Kazakhstan unrest, explained

Philip M. Nichols of the Wharton School and the Russia and East European Studies program in the School of Arts & Sciences offers some background on the protests and violence and why what happens in Kazakhstan matters to the region and the world.

Kristen de Groot

How consumers and retailers can reduce returns

Wharton’s Gad Allon looks at how both retailers and consumers alike can improve the reverse supply chain and increase awareness of the toll that a massive rate of returns takes.

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Why the global chip shortage threatens the economy, national security and Americans’ ‘status quo’

Morris Cohen of the Wharton School spoke about the semiconductor shortage. "Most consumers didn't know and didn't care where their chips came from: 'You turn the car on, it should go, I don't really care who made the chip and what country it was built in,'" he said. "But now, all of a sudden, these issues become really important, and so I think we become more sensitized to how dependent we are, how interdependent we are, how things can be disrupted."



‘Social comparison on steroids’: How social media is fueling the ‘Great Resignation’

Sigal Barsade of the Wharton School said the “Great Resignation” is driven in part by a shift in cultural attitudes toward work online. “When people say, ‘I’m going to quit my job,’ their family and peers aren’t responding ‘Have you lost your mind?’” she said. “They're actually saying, ‘Yeah, we feel that way too.’”


The Washington Post

Thinking about quitting your job? Ask these six questions first

Nancy Rothbard of the Wharton School said the pandemic drove many people to reevaluate their careers and priorities. “Being at home also allows for a wholistic assessment of personal and social roles or identities,” she said.


The New York Times

Why free COVID tests went viral

Jonah Berger of the Wharton School said the viral popularity of free COVID test kits is driven by the same thing that motivates consumers to order off “secret” menus: the thrill of passing along hidden information.


The Washington Post

Microsoft sets itself up as a one-stop tech shop with historic purchase of video game giant

PIK Professor Herbert Hovenkamp said Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard would likely invite antitrust challenges. “The agencies might be applying closer scrutiny given that they have been attacked for being somewhat under deterrent with respect to mergers over the last decade,” he said.



This 25-year-old entrepreneur turned her side hustle into a ‘Beyoncé-approved’ luxury brand

Wilglory Tanjong, an MBA student in the Wharton School, launched a successful luxury handbag company in February 2020. “I wanted to get an MBA because I wanted to build the company while also learning how to build a company,” she said.