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Harlan Platt

Professor of Finance



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3Qs: Taking stock of Walmart

The New York Times recently pub­lished an in-​​​​depth report alleging that top offi­cials at Walmart’s head­quar­ters in Ben­tonville, Ark., quashed an internal inves­ti­ga­tion into a sus­pected $24 mil­lion bribery scandal […]

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Faculty Reads, Volume 10

In the 10th edi­tion of recent fac­ulty books, we high­light works about the unin­tended con­se­quences of our decision-​​making, a fic­tion piece about a grad student’s near death expe­ri­ence and a multi-​​disciplinary his­tory of planet Earth.

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Taking stock in experiential learning

Grad­uate stu­dents in the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion learn how to ana­lyze the stock market and exe­cute sound invest­ment strate­gies through man­aging a portfolio.

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Faculty Reads, Volume Six

In the sixth edi­tion of recent fac­ulty books, we high­light works about the Amer­ican Rev­o­lu­tion, the com­plexity of human-​​animal rela­tion­ships, and the impor­tance of cash flow to cor­po­rate decision-​​making.

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3Qs: You’ve got mail (for now)

As Amer­i­cans’ daily cor­re­spon­dence con­tinues shifting from mail­boxes to inboxes, the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) finan­cial woes have grown more severe. The agency may report a loss as high as $10 bil­lion this fiscal year, and Post­master Gen­eral Patrick R. Don­ahoe is lob­bying Con­gress for the authority to take drastic cost-​​cutting mea­sures — laying off 120,000 employees, closing up to 3,700 branches and elim­i­nating Sat­urday mail ser­vice. We asked finance pro­fessor Harlan Platt to explain how the USPS arrived here.

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3Qs: News Corp. may still have a price to pay

News Cor­po­ra­tion, the world’s second largest media con­glom­erate, and its CEO, Rupert Mur­doch, have been plagued by scandal since it was revealed that jour­nal­ists at the company’s British tabloid, News of the World, had hacked into voice­mail accounts belonging to celebri­ties, politi­cians and other public fig­ures. Harlan Platt, a finance pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion who spe­cial­izes in crisis response, says a com­pany needs to take imme­diate and delib­erate action if it hopes to sur­vive a major scandal.

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