Business

Which companies are winning in China?

In “Winning in China: 8 Stories of Success and Failure in the World’s Largest Economy,” Wharton’s Lele Sang and Karl Ulrich explore the successes and failures of several well-known companies as businesses look to reap profits from China’s 1.4 billion consumers.

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How the dialogue on diversity is reshaping business

The final panel discussion in the Beyond Business series, “Race & The Selling of America,” brings together Wharton dean Erika James with professionals in film and sports to discuss how diversity is reshaping businesses and brands.

From Knowledge@Wharton

Leadership in a time of crisis

Wharton dean Erika James and Wharton’s Stephanie Creary discuss inclusive leadership during a time of crisis.

From Knowledge@Wharton

If pandemic productivity is up, why is innovation slowing down?

A new study finds that productivity has remained stable or even increased for many companies that shifted to remote work during the coronavirus pandemic. However, innovation has taken a hit as both leaders and employees feel more distant from each other.

From Knowledge@Wharton

Breaking classroom barriers over Zoom

When Professor Lori Rosenkopf’s course on the culture of tech went virtual, she set out to make a more interactive learning experience. Her efforts have seen some unexpected results.

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In the News


Marketplace (NPR)

Time to ride, and buy: Peloton to acquire Precor

Americus Reed of the Wharton School says Peloton needs to be forward-thinking as competitors flood the exercise equipment market. “The way to stay out in front of this is to make sure you’re in a position to deliver kind of the next add-on aspect to this,” he said.

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The New York Times

DoorDash soars in first day of trading

David Hsu of the Wharton School commented on DoorDash’s high valuation. “When you get to this market cap level, there are questions about where do you go from here?” he said.

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MarketWatch

Fannie and Freddie are helping American homeowners during the COVID recession—so why reprivatize now?

Susan Wachter of the Wharton School co-authored an opinion piece about how once-private mortgage lenders like Fannie Mae have kept the housing market from crashing amid the pandemic. The authors expressed concern about efforts to reprivatize the industry.

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Money

Can you make a living off of TaskRabbit and DoorDash ‘micro jobs?’ For a savvy few, absolutely

Gad Allon of the Wharton School said the majority of gigs offered on ride share and food delivery apps are entry-level roles but that platforms like Upwork and Catalant have more lucrative opportunities available. “If you look at the tasks, some are getting more sophisticated over time,” he said. “There is much more upside.”

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The New York Times

At Wharton, a new leader confronts the culture wars

Erika James of the Wharton School was interviewed about her path to academia and the state of diversity and inclusion in business education.

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Bloomberg

‘Love contracts’ go mainstream as employers track office romance

Anita Allen of the Law School said workplace romance policies can help maintain fairness and reduce distractions. However, she said, “the regulation of interpersonal relationships raises privacy concerns. People can understandably feel that they’re intrusive, especially within a large company.”

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