Research doesn’t always have to be so academic. The Faculty at Work series takes a look behind the scenes and beyond the journal to tell the story of how McCombs professors develop and cultivate new ideas.
Faculty at Work
Bureaucratic resistance to presidential control does not necessarily subvert democracy. To the contrary, it often affirms it.
Many in Trump’s cabinet have little or no government experience, but they bring a business skill set that will translate into income and jobs for many people.
Last year, India killed off 86 percent of its currency, and chaos ensued. But what’s bad for the black market might be good for entrepreneurs.
The 2016 annual financial report should be required reading for all politicians, including our new president. It's where their dreams will meet reality.
If the leader of the free world continues to demonstrate a casual disregard for reality, fantasy rather than facts will become the norm, and seeking the actual truth will seem pointless to us all.
This year’s ads resonated with consumers because they spoke to something Americans feel strongly about: Not being told what to do.
What's driving growth in rural markets? Professor Vijay Mahajan talks with Knowledge@Wharton.
As if Dallas' first responders don't have enough to worry about, those who have pledged their lives to protect the city now find their own retirement system bleeding funds.
We have entered the era where government debt accumulation is greater than the federal deficit, and politicians are writing a lot of IOUs.
Some say Trump’s business empire makes him uniquely qualified to run the country. It also creates unique problems that shouldn’t be underestimated.
Congress just voted to show the nation's appreciation to U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes by not taxing the prize money they receive for winning a medal. This opens the door to spending without accountability.
New banking rules to prevent another financial meltdown may sound good, but they change the way the banking system works — and foil the Fed’s efforts to restore economic growth.
Italy wants to both remain in the EU and bail out its depositors. What options does it have left? Not many.
What if financial institutions bought and held zero-rate perpetuity government bonds that pay neither interest nor principal? It’s debt repudiation without default.
Tension is building among stock investors now that the most fundamental determinant of stock price support — an uplift in corporate earnings — has gone soft.
Our society has certain expectations for companies that go beyond a good product at a good price, but Uber is playing hardball in ways that may not embody the most effective corporate strategy.
"What's the point of having a law if it isn't enforced?" It's a question McCombs lecturer and former PwC partner Jeff Johanns is asking the SEC.
If supply increases too much and there are too few takers, price falls and can even go negative. This is happening in Europe and Japan, and the U.S. is not far off.
A McCombs researcher provides evidenced-based strategies for overcoming the debilitating tendancy of feeling inadequate in life and work.
While it may not make their list of favorite books, presidential candidates should read the 2015 Consolidated Financial Report of the U.S. Government. If they did, their campaign promises would be more honest and realistic. Professor Michael Granof explains.
Investors who have outperformed the market are said to have ‘skill’ or ‘talent,’ and those who do not are politely called ‘underperformers.’ Using both independent and self-reported estimates of his net worth, Donald Trump has underperformed his real estate investor peers by as much as 57 percent.
On January 28, 1986, Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all on board. In 2003, Columbia disintegrated in the skies over Texas upon re-entry. Now new findings about organizational behavior explain why preventable tragedies reoccur.
Commodity prices, currencies, stocks, and capital goods are in a grand, coordinated bust. Can the U.S. economy continue to grow?
Economies mutate, and when they do, data becomes imprecise. The problem for the Fed is that they’re trained scientists — but they need to be artists.
A growing distance between consumer segments means that if a company is catering to a clientele motivated by price, then Black Friday will probably continue successfully. Otherwise, extremely low prices cannot offset inconvenience to the consumer.
We can chastise the Federal Reserve for not moving off of a zero interest rate, but it has no other way to influence the economic growth machine.
In the accounting and auditing world, everyone is talking about materiality. So what’s new, and why should investors care?
People need motivation to engage with brands, but marketers first need to understand how the brain’s motivational system works. UT psychology professor Art Markman explains.
As a business professor, I’m always looking for teachable moments in which a very relevant, very vivid event can make an impression upon my students and point them in the right direction. But today I say: Enough already. No more teachable moments, please.
There’s a built-in contradiction when it comes to achieving full employment and simultaneously providing stock market returns. Lew Spellman explains.
Baby Boomer entitlements are upon us, but without a radical shift in fiscal policy, the U.S. is headed for default. Professor Lew Spellman explains.
When people feel that their workplace is supportive of their whole life, they are often more engaged with the organization.
McCombs finance professor Lew Spellman explains the catastrophic cycle of debt, higher tax rates, and increased spending that is hampering economic growth in the U.S. and beyond.
The sentiment of central bankers, politicians, and the market seems to be “please let there be a boom” — and we’ll dodge the bust, but the latest oil boom-bust cycle has a greater impact than is commonly understood.
Toymakers are taking steps to build toys that model business leaders for girls, but are they picking wardrobes and professions that perpetuate stereotypes? McCombs Associate Professor Melissa Graebner explains why Mattel missed the mark.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made headlines by saying it’s good karma when women don’t ask for raises and that they should trust the system to reward them at the right time. McCombs Assistant Professor Emily Amanatullah says he got it wrong. Read why.
Meet Stampede, a supercomputer that’s helping researchers detect deadly headaches, reduce wait times at doctors’ offices, understand investor behavior, and anticipate shoppers’ needs at the grocery store.
Recent surveys reveal a lack of understanding about energy issues among the American public, says Sheril Kirshenbaum, director of the UT Energy Poll.
McCombs School of Business researcher Doug Fearing helped develop a new way to evaluate pro golfer performance.
McCombs Professor Andrew Whinston has helped identify more than 20,000 companies that are broadcasting spam emails into inboxes around the globe.
Assistant Professor James Scott explores new ways to identify patterns and forecast outcomes in complex sets of variables.