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From MBA rankings to MBA online advice, we provide a range of articles geared towards giving current, prospective or graduate students an insight into the world of Masters of Business Administration study. Topics include the evolving demographics of MBA students, top ranking MBA institutions, the increasing popularity of online MBA, course innovation and how to maximise your studies for personal and career progression. 

One belt one road: The transaction cost approach
May 24, 2017
Since the 'One Belt One Road' (OBOR) initiative was introduced in 2013 by the Chinese government, it has attracted lots of global and media interests. Although there are many OBOR-related articles being published, many discussions are focused on these questions: What is OBOR? How will OBOR reshape...
How contract labor is boosting Indian manufacturing
May 22, 2017
Investors have been wary of India’s restrictive labor laws, which grant a number of protections to workers when businesses close operations. High costs associated with the country’s Industrial Disputes Act (IDA) of 1947 have caused economists and financial-media pundits to argue that India’s labor...
How the financial reporting environment affects crash risk
May 17, 2017
One of the greatest fears of investing in a company is that its stock prices may “crash” – in other words, the investment will suffer extreme negative stock returns. An important determinant of crash risk is the financial reporting environment in which a firm operates. This changed significantly in...
Should regulators stop pushing banks to diversify their lending?
May 15, 2017
Regulators push banks to diversify their holdings, but they might want to reconsider, according to Chicago Booth’s Philip G. Berger and Michael Minnis and MIT’s Andrew Sutherland. The researchers find that a bank with lending concentration is able to develop valuable expertise that actually makes...
How fast does the economy recover from a recession?
May 8, 2017
When an economic boom ends with a recession—as it did when the real-estate bubble popped—business leaders and policy makers would like to know how long it will take for the economy to recover. The trajectory of the recovery depends on the length of the preceding economic boom, according to research...
The Economic Benefits of Women on IPO Firm Boards
May 5, 2017
The gender composition of corporate boards is currently a hotly-debated topic, with regulators, lobby groups and social commentators all active in the push for greater female board representation. The literature suggests that female empowerment offers potential corporate advantage, due to the...
An argument for less transparency in banking
May 1, 2017
Since the 2007–10 financial crisis, advocates of financial reform have often pushed transparency as a cure for the sector’s ills. But could greater transparency in fact force regulators to intervene unnecessarily in healthy banks? One critical tool for bank regulators is the loan loss provision, a...