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    Book Review: Private Government: How Employers Rule our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk about It) by Elizabeth Anderson

Book Review: Private Government: How Employers Rule our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk about It) by Elizabeth Anderson

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In Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk about It), Elizabeth Anderson argues that beneath the facades of market freedom and contractual equality, contemporary firms are actually akin to authoritarian private governments. While this is a compelling and provocative analysis that sheds important light on the coercive and hierarchical facets of modern workplaces, Abraham Singer […]

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    To overcome gender bias, objective performance metrics are not enough

To overcome gender bias, objective performance metrics are not enough

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Hiding gender-related information may be key for evaluators to focus on performance, write Tristan L. Botelho and Mabel Abraham.

It has been well established that men and women experience differences in access to social and financial capital, hiring outcomes, and performance evaluations more generally. One commonly cited explanation for these observed gender differences has to do with a lack of […]

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    Connectivity will create a multibillion-dollar opportunity for the global airline industry

Connectivity will create a multibillion-dollar opportunity for the global airline industry

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By 2035, airlines will see new revenues from e-commerce, advertising and premium content services in the sky, writes Alexander Grous.

‘Disruption’ is one of the buzzwords that defines our economy at the moment. While much of the focus has been on entrepreneurial start-ups – soliciting early funding for the next ‘the Airbnb of…’ – taking a look at how more […]

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    The digitalisation of everything: How the US economy is going digital at hyper speed

The digitalisation of everything: How the US economy is going digital at hyper speed

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Since 2002, the share of jobs requiring extensive and mid-level digital skills has surged from 45 to 71 per cent of the total, write Mark Muro and Sifan Liu.

Software is eating the world, goes the quip. So rapid are the developments, in fact, that while the “digitalisation of everything” has become a hallmark of tech’s promise of individual and business […]

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    Book Review: Doing Research in the Business World by David E. Gray

Book Review: Doing Research in the Business World by David E. Gray

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In Doing Research in the Business World, David E. Gray offers an expansive textbook exploring diverse methodologies for undertaking research in business. Covering an impressive span of approaches and well-structured, this work will not only be an excellent resource for students and researchers but Richard Cotter also highly recommends it to practitioners in the business world. 

Doing Research in the […]

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    Book Review: How Economics Professors Can Stop Failing Us: The Discipline at a Crossroads by Steven Payson

Book Review: How Economics Professors Can Stop Failing Us: The Discipline at a Crossroads by Steven Payson

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In How Economics Professors Can Stop Failing Us: The Discipline at a Crossroads, Steven Payson offers a US-focused critique of the professional practice of teaching and researching economics today, covering areas such as publishing, hiring and promotion. As readers will likely find themselves nodding in recognition at many of the issues identified by Payson, Christopher May finds this a welcome […]

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    Book Review: The Contradictions of Capital in the Twenty-First Century: The Piketty Opportunity edited by Pat Hudson and Keith Tribe

Book Review: The Contradictions of Capital in the Twenty-First Century: The Piketty Opportunity edited by Pat Hudson and Keith Tribe

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In The Contradictions of Capital in the Twenty-First Century: The Piketty Opportunity, editors Pat Hudson and Keith Tribe bring together contributors to respond to, and build upon, the possibilities offered by Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. While George Maier would have welcomed more attention on the broader cultural, political and social facets of inequality beyond an economic […]

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    Book Review: Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From Money that We Understand to Money that Understands Us by David Birch

Book Review: Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From Money that We Understand to Money that Understands Us by David Birch

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In Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From Money that We Understand to Money that Understands Us, David Birch draws on a long sweep of history to trace how technological developments have changed, and will continue to transform, money, and outlines a largely optimistic vision for the future of payment technologies. Regardless of whether readers agree with all of Birch’s claims, […]

The shrinking number of public corporations in the US

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The rise of private equity may be a reason why fewer firms choose to participate in stock markets, write Kathleen Kahle and René M. Stulz.

In his famous Harvard Business Review article titled “Eclipse of the public corporation,” Jensen (1989) argues that public corporations are inefficient organizational forms because private firms can resolve agency conflicts between investors and managers better […]

Can Twitter sentiment predict stock market behaviour?

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There are some positive indications, but this relationship is neither linear nor simple, writes Francesco Corea.

The stock markets are an incredibly competitive environment and nowadays hedge funds and investment managers are rushing to find innovative ways to produce profits for their investors and their institutions. In addition to therefore understanding the impact of macroeconomic events or regulatory constraints on […]

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