A new study investigates how the tobacco industry managed to raise the levels of tar and nicotine in “light” cigarettes for decades without a regulatory crackdown—despite mounting proof of health hazards…

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“For example, as labels such as ‘low fat’ and ‘low sugar’ became increasingly taken-for-granted shortcuts for the notion of ‘healthy’ food, there is some evidence that companies increasingly manipulated underlying product characteristics to make them more palatable, such as adding more sugar or fat and adjusting the serving size to mask the increase.”

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A priority list for fixing the MBTA

February 25th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Management 0 comments

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By Mark Williams, School of Management

Our epic month of snowstorms has exposed Boston’s weakest link — the MBTA. Crisis planning, risk management, and communication were lacking; suspended, delayed, and reduced services infuriated commuters; loss of productivity and commerce has been staggering. But it can be silver-lining time for the T. As now Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel famously said, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”…

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A Four-Step Plan to More Productive Meetings

February 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Blogs, Kenneth Freeman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Management, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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By Kenneth Freeman, School of Management

How can executives make meetings more productive?…

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Ford hires investment banker Casea to lead investment strategy

February 17th, 2015 in 2015, Chicago Tribune, James Post, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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James Post, School of Management

Ford said Tuesday it has hired veteran auto analyst and investment banker John Casesa to lead the carmaker’s global strategy, creating a senior adviser position to Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields…

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“Casesa has a lot of credibility with people who know the industry and he’ll be in a position to feed his ideas about emerging trends directly to Fields.”

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‘Smoke and mirrors’ masks dangers of ‘vaping’

February 17th, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, School of Management, Stine Grodal 0 comments

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Stine Grodal, School of Management

Heavily marketed as a safer, healthful alternative to smoking, electronic cigarettes are under fire from California health officials who have declared “vaping” a public health threat, hoping to head off the type of deceptive manipulation that tobacco companies succeeded with for decades, according to new research from UC Davis…

Expert quote:

“For example, as labels such as ‘low fat’ and ‘low sugar’ became increasingly taken-for-granted shortcuts for the notion of ‘healthy’ food, there is some evidence that companies increasingly manipulated underlying product characteristics to make them more palatable, such as adding more sugar or fat and adjusting the serving size to mask the increase. It’s scope creep, and it’s deceiving.”

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Bitcoin Exchange Highlights to Investors Currency’s Ability to Evade Sanctions

February 17th, 2015 in 2015, Bitcoin, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

The most well-financed startup in the bitcoin industry boasted to investors that a major advantage of the electronic currency is that it can be used to flout international economic sanctions, according to an investor presentation obtained by theWashington Free Beacon

Expert quote:

“Publicly, at least in writing, [Coinbase is] stating that they want to embrace regulation to gain wider adoption in the U.S. marketplace. In reality what they do is they’re actually just perpetrating this issue that virtual currencies can allow you to avoid currency restrictions and other regulation.”

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A Nasdaq for Bitcoin: VICE News Interviews the Winklevoss Twins About the Future of Cryptocurrency

February 16th, 2015 in 2015, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

It’s been more than six years since an anonymous developer created the cyber payment system and currency bitcoin, touted by users for its tenets of decentralization and anonymity…

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“One of the key ingredients of success with bitcoin is going to be building trust with regulators,” he said. “[It’s] strategically an error on their party to not work with regulators and instead pushing their regulators.”

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LETTERS: The Health Law, in the Real World

February 16th, 2015 in 2015, New York Times, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Management, Stephen Davidson 0 comments

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By Stephen Davidson, School of Management

Although the political stalemate in Washington makes it highly unlikely that the health law will be improved any time soon, it is worth trying to understand the full picture in the hope that one day it will become possible to perfect it…

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How to enjoy your food more

February 11th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Carey Morewedge, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Carey Morewedge, School of Management

Social psychologists often seem like killjoys when it comes to studying how people eat…

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“If I track my average enjoyment of each chip, if it eat five my average is going to be much higher than if I eat fifteen.”

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