The W: A Weekly Reading List

In this week’s edition…confronting the new backlash against “women’s only”…India slowly takes on smart cities…WeChat’s endless functionality has its downsides…AI behavior should be an academic discipline…monster manifestations…obituary writing – the best beat in journalism…and more.     Business & Economics Rethinking Sustainability in Light of the EU’s New Circular Economy Policy Yet many companies face

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Corporations Must Take a New Look at Data Privacy

Over the course of the past month or so, I have been interviewing World 50 members and expert advisors on the changing nature of the data privacy issue. After many hours of discussion with people who spend their professional lives thinking and working in this space, I have come to a few critical conclusions about

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Recent read: “Colleges Are No Match for American Poverty”

A fascinating read on Amarillo College in Texas by Marcella Bombardier on Atlantic.com. Some highlights:   The school of 10,000 students has an emergency fund that can cut a check within hours to cover the car-repair or water bill that could push a student to drop a class—or quit school for good. The school employs

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Recent Read: “The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy” by Matthew Stewart

Ask yourself a simple question: what’s a bigger problem in this country (and probably a few others): the 0.01% wealthiest sector or the 9.9% just below it? It’s an interesting question, and one that has not been debated very much until an article in the latest issue of the Atlantic written by Matthew Stewart. His

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Recent Read: “The Cost of Political Connections”

I recently came across an interesting paper in the Review of Finance by Marianne Bertrand, Francis Kramarz, Antoinette Schoar and David Thesmar that explores the connections between CEOs and politicians in France. Though the analysis is about just one country, the paper raises bigger questions about CEOs and politicians anywhere.  Some highlights:   While previous research has focused on the advantages

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Recent Read: “A More Beautiful Question” by Warren Berger

In the world of business, as in many others, answers (and answerers) get all the glory. We like answers: they give direction, settle arguments, erase doubts, and do many other useful things. Questions, especially in business, are not so popular. Strong questions can confuse direction, start arguments, give birth to doubts, and generally annoy (managers

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LSE: Rising US income inequality: the disproportionate gains of the highest earners

A recent London School of Economics blog post by Kevin J. Lansing and Agnieszka Markiewicz continues to detail how rising income inequality in the U.S. continues to change the economic composition of the country. Some highlights:   The increase in U.S. income inequality since 1970 largely reflects gains made by households in the top 20 per

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Bain Has Seen the Future of Labor and It’s Not Pretty

As we look around our world today, it’s easy to see many forces changing our economic and social models. We all know technology, income inequality and shifting political movements will create a world different from the one we have lived in for the past few decades. Analyzing each of these issues is difficult enough. Trying

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