Category: 2018

The Rise of the Working Class Shareholder

Harvard Law School Forum David Webber Expert Article/Post: “In my recently published book, The Rise of the Working Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon (Harvard University Press 2018), I tell the story of a largely invisible group of activists who have learned to use the shareholder power of public pension funds and labor union funds […]

Using Big Data, Machine Learning to Reduce Chronic Disease Spending

HealthITAnalytics Yannis Paschalidis Researchers at Boston University are using machine learning and big data to reduce healthcare spending on chronic conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. Expert Quote: “Using machine learning to come up with personalized predictions and recommendations will significantly strengthen prevention efforts. Better prevention can not only improve outcomes for individuals, but also substantially […]

Too Many Corporations Act For The Short-Term. That Should Change

Forbes David Webber As long-term investors, we want corporations to be thinking about the future. Unfortunately, from our vantage point, short-term thinking has become endemic on Wall Street. While CEOs publicly profess their commitment to the long-term interests of shareholders, too often we see how their actions directly contradict their words… Expert Quote: “In my […]

Questrom School of Business Appoints One of Its Own as New Dean

Susan Fournier, a marketing and management professor at BU for 13 years and a leading international expert on brand marketing, will become the next dean of the Questrom School of Business, effective August 27. The first female dean to lead the business school, Fournier is credited with pioneering the brand relationships subfield in marketing, which […]

Ebola Research Begins at NEIDL

Eight months after receiving final approval from the Boston Public Health Commission to conduct research at Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4), Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) has begun work with its first Level-4 pathogen, the Ebola virus. “This is clearly an important step for the NEIDL,” says Ronald B. Corley, NEIDL director and a School of […]

Will Pension Fund Power Be Dissolved?

Public Affairs Council David Webber Public and private pension funds in the U.S. totaled about $20 trillion in 2015. These assets represent “real world clout” that public employees and labor unions “have not wielded for decades,” according to David Webber writing in The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon… Expert Quote: “There are […]