Fresh Pick of the Day, July 8, 2014: “Christopher Nassetta – The man who turned around Hilton”

From Washington Post – “Blackstone’s purchase of Hilton is a defining moment of the private equity era. The story of the purchase and the years that followed is a Wall Street opera involving high stakes finance, layoffs, accusations of corporate spying and the resurrection of an iconic American brand.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, July 7, 2014: “Private Equity in Emerging Markets Is Being Rebalanced”

From Knowledge@Wharton – the emerging market share of total global private equity (PE) funds raised dropped from about 20% of the total in 2012 to 12% in 2013. Many analysts say this likely reflects a bit of slowing in economic growth in those markets overall, despite some countries that are bucking that trend individually

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Fresh Pick of the Day, July 4, 2014: FT Special Report on Modern Energy

From FT.com – A look inside the world of modern energy – a sector being driven by new technology and environmental concerns to rethink its business models

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Fresh Pick of the Day, July 3, 2014: Why Fostering a Culture of ‘Companionate Love’ in the Workplace Matters

From Knowledge@Wharton – “To demonstrate the value of companionate love in the workplace, Barsade and co-author Olivia “Mandy” O’Neill, assistant professor of management at George Mason University, performed a 16-month longitudinal study at a long-term health care facility involving 185 employees, 108 patients and 42 of those patients’ family members. Barsade and O’Neill set out to measure the effect of companionate love on emotional and behavioral outcomes of employees, as well as on health outcomes of patients and the satisfaction of those patients’ family members. The results of their study are included in a paper titled, “What’s Love Got to Do with It? A Longitudinal Study of the Culture of Companionate Love and Employee and Client Outcomes in the Long-Term Care Setting,” which will be published in an upcoming issue of Administrative Science Quarterly.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, July 2, 2014: “Capital Business Business Rx – Go East, entrepreneurs”

From Washington Post – “As we see in the news each day, China’s winds of change blow in both directions. Although the path forward is not clear, it is there. There is a window of opportunity for entrepreneurs willing to invest the time to understand the culture, business practices, and customer demands. Even if you don’t book a ticket, think of a way to connect with China in some way beyond your local restaurant.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, July 1, 2014: “The Value of Authenticity from Stanford University”

From Stanford University’s Glenn Carroll – “Researchers find that when consumers assess products, they really want the real thing. One of the biggest trends driving consumer consumption during the past decade is the demand for “real,” or authentic, items. Farmers markets, microbreweries, and all kinds of artisanal crafts, to name a few examples, have jumped in popularity”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, June 30, 2014: “Demography, growth and inequality – Age invaders”

From the Economist Magazine – A generation of old people is about to change the global economy. They will not all do so in the same way

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Fresh Pick of the Day, June 27, 2014: Rising Oil Prices Loom Over World Economic Recovery

From Bloomberg Businessweek – “The global economy faces a new threat from an old enemy: oil. A spike in the price of crude foreshadowed economic slumps in each of the last four decades. So economists are worrying because the price of Brent crude, considered the benchmark for the industry, recently reached its highest point in nine months—above $115 a barrel. The jump in price came amid fresh violence in Iraq, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ second-biggest producer after Saudi Arabia. Brent started the year about $6 cheaper.”

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