Opinions: Texas Perspectives

Alibaba IPO Was Test of Whether U.S. Investors Will Take a Chance on the 'New' China

Sept. 26, 2014
Alibaba IPO Was Test of Whether U.S. Investors Will Take a Chance on the 'New' China

About 10 years ago, I led a two-week China business observation tour of McCombs Business School MBA candidates. One of our first stops was at the headquarters of Jack Ma's Alibaba in Hangzhou, China.

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Looking for a Job? Having Too Many Contacts on LinkedIn May Backfire

Sept. 23, 2014
Looking for a Job? Having Too Many Contacts on LinkedIn May Backfire

What should you do when you get an invitation to connect with someone on LinkedIn who you've never met? I say ignore it. It may seem counterintuitive, but that's the take-home message from our ongoing research at The University of Texas at Austin and Carnegie Mellon University.

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Spanking, Whooping, Beating It's All Hitting

Sept. 22, 2014
Spanking, Whooping, Beating  It's All Hitting

There is now a national conversation about the difference between spanking and physical abuse. Many Americans are uncomfortable about physical punishment that injures children, but still favor milder forms such as spanking.

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Black Women are Already Dead in America

Sept. 19, 2014
Black Women are Already Dead in America

A mix of outrage, horror and despair probably best describes many people's responses to the recent coverage of and reactions to the violent assault of black women. It raises questions about how race may have factored in.

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Want Job Security? Jobs of Tomorrow will be in Service, Applying Manufacturing Technologies

Sept. 16, 2014
Want Job Security? Jobs of Tomorrow will be in Service, Applying Manufacturing Technologies

The world of work continues to change in the United States as brains replace muscle. Nearly 200 years ago, half of all workers were engaged in agriculture jobs; yet today those workers are more productive with less than 5 percent of the jobs.

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