Market Manipulations: History that Doesn’t Put You to Sleep
Business Ethics / Campus News

Market Manipulations: History that Doesn’t Put You to Sleep

How does one construct a monopoly? A good place to begin searching would be to consider past examples. Carnegie or Rockefeller would be a start; both managed costs closely and used a variety of unscrupulous means to destroy competition. Was there any other another potential path to building large companies in the Gilded Age of … Continue reading

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

The Fiduciary Rule is Necessary to Protect Consumers from Advisor Conflicts of Interest
Business Ethics / Economics / Finance

The Fiduciary Rule is Necessary to Protect Consumers from Advisor Conflicts of Interest

On February 3rd of this year, President Trump ordered the Department of Labor to delay and review the Fiduciary Rule. The regulation, enacted by President Obama last year, was set to go into effect on April 10, 2017, but now faces delay for six months. This delay is being widely interpreted as an attempt by … Continue reading

Should Businesses Meddle With Politics?
Business Ethics / Marketing / Public Relations

Should Businesses Meddle With Politics?

We all know the old adage, “Don’t talk politics or religion in public.” Why? Comments made in these conversations usually result in heated arguments, hurt feelings, or in this case, a change in your business’ image – either for better or worse. In 2012, Chick-fil-A CEO and devout evangelical Christian, Dan Cathy, made headlines when … Continue reading

From Uber to Sears: The Business Cycle from the Perspective of an Investor
Business Ethics / Economics / Finance

From Uber to Sears: The Business Cycle from the Perspective of an Investor

Disclaimer: Stock prices are updated as of 10/3/16. The opinions stated in this article do not reflect the opinions of the Pitt Business Review and should not be taken as investment advice by a registered professional. When you wake up every morning and go out into the world, you often don’t think of the companies … Continue reading

Facebook’s Newest Problems: Advertising and Fake News
Advertising / Business Ethics / Marketing / Technology

Facebook’s Newest Problems: Advertising and Fake News

You may not have heard of Facebook’s recent advertising blunders, and this is probably because of the nonstop Election 2016 coverage. Since Facebook’s creation in 2004 and rapid growth afterwards, Facebook has rarely encountered major setbacks. In fact, the only significant setback in the social media giant’s history was the doubt it faced in the … Continue reading