BU experts on airlines, Facebook and Wal-Mart

April 26th, 2012

Below is a sampling of quotes by experts from BU’s School of Management on recent issues impacting the business world:

The end of individual legacy airlines? (NECN): Allen Michel discusses the future of the airline industry, mergers, and prices for consumers.

Wal-Mart Bribery Allegations Stir Up FCPA Debate Anew (Wall Street Journal): “I don’t see any political momentum to see FCPA reform now with what looks like a landmark case. You’d have a hard time in an election year, in any event, but I think the Wal-Mart case is so consequential it basically freezes the possibility of reform any time soon.” James Post

N. Venkat Venkatraman on Facebook’s “watershed moment’: a breakdown of what the IPO means (Professor Voices): N. Venkat Venkatraman on what the IPO means for Facebook employees, users, competitors and the broader economy.

N. Venkat Venkatraman: Evaluating the risk factors of the Facebook IPO (Professor Voices): Venkatraman discusses possible risk factors the company may face with the IPO.

Wal-Mart Probe Follows Decade of Sex Bias, Overtime Suits (Bloomberg): “Wal-Mart’s had a long history of legal conflict because they have a way of doing business that pushes the edges of what the law allows. Sometimes it goes over the line.” James Post

Wal-Mart may face considerable fines, reputation issues (Dow Jones Newswires): “In [the wake of the FCPA investigation] are sure to follow lawsuits from a variety of government agencies, would-be competitors, and Wal-Mart shareholders. The company, many of its senior executives, and members of the board of directors all risk civil and criminal litigation.” James Post

Wal-Mart may pay millions to resolve Mexican bribery allegations (Los Angeles Times): “You have an incredible amount of legal challenges that are going to take part as a result of these failures. The board of directors should bring in an outside firm to launch a full investigation. They have to open up the record on everything that’s happened here.” James Post

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