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Posts By Ashley Daniel

Perfect Harmony
1 week ago

Perfect Harmony

By  •  Supply And Demand

What’s the meaning of oil prices near $60 a barrel? It’s a sign of harmony – a moment when demand is growing, the global economy is strengthening and oil prices are about half of their 2014 peak. Rice Business Professor Bill Arnold explains the large and small global trends behind this equilibrium.

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Battle Cry
2 weeks ago

Battle Cry

By  •  Language Trends

Why is the word “embattled” popping up in headlines everywhere — and what’s the harm in using it so much? For one thing, militaristic hyperbole only adds fuel to our growing culture of division and intolerance, says Rice English Professor Terrence Doody. For another, it’s lazy writing.

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
1 month ago

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

By  •  After Harvey

We are all prone to biased thought patterns, even without the added stress of a disaster. So how do we overcome our emotional thinking and make the best decisions when it comes to renovating, rebuilding or selling a flood-damaged home? Rice Business professors James Weston and Erik Dane offer advice.

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The Price Is Right
1 month ago

The Price Is Right

By  •  Spending

Hold your head high when you buy that slice of avocado toast. It’s not wasted money if you are disciplined about your finances overall, says Rice Business Professor Utpal Dholakia. If you’re spending more than your income permits, buying without a budget, or overpaying for the product itself you need more discipline. If not, you’re fine.

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Give And Take
1 month ago

Give And Take

By  •  Giving

When natural disasters occur ordinary people around the world are anxious to help those affect. But whom should they trust with their money? Governments may be corrupt or simply inept and even the venerable Red Cross has squandered hundreds of millions in donations. Jasmina Kelemen explains how to help, with confidence.

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Stormnesia
1 month ago

Stormnesia

By  •  After Harvey

The highways are open, deadlines are met and Houston is mostly back to business.So why, weeks after Harvey receded, are even unscathed Houstonians still feeling foggy? Houston therapists and Rice Business Professor Otilia Obodaru explain how a city fends off collective stress.

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Fast Company
2 months ago

Fast Company

By  •  Entrepreneurship

See how Rice Business’ entrepreneurship program turns visionaries into top entrepreneurs with the help of expert faculty.

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Running Game
2 months ago

Running Game

By  •  Energy

Before recent technology advances, exploration was, in football terms, a passing game. Not every well — or pass — was successful, but when it was, the team advanced far down the field. Rice Business Professor Bill Arnold explains why the game has changed. 

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You’ve Got A Friend
2 months ago

You’ve Got A Friend

By  •  After Harvey

The test of a community’s strength is not the good news, the achievements, the growth. It’s how members help each other in a storm. Rice Business Dean Peter Rodriguez reflects on the lessons and surprises brought by Hurricane Harvey.

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Swept Away
2 months ago

Swept Away

By  •  After Harvey

Tiny Aransas Pass is rebuilding after Harvey. Can they find new, resourceful ways of healing their community? Rice Business Professor Scott Sonenshein comments on a town where many residents are starting over.

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Accidental Editor
2 months ago

Accidental Editor

By  •  Commentary

What happens when a veteran academic takes the wheel editing a scholarly journal? Rice Business Professor Wagner Kamakura tells about his reverence for expert reviewers, his worries about too much lab research, and why editing scholars is like being a traffic cop.

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Pumped Up
3 months ago

Pumped Up

By  •  Marketing

Whether 120 drivers will ever gas up at once is irrelevant — Buc-ee’s is investing in size for the sake of size. “It is clear that ‘big’ is their value proposition, and 120 fueling stations is a compelling way to convey it,” explains Rice Business Professor Utpal Dholakia.

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Survival Essentials
3 months ago

Survival Essentials

By  •  Crisis Resilience

For anyone rocked by Harvey’s life-upending losses: Houston’s refugees and their experiences can be a monumental resource.

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The Cure For The Common Cubicle
4 months ago

The Cure For The Common Cubicle

By  •  Workplace

What works best to spur employees’ best work? Researchers say the ideal office space includes a variety of open places to brainstorm and private spots to sit and think.

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Building By Numbers
4 months ago

Building By Numbers

By  •  Startups

What if you could hire someone to make your dream house affordable, well-designed, carefully built and surrounded by neighbors with the same standards? Rice Business alums have teamed up to launch a digital company that makes the dream a reality.

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Keep On Trucking
4 months ago

Keep On Trucking

By  •  Energy

Want to go green — but not electric? Increasingly fuel-efficient (and wildly popular) pickup trucks may reduce overall gas consumption more than improved electric and hybrid cars.

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Helping Hand
5 months ago

Helping Hand

By  •  Startups

One way to get a handle on your housework: hire a handler. A Rice Business alum has launched a concierge service that helps with the errands and chores that can slip through the cracks.

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Hoop Dreams
5 months ago

Hoop Dreams

By  •  Professional Sports

Do you ever dream of owning a sports team? There’s more to it than owning a private company. When a city’s home team changes hands, fans can take it very personally. A Rice expert explains why selling a team can break hearts across a whole city.

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