Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy, Innovation

Digitization Lessons from Google’s Nest

6 Oct , 2016  

By now, most of us have seen or are even using programmable thermostats. One of the recent and more interesting offerings in this space is from Nest. Nest sells a thermostat that captures data about human presence to self learn what heating and cooling decisions are best. Programming is not needed; it learns what is […]

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Digital Strategy, Innovation

Becoming a Digital Disruptor

4 Oct , 2016  

Become a Digital Disruptor: Lessons for Startups, Investors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs

A great focus for many startups, investors, and entrepreneurs is creating the next Uber or Airbnb. I have examined how both Uber and Airbnb have leverage data in powerful ways. A great deal of their success comes from their superior digital platforms, so let’s examine what principles are at work in becoming the next digital disruptor. […]

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Global Insights, Innovation

Beefing Up Returns: Study Finds Companies Offering Less Industrial Meat Perform Better

14 Sep , 2016  

Beefing Up Returns: Study Finds Companies Offering Less Industrial Meat Perform Better

The below blog appeared originally at EcoCentric, a leading channel for sustainable food practices. Over the last few years, students in the Kellogg Analytical Consulting Lab, a popular lab class that I founded and teach, have undertaken novel research on the economic drivers and performance of the food industry. It is wonderful to see our […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy

College Football: Lessons in Big Data and Data Visualization. Who’s Your Fan?

10 Sep , 2016  

College Football: Lessons in Big Data and Data Visualization. Who’s Your Fan?

With the college football season underway, it is worth a look to see how the teams stack-up, not based on rankings, but based on fan loyalty. Big Data and Data Visualization help us with this and lead to some interesting insights. College football also offers us a great opportunity to look at the Big Data […]

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Career Advice, Leadership

Getting the Most out of Your College Investment: Advice to New MBAs and College Students

28 Aug , 2016  

Getting the Most out of Your College Investment: Advice to New MBAs and College Students

Fall is nearly here in Evanston, Illinois; the maples are turning orange and the summer is quickly cooling. In the coming weeks, we will welcome our new students to campus at Northwestern University. It is always an exciting time of the year. It is exciting to be part of the new journey that our students […]

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Digital Strategy, Risk Management

The Two Battlegrounds of E-commerce: Digital and Supply Chain – Lessons from Amazon and Jet.com

9 Aug , 2016  

The Two Battlegrounds of E-commerce: Digital and Supply Chain – Lessons from Amazon and Jet.com

Walmart recently announced that it is purchasing Jet.com for some $3.3 billion dollars. For Jet.com, which was founded in January of 2014, it is a remarkable return in a short period of time. The purchase shows that the battleground for E-commerce is being fought on digital convenience and value to customers. E-commerce has two-fronts: the […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy

Big Data Monetization Strategies: Yahoo! and LinkedIn Purchases Show the Importance of User Data

25 Jul , 2016  

Big Data Monetization Strategies: Yahoo! and LinkedIn Purchases Show the Importance of User Data

This weekend, we learned that Verizon has agreed to purchase Yahoo! for $4.83 billion dollars. Recently, Salesforce.com CEO, Mark Benioff announced that it would have paid more than the $26.2 billion paid by Microsoft for LinkedIn. With Verizon’s $4.4 billion purchase of AOL last year, these mega transactions raise some questions about what is a […]

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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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Leadership, Risk Management

Risk Predictions for the New Year and Interesting Business Cases in 2016

9 Jan , 2016  

Risk Predictions for the New Year and Interesting Business Cases in 2016

Risk Predictions for the New Year and Interesting Business Cases in 2016 With 2016 just about a week old, I would like to share some risk issues that are interesting to consider in 2016. Federal Reserve Interest Rate Increase Although delayed many times, the Federal Reserve did finally increase the benchmark interest rate.[1] However, inflation […]

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Digital Strategy, Innovation

Uber-fication: Lessons from Uber in Economics, Digital, Risk, and Analytics

22 Nov , 2015  

Uber-fication: Lessons from Uber in Economics, Digital, Risk, and Analytics

With the continued growth of Uber in many markets, it is worth considering what Uber has done that drives such success and why so many businesses are seeking an Uberization or Uber-fication  solution to their business. Below is a listing of lessons on what to do if you are seeking to Uber-ize your business model. […]

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