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Slow Going
2 days ago

Slow Going

By  •  Business Trends

The best way to see the world is to not hurry past it.

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Running On Empty
3 months ago

Running On Empty

By  •  Energy Infrastructure

Harvey has disrupted energy infrastructure, and gas shortages — real and anticipated — are resulting in price spikes for gasoline. Prices at the pump tend to rise quickly but drop slowly. The good news is that the energy industry is resilient, and the disruption won’t last forever.

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Do The Right Thing
3 months ago

Do The Right Thing

By  •  Corporate Responsibility

A natural disaster can bring out the best and the worst in people — and in businesses. After Hurricane Harvey, some companies went to great lengths to help people in desperate circumstances, while others preyed on their desperation. Houstonians will not be quick to forget either response.

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Toy Box
5 months ago

Toy Box

By  •  Unplugging

Funplugit’s ultimate goal is to encourage people to explore unplugged fun with loved ones. No TVs. No cell phones. No gadgets. Just good old-fashioned quality time.

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Groceries A La Cart
5 months ago

Groceries A La Cart

By  •  Online Shopping

Food delivery services are flourishing, and some analysts believe the grocery industry could follow the retail industry’s lead to a model based increasingly on online ordering. But some Rice Business professors are urging us not to put the cart before the horse: major hurdles need to be overcome before that future is possible, they say.

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Artistic License
5 months ago

Artistic License

By  •  Nonprofit Management

Increasingly, leaders from the art and social service sectors are discovering the value of an MBA degree. They’ve found that skills like accounting, finance, marketing, strategy and operations are useful well beyond the corporate world — including for nonprofit founders and directors.

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Culture Clash
6 months ago

Culture Clash

By  •  Mergers and Acquisitions

We’ve seen a dramatic transformation in shopping and retail in the past couple of years — a whole host of bankruptcies, the closing of hundreds of stores and a large increase in the number of online transactions. One day we will reach the tipping point where the majority of shopping is done online.

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Star Search
6 months ago

Star Search

By  •  REPUTATION

Video: Does your company crave love and attention from customers? It may need to take a stand on the kind of social issues that, in the past, business wouldn’t touch. But customer love can be fleeting — and customer hostility lasts. Rice Business Professor Anastasiya Zavyalova explains the difference between “celebrity” and “infamy” in the world of commerce.

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Saving Face
7 months ago

Saving Face

By  •  Reputation

Rice Business professor Anastasiya Zavyalova shares three tips for CEOs facing a PR crisis.

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Flight School
7 months ago

Flight School

By  •  Reputation

What should United Airlines do? Focus on customer satisfaction, improve service quality, listen to customers for enhancing customer-focus, and invest in employees.

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Coming To A Neighborhood Near You
8 months ago

Coming To A Neighborhood Near You

By  •  The Gig Economy

Grit Grocery was born in the business school while Dustin Windham was an MBA for Professionals student. Grit is a neighborhood grocery on wheels that is changing the food landscape in Houston. Focused on local, natural and unprocessed goods, it sells in urban neighborhoods around the city and is committed to bringing the best of the farm back to the block.

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Talking Back
8 months ago

Talking Back

By  •  Public Relations

Communications Professor Rick Schell offers some guidance for public relations professionals navigating the Q and A minefield.

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The Unfriendly Skies
8 months ago

The Unfriendly Skies

By  •  Reputation

In a nation divided, Americans woke up Tuesday morning agreeing on one thing: United Airlines blew it. Or at least, after a physician/paying passenger was forcibly dragged off an oversold flight, leaving him bloodied and dazed, the United PR machine needs an overhaul.

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The Secret Life of Tea
9 months ago

The Secret Life of Tea

By  •  Networking

Increasing research now shows that employees’ personal networks – and the networks of their friends – are powerful boosts to innovation.

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Giant Steps
9 months ago

Giant Steps

By  •  Second Careers

“I spent my entire career in banking, but I was one of those people who just wasn’t passionate about my job. I realized that what I loved was elephants.”

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Extend Yourself
10 months ago

Extend Yourself

By  •  Communications

In the business world, too many people don’t understand what empathy really means and how big a factor it is in successful communication.

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Pathological Friendliness
10 months ago

Pathological Friendliness

By  •  Book Excerpt

Journalist Jennifer Latson spent three years following the life of a boy with a genetic disorder that makes him extremely gregarious and indiscriminately trusting.

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Shopping For Customers
10 months ago

Shopping For Customers

By  •  Retail

If department stores in the U.S. are to survive, they may have to somehow recapture a time when they were destinations in themselves. They may have to revive the art of customer service and figure out how to blend the convenience of technology with the real-life scent of perfume and the warmth of crowds.

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The Next Mission
11 months ago

The Next Mission

By  •  Veterans

Since 2011, a unique student club has worked to increase the numbers of veterans enrolled in Rice’s MBA programs — not only by fundraising for scholarships, but also by bringing in national leaders and literary lights to spotlight their efforts.

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In Advertising We Trust
11 months ago

In Advertising We Trust

By  •  Voter behavior

There’s a reason candidates spend so much money on TV commercials. Officials make policy, but voters make elected officials. The amount of candidate information voters get – accurate or not – helps predict if they will have the initiative to vote, the savvy to vote split ticket rather than party line, and the confidence to skip a vote on just one unfamiliar race rather than skipping out on voting altogether.

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Memoir
11 months ago

Memoir

By  •  Book Excerpt

Confronting a grave illness, management professor Tony Gorry journeys to his own past and discovers that memory—not the data on his computer screen—offers the most powerful lens for viewing the present.

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Noteworthy
11 months ago

Noteworthy

By  •  Impressions

A native of San Antonio, Chris Staffel (EMBA ’17) grew up thinking she wanted to be a professional singer. Now she’s building companies for natural gas pipeline infrastructure.

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Thinking On Their Feet
12 months ago

Thinking On Their Feet

By  •  Workplace Trends

Standing desks are populating offices everywhere, even at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. An informal poll of faculty at the business school revealed different reasons, from health to height to hoping for increased productivity.

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Life Of The Party
1 year ago

Life Of The Party

By  •  Cultural Literacy

Rubi Ibarra Garcia’s father made a video inviting people to her quinceanera. Since it’s been posted on YouTube, a fake Facebook page inviting people to the party has received more than 1.3 million RSVPs

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A Seat At The Table
1 year ago

A Seat At The Table

By  •  Business School Rankings

Rice Business was ranked No. 8 by Bloomberg Businessweek last month — a rare shakeup in a club whose members typically swap positions rather than give way to newcomers. But what does it mean? School rankings, sometimes based on tiny numerical ratings, are illusory in many ways. What’s real: the difference they can make in applications, donations, even their community.

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The Intersection of Art and Ideas
1 year ago

The Intersection of Art and Ideas

By  •  Conversations

Already named by Architectural Digest magazine as one of the best new university buildings in the world, the Moody Center for the Arts opened at the end of February to rave reviews as a vital addition to the campus and the City of Houston.

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Shining a Light
1 year ago

Shining a Light

By  •  Energy Policy

In the case of President-elect Trump, his “America First” position and goal of restoring well-paid jobs provide a basis to project his actions in a number of areas. This is not a data-driven approach but is more like the scenario planning that is used widely in the energy industry. What are some plausible energy policies in a Trump administration?

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Fixer Upper
1 year ago

Fixer Upper

By  •  Urban Renewal

What is Houston going to do with the Astrodome? We’ve got some ideas.

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Curiosity Shop
2 years ago

Curiosity Shop

By  •  Small Business

How can a small, cluttered, seemingly out-of-date business survive in a neighborhood rapidly transitioning from working- to middle- and upper-middle class? Rice sociologist Stephen Klineberg explains how the business reflects the essence of Houston entrepreneurship.

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Making Converts Of Consumers
2 years ago

Making Converts Of Consumers

By  •  Marketing

The same principals that have drawn people to organized religion can, and have, been used by marketers to draw people to their products.

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‘Buy American’: A Branding Toolkit
2 years ago

‘Buy American’: A Branding Toolkit

By  •  Marketing

Buying American is not just a matter of price and quality. Decades of research has identified four drivers of country-based branding: country branding, country animosity, consumer ethnocentrism and local identity.

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Branding
2 years ago

Branding

By  •  Book Excerpt

Bethany Andell ’01 and co-author Jackie Dryden show CEOs, consumers and the public at large why corporations need to unleash their inherent good—and how to do it.

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Fast Food
2 years ago

Fast Food

By  •  Consumer Behavior

Two Rice MBA alumni working in Amazon’s online groceries want to make your life easier.

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Turning Green
2 years ago

Turning Green

By  •  Urban Renewal

Urban renewal: How do you create more public parks? By bringing in private partners.

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Words to the Wise
2 years ago

Words to the Wise

By  •  Workplace Communication

Business Jargon: When used right, business language can cut through clutter and enhance understanding. When used wrong, it can create a fog that not even the smartest can navigate.

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Best Of Intentions
2 years ago

Best Of Intentions

By  •  Regulation

Congress acted under the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Dodd-Frank rule and Trump signed it into law last Tuesday. While this action was appropriate, it gives no cause for celebration, nor should it pause efforts to fight corruption.

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Whistle While You Work
2 years ago

Whistle While You Work

By  •  Workplace Psychology

A consortium of construction firms have teamed up to treat workers better.

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Money And Medicine
2 years ago

Money And Medicine

By  •  Health Care

At one time, doctors may have been able to let others worry about the business side of health care. But today keeping patients well may require mixing the skills of an MBA with those of an MD.

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