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Studying Smartphones For Clues About Autonomous Vehicles

News from Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business

“Robin Hwang T’18 realizes he came of age in an important time in the history of technology.

“Throughout his teens and twenties, he witnessed the wholesale transformation of mobile communications, from the pagers his friends used in middle school to the iPhone he depends on today.

“When he came to Tuck, Robin wanted to dig deeper into his curiosity about technology, so he became a fellow at the Center for Digital Strategies (CDS). As part of that experience, he conducted a research project that compares the adoption of autonomous vehicles to that of smartphones. In the paper that came out of his research, he concludes that autonomous vehicle adoption will depend on how well technology and automobile companies can improve the existing mobility experience and create new user experiences.”

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The Mom Perspective: Juggling Work, Family, And An MBA

News from University of Chicago Booth School of Business

“As a working mother myself, I can’t help but think about some of our amazing Booth moms who manage to balance a demanding career and challenging coursework while raising a family.

“As more women opt to pursue MBAs, it will be increasingly important for business schools to acknowledge the unique set of challenges they face — for some, the challenges of combining motherhood and MBA studies. And who better to hear from than our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students and alumni who are managing to juggle it all!

“We asked a series of questions to two Booth moms and we hope their experiences, insights, and advice will help as you explore your next educational and professional steps!

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Behavioral Nudges Timed To Certain Days Are Effective Motivators

News from UCLA Anderson School of Management 

“How we relate to the passage of time is a popular area of study among academics seeking to understand human decision making — and to coax people toward better decisions.

“Appealing to our interest in the prominent time markers of personal milestone dates is emerging as an effective way to nudge people to action.

“Last year, a real-world experiment using targeted Facebook ads found that specifically calling out significant birthdays could move the needle on getting consumers to consider a marketing pitch.”

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CFO Survey: Concern About Hacking, Borrowing Costs; Optimism Still High

News from Duke University Fuqua School of Business

“CFOs are growing increasingly concerned about data security threats, according to the Duke University/CFO Global Business Outlook.

“The survey also found rising interest rates are expected to dampen corporate growth.

“The CFO survey has been conducted for 89 consecutive quarters and spans the globe, making it the world’s longest-running and most comprehensive research on senior finance executives. The survey ended June 8. Results are for the U.S. unless stated otherwise.”

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Ripple Donates $2 Million To McCombs For Blockchain Technology Research

“The McCombs School of Business will receive $2 million from the currency exchange company Ripple over the next five years to fund research in blockchain technology by the school’s Blockchain Initiative.

“’Academia has traditionally been a critical driver of technical innovation,’ said Eric van Miltenburg, Ripple’s senior vice president of global operations, in a press release. ‘Our support of McCombs is an acknowledgment of the important role the school has the potential to play in advancing our understanding and application of cryptography and blockchain technology.’

“UT is one of 17 academic recipients worldwide, including MIT and Princeton, to receive part of a $50 million donation from Ripple.”

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