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Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
4 weeks 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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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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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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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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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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Coming To A Neighborhood Near You
7 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
7 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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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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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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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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Meetings Of The Bored
12 months ago

Meetings Of The Bored

By  •  Workplace Creativity

Rice Business professors Tony Gorry and Robert A. Westbrook consider boredom. They conclude that we are paying too much to quell our fear of boredom, too readily yielding our refuges to the rush of the now. We should protect segments of time, the argue, putting smartphones and tablets aside, leaving our desktop computers. Just sitting, walking, gardening, talking with friends: these are but a few ways to enter our own personal wilderness.

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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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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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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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Truck Dance
1 year ago

Truck Dance

By  •  Small Business

Food truck operators share a strong social or collective identity that belies traditional notions of competition and the many competitive pressures of food truck life. That sense of identity leads to lots of cooperation, banding trucks together to survive and make the market stronger and more welcoming. By forming a collective identity, you view the success of the group as your own success.

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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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Slow Going
2 years ago

Slow Going

By  •  Business Trends

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

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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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