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Dover Port Braces for a 17-Mile Brexit Traffic Jam

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

The UK’s impending divorce from Europe could clog ports across the country. Acknowledging the chaos that such a scenario could create in ports like Dover, the government proposed that shipments could be “pre-notified to customs.”

Welcome to Crypto Valley

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Marketing

The Swiss financial sector is still rebounding from a crackdown on bank secrecy, but the Swiss city of Zug sees a big opportunity in cryptocurrency. Zug has embraced digital currency. Some worry that the money might be a little too secret.

After the Walmart Is Gone

Thomas Coe  |  Business Fundamentals

Small populations and small incomes mean small success for local mom-and-pop retail stores and national retailer Walmart, but those conditions are what national retailers Dollar General and Dollar Tree are targeting for their growth. The deep discount chains expect otherwise unattractive economic conditions to keep Amazon and online grocery retailers away.

At Google, Robotics Is in Sleep Mode

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Business Strategy

Google’s aggressive effort to build a robotics division has fizzled. Initially welcomed as a leader for the robotics industry, insiders say the company failed to articulate a vision and ended up slowing the development of the industry.

Welcome to Crypto Valley

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Finance

Digital money like bitcoin could help the Swiss rebound from a decade-long assault on bank secrecy, but it also brings back questions about whether the country is luring illicit cash.

Dover Port Braces for 17-Mile Brexit Backup

Derek Abrams  |  Economics

The UK’s impending divorce from Europe could clog ports across the country, including the crucial Port of Dover. Every day, as many as 10,000 trucks rumble through the Port of Dover, whose towering white cliffs face continental Europe across the narrowest stretch of the English Channel. A failure to resolve the issues of Britain’s exit from the European Union could cost businesses that depend on the Port of Dover at least 1 billion pounds in a year.

A Different Way to Cut Kids from the Squad

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Sports teams search for early signs of exceptional talent so that they can sign the best athletes before competitors do. This is nowhere more evident than in soccer. Major teams begin intensive recruiting and sign players in their teens, but it's very expensive to take a potential athlete through an entire program, only to have them not pan out. Ilja Sligte, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam, of devised a cognitive test to predict which athletes have the greatest likelihood of success and at what position. Thus far, his company, BrainFirst, has several clients despite no empirical evidence that the product works. BrainFirst predicts it will be profitable this year.

How Tyson’s Chicken Plant Became a Turkey

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

Why would a Kansas town reject a new facility offering 1.600 jobs? There may be many answers, but reputation may be one factor that explains the reaction of Tonganoxie, Kansas, residents to a new Tyson Foods facility. Other companies acknowledge challenges in successfully locating new poultry processing plants. In this case, however, Tyson seems to have made a few avoidable missteps leading up to the announcement of the new facility.

Chai Feldblum

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

Chai Feldblum, appointed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by then-president Obama, has championed the idea that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is a form of sex discrimination. The EEOC accepted this view in rulings in 2012 and 2015.

Drillers in Mexico Hit Pause

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Back in the 1930s, Mexico nationalized its oil industry, designating government-owned Pemex as the only company allowed to drill for oil. But recognizing that other companies had made important technological advances and looking for foreign investment, in recent years Mexico has allowed foreign companies to bid on exploration leases. Now that Texas-based Talos Energy LLC has discovered oil in a field that extends beyond its lease, the government needs to develop the necessary rules for revenue- and profit-sharing.

A Different Way to Cut Kids from the Squad

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

Sports recruiting may be changing. It may not just be based on skills and physical ability anymore.

From Student to Employee: How Work is Different From School

Bob Cohen, MBA  |  Career Readiness - Exploring Your Potential

College students may well be completely unprepared for the workplace. Here are nine ways it differs from school.

A Different Way to Cut Kids from the Squad

Bob Cohen, MBA  |  Career Readiness - Exploring Your Potential

How much would you be willing to pay to know if your candidate has true potential? Clients looking for future soccer stars are paying as much as $82,000 a year to license BrainsFirst’s software, though there’s no independent evidence it works.

How Republicans May Deal With the State and Local Tax Break Issue

Larry Walther, Ph.D., CPA, CMA  |  Accounting & Taxation

Please don't pass the SALT! SALT is the popular acronym for State and Local Tax. Currently, the average American is entitled to a deduction for much of the amount paid in the form of state and local taxes. But current tax proposals suggest lessening the burden on corporate entities by eliminating the SALT deduction, leaving many Americans less than enthused.

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