Found 16 article(s) for author 'Nancy Koehn'

Slowing Tech Represents A ‘Real Reckoning’

Slowing Tech Represents A ‘Real Reckoning. Nancy Koehn, October 10, 2019, Audio, “Nancy Koehn, historian at the Harvard Business School, stopped by Boston Public Radio on Thursday to discuss the slowing growth of Silicon Valley tech companies, and the shifting interests toward profit and away from big spending.“This represents a real reckoning,” Koehn said of the dwindling growth for companies like Uber and Lyft. “The 32 tech companies that went public this year thus far … have only appreciated … on average, about 5%.”Link

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Can Capitalism Be Made Better By Corporate Social Responsibility?

Can Capitalism Be Made Better By Corporate Social Responsibility? Nancy Koehn, August 23, 2019, Audio, “This week, nearly 200 CEOs pledged to discard a foundational tenet of business: that corporations exist only to serve their shareholders.  Chief executives from the Business Roundtable — including leaders of Apple, JP Morgan Chase, and Amazon, argued this week that the purpose of a corporation is to promote “an economy that serves all Americans.” Nancy Koehn, historian at Harvard Business School, said this declaration is a direct response to the public’s growing voice in holding corporations accountable.Link

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Harriett Tubman On The $20 Bill

Harriett Tubman On The $20 Bill. Nancy Koehn, June 6, 2019, Audio, “On May 22. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that the $20 bill redesign set to replace President Andrew Jackson with Harriett Tubman would not be pursued during the Trump administration. Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn joined Boston Public Radio on Thursday to discuss why the change, initiated by the Obama administration, was delayed.Link

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The Case For Breaking Up Big Tech

The Case For Breaking Up Big Tech. Nancy Koehn, May 15, 2015, Audio, “Calls to break up big tech companies like Facebook and Amazon are getting louder. After Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for Facebook, Google and Amazon to be designated as “platform utilities” and broken apart from their own services that compete on those platforms in March, other Democratic candidates for president have ratcheted up their own rhetoric on the issue. Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes himself has called the social network a monopoly that should be forced to shed Instagram and Whatsapp, two major recent acquisitions. Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn joined the conversation on Boston Public Radio Wednesday, delving into the history of antitrust law in America, and ultimately agreeing with those calling for breaking up big tech.Link

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The Shutdown Could Disrupt The U.S. Economy In A Big Way

The Shutdown Could Disrupt The U.S. Economy In A Big Way. Nancy Koehn, January 8, 2019, Audio, “Will the government shutdown have a long-term impact on the U.S. economy? Nancy Koehn, professor at the Harvard Business School, said that the shutdown could disrupt the economy on both a micro and macro level. “What’s interesting to me as someone who has done a lot of economic work is how we’re beginning to see the cascading consequences,” she said on Boston Public Radio Tuesday. There are individual pains — like farmers not being able to get loans or aid to help cope with the U.S.-China trade war.Link

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Why Do Americans Prefer Workplace Equality Over Equality At Home?

Why Do Americans Prefer Workplace Equality Over Equality At Home? Nancy Koehn, December 12, 2018, Audio, “A new study set to be published in the journal Gender and Society found that there is a gap in Americans’ ideology around gender roles at the workplace and at home. About a quarter of the people surveyed from 1977 to 2016 believe that while women should have the same opportunities in the workplace, they should still be doing the majority of the home and child care, according to a New York Times article about the study.Link

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Amazon Is Raising Its Minimum Wage. Here’s Why Some Employees Aren’t Cheering

Amazon Is Raising Its Minimum Wage. Here’s Why Some Employees Aren’t Cheering. Nancy Koehn, October 11, 2018, Audio, “Last week, Amazon announced that it would be raising the minimum wage for all its employees to $15 an hour. However, employees quickly learned that when Amazon giveth, Amazon taketh away — because, at the same time, the company said it would also be getting rid of monthly bonuses and some stock benefits. Amazon has since walked back the move, assuring employees in a letter addressed to Sen. Bernie Sanders that no employee would see their compensation go down as a result of the changes. But some are still skeptical. Nancy Koehn, historian at the Harvard Business School, says the move could demoralize the corporate giant’s workforce.Link

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Why Is The Number Of Female CEOs Declining?

Why Is The Number Of Female CEOs Declining? Nancy Koehn, October 3, 2018, Audio, “Earlier this week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law making his state the first in the nation to require the boards of publicly traded companies to include women. The moves comes as, nationwide, the number of women in top corporate leadership positions is on the decline. The number of female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies declined by 25 percent this year.Link

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How Close Are We To Another Financial Collapse?

How Close Are We To Another Financial Collapse? Nancy Koehn, September 19, 2018, Audio, “This month marks the 10 year anniversary of our financial system buckling under the weight of big lending. The crash set off the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, with millions of Americans losing their homes, jobs and savings. While the debate is still going on as to whether policymakers did enough to prevent this meltdown from being even worse, are our policy makers doing enough right now to keep another crisis from happening?Link

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Smaller Grocery Stores Might Be Making A Comeback

Smaller Grocery Stores Might Be Making A Comeback. Nancy Koehn, August 2, 2018, Audio, “Despite Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods, not all grocery chains are going bigger. In fact, new players in the industry are going small. Harvard historian Nancy Koehn joined Boston Public Radio today to talk about how the decline of traditional groceries stores has led to a rise in a atypical models.Link

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