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Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Sometimes all the infrastructural elements are in place for leading industry transformation, allowing entrepreneurs to enter a market. It's also possible that some sociocultural (as well as economic) structural impediments keep the obvious from taking place, at least in the short run.

You Know What They Say, Doc . . . Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems

Thomas Coe  |  Business Fundamentals

The rich are turning to wealth therapy to discuss their feelings about wealth. Psychologists and financial services firms are also finding that this is a budding field for offering their services, whether it be listening or offering family or financial counseling.

A Saudi-Russian Oil Détente? Not Likely

Derek Abrams  |  Economics

Saudi Arabia and Russia have a frayed relationship stemming from Russia’s failure in past crises to keep promises to reduce oil production. Thus, it's no surprise that Moscow’s current call for new talks with Saudi Arabia to limit oil production has fallen on deaf ears.

The Real Life Storage Wars

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Business Strategy

Entrepreneurs and venture capital see an opportunity in storage. The $33 billion industry is still growing, and new on-demand business models look promising.

Payday Lenders On the Run

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Finance

Many players in the high-cost loan industry are eager to get out as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau readies new regulations that it says will stop borrowers from taking short-term loans they can't afford. Some loans have interest rates as high as 780 percent.

The Female Solidarity, Have-It-All, Feel-Good Machine

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

Women's empowerment conferences are booming. While this trend may reflect a growing interest in the empowerment of women, it remains uncertain if the conferences are helping women advance their careers or if the demand may actually reflect the need for more change.

Payday Lenders On the Run

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

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CPFB) will be issuing rules soon on payday lending. The key regulation pertains to lenders who charge more than 36 percent interest: They'll have to make sure that potential borrowers will have enough money to pay back their loans.

Stealing White

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

Walter Liew spent decades collecting information about DuPont's proprietary process for producing titanium oxide, a compound used to make things white. Much of the information that he obtained came from disgruntled former DuPont employees. While DuPont has elaborate security processes designed to protect its titanium oxide process, Liew's success shows that former employees are a potential point of vulnerability for trade secrets. Corporations may find it valuable to maintain the loyalty of former employees, especially those with sensitive knowledge.

The Real Life Storage Wars

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Marketing

The storage businesses will generate $33 billion in 2016, estimates research firm IBISWorld, up from $24 billion in 2010. More than 50,000 self-storage facilities are in the United States. Startups are trying to carve out a slice of the expanding storage industry by offering on-demand pickup and delivery.

The Phone Companies People Actually Love

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

The U.S. mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) industry has doubled since 2009 as costs have fallen and dissatisfaction with bigger companies has grown. MVNOs account for 36 million (1 in 10) U.S. wireless subscriptions, with about 300 MVNOs found in the United States.

Under Armour’s Most Valuable Players

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

Under Armour has been good at picking sports figures for endorsement deals. This has helped the company's bottom line and sales growth. How has Under Armour done it?

Samsung’s Emerging Market Is . . . Japan?

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

While Samsung holds around 20 percent worldwide market share in smartphones, it has just 6 percent of the smartphone market in Japan. As it expanded worldwide, Samsung chose to focus on other emerging markets and largely left the Japanese market to local competitors. In fact, other than Apple, foreign phone makers have had difficulty entering the Japanese market.

Can Bombardier Fly With the Big Boys?

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Bombardier's goal of competing with Boeing and Airbus in the market for 100-plus seat aircraft has fallen short of expectations. While Bombardier has received orders and is getting ready to deliver its first aircraft, its order book is much weaker than it anticipated. With its stock trading below a dollar and the company operating at a loss, the Quebec and Canadian governments may need to step in to provide financial backing (and save jobs).

The Phone Companies People Actually Love

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

There are options if you don't like your cellular phone carrier. Mobile virtual networks are beginning to gain market share.

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