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Aug 12, 2015
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Google set the business world abuzz Monday by announcing a reorganization: Google's founders will now head a new entity called Alphabet, a holding company whose holdings include — Google. Does this "relegate" Internet search to "subsidiary status" at the company, as one report put it? Not really, except in the most literal and technical sense. "What they did is absolutely and totally logical," says Smith School professor

Aug 12, 2015

Twitter can be a brutal world for customer-service workers, since complaints get aired not just with great vitriol but also very publicly. All companies take virtual punches to the gut, and they have to decide how to respond.  "I am so sick of @ATT not working!" "Sitting on the Tarmac at DFW waiting for a gate! Late again #americanairlines." New research from Smith School professor Liye Ma finds that intervening to

Aug 12, 2015

U.S. oil prices fell to a six-year low on Aug. 11, 2015, driven by China’s currency devaluation. The other major factor, cited by The Wall Street Journal, has been an "unrelenting supply of crude." One person who would not be surprised by the production is the late Smith School economist Julian Simon, who rejected the dire warnings of a population bomb and peak oil in the 1970s. Here are 10 quotes that

Aug 12, 2015

U.S. oil prices fell to a six-year low on Aug. 11, 2015, and one person not surprised would be the late Smith School economist Julian L. Simon. "There is no compelling reason to believe that world oil prices will rise in the coming decades," he wrote in 1984 when most experts predicted overpopulation and depletion of the earth's natural resources. Six of Simon's former colleagues and children share their

Aug 12, 2015

Software firm Adobe announced this week it will expand its family paid-leave benefits -- including up to six months for birth mothers. This follows Netflix announcing up to 12 months of leave for employees who are new parents. The trend has emerged despite the lack of mandatory parental leave laws in the United States. Smith School professor Peter Morici discusses the pros and cons of the hands-off approach with

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