Texas Enterprise sponsors and hosts events to bring the big ideas in business into the real world. Catch up on the presentations and take-aways from our special series of enlightening events, featuring faculty research from across the University of Texas at Austin campus.
David B. Spence, Ph.D., J.D.
Why is it that we can’t agree about what is factually correct (let alone what’s best) when it comes to energy policy in the U.S.? Professor David Spence says it's because we’re all biased — but with some work, we can overcome it.
John Sibley Butler
Professor John Sibley Butler wants to use the movement of entrepreneurs to forecast the next Austin, Texas-like economic success story.
Success in any organization depends on excellent communication, from the bottom up. It's the manager who has the key role in encouraging effective communication with their employees, and then the responsibility to take action.
Paul B. Woodruff
Remember your Greek mythology? You need to, especially if you’re a manager because you’ve got a dilemma as old as recorded history. Paul Woodruff, professor of classics and philosophy at The University of Texas at Austin, explains why.
Clay Johnston, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Clay Johnston, dean of the new Dell Medical School at UT Austin, says it’s time we begin seeing a return on investment in health care — and it’s about much more than saving money. Step No. 1: Get rid of those hospital gowns.
Top CEOs, Federal Reserve Economist and McCombs School of Business Finance Professor
At Austin's 2015 Economic Forecast panel, speakers focused on bringing manufacturing back to U.S. soil, the future of Texas' booming real estate market and what the drought means for water availability in Central Texas.
Top CEOs, Federal Reserve Economist and Dean of McCombs School of Business
Top CEOs from biotechnology, financial services and private equity share their generally positive perspectives on the 2015 economy in San Antonio.
Top CEOs, Federal Reserve Economist and McCombs School of Business Finance Professor
As the economy of Texas continues to outpace the national economy, the energy sector continues to drive Houston’s economy. In fact, while crude oil production increases across the United States, Texas accounts for nearly half that growth – and that’s true even with recent price declines in crude oil.
Top Dallas CEOs, Federal Reserve Economist, and McCombs School of Business Finance Professor
Despite the robust economy in Dallas, changes in consumer behavior continue to keep retail and consumer package goods industries scrambling.
New research by McCombs Assistant Professor Rajiv Garg proves there is value to online social networks when it comes to finding a new job, if you know how to use them. His presentation kicks off the 2014-2015 Texas Enterprise Speaker Series.
Dr. Niall Gaffney, Texas Advanced Computing Center and Dr. Michael Hasler, MS in Business Analytics at McCombs School of Business
Many companies are hopping on the Big Data bandwagon without fully understanding what they're getting into. Researchers say these businesses should recognize the importance of collecting the right data, organizing it effectively, and using it to make good decisions.
Top Dallas CEOs and McCombs School of Business Economist Sandy Leeds
While commercial real estate is booming in North Texas, manufacturers and retailers are devising strategies to outperform competitors online and abroad.
Top Houston CEOs and McCombs School of Business Economist Jay Hartzell
A group of influential Texas CEOs recently met in Houston to discuss economic trends that will guide key industries in the year ahead.
Just because something is legal doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right thing to do. But this type of rationalization is a common way of justifying our occasional ethical lapses, Associate Professor Meme Drumwright explains.
Top Austin CEOs and Economic Experts
The economy is improving at a modest pace, and business experts expect that trend to continue in the years ahead. In Texas, technology startups are helping to usher in the return to prosperity.
Gary Powell, a composer and producer for Walt Disney Records and a senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, has some tough words for a music industry that doesn’t adequately support musicians.
Decades of economic growth prompted widespread government spending — until the economy derailed in 2007. We may still be on track for disaster.
Over the last few hundred years, transitions to new energy sources have created significant challenges. We’ve moved from wood to coal, then from petroleum to natural gas, and onto today’s nuclear and renewable energy alternatives. The trend has been toward energy sources that are less carbon-intensive and more environmentally friendly — but no solution is perfect, and there is always a need to improve upon the previous generation.
With about 170 billion gigabytes of digital information being produced each year, it's no wonder we can’t keep up with all the data clamoring for our attention. UT School of Information Dean Andrew Dillon discusses how we got to this situation — and how to deal with it.
Most people consider happiness to be an important goal, yet many express a stronger desire for material possessions, power, and importance. Associate Professor of Marketing Raj Raghunathan researches the reasoning behind people’s tendency to chase the means to happiness rather than happiness itself.
Looking ahead to 2013, experts predict that the U.S. economy will continue to face plenty of challenges, health care reform will remain a crucial issue, technology will keep growing in China, and energy executives will push for more domestic oil production.
According to marketing professor Vijay Mahajan, the Arab world has a way of surprising visitors. Mahajan spent three years criss-crossing the region for his latest book, “The Arab World Unbound: Tapping into the Power of 350 Million Consumers.” Despite unsettling news headlines from the Middle East and North Africa, Mahajan wanted to see how corporations and consumers actually operate in the region.
With nearly half a million new cases diagnosed every year, multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis is a major worldwide health concern. The disease is especially prevalent in areas where medical care is sparse, meaning it can take weeks to get back test results. Andrew Ellington, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, is developing new tests to detect the presence of tuberculosis and other diseases rapidly and inexpensively, even when the nearest hospital is miles away. The technology could ultimately push health care in a new direction that gives patients more control over their own medical decisions.
Explicit gender discrimination has largely been ferreted out of the American workplace, but several inequalities have persisted for generations. Women are still paid less than equally qualified men who hold the same positions. They are promoted less often, are less likely to reach top management positions, and have lower job satisfaction. Emily Amanatullah believes these inequalities may stem from deeply ingrained social norms that influence the ways in which men and women interact. Amanatullah, assistant professor of management at the McCombs School, researches these social dynamics in an effort to establish a more level playing field in professional settings.
Professor Scott Tinker warns that with energy demand poised to spike in developing nations like India and China, it's necessary to consider energy options on the criteria of being available, affordable, reliable, and green.
“We know algae that grow very aggressively and some that produce lots of oil,” said Brand, the professor of energy. “The trick is getting both — to produce a valuable product — quickly and economically at large scale.”
In addition to being a competitor and creditor, China could be America's most important customer, said management lecturer John Doggett during a Sept. 8 talk as part of the Texas Enterprise Speaker Series.
History is replete with examples of brilliant ideas that weren't implemented because they weren't sold correctly. Even worse, the world is full of bad ideas that were successfully championed within their organization and got the green light (think New Coke, the Gap's short-lived new logo, China's Three Gorges Dam). A new book by John Daly offers tips about how to shape opinion, inspire action, and achieve results when advocating for an idea.
Bob Metcalfe draws lessons from the development of the Internet in looking to solve critical energy challenges. He recently spoke as part of the Texas Enterprise Speaker Series.
Recent high-profile cases of corporate malfeasance have heightened the debate about business ethics. As the roots of ethical behavior are investigated, findings show that morality is tied to psychology, self-image and the wiring of the human brain.