"The Next Great Clash"
A talk by Michael Levin. In The Next Great Clash, Michael Levin presents evidence of a global political order on the verge of a historic power shift from West to East. A reemerging China is the only nation with the latent capacity to challenge American hegemony, and Levin demonstrates that such challenges to the status quo usually lead to war. From the World Beyo
Alash Ensemble Concert
A performance by the Alash Ensemble at International House. Tuvan throat-singing and traditional Tuvan instruments and music. Sponsored by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.
“Invoking Chola and Maratha Pasts in Colonial Thanjavur: King Serfoji II's Reinvention of the Brih
A talk by Indira Viswanathan Peterson, David B. Truman Professor of Asian Studies, Mount Holyoke College. From the South Asia Seminar.
How Firms can Reap the Rewards of Innovation
These days almost every company worth its balance sheet insists that it invests in "innovation." But does it make or lose money on these investments? That is the question that James Andrew and Harold Sirkin tackle in their new book titled, Payback: Reaping the Rewards of Innovation. According to the authors, who are senior vice presidents and directors of The Boston Consulting Group, a new idea is just an invention -- and not a true innovation -- unless it generates financial returns. In an inte
Part IV: Timing Is an Art Form
Cisco SVP Dan Scheinman and Wharton's Saikat Chaudhuri Discuss Acquisitions and Innovation, Part IV: Timing Is an Art Form
Dana Gioia on the Close Connection between Business and Poetry
Dana Gioia (pronounced Joy-a) claims to be the only person in history who went to business school to be a poet. Having earned a degree from Stanford's graduate school of business, he worked 15 years in corporate life, eventually becoming vice president of General Foods. In 1991, Gioia wrote an influential collection of essays titled, "Can Poetry Matter?" in which he explored, among other themes, the nexus between business and poetry. Since 2002, he has been chairman of the National Endowment of
Finding That Sweet Spot: A New Way to Drive Innovation
Larry Huston was vice president of knowledge and innovation for many years at Procter & Gamble. During that time, he was the architect of its Connect + Develop program, the creator of P&G's Brand Bootcamp operation, and innovation leader for the company's global fabric and homecare business, among other initiatives. He is now managing partner of 4INNO, and recently joined Wharton's Mack Center for Technological Innovation as a senior fellow. Knowledge@Wharton asked Huston to talk about innovatio
Craigslist's Craig Newmark: '100% of What We Do Is Based on Community'
Jon Spector, a former Wharton vice dean and now CEO of the Conference Board, spoke with participants at the Community 2.0 conference in Las Vegas earlier this year to explore how companies are trying to harness communities to reshape their businesses. In this podcast, Spector speaks with Craig Newmark, founder and customer service rep of Craigslist.com. Spector is a co-author, with Barry Libert, of the forthcoming Wharton School Publishing book, "We Are Smarter Than Me: How to Unleash the Power
Looking for a Company to Run? Search Funds Could Be the Answer
For those entrepreneurs who want to run a company but prefer to skip the start-up stage, search funds offer a possible alternative. A specialized form of private equity first launched in the mid-1980s, search funds are becoming increasingly popular -- and their supporters claim they can offer investors attractive returns and business owners a compelling exit strategy. What does this trend in private equity mean for investors, and for small businesses that might be acquisition targets for these f
The Son Also Rises: Donald Trump, Jr., on Real Estate Opportunities in Emerging Markets
Back in the heady days of the real estate boom, property prices in New York City soared along with those in the rest of the U.S. When the subprime mortgage crisis hit and prices collapsed, the city's market held out longer than others -- for two reasons. First, it is a major financial center with strong demand; and second, the weak dollar made it possible for international buyers and investors to find deals at discounts as high as 40%. Where will the New York market be in 2009? Where are the mos
The Bernard Madoff Case: Trust Takes Another Blow
Successful marketplaces -- indeed, all social systems -- require a level of ethical behavior among their participants. In an interview with Knowledge@Wharton, professors Maurice E. Schweitzer and G. Richard Shell, who have conducted extensive research on the role of trust in markets, explain why even the most sophisticated investors put their faith in Bernard Madoff, the New York City financier recently accused of running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. That breach of trust has damaged the broader m
Gávea Investimentos' Arminio Fraga: 'We Are Still in Crisis Mode'
Arminio Fraga was president of the Central Bank of Brazil from 1999 to 2002. He has sometimes been called the Alan Greenspan of Latin America, though that comparison may not sit well these days as Greenspan comes in for his share of the blame for the global financial crisis. In 2001, Fraga founded the Rio de Janeiro-based Gávea Investimentos, an independent asset management company. It operates principally in the areas of hedge funds, wealth management and illiquid investment strategies. In an
Providence Equity's Gaurav Sharma: 'Private Equity Is Now a More Mature Market'
In the world of private equity, Providence Equity Partners is a specialist. The firm, whose headquarters are in Providence, R.I., specializes in deals involving media, entertainment, information and communications companies. In 2007, Providence Equity opened its New Delhi office, headed by Biswajit (Bis) Subramanian, who had earlier been a managing director in the firm's London office. By mid 2008, Providence Equity had invested more than US$1 billion in Idea Cellular, which, according to media
FCC's Cable TV Ruling: Will the Competitive Landscape Change?
For cable TV companies in the U.S., August 28 was a day to celebrate. Ending several years of regulatory battles, a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals came down in favor of Philadelphia-based Comcast, which sought to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's contentious 30% market share limit on cable TV operators. Not everyone is happy about the ruling, fearing it will lead to cable monopolies. In contrast, Peter S. Fader, professor of marketing and co-director of the Wharton Interactiv
22 Oct 2010: Baker Institute Student Forum: Grade the President
With the 2010 midterm election rapidly approaching, the Baker Institute Student Forum presents a Rice University student-led discussion on the first two years of the Obama administration. Four students from the Rice University Young Democrats and four students from the Rice University Conservatives Forum will evaluate President Barack Obama in four major policy areas. The audience will be encouraged to participate in the conversation through a question-and-answer session with the panelists, and
Panel Discussion: Obama One Year On
Writer Courtney Martin moderates a panel exploring the state of America one year after the inauguration of Barack Obama. This event took place at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on January 30, 2009. Video courtesy Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.
Macbeth-Sleep Walking Scene
From the 1979 version of Macbeth, this is a clip of the sleep walking scene of the movie. This shows an excellent performance of the Shakespearean play. This clip can be used for scene analysis, character analysis, or reflection.
A Roadmap for Education Technology
This report describes the initial findings of several workshops convened in 2009 to consider the future of education and in particular the role of technology and computer science in education. Through a series of facilitated collaborative workshops, leaders in several disciplines engaged in conversations that cast computers in the role of facilitating education in the future and recommended a research agenda for federal funding.,Research report
Researching Mobile Learning: Frameworks, Tools and Research Designs
This edited collection sets out the issues and requirements for mobile learning research, and presents recent efforts to specify appropriate theoretical frameworks, methods and tools. Through their accounts of projects, leading researchers present their experiences and approaches to key aspects of mobile learning research such as data capture and analysis, and offer structured guidance and suggestions on adopting and extending these approaches.
Virtual Learning Environments as a Supplement to Traditional Teaching
Many factors influence teaching nowadays. Numbers of students are increasing, some students pay for studies and require more flexible teaching, more students have access to Internet, the learning material is changing rapidly (especially of subjects, related to information technologies), publishing industry is slow and expensive. All that stimulates usage of modern technologies in education. Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) is one of the forms of e-learning. They open new ways of teaching and