Global Insights, Leadership

Winners and Losers in US Real Estate and the US Economy

14 Sep , 2018  

Just this week, we heard the good news that median household income grew by 1.8% to $61,372, a new post-recession high. Still, some 39.4 million Americans live in poverty, and that number improved. Unemployment has gone down, and the equity markets are banging on all-time highs. Still, a few things are not working. Not everyone […]

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Global Insights, Leadership

Iceland: Economic and Business Lessons – Fire and Ice

25 Aug , 2017  

Iceland: Economic and Business Lessons – Fire and Ice This summer, I had the pleasure of visiting Iceland with my family. It is an amazing country in so many ways. In addition to its unmatched natural beauty of mountains, glaciers, seashores, and active volcanoes, visiting offers some great lesson in economics and business. Iceland Has […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Global Insights, Leadership

10 Maps and Charts that Explain Our Country: Society, Economy, and Prosperity in Focus

29 Nov , 2016  

The US economy has high a relative high note – low unemployment and high company evaluations. So, why are some places still hurting and not growing? The answer is tied to dramatically different plights and outlooks of Americans based on where we live. Our economies are really local. I believe these differences are rooted in […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy

Big Opportunities and Critical Warning Signs from Microsoft’s Purchase of LinkedIn

14 Jun , 2016  

Big Opportunities and Critical Warning Signs from Microsoft’s Purchase of LinkedIn

The opportunities ahead for Microsoft and LinkedIn are many, there are also some important lessons for the tech industry. This, the largest of Microsoft’s acquisitions, is really about buying data and data assets. Here are my thoughts on opportunities going forward and lessons leaned from the LinkedIn sale: Microsoft can make LinkedIn the Greatest Expert […]

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Leadership, Risk Management

Business Strategy Lessons from the 2016 Presidential Election

9 Mar , 2016  

Business Strategy Lessons from the 2016 Presidential Election

The 2016 Presidential Election has offered surprises and intrigue. It has also offered excellent examples of strategy at work. These lessons are most applicable to business, too. These are 7 important business strategy lessons from the election: Lead with a Simple and Direct Message: Trump has a very simple and direct tagline, “Make America Great, […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Innovation

Harvard Business Review Webinar: From Big Data to Big Profits

29 Feb , 2016  

Harvard Business Review Webinar: From Big Data to Big Profits

Everywhere you look there is mention of “Big Data.” But what business people care most about is turning big data into big profits. This is the focus of Russell Walker’s book From Big Data to Big Profits:

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Big Data and Analytics, Innovation

From raw data to real dollars, Russell Walker’s new book shows how to monetize big data

27 Sep , 2015  

From raw data to real dollars, Russell Walker’s new book shows how to monetize big data

By Cheryl SooHoo How do you turn your company’s big data into big bucks? First think big and then bigger about the value of your data, says Russell Walker EMP 64, clinical associate professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences at Kellogg. “Your data doesn’t jump out and say, ‘Hey, I am worth hundreds of […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Innovation

Big Data Monetization Lessons from Zillow

10 Sep , 2015  

Big Data Monetization Lessons from Zillow

The real estate industry has gone through a massive transformation as new real estate websites such as Zillow (and Trulia now owned by Zillow, and Redfin) have brought together Big Data sets on available properties, home buyers, and home sellers. These firms have, in the process, showed us that important lessons and best practices in […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy

Driving Product Sales with Big Data: Amazon’s Threat to Retail

20 Aug , 2015  

Driving Product Sales with Big Data: Amazon’s Threat to Retail

Major consumer-package-goods firms (CPG), like Kraft, Nestle, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have always operated with a blind spot about customers. This has always made marketing challenging. Although their products were often ingested by consumers, they rarely if ever met customers. CPG firms rarely knew their identify of customers and even at times had a poor understanding […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy

Big Data, Open Data, and the Asymmetry of Information

12 Aug , 2015  

Big Data, Open Data, and the Asymmetry of Information

Big Data, Open Data, and the Asymmetry of Information Anytime you own an asset, be it a building, stock, bond, or even a race horse, you want to measure it and determine how its value has changed in the market. Often this process is consider Asset Surveillance. We might think about it as how firms […]

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