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Fresh Pick of the Day, May 22, 2014: “Scaling the Sharing Economy, From New York to Topeka and Beyond – from Knowledge@Wharton”

From Knowledge@Wharton – “The shared economy, perhaps best known for crowd-powered marketplaces such as travel accommodation site Airbnb and transportation-focused Lyft, blossomed as the recession set in. At the same time, social platforms were establishing broad footholds. Collaborative consumption, made more feasible by evolving technology, offered consumers ways to personalize their experiences without having to own their own cars, vacation homes and items that may be out of reach financially. It also presented fresh streams of income for people with something to spare or share.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, May 21, 2014: “Taking decisions can be tough at the top – BBC News CEO Guru”

From BBC News “Nothing can prepare you for becoming a company chief executive, says the boss of US multi-national General Electric, Jeff Immelt. You might think that for those who have risen steadily through a company’s ranks, eventually reaching the top spot and becoming the boss might feel part of a natural progression. But Mr Immelt, who joined GE in 1982, says his 19 years’ experience counted for very little once he himself became chief executive in 2001. ‘I was brought up in the GE system and I went through a very public succession process – and really three days after I became CEO none of that mattered one bit,’ he says.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, May 19, 2014: “Does Breaking Bread Help Make a Negotiation a Success?” From Stanford Business Re:Think

From Stanford Business Re:Think: “People negotiating a deal commonly have a meal or two together. Sharing a meal seems a gesture of goodwill — after all, who’s going to fight in one sentence and then say, pass the sushi in the next? You might suppose, then, that negotiating while eating can only help bring good deals to fruition. Not so fast. While such thinking propels the lunchtime scenes everywhere from the Four Seasons in New York City to Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, new research from Stanford Graduate School of Business calls it into question. Professor Margaret Neale and doctoral student Peter Belmi find that sharing food does help create more valuable deals in competitive negotiations. But in situations that are cooperative, such as when the two parties are friends, meal sharing reduces the overall value of the deal.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, May 15, 2014: “Private Equity at a Crossroads” from Knowledge@Wharton

From Knowledge@Wharton – “weaker-than-expected economic growth may at least have the virtue of uncovering some diamonds in the rough. Uncertain growth is also causing investors to get choosier about their PE investments. Expect money to gravitate toward large firms with solid track records, and also towards niche firms that offer a unique approach. Firms in the middle could get squeezed.”

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Mango Fresh Pick of the Day, May 14, 2014: “The Business of Luxury” From Financial Times

From FT.com – “Bright spots are emerging as a result of macroeconomic and social change. The focus is swinging back to developed countries where half of luxury’s total global sales are made to consumers in their traditional markets”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, May 11, 2014: “Why Apple’s Tightwad Ways Won’t Change With Deal for Flashy Headphones”

From Businessweek- “Since the news broke that Apple might buy Beats Electronics, the prevailing question has been: Why would Apple spend big for this company? But it might also be worth turning the question around trying to decipher why Apple seems so much more hesitant than other tech giants—like Facebook and Google—to spend its vast cash hoard at all.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, May 10, 2014: “How P&G Moved Up the Brand Arc to Win a Gold Medal at Sochi”

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From Knowledge@Wharton: “Along with athletes, brand marketers also competed for attention at the recent winter Olympic Games in Sochi — and by many accounts, Procter & Gamble’s “Thank you, Mom” campaign came out on top. Eric Solomon, head of the strategy and insights for ZOO, the creative team at Google that works with firms to build their brands, explains how other companies can learn from the experience of P&G and other firms to build emotional connections with their customers.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, May 7, 2014:”What a Potato Chip Campaign Says about the New Role of CFOs”

From Knowledge @Wharton – “ these days, in a challenging global economy — where technology is constantly changing the rules of the game, and the populations of developing countries are rapidly becoming more urbanized — collaboration and cooperation of the finance and marketing sides are essential, said Laxman Narasimhan, CFO of PepsiCo Americas Foods.”

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