Monthly Archives: October 2012

Innovative Way to Encourage Innovation Among Students

From Wired Campus (The Chronicle of Higher Education), “Start-Up Lets Graduates Raise Money in Exchange for a Share of Future Earnings.“

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The college-cost calamity: Many American universities are in financial trouble

It is old news that college costs have far out-paced wages over the past generation.  The real question that universities will ultimately have to face, just like any other business, is what is the value add?  How are the charges … Continue reading

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Expanding our Minds: Collaboration

I benefit from collaboration every day.  But collaboration and interdisciplinarity is structurally challenging, especially in Higher Ed where well-defined fields and siloed thinking are the norm and expected to be maintained if one seeks to advance in a career.  Crossing … Continue reading

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“Values are as Real as Grain Prices”

“Values are as Real as Grain Prices.” An excellent one page article/interview by Carlos Eire, Yale Professor of History and Religious Studies.  In Yale University Divinity School publication Reflections. Great quotes: “Beliefs and values actually do define societies, cultures, and … Continue reading

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Accountability and Greed in Investment Banking.

“The failure of socialist regimes: one important explanation is that the underlying informal norms of what people do with their work lives were never integrated with the planned economies in an effective way.” Yale Lecture 12 on Capitalism, Accountability and … Continue reading

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Institutions and Incentives in Mortgages and Mortgage-Backed Securities.

Yale Lecture 11 on Capitalism: Institutions and Incentives in Mortgages and Mortgage-Backed Securities.  Interesting question: is there a correlation, or even a causation, between the explosive growth of skyscrapers in New York City and easily accessible funding?  The answer to … Continue reading

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Managing the Crooked Enron

“Capitalism creates value by a series of informed voluntary exchanges.”  Being informed continues to be a persistent challenge.  Guest Lecture by Jim Alexander: Managing the Crooked E.  “E” stand for Enron.

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