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As Europe Drops Coal, Poland Embraces It

Derek Abrams  |  Economics

The country's carbon addiction is rooted in politics. Coal mining unions are a powerful force in Polish politics and, as a result, coal miners have preserved jobs.

Swimmin' in Batteries

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Business Strategy

By 2018, Tesla will need to double the annual global production of lithium ion batteries. In moves reminiscent of Ford’s River Rouge, Tesla has integrated battery production and is making moves to control supply of the minerals needed.

Swimmin' in Batteries

Thomas Coe  |  Business Fundamentals

Tesla is gearing up production of its popular electric cars. All these electric cars will require plenty of batteries. All those batteries will require access to metals and minerals that will put Tesla in competition with China and other countries for creating a stable supply to keep pace with demand.

Govern This With These?

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

Important issues in the interface between the law and the internet are being adjudicated in court. Key issues are: (1) are gig workers (e.g., Uber drivers) contractors or employees? (2) what does copyright cover? (3) can the U.S. government access data on servers abroad? and (4) should the "right to be forgotten" be expanded from Europe to around the globe?

Designed by Comcast in Philadelphia

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

Historically, Comcast has not been one of America’s most loved companies, and it had a reputation for providing clunky cable boxes and poor customer service. But Comcast is changing and wants to be loved. Instead of simply providing cable boxes and access to ever-changing lists of television channels, Comcast wants to make the TV the home’s command center. In doing so, Comcast needs to change its corporate culture to be more like a cool technology company and less like a regulated utility monopoly.

The Hail Mary Pass Of Executive Pay

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

The hedge fund, H Partners Management, is introducing an uncommon executive pay practice at Six Flags Entertainment and Tempur Sealy International. Executives receive incentive stock grants with performance thresholds so improbable that the companies deem them worthless at the date of grant. Nevertheless, some of the targets are being met, and executives already have received tens of millions in compensation. This compensation practice raises questions about incentives and potentially inadequate disclosure of compensation, dilution and risk.

Taiwan's PC Makers are Gunning for Gamers

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

While PC manufacturers tend to compete in almost a perfect competitive environment, those that focus on giving gamers a small advantage and the ability to adapt are reaping strong profits relative to the enhanced price.

Govern This With These?

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

From copyright to privacy, courts have become the front line of cyberlaw. Cases now working their way through U.S. and European courts could do a lot to update laws to keep pace with technology.

The Great Sea Turtle Migration

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Around a third of foreign students studying in U.S. universities are Chinese, and after graduation many take a job working in the U.S., but after a few years, some return home to help create technologies and companies in China. In Chinese, these professionals are referred to as hai gui, or "sea turtles" that come come home after a long journey.

Now the Boss Can Monitor Your Phone

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

Can companies now monitor your personal phone at work? It's happening in Russia.

A Big Fat Tax Is Coming For the Hedge Fund Elite

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

In the cloak-and-dagger secrecy of offshore taxation strategies, one popular technique has been unmasked and is about to feel the effects of a Tax Code revision.

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