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To Eclipse the U.S., China Needs to Stop Fighting Itself

Derek Abrams  |  Economics

Since taking over as Chinese president in 2013, Xi Jinping has centralized power and set forth a series of bold economic reform policies to further modernize the country. However, with a weaker GDP outlook, the Chinese government is finding it difficult to adhere to its stated plans for economic reform.

Things Are About to Get Ugly at Kraft

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Business Strategy

3G Capital and Warren Buffett are focused on cost-cutting and operational efficiency to boost profits at moribund Kraft. But analysts are concerned about the long-term value of the firm's brands in the evolving packaged-foods industry.

Insider Trading Then and Now

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Finance

It used to be complicated and expensive to cultivate and maintain a pipeline of contacts for insider trading with illicit stock tips. Now insider trading is much simpler to coordinate and execute.

A Breakout Year for Cuban Entrepreneurs

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Is Cuba now a capitalist or socialist society? Although 201 categories of work are now open to entrepreneurs in the country, the state still dominates the economy.

Insider Trading Then and Now

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Org Behavior & HR

Insider trading, or making stock transactions on soon-to-happen information, is both illegal and lucrative. Hacking has changed the way insider traders operate. U.S. authorities say hackers illegally accessed 150,000 news releases, an example of a new form of insider trading.

Things Are About to Get Ugly at Kraft

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Accounting & Taxation

Warren Buffett and 3G Capital have made one big promise: They’ll cut $1.5 billion in annual costs from Kraft Heinz before 2018. The company will lose employees, whole levels of management, and maybe a few brands, too. Will it be a boon to investors?

Insurance For the Agent-Averse

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Business Fundamentals

The comparison-shopping website PolicyGenius sells policies from 26 insurers. More than half of its customers are millennials who prefer to shop online and believe that the insurance industry is out of step with the times.

Alibaba’s $105 Billion Wipeout

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Operations Management

Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce operator, is spending $4.6 billion to purchase Suning Commerce Group Co. This is Chairman Jack Ma’s largest deal ever and part of the company’s push to reach millions of new customers in rural China and abroad through a bigger logistics network. Alibaba has lost more than $90 billion of market value since its shares peaked in November 2014.

Insider Trading Then and Now

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D.  |  Business Law

A new variant of insider trading involves hacking computer servers. In one recent example, the SEC charged foreign hackers with selling press releases with financial information to traders.

Greece Gets Something Right!

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Greece trails Spain and Italy in olive oil production, but is poised for a good year in 2015. A drought in Spain has led to a large drop in production, and bad weather, fruit flies, and a disease have all contributed to a decrease in Italian output.

Skechers' Lesson From a Fad That Flopped

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Marketing

Overproduction combined with an FTC investigation caused Skechers’ Shape-ups shoes to go from fad to fiasco. But the company rebounded. Skechers’ valuation has risen from $600 million at the end of 2011 to about $8 billion today.

The Plum China Posting That's Turned Sour

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

As an expatriate, being assigned to lead sales in the largest and fastest-growing international market would seem like a good thing. For Citroen's Sabine Scheunert, the dream job has turned into a real challenge as China's auto market has cooled. The downturn has led to dealerships needing to offer significant discounts to move inventory, and Scheunert's challenge is amplified due to evolving consumer preferences.

HBO, Netflix, and Amazon Want Your Kids

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Information Technology

Sesame Street has become a new front in the streaming wars. To become more indispensable, HBO, Netflix, and Amazon are expanding their collections of kids' shows.

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