BCG-K@W Procurement Report: Part 8: Peformance-based Logistics
These days, when the U.S. Department of Defense buys a fighter jet from Lockheed Martin, it doesn't simply pay Lockheed for the physical product. Instead, the government has a "performance-based contract" with the defense supplier, according to Serguei Netessine, professor of operations and information management at Wharton. This contract says, in effect, that the government's reimbursement to Lockheed hinges on the jets' performance -- that is, how often the planes are able to fly. In this inte
We've all been victimized by decomposers: Lettuce rots; bread becomes moldy. Bacteria and fungi often consume our food before we have a chance to. However, if we stop to consider the important work that decomposers do, we may be a little less disgruntled by their presence. This video segment from Interactive NOVA: "Earth" describes the role of decomposers in the living world. Run time 03:06.
Changes in the Air: What Will Come of the Copenhagen Climate Summit?
More than 100 world leaders gathered in Copenhagen on December 7 for a two-week summit meeting whose ambitious aim is to renew the Kyoto protocol on climate change. The issues being discussed include reducing emissions of green-house gases and setting a price for carbon, among others. What are the likely business implications of these issues? What new challenges and opportunities will they create during the coming months? Knowledge@Wharton discussed these topics with Wharton legal studies and bu
Digestive System Animation
A brakdown of the digestive process
Conversations with Michael Dukakis: The Manager and the Chief Political Executive
Leadership and the Public Manager Sponsored by Northeastern University's Master of Public Administration Program (http://www.polisci.neu.edu/graduate/master_public/) Interviewer: Marion Mason Video Production: Nick Dantzer, MPA'12
Amy Tan TED talk "Creative Process"
Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved.
Introduction to Binary Math
An introduction to binary math. Geared towards students preparing for Network+ exams.
Learning to Read Color Words
Preschool and Kindergarten activity. This short movie helps teach colors in a fun way. Each color is written in white on the screen. Children are encouraged to read and say the word before the instructor says the answer and the letters turn into the correct color. Run time 04:28.
Robert Taylor: Network Visionary
[Recorded May 13, 2010] Bob Taylor planned to be a Methodist minister like his father. Instead, he became an evangelist for an idea that changed the world: easy-to-use computers that talk to each other. "I was never interested in the computer as a mathematical device, but as a communication device," Taylor said. Taylor's interests -- and his genius for getting them funded -- helped develop computer networking, the personal computer, and many of the other technologies that drove the global comput
Obama signals tax stance
U.S. President Obama reasserted that Bush-era tax cuts should be made permanent for the middle class. Deborah Lutterbeck reports
The Presidential Life of John Quincy Adams
This four minute video is about John Quincy Adams. This gives some background into his problems with the political system. A good video to show how even the best of intentions can be obstruced by politics. His work outside the presidency is also saluted.
Benjamin Banneker: Historical Facts
In this video, the life of Benjamin Banneker is discussed. The video is short yest contains some important facts about his life. This video details Bannekers' life as a self-taught astronomer, that he was a free slave and the role that Thomas Jefferson played in helping him become a part of a survey team. It also explains that Benjamin Banneker was a clock and watch maker by trade. Run time 01:00
Black History: The Life of Rosa Parks
This video gives a very detailed account of the life of civil rights activist Rosa Parks. This video is narrated by teenagers and it uses pictures and clips for a visual aid to the events being discussed. This video discusses the murder of Emmit Till and how it impacted the life of Rosa. It also tells of the racial segregation Mrs. Parks encountered growing up within this era. Jim Crow Laws as well as CORE, Congress of Racial Equality, are also explained within this video.
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe Audio Reading
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe in audio format
Finding the Fractional Part of a set
example problem on finding the fractional part of a set
Political change in China is ‘almost inevitable’ but Beijing has ‘nothing to fear’: Anson Ch
Asian pro-democracy advocate Anson Chan says China has ‘nothing to fear’ in allowing Hong Kong full democracy.
Rethinking global financial systems
The consensus is loud and clear: in the wake of the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression, a fundamental rethink of the structure of the global financial markets and greater cooperation of the major regulatory bodies are paramount, said the heads of major financial institutions at the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul.
Banks in Asia may weather global financial crisis
Banks operating in Asia should come out of the global financial crisis relatively unscathed compared to their counterparts in the US and Europe, given their more conservative lending activities and stronger balance sheets, bankers and financial experts said at a recent Bloomberg Leadership Forum held in Singapore.
Mining in a downturn: what's in it for China?
The last quarter of 2008 saw the end of a boom in the global mining industry. While some commodity analysts foresaw the collapse of mining and metal prices, very few predicted the speed of the declines or their steep descent. Record prices, net profits and expansion plans in the first half of the year suddenly gave way to falling commodity prices, reduced profits, production cuts and mine closures in the last quarter of the year and the first half of 2009.
‘Leave no stones unturned’: due diligence in China’s private equity market
China’s budding private equity industry is booming, with new firms springing up every other day to tap the country’s vast economic potential. But even as competition for deals heats up, investment firms should be wary about being too hasty in concluding their corporate due diligence.