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When in Rome…

After an unexpected plane ticket issue in Chicago and an extra 24 hours in Montreal, I am happy to report that I made it to the eternal city – and boy, these first few days have been exciting. Orientation has been filled with meeting new people from many Jesuit institutions, numerous trips to the city [...]

Apple iPhone 6 Screen Glitch Leaves Supply Chain Scrambling

Suppliers to Apple are scrambling to get enough iPhone 6 screens ready as the need to redesign a key component disrupted the panel productions mid last week. The issue highlights the risks and challenges that suppliers face to meet Apple’s tough specifications.  It is yet unclear whether the hiccup could delay the launch or limit [...]

Women’s Status and the Effects on Global Economies: Identifying the Fault in Gender Discrimination

Emily Erdman, a junior student at Quinlan School of Business joins our blog as a guest author. Her blog will focus on gender discrimination and its effect on Enterprise Risk Management. Please join us with your comments.


Along with many other social movements, the Women’s Rights Movement has gained tremendous power over the past century. Women’s [...]

Family Unity: A Family Business Core Strength

In a family business, family unity is critical to grow and maintain wealth across generations. While this might sound obvious, many families lack strong family unity, leaving the business vulnerable and jeopardizing its chances for long term success.

Keep in mind that families typically grow at a much faster rate than businesses. Unless there’s significant growth [...]

Lessons Being Learned By An Aging Boomer Generation: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The post war “Baby Boomers” are about 72 million strong. They are children of the “Greatest Generation”, the generation who survived the Depression and saved the world during WWII. Boomers are, as a group: the best educated, the most prosperous; the healthiest; most mortgaged (homes, cars, credit cards); most addicted (drugs, alcohol, shopping); most divorced; [...]

Natural Gas Fueling – The Silent Transportation Revolution

A second revolution has been quietly gaining traction in the U.S. transportation sector.  Over the last five years, more than $450 million of private sector capital has been invested in natural gas fueling infrastructure.  In fact, a technological breakthrough has enabled the development of both fuel storage enhancements and lighter stronger tanks that promise to increase [...]

9 days to go

As I begin to say “farewell” to friends before I head to the John Felice Rome Center, I was asked about why I decided to study abroad as well as any apprehensions I may have. I thought I would share my answer with all of you.

There isn’t a single event that triggered me to study [...]

Two-thirds of Boeing’s $6 Billion Cost Cutting Will Come from Its Supply Chain

The head of Boeing’s Defense, Chris Chadwick, spoke on Monday that nearly two-thirds of its $6 Billion in cost cutting will come from savings found in its network of suppliers.

“There continues to be tremendous opportunity in the supply chain for efficiency, cost reduction” said Chadwick.  Boeing has already cut $4 Billion and plan to cut [...]

Real-Time Retailing

According to a survey by BRP, the top priority for retailers is “to enable a seamless customer experience online and in the store.”

BRP defines this “unified commerce” initiative as the evolution of both multi-channel and omni-channel retailing to provide seamless shopping experience for customers anywhere.  The survey offers insights into retailers’ current capabilities, planned initiatives, [...]

How to be a Change Agent

How to be a Change Agent

What are the characteristics of a change agent? I wanted to be a change agent my entire life. I wanted to make a positive impact wherever I worked and to give back to society. I wanted to make a difference. I didn’t know where to begin. Our Business Career Services (BCS) team spent a day [...]