Pittsburghers Gentrifying and Promoting Pittsburgh?  What This Means for Everyone Involved.
Business Ethics / Corporate Social Responsibility

Pittsburghers Gentrifying and Promoting Pittsburgh? What This Means for Everyone Involved.

Nearly everyone knows that Pittsburgh has been undergoing a transformation for some time.  From the last steel mill closing in Southside in 1997 to companies like Uber, Apple, Disney and now Ford moving into the city (the latter making a $1 billion investment in Pittsburgh-based autonomous-vehicle research firm Argo AI[1]), Pittsburgh has certainly been reinventing … Continue reading

From Temper Tantrum to Tempered Tariffs, the Problem with Tariffs in a Globalized Economy
Economics / International Business

From Temper Tantrum to Tempered Tariffs, the Problem with Tariffs in a Globalized Economy

Last week, the World Economic Forum met once again in Davos, Switzerland to discuss, among many topics, the continuation of globalization in the world economy.[1]  Of course, the topic is in stark opposition to a variety of events that occurred last year: the rise of populism in Western European countries, the referendum concerning the United … Continue reading

The Marriott-Starwood Merger: Big News for the Biggest Hotel Chain in the World
Hospitality Management / Organizational Strategy

The Marriott-Starwood Merger: Big News for the Biggest Hotel Chain in the World

When Marriott International announced their $13.3 billion bid to acquire Starwood Hotels and Resorts back in late 2015, I was stunned. For a company as mature as Marriott’s to seriously consider spending billions of dollars to acquire a hotel chain with failing brands like the Sheraton, especially at a time when industry disrupters like Airbnb … Continue reading

Hanjin Shipping and the Future of Shipping in Logistics
Economics / International Business / Operations / Supply Chain

Hanjin Shipping and the Future of Shipping in Logistics

Hanjin Shipping, a large South Korean logistics and transportation company, filed for bankruptcy protection on August 31st, bringing the seventh largest international shipper to its knees. The reasons for such a large bankruptcy (also known as receivership filing) are complicated and many, ranging from $5.1 billion in total unpaid debt to a general decline in … Continue reading

We Experienced the Brexit, but What About the ReBrentrence?
Economics / Finance / International Business

We Experienced the Brexit, but What About the ReBrentrence?

The United Kingdom’s (UK) referendum on whether or not to leave the European Union (henceforth called Brexit), sent the world into a “bit of a tizzy” when the vote came down on Thursday, June twenty-third. Stock markets plunged, the Pound Sterling (the British currency) hit a 30-year low, and the UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, … Continue reading

Chinese Gross Domestic Product: Interpreting Present Data into Future Outlooks
Economics / Finance / International Business

Chinese Gross Domestic Product: Interpreting Present Data into Future Outlooks

Around 6 months ago, I wrote an article which mentioned China’s somewhat lagging economy, and I made the claim, as many economists have, that China is transitioning to a new normal with regard to economic activity.  However strong the Chinese economy might appear to be, its debt fueled growth cannot be sustained and as such … Continue reading