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In-laws in the Family Business: Using an Accountability Matrix to Integrate In-laws into the Business

In-laws can provide more benefits to the family business than one may think. In our previous blog post about in-laws, we discussed how to improve relations between in-laws and family members. In this post, I’m going to get specific and talk about how to use an accountability matrix as a tool to analyze an in-law’s […]

Meeting the Minister

In 2011 while preparing to deliver a TEDx talk in Athens, I recall thinking I had taken on a Herculean task in addressing the topic of hope in the most hopeless country in Europe. Until I saw the title of the speaker directly before me. Yianis Varoufakis delivered an address entitled “A Modest Proposal for […]

Global Warming Disrupting Supply Chains

Global Warming Disrupting Supply Chains

While 2014 in Chicago was considered the year of the polar vortex and Chiberia, on average, for the rest of the world, it was the hottest year on record since 1880. Average temperatures were up by 1.4°F or 0.8°C in 2014, setting heat waves throughout many parts of Europe, Northern Africa, and parts of South […]

Edelman’s Trust Barometer for 2015

Edelman, the public relations firm, produces an annual Trust Barometer. The 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer is the 15th in the series. For this one they surveyed 33,000 people (27,000 general public and 6,000 informed public) in 27 countries. The issue is trust – the public’s trust in the institutions of government, media, business, and NGOs. […]

Day 8: The Last Night

I can’t believe this trip is coming to an end, it feels like it was just yesterday that we arrived at Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. However, I couldn’t ask for a better ending to this trip which started off with a day at the Pattaya beach. It was nice to wind down after a long […]

Talent: Identifying the Risk in Not Investing in Women

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.


Talent search plays a crucial role in business. Finding qualified talent to fill necessary positions in companies and corporations […]

Day 7: When in Bangkok

As we arrived at Seim Reap International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand I didn’t feel like I was in a developing country anymore. Everything seemed very advanced in comparison to Cambodia and even Vietnam. Technology was more advanced, there were more English speakers, a lot more foreigners living in the city and even the marketing was different.

I […]

U.S.’s 2015 Infrastructure Plans

U.S.’s 2015 Infrastructure Plans

Above is an information graph of “Forks in the Road,” regarding to the United States’s deteriorating infrastructure. In which chase the phrase, Forks in the Road” is a quite literal expression.

Anthony Foxx, the U.S. Transportation Secretary reports that it will cost much more in the future if the issues are not addressed today. Foxx believes […]

Day 6: Cambodia, it has Been an Honor.

A few more hours left in Seim Reap before we are off to Bangkok, Thailand for our stop. To end our visit in Cambodia, we visited an organization called EGBOK Mission, which was a very inspiring story. Ben Justus, the founder of the NGO was fascinated by Cambodia and its history and visited for a […]

Many Shoulders, one city: Let’s change Chicago’s brand

      Gini in a Bottle

Many Shoulders, one city: Let’s change Chicago’s brand

Al Gini

This essay first appears in Crain’s Chicago  in the last week of December 2014.


As chair of a department of management, I am convinced that the business of business is to […]