2012 Volume 15 Issue 2

VIDEO – Wall of Worry: Elections and the Markets

VIDEO – Wall of Worry: Elections and the Markets

2012 is shaping up to be the year of global political change with important changes in the government in Russia, France, Italy, and of course the upcoming presidential election here in the United States.  How will financial markets be influenced by such political turmoil and how can investors prepare?

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The Four-Year U.S. Presidential Cycle and the Stock Market

The Four-Year U.S. Presidential Cycle and the Stock Market

Since 2004, the stock market environment has changed in ways that make it more important than ever to understand the relationship between politics and stock market behavior. Unlike the 2004 article that did not address the above in detail, this article will attempt to do so.

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CEO Performance of 125 of Northern California’s Largest Companies

CEO Performance of 125 of Northern California’s Largest Companies

A CEO’s primary duty is to allocate capital to its highest and best use, this report ranks CEO performance of 125 of Northern California’s largest companies according to their ability to earn returns above their investors’ required return.

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FOR SALE BY OWNER for Less than It Is Worth

FOR SALE BY OWNER for Less than It Is Worth

What accounts for owners selling items for more or less than they are worth? Do sellers and buyers see the value of an item in the same way? Can a third-party agent impact the selling price of an item to net the seller a higher profit? This article offers some surprising answers.

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Beyond the Numbers

Beyond the Numbers

An implicit challenge is to coordinate the efforts of groups with different interests to realize expected gains. This means that acquisitions quickly go from numbers to considering the impacts on people, as achieving synergy requires clear communication of the implications of an acquisition to those impacted.

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Making Decisions with Multiple Attributes: A Case in Sustainability Planning

Making Decisions with Multiple Attributes: A Case in Sustainability Planning

Decisions involving issues of sustainability tend to include an array of objective attributes along with highly subjective value judgments. Managers must find a way to factor qualitative attributes such as environmental, social, and ethical impact into the decision-making process.

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The Ethics of Ethics Programs

The Ethics of Ethics Programs

Ethics programs are most effective when they flow out of a culture that values practicing business legally and ethically. However, there are a number of ethical issues which are themselves raised by ethics programs that demand more visibility and thought if these programs are to be ultimately effective.

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Transorganizations: Managing in a Complex and Uncertain World

Transorganizations: Managing in a Complex and Uncertain World

Management in a connected, interdependent, and information intensive world requires new thinking and innovative approaches. The increasing interdependence and complexity of organizations and institutions call for transorganizational thinking.

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The Global Economy is Open for Business

The Global Economy is Open for Business

It is easy for practitioners to believe that the global economy is collapsing when, in fact, it is open for business. As shown in this article the future of the global economy is positive and opportunities for practitioners are available.

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VIDEO: Leadership, Innovation and Disruption

VIDEO: Leadership, Innovation and Disruption

Professor Charla Griffy-Brown interviews Ed White, Owner, de Novo Consulting, about leadership and innovation in today’s environment. De Novo Consulting specializes in strategic planning, facilitation, and leadership coaching.

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UPDATE: Benefits of International Portfolio Diversification

UPDATE: Benefits of International Portfolio Diversification

If equity markets are in fact integrated, an unexpected event in one market may influence not only returns, but also volatility (measured by standard deviation) in the other markets.

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Editorial: The World of Graduate Management Education Turned Up Side Down

Editorial: The World of Graduate Management Education Turned Up Side Down

Globalization is bringing about a radical rethink regarding the content and delivery of graduate management education.

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The Book Corner

The Book Corner

The Book Corner offers reviews by Graziadio School faculty for a variety of books on business topics.

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Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

This is the largest issue of the GBR we have produced. I believe you will find it both informative and interesting. We’ve included 6 articles, 2 videos, one special report, an update on a highly read article, and an editorial on the business of education, along with our faculty book reviews.

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