Career Advice, Leadership

Leadership Lessons from United Airlines

12 Apr , 2017  

United Airline’s recent fiasco continues to spiral out of control. The dragging of a fare-paying doctor from the flight was recorded by many other passengers. The reaction of United Airlines and the impact of social media on this crisis show that United and its CEO, Oscar Munoz, failed to recognize the dangers of the situation […]

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Career Advice, Leadership, Risk Management

Learning from Bad Decision-Making at United Airlines

11 Apr , 2017  

By now, you have probably heard about the doctor that was dragged off a United flight from Chicago to Louisville. The video, taken by passengers, tells all. How do companies make such bad decisions? How can we learn to make better decisions and stay away from such self-infected and unnecessary damage? Identify Conflicts before Critical […]

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Analytics, Big Data, Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy, Innovation

Tony Soprano, The Supreme Court, and the “Big Picture” of Google Maps

22 Mar , 2017  

“Take out the GPS. I don’t want the FBI tracking us with it.” – Tony Soprano “That’s what I like about you, boss; you are always thinking of the big picture.” Paulie Walnuts Gualtieri. That is a cleaned-up and paraphrased exchanged between Tony Soprano and Paulie, when the mob crew got new Cadillac Escalades and […]

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Analytics, Big Data, Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy, Global Insights, Innovation, Leadership, Risk Management

Make 2017 a Year of Growth and Prosperity

9 Jan , 2017  

I hope this finds you off to a very Happy New Year! It is a natural time to plan for the coming year. The Angel Oak of Charleston, South Carolina has always inspired me. It has grown and prospered for over 500 years, reminding us that everyday can bring growth and prosperity. I wish you […]

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Analytics, Big Data, Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy, Innovation

Digital Dominance: Lessons from Zillow

3 Jan , 2017  

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 important lessons and best practices in monetizing […]

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Global Insights, Risk Management

2017 Business and Economic Predictions

1 Jan , 2017  

2017 New Year Outlooks With 2017 just beginning, it is worth thinking about some financial and business outcomes that are uncertain and will be consequential in the state of the economy next year. Price of Oil The Trump administration seems more supportive of the broader energy sector than was that of Obama, including coal and […]

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Analytics, Big Data, Big Data and Analytics, Career Advice, Digital Strategy, Innovation

Big Data to Big Profits: Strategies for Monetizing Social, Mobile, and Digital Data with Data Science

16 Nov , 2016  

Executive Education Course Big Data to Big Profits: Strategies for Monetizing Social, Mobile, and Digital Data with Data Science   This course, Big Data to Big Profits: Strategies for Monetizing Social, Mobile, and Digital Data with Data Science, led by professors Russell Walker and Edward Malthouse, will examine how firms can take big data to […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Leadership

Do You Live in a Bubble? 5 Lessons from the 2016 Presidential Election

9 Nov , 2016  

Do You Live in a Bubble? 5 Lessons from the 2016 Presidential Election The 2016 Presidential election offers many valuable lessons. It shows that for many Americans, especially those in urban areas, there is a bubble. Living in a bubble is a challenge for sound decision-making and leadership. The lessons embedded in the surprising results […]

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Career Advice, Global Insights, Leadership, Risk Management

The Data on US Debt: Measurement and Management

19 Oct , 2016  

“If you can’t Measure it, you can’t Manage it. ”   – W. Edwards Deming Each year, as a service to our students here at Northwestern University, I hold a special session showing new graduates how to make a personal financial plan. If you are not measuring your personal finances, you are not managing your personal finances. […]

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Big Data, Big Data and Analytics, Career Advice, Digital Strategy, Innovation

Valuable Data Products: Answers to Career Questions & More

16 Oct , 2016  

Turning Data into Valuable Data Products The acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft raises many interesting and valuable business possibilities. LinkedIn is the first and largest repository of data on career paths for millions of people. It has deep and valuable information on firms, the path of careers, and even the best majors for specific careers. […]

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