Martin Varsavsky on How U.S. Tech Firms Differ from Their European Counterparts
Martin Varsavsky's fans see him as a rebel who has often disrupted the telecommunications industry. An Argentine/Spanish entrepreneur who has launched seven companies in the past 20 years, Varsavsky's current venture is FON, which he describes as a "community-empowered company dedicated to building the world's largest global WiFi network." He has a few partners helping him get there -- Skype, eBay and Google. In a podcast interview with Kevin Werbach, a professor of legal studies and ethics at W
Presidential Politics in France: What to Expect from Nicolas Sarkozy
On May 6, conservative Nicolas Sarkozy won the French presidential election, defeating socialist Segolene Royal and taking over from Jacques Chirac, who had held the positon for 12 years. The election drew a very high 85% turnout, which many saw as a sign that French voters recognize the need to get out from under their economic stagnation and social unrest. Sarkozy is depicted as a friend, but also a critic, of the U.S.; as a supporter, to some degree, of the European Union; and as a reformer b
Kenneth Shropshire, director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative -- 2007 Wharton Economic Summ
During the recent 2007 Wharton Economic Summit, Knowledge@Wharton recorded nine podcasts with speakers and panelists at the event, whose theme was "Next Moves in a Global Economy." This interview is with Kenneth Shropshire, director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative.
Jeffrey R. Lurie, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles Football Club -- 2007 Wharton Economic Summit
During the recent 2007 Wharton Economic Summit, Knowledge@Wharton recorded nine podcasts with speakers and panelists at the event, whose theme was "Next Moves in a Global Economy." This interview is with Jeffrey R. Lurie, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles Football Club.
Shiv V. Khemka, vice chairman, SUN Group -- 2007 Wharton Economic Summit
During the recent 2007 Wharton Economic Summit, Knowledge@Wharton recorded nine podcasts with speakers and panelists at the event, whose theme was "Next Moves in a Global Economy." This interview is with Shiv V. Khemka, vice chairman, SUN Group.
Shellye L. Archambeau, CEO of MetricStream -- 2007 Wharton Economic Summit
During the recent 2007 Wharton Economic Summit, Knowledge@Wharton recorded nine podcasts with speakers and panelists at the event, whose theme was "Next Moves in a Global Economy." This interview is with Shellye L. Archambeau, CEO of MetricStream.
Changing Course: The Chrysler Deal, Rising Gas Prices and Other Car Talk
Earlier this month, Cerberus Capital Management bought 80.1% of Chrysler Group from German auto maker Daimler-Chrysler, effectively ending a nine-year marriage between the two that never quite worked out. The expectations created by this acquisition are huge, and revolve in part around Cerberus's ability to make a deal with the United Auto Workers union that would include restructuring billions of dollars of retirement and health-care benefits -- a burden that both Ford and GM -- but not Toyota
David Marshall: The China Wake-up Call for American Real Estate
David G. Marshall, CEO of Amerimar Realty in Philadelphia, has made a career of seeking out bitter lemons and turning them into sweet -- and profitable -- lemonade. Through the years, he has taken over distressed properties -- such as The Rittenhouse in Philadelphia, Pier 39 in San Francisco and Denver Place in Colorado -- and made them into successful enterprises. Marshall recently went to Shanghai as part of the Wharton Fellows program and came to the conclusion that what is happening in Chine
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Cisco-K@W on Enterprise Security Threats and Trends: Part 1
Cisco Chief Security Officer John N. Stewart and Wharton's Andrea Matwyshyn discuss the current network security environment. This is the first of a two part series on Enterprise Security.
What's Behind the Flare-ups in Oil Prices? Jeremy Siegel and Witold Henisz Weigh In
Memorial Day, which marks the beginning of the summer driving season in the U.S., saw gas prices at nearly $4 a gallon all over the country -- and even higher in states such as Florida. Globally, the picture looks more worrisome: Oil prices crossed a record $135 a barrel during the weekend of May 24-25, although by Tuesday prices had come down to $131. What's behind these regular flare-ups in oil prices? What are the major economic and geopolitical factors at work? How does expensive oil affect
Cisco-K@W on Enterprise Security Threats and Trends: Part 2
Cisco Chief Security Officer John N. Stewart and Wharton's Andrea Matwyshyn discuss the enterprise security impact of emerging Web 2.0 technologies and collaboration tools. This is the second of a two part series on Enterprise Security.
AIG Rescued but Crisis Continues
After refusing to bail out Lehman Brothers, the government agreed to an $85 billion loan to insurance giant AIG, effectively taking over the company. Knowledge@Wharton talked to Wharton insurance professors Olivia Mitchell and Kent Smetters to find out how the world's largest insurer got into this situation and how it can be prevented from happening again.
High-leverage Innovation, Part One: Spending and Performance
Money isn't the key to successful innovation. In fact, many companies spend far less than their competitors on R&D to achieve far better performance. To learn why that's the case, Knowledge@Wharton and strategy+business spoke with Karl Ulrich, Wharton professor of operations and information management, and Kevin Dehoff, a partner at Booz & Company. In this first part of a three-part series, Dehoff and Ulrich discuss the relationship between spending on innovation and corporate performance, how
Economists to Obama: Get the Government out of the Banking Business
On the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration as president of the United States, Wharton finance professor Richard J. Herring discussed with Knowledge@Wharton some of the advice offered to the new chief executive by the Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee, a group of economists, former regulators and lawyers, of which Herring is a co-chair. Among the recommendations: As quickly as possible, unwind federal investments that helped keep U.S. banks afloat. Herring also assessed the deepening woes at C
Take Two Advil and ... What Ills Can the Pfizer-Wyeth Merger Cure?
When the giant pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced on January 26 that it was acquiring Wyeth for $68 billion, analysts started questioning what benefits the deal would bring and for whom. Pfizer executives suggest the acquisition makes strategic sense by expanding the company into a range of new areas, and by helping make up for an expected loss of more than $12 billion in annual revenues once its Lipitor patent expires in 2011. But Wyeth also brings some liabilities -- notably, continuing l
Warning: Big Financial Firms May Be Riskier Than They Appear
Large financial institutions have failed with much higher frequency than is generally perceived, says Andrew Kuritzkes, a partner at Oliver Wyman and head of the management consulting firm's public policy practice in North America. In this interview with Knowledge@Wharton, Kuritzkes suggests some new guidelines that would greatly improve the financial system's ability to absorb the inevitable, if individually unpredictable, shocks of big failures.Author(s):
Jeremy Siegel: 'The Market Will Stage Another Recovery'
Now that it's clear the recession will not turn into a depression, stocks are poised for a recovery, says Wharton finance professor Jeremy J. Siegel. In an interview with Knowledge@Wharton, he said last week's market decline in response to rising commodity prices -- especially for energy -- and fear of the ever-growing federal deficit was no more than a short-term setback.
PARC's Teresa Lunt: 'Figuring Out What Is Valuable for You to Know Right Now'
Teresa Lunt, who directs the computing science laboratory at the Palo Alto Research Center, is involved in a wide range of activities, including ubiquitous computing, security and privacy, and ethnography for organizational environments and technology design. During a talk with Knowledge@Wharton at the recent Future of Publishing Conference in New York, she discussed a few of her current projects -- such as research into workplace efficiencies, a study on mobile advertising and the creation of a
Falling Prices, Foreclosures and Fear: What's Next for the Housing Market?
The U.S. housing market has been wobbly for several years, but it has shown some signs of perking up in recent months. The latest reports, however, indicate a setback, with median home prices dropping slightly and sales well below the already depressed levels of 2009. Yet a combination of low mortgage rates and apparent home-price bargains should still be drawing some buyers into the market. Knowledge@Wharton spoke with Wharton real estate professor Susan M. Wachter about the housing market's sl