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How Strong Stakeholder Bonds Can Help Firms Avoid a Crisis  

The best way to handle a crisis is to avoid it. To do that, companies must invest the time in building relationships with stakeholders.

The ‘Gatekeeper’ Who Ran FDR’s White House  

There was another woman behind the throne in FDR’s White House besides Eleanor – his personal secretary Missy LeHand, writes biographer Kathryn Smith.

‘Grit’: Why Talent Needs Drive to Succeed  

Penn psychology professor Angela Duckworth’s book on grit, passion and perseverance compels a rethink on how we identify and nurture skills.

Whose Tax Plan Is Best?  

The Penn Wharton Budget Model shows that Donald Trump’s tax plan is better for the economy in the short run but Hillary Clinton’s is best in the long run.

How Should China Change Its National Brand?  

Japan and South Korea may offer lessons for China in shaping a national brand that gradually improves its reputation for quality, notes a Chinese expert.

How Target and Amazon Are Changing the Rules of Retailing  

Target is expanding with smaller stores in urban locations, while Amazon is planning to open convenience stores. Experts explain the potential impact of those moves.

Baseball, Bias and Decision-Making  

Wharton research shows how umpires adjust their calls based on what information they think they know when a play is in motion.

Who Was the Worst U.S. President Ever?  

James Buchanan is the worst U.S. president because his actions led to the Civil War, says author and journalist Robert Strauss.

Why Women Pay More for Mortgages  

Women pay off mortgages more reliably than men do, yet find the loans harder to get and often pay more for them. This study suggests why.

Leveraging Customer Analytics: The Insurance Industry  

Wharton professor and analytics expert Peter Fader joins WNS executive Mike Nemeth to discuss the power of harnessing customer analytics in the insurance industry for business success.

Management 101: The Marriage of Strategy and Leadership  

Focusing on strategy alone -- or leadership alone -- misses the big opportunities. Two Wharton professors offer six steps to integrate the two.

How Countries Are Missing Great Marketing Opportunities  

Marketing maven Philip Kotler shares insights on how nation branding efforts can pay off in a conversation with Wharton’s David Reibstein.

Can Brexit Be Achieved with Minimal Damage?  

With British Prime Minister Theresa May planning to get Brexit talks underway by next March, experts weigh in on ways to mitigate the costs to the U.K. and the European Union.

Does the Aetna Pullout Mean Obamacare Is in Trouble?  

Does Aetna’s exit from Obamacare mean the program is failing? Not likely and other insurers seem satisfied, says a Wharton expert.

Climate Change Could Sink Two Million Homes — but Few Take Note  

Rising sea levels and other climate change effects pose significant threats to the U.S. real estate market.

Got Rage? How to Channel Workplace Anger Constructively  

Channeling anger constructively can yield the passion to help you overcome obstacles, says former Human Rights Campaign head Joe Solmonese in his new book.

How Much Does ‘Spin’ Count in Politics?  

You may think politics has reached “peak spin” recently. But spin has adapted right through to the Twitter age after its birth a century ago.

Using Humor in the Office: When It Works, When It Backfires  

Humor, when used appropriately, can enhance status and perception of one’s competence in the office, according to Wharton research.

How Public-private Partnerships Can Help Build Nations’ Brands  

Why are PPPs increasingly a favored model for solving societal problems? They combine expertise and help stakeholders with branding, legitimacy and access.

How Federal Policy Is Paving the Way for Driverless Cars  

A proactive regulatory regime is critical in the run-up to 2021, when the auto industry expects to have a full-fledged launch of self-driving vehicles.

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