Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have exploded in value, but has that growth translated into actual use as a medium of exchange? Dr. Gerry Tsoukalas, Associate Professor of Information Systems at Questrom, explores how the travel industry is making use of cryptocurrency and how much further the technology has to go in terms of widespread adoption in this Insights@Questrom interview.
The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge was part of Boston’s Big Dig, which was infamous for its cost overruns. AP Photo/Steven Senne Jetson Leder-Luis, Boston University The U.S. government may be on the verge of spending as much as US$4.5 trillion in what could be one of the biggest investments in infrastructure and the
Diagnostic care health applications, enabled by artificial intelligence (AI), have become more widely available directly to consumers, including on mobile devices. However, consumers have been slow to adopt the use of such tools as they tend to trust human health care providers more than their AI analog. In a recent Harvard Business Review article co-authored by Chiara Longoni, assistant professor
Harvard Business Review recently published insight co-authored by Marshall Van Alstyne, Questrom Professor of Management and Professor of Information Systems, on the need to update Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act. The article unpacks Section 230 and the growing consensus to rewrite its protections, while also explaining the reasons for opposing views.
Workplace rules and habits have been scrambled by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated remote work revolution- but have employment laws and regulations kept up? Kabrina Chang, JD, Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Ethics at Questrom, explains the new legal landscape for employers and employees in this Insights@Questrom interview.How have employment laws changed since the pandemic in terms of disability,
The pandemic has forced the world to rethink the way we work. In this Insights@Questrom Expert Take, Senior Lecturer, Management & Organizations James French explains how the differing approaches of two Wall Street titans towards remote work has come to symbolize the debate taking place in corporate boardrooms everywhere.
Information Technology & Innovation Foundation recently published insight co-authored by Peter Fox-Penner, Professor of Practice. Peter’s study focuses on the goal of rebuilding the nation’s manufacturing sector and the uncertainty around climate change and policies to balance these two issues.
The Institute for Sustainable Energy at Boston University recently co-hosted the webinar “Improving Sustainable Investing through Better ESG Metrics” featuring insight from Nina Mazar, Professor of Marketing. “When we're talking about ESG, I think it’s really about the longer-term perspective and trying to really acknowledge and understand the complexities of that right, the whole network, the system that is behind us
In this Insights Q&A, a team of Questrom researchers- Assistant Professor, Marketing Chiara Longoni, Associate Professor, Marketing Remi Trudel, and PhD Marketing Student Anna Tari Sanchez- explore role of “green” pricing: cost changes that arise from environmental or sustainability-focused practices. Their findings contain lessons for consumers, corporations, and policymakers on this important issue.
On May 4th, Boston University Questrom School of Business and Innovate@BU hosted Steve Blank and Alex Osterwalder in a webinar discussing Corporate Innovation. They are two of the top thought leaders on how innovation is cultivated and grown within a large company. Osterwalder recently published his latest book The invincible Company and Blank’s May 2013 Harvard Business Review cover story
Management Science recently published a study co-authored by Laurina Zhang, Assistant Professor in Strategy & Innovation, examining the effect of the #MeToo movement on the likelihood of Hollywood producers working with female writers on new movie projects.
Estelle Yuan Sun, Associate Professor in Accounting at Questrom, discusses her recent research on firms disclosing information related to climate risk exposure given the record-breaking weather events in the United States over recent years.
Join Marshall Van Alstyne, Questrom Professor in Management, as he hosts a panel of experts, including Andrei Hagiu, Associate Professor of Information Systems, to discuss whether platforms should be regulated, the implications of such actions, and possible solutions on how to regulate them. Video Segments: 02:45 – Big agenda, Overcoming antitrust failures Cristina Caffarra - Senior Consultant, Charles River Associates, Europe 13:55 – Challenges
Harvard Business Review recently published insight co-authored by Laurina Zhang, Assistant Professor in Strategy & Innovation, on her research examining gender equity in Hollywood in terms of employment opportunities and the types of ideas developed before and after the allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein in October 2017.
In a working paper recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Patricia Cortés, Associate Professor in Markets, Public Policy, & Law, and her co-authors discuss gender differences in the job search process. By analyzing the data from nearly 3,200 undergraduate business students from 2013 to 2019, the study shows two key findings: 1) gender differences in the
Siobhan O'Mahony, Feld Family Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Questrom, and Ian Mashiter, Master Lecturer in Strategy & Innovation at Questrom, sit down with Raul Aldrey (Questrom '00), Chief Product Officer at Mediakind, Prashant Hinge (Questrom '18), AVP of Innovation and Strategic Integration for the Hanover Insurance Group, and Ashley Nagle Eknaian (Questrom '00), Chief Digital Strategist Head of
Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy recently hosted a webinar featuring Associate Professor of Operations and Technology Management at Questrom School of Business, Justin Ren, and Lecturer of Strategy and Innovation, Richard Stuebi, to speak on pervasive energy poverty in Africa. “This framework is not static, the intent of this framework is not to go to a place, measure it once,
Harvard Business Review recently published an article coauthored by Caroline Flammer, Dean’s Research Scholar and Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation. Caroline and her coauthors at Harvard Business School explored what effect shareholder activism has on companies disclosing the risks of climate change on their business and how such disclosures affect markets and the companies themselves.
American Sociological Review recently published an article authored by Michel Anteby, Dean’s Research Scholar and Professor, Management & Organizations and Audrey Holm, Lecturer, Management & Organizations. Michel and Audrey highlighted an unusual field- puppetry- to examine how the move of puppeteers from the live stage to televised performances necessitated differing expertise within the industry. Expertise is a key currency in today’s
For 20 years progressive thinkers have argued that a more sustainable form of capitalism would arise if companies regularly measured and reported on their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance. While reporting has become widespread, and some firms are deriving benefits from it, environmental damage and social inequality are still growing. Kenneth Pucker, Lecturer in Management & Organizations, outlines challenges
Large digital multisided platforms (MSPs) such as Amazon, Alibaba, and Apple’s App Store have made it significantly easier for sellers to reach new consumers. However, as thousands of companies, large and small, have discovered, conducting business on these MSPs carries significant risks. Andrei Hagiu, Associate Professor of Information Systems, explores these risks and ways to mitigate them in a recent HBR article.
What impact will telemedicine and digital technology have on the U.S. healthcare system? Will telemedicine continue to be popular after COVID? What types of medicine are feasible virtually? Abraham (Avi) Seidmann, Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Information Systems at Boston University Questrom School of Business explores.
A recent survey conducted over social media by Abraham (Avi) Seidmann, Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Information Systems at Boston University Questrom School of Business, looked into the factors that could convince people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Managing and growing a business is a challenge for every entrepreneur. How can that happen in a global pandemic? By staying nimble and pivoting where necessary. Greg Stoller, Senior Lecturer at Questrom, gathers insights from a number of entrepreneurs.
Financial automation, or robo-advising, is a quickly growing industry. Trends such as WallStreetBets, the subreddit that led the GameStop surge, have sparked interest in investing for young audiences. Apps such as Robinhood are growing rapidly and utilize robo-advising as their core services. Steven Kou, Questrom Professor in Management and Professor of Finance, breaks down robo-advising so investors can understand its
For decades, many businesses have experienced a race to incorporate the newest and best technologies in their organizations. Professor of Information Systems and David J. McGrath Jr. Professor in Management Venkat Venkatraman sits down with Insights@Questrom to answer our questions on what businesses need to know about the digital transformation in the 2020’s and beyond.
The performing arts can be an incredibly useful tool in helping individuals on the autism spectrum cope with social anxiety or social awkwardness. In this episode of Language of Business, hear from innovators in this space that are empowering people with autism.
President Biden recently passed a $1.9 trillion stimulus package for COVID relief. Michael Salinger, Jacqueline and Arthur Bahr Professor and Department Chair, Markets, Public Policy & Law, explains what makes this bill different from previous stimulus packages, what the bill provides, and issues to watch moving forward.
Many hospitals are struggling during COVID as they've had to shut down other wings to keep COVID patients safe. Do you forecast any hospitals merging to stay afloat? Any other hospital trends you think will be relevant? Dionne Lomax, markets, public policy, & law lecturer at Questrom, offers her analysis.
How should students navigate the job market and negotiating their salaries? Moshe Cohen, senior lecturer of Management & Organizations and author of Collywobbles, How to Negotiate When Negotiating Makes You Nervous, gives his career coaching tips for upcoming college graduates.
The past year has brought a lot of trauma. How should organizations respond as it pertains to their employees? Should companies provide resources or allow time off? Bill Kahn, professor of Management & Organizations, offers insight from his research and offers practical solutions to the issues raised by trauma in organizations.
Go behind the headlines into the seamier side of business with interviews with a lawyer in the Bernie Madoff case, the co-author of Betrayed: A Survivor’s Guide to Lying, Cheating & Double Dealing, a former Enron employee and a Questrom lecturer who teaches business ethics.
A new survey of more than 6,500 U.S. blood cancer patients and survivors reveals only half are likely to get a COVID vaccine while one in three is unsure. The survey was a collaboration between The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), BU Questrom School of Business, and The Behaviouralist.
What types of new organizations, products, or services will arise due to COVID that haven't yet been discussed widely? How has COVID pushed forward innovation of new companies and consumer needs? Strategy & Innovation Lecturer Peter Marton offers insight into what the reality of our circumstances has caused to change, for better or worse, for short-term or long.
The power outages in Texas due to a winter storm are causing people to point to the fragility of energy systems powered by fossil fuels compared to sustainable energy. This is controversial in an oil-powered state. Will this argument convince Texas to make bigger strides towards sustainable energy? How can the state transition to sustainable energy without losing a portion
When will Congress get to a major “infrastructure bill” that has significant energy provisions in it, and what’s likely to be included? How does the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act compare to a price signal on carbon? Questrom's Peter Fox-Penner spoke with guest speaker US Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) about clean energy policymaking.
Professor of Marketing Carey Morewedge, with coauthors Haewon Yoon (Indiana University Kelley School of Business) and Irene Scopelliti (Business School of City, University of London), recently completed a study on groundbreaking cognitive bias interventions. Carey sat down with Insights@Questrom to explain this research and its importance for business leaders.
As pharmaceutical companies and politicians scramble to disseminate the COVID-19 vaccine, one thing has become clear – accessibility is not equal. Insights@Questrom spoke with Professor Joseph Restuccia to learn what factors affect access to quality healthcare and how we can ensure equal access to the coveted vaccine.
Human brands such as Calvin Klein and David Beckham are at once hugely powerful as well as highly risky. In this article Susan Fournier, Dean at Boston University Questrom School of Business, and Giana Eckhardt, Professor of Marketing at Royal Holloway University of London, explain how managers can harness the power of human brands while reducing the risk associated with
The nation’s leading experts in biopharmaceutical innovation and pricing reform recently convened for a virtual discussion exploring the relationship between innovation and product pricing. Hosted by Questrom's Rena Conti, the invitation-only event featured insights into existing gaps in knowledge that must be addressed to advance and inform effective public policy.
What impact has the pandemic had on the current US health insurance system? What bottlenecks/constraints have there been to care, and are there ways to relieve them? How could this impact access to a vaccine? Associate Professor of Markets, Public Policy, & Law Tal Gross sits down with Insights@Questrom to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the US health insurance system.
Pfizer and Moderna are working rapidly to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine. Insights@Questrom spoke with Marcus Bellamy, Assistant Professor, Operations & Technology Management, to learn how their supply chains are upscaling production to meet President Biden’s ambitious goal to distribute 100 million vaccines by his 100th day in office.`
Massachusetts' minimum wage has been raised from $12.75 to $13.50 per hour. While businesses have been preparing for this increase for a while, it might be hard to meet for those already struggling during the pandemic. Patricia Cortes, Associate Professor of Markets, Public Policy & Law, discusses the effects of the state’s minimum wage on employees and employers.
Experts predict that under a new Biden administration, mortgage rates will remain low, homebuying may become more challenging with the first-time homebuyer credit, and refinancing could be a bargain. Master Lecturer of Strategy & Innovation sits down with Insights@Questrom to answer a few questions on the future of the housing market under the Biden Administration.
Sit down with Marcus Collins, Senior Vice President for Social Engagement at the Doner Agency, as he shares his insights on the ways organizations can engage their consumers through the use of social media.
Investors will soon be able to trade water as other commodities over fears of a future scarcity of the resource. What is futures trading, and how does it differ from other forms of investing? What does the ability to trade water mean for the futures market? Professor of Finance Jerome Detemple discussess the Water Futures contract now being traded on
A new study suggests that up to a third of "excess deaths" in 2020 may not be attributable directly to COVID, but to healthcare disruptions resulting from the resources needed to address the pandemic. Vidit Munshi, BU Questrom Lecturer of Markets, Public Policy & Law, examines the data.
The pandemic has increased dependence on online shopping and the way consumers interact with companies. How has the digital purchase journey changed for retailers? Are certain sectors affected more than others? Professor of Marketing Shuba Srinivasan sits down with Insights@Questrom to answer a few questions on trends she has seen in digital retail during COVID-19.
What climate change policies should be passed now as the US enters the final stretch of the election period? What policies should be considered during the transition period? Peter Fox-Penner, director of BU's Institute for Sustainable Energy and Questrom professor, provides his expert take on this important topic.
As the U.S. enters the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and some states such as California lockdown, small businesses such as restaurants and bars filed lawsuits challenging the state’s ability to force them to close. Kabrina Chang, Clinical Associate Professor, Markets, Public Policy & Law, spoke to Insights@Questrom about whether states are legally allowed to close or restrict businesses
Associate Professor of Management & Organizations Michael Anteby researches the role that ghostwriters play in creating "authentic" content for the people for whom they work. “We live in a society in which authenticity is hyper-valued, but what’s actually happening is we’re creating a labor market and an economy that thrive on altering the self,” Anteby says.
Companies are rapidly deploying artificial intelligence to lessen the burden on service employees and create a more streamlined process. Michelle Shell, Visiting Assistant Professor, Operations & Technology Management, shares how they can successfully integrate AI without losing the trust and satisfaction of their customers.
The stock market is now intertwined with COVID – when cases spike, the market drops, and vice versa. Insights@Questrom spoke to Andrea Vedolin, Dean’s Research Scholar and Associate Professor of Finance at Questrom, about the ways in which the economy and COVID-19 affect each other.
Questrom’s Andy King recently published an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on the “win-win” strategies businesses utilize. It explores the ways in which companies are attempting to address social and environmental issues, which they argue will promote social good and lead to higher profits.
Restrictions on student and work visas are directing international applicants to universities in other countries. Shulamit Kahn and Megan MacGarvie, associate professors in Markets, Public Policy & Law, discuss the economic impact of restrictive immigration policies.
Initial results for the Pfizer vaccine suggest that the vaccine is 95% effective. Eric Jacquier, clinical professor of finance, explains how this relatively small test sample can be used to make forecasts for the entire population.
COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalization rates are reaching new daily records, and deaths now have exceeded 240,000. The present surge in cases is the product of misguided state actions. Here are six priority actions that President-Elect Biden should undertake.
The recent #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements have sparked increasing discussion around gender and racial diversity in the workplace. At the same time, organizations must not discriminate against other candidates. This concern has been amplified in recent years due to several high-profile investigations and lawsuits based on “reverse discrimination.”
The tax policies proposed by President-elect Joe Biden has implications for your paycheck, investments, and retirement savings. Insights@Questrom spoke to Pete Lisowsky, tax expert and associate professor of accounting at Questrom, about what’s ahead for President-elect Biden’s tax plan.
BU Questrom marketing expert explores how the ability to track our online activity impacts the digital economy.
In this Q&A, Questrom Magazine talks with Jonathan Woodson and Anita Tucker about improving healthcare coverage, fixing supply issues, and tracking future outbreaks.
Data from managers across the world about how they are coping with COVID-19 found a lack of clarity, fading connections, low motivation, and overwhelming workloads threaten to destroy teams if continued to persist.
While open collaboration platforms like Wikipedia have dramatically increased the world’s access to educational information, enormous gaps remain that may actually drive economic inequities. New research by Questrom's Dylan Walker and PhD student Kai Zhu uncovers a solution.
Questrom's Gregory Stoller on repairing relations between China and the United States and how international trade might change after COVID.
In this episode, Language of Business visits MassChallenge in Boston, a global network for innovators who are working to solves massive challenges, to meet three teams competing in the 2019 cohort.
When it comes to the best pitches and persuading an audience, there are some common threads, says Gregory Stoller, senior lecturer of strategy and innovation at Boston University Questrom School of Business.
How does a food start-up achieve distribution at 12,000 supermarkets, including Publix, Costco, and Whole Foods, while promoting sustainable farming and business practices? Learn about sustainable supply chains from Lucy Halperin Zaro, COO of Sweet Loren’s, the third highest-selling cookie dough company in the US.
AI continues to enhance the consumer shopping experience. Chiara Longoni, Assistant Professor of Marketing, recently discussed her article published in the Journal of Marketing — based on data from over 3,000 people who took part in 10 experiments: When consumers are seeking functional or practical products, they tend to trust AI's recommendations more than a human's. But the opposite is true when
Questrom’s healthcare experts Avi Seidman and Jonathan Woodson, MD, MSS, consider COVID-19 as a watershed moment for healthcare. The two recount the pandemic as a time of digital domination, exposing many opportunities and threats as well as offering critical lessons for the future.
In a new op-ed published by CNN Business, Questrom’s Jay Zagorsky warns that despite a COVID-19 induced coin shortage, a cashless economy would have unintended consequences.
Michael J. Scanlon, Jr. (Questrom ’03), Managing Director at Manulife Investment Management, leads a conversation on the stock market in the time of COVID-19. Scanlon reflects on current trends, including what he sees as the best stock picking environment since the 2008 financial crisis.
With so much disruption, how are we managing the changes to our work life? How should we interact with our coworkers, our boss, our clients? How can we help our career thrive during this time? Hear from Elaine Varelas (Questrom’83), Managing Partner at Keystone Partners, on these topics, and more.
While we might not know when we’re going back to the workplace, it’s imperative to plan—and Professor Fred Foulkes posits that consistency in return initiatives is crucial.
Questrom’s Catherine Fazio presents new research that shows new business formation is beginning to decline in a dramatic and worrisome fashion due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Featured in Forbes, new research from The Startup Cartography Project, an initiative co-led by Fazio, shows that new business formation has received little focus in economic relief efforts.
Join SV Health Investors' Eugene Hill (Questrom’80) for a discussion that tackles the evolution in healthcare technology, market enablers and barriers, and why telemedicine might be a lasting facet of the healthcare industry beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a new piece in Psychology Today, organizational psychologist and Questrom Professor Bill Kahn dives into what that stress means, how to enable health care workers to remain as resilient as possible amidst the stress, different ways that hospital administrators can support their front-line workers, and more.
Tobias Levkovich (Questrom ’85), Chief US Equity Strategist at Citi, presents a virtual town hall on the state of the stock market, which includes a survey Citi conducted with 125 clients on what earnings will be in 2021 and where they think opportunities may lie.
New research from BU Questrom's Rena Conti delves into the Affordable Care Act's effect on prescription drugs and what might come next.
Smokers’ cravings for cigarettes are strong on their own, but work by Questrom and Harvard researchers suggests one emotion can trigger an even more acute desire to light up.
New research found that consumers’ actions indicate that they don’t value online privacy nearly as much as they say, that individual tracking data is likely worth significantly less than most imagine, and that publishers and advertisers will be squeezed by changes to online advertising.
New research from Andrei Hagiu challenges the assumption that it’s possible to use customer data to gain an unbeatable competitive edge.
New research by Questrom’s Sanaz Mobasseri suggests that spikes in violent crime in an employer’s neighborhood can lead to still bleaker odds for black applicants.