Research Spotlight

Predictive analytics increases performance at Foot Locker

January 2, 2016
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Predictive analytics increases performance at Foot Locker

The global athletic footwear market includes heavyweights such as Walmart, The Sports Authority, and The Finnish Line, according to Hoovers and Yahoo! Finance. With 14,567 employees in more than 3,400 store locations, the company is the current leader in its industry with total revenue of $7.32B .  Though compared to Walmart with $484.03B in revenue,…

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Big data, cancer and demographics

January 2, 2016
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Big data, cancer and demographics

Big data mining for business exploitation reaches into most aspects of our daily lives.  In California, the Los Angeles County Cancer Surveillance Program began in the late 1960s as a monitoring and logging registry of all cases of cancer in the region.  With more than 1.7 million bits of data that constantly is updating, this…

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Is research a short term game play now?

November 6, 2015
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Is research a short term game play now?

In a recent study of private research investments in cancer research, authors Budish, Roin and Williams posit that research investments are moving away from long-term projects due to factors directly related to characteristics of the Intellectual Property protection system in the US.  Of particular interest to the researchers is the length of time between initial…

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Biomedical Big-data management–business model concerns

November 6, 2015
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Biomedical Big-data management–business model concerns

One of the major concerns in biomedical big data management is that of the cost of management in an era of decreasing federal research funding.  Research generates large volumes of data that requires on-going maintenance, annotation, and storage.  With changes over time in how data is accessed and shared across disciplines, determining the sustainable value…

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Strategy guidelines for executives

October 5, 2015
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Strategy guidelines for executives

Copyrighted by Booz & Company, a member of the PwC network, The Executive Guide to Strategy is a compendium of articles, videos, and op-ed articles that address strategy crafting and implementation for business leaders. Authors include respected professionals from academia, consulting, and corporate business. While the approach to the content is practice-driven, the subjects covered…

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Dodd-Frank and executive compensation compliance

October 5, 2015
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Dodd-Frank and executive compensation compliance

  The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 requires the US Securities and Exchange Commission to develop rules governing specific aspects of the US financial system. Executive compensation is one of the areas that concerns many stakeholders and which is expected to be addressed in upcoming legislation.  Forward-thinking companies are addressing…

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Company internet strategies and their winning backstories

September 1, 2015
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Company internet strategies and their winning backstories

Every year in April-May, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences presents its Webby Awards for companies in the categories of websites, advertising & media, online film & video, mobile sites & apps, and social content/creativity/overall experience/engagement. The judges are over one thousand industry experts and technology innovators and the Webby Award is considered…

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Business leaders, data analytics, and organizational change

September 1, 2015
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Business leaders, data analytics, and organizational change

Changing organizations based solely upon intuition can get a leader into trouble.  In this recent Accenture study that looks at the past 15 years of data across 250 major organizational change programs (150 companies in 50 industries across 25 countries with over 850,000 employee inputs), two questions were addressed: (1) How can an organization tell…

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Franchising strategy

May 1, 2015
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Franchising strategy

Entrepreneur magazine’s 36th annual Franchise 500® reveals the strategy secrets of the top ten franchises.  Alignment of stakeholder expectations and company mission put Hampton Hotels in the first position.  The customer stakeholder desires good hospitality and Hampton infuses its culture with “Hamptonality.” Room conveniences like multiple electric outlets and clean beds, combined with friendly service,…

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Worker engagement, culture and managerial excellence–leadership matters

May 1, 2015
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Worker engagement, culture and managerial excellence–leadership matters

Managers who possess good strategic leadership skills do make a difference in the level of employee engagement and performance.  According to this recent update of the Gallup study of worker engagement throughout the world, 30% of US-based employees and 13% of worldwide employees were found to be engaged in their work. Finding managers with the…

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