3Qs: Buying into the knockoff factor?

Retail titans Apple, Nike and Ikea have to com­pete with impostor replicas of their retail stores that have popped up in the southern dis­trict of Kun­ming city in south­west China and other parts of the world. These stores hawk knockoff prod­ucts to some­times unknowing cus­tomers. Tony Gao, an assis­tant pro­fessor of mar­keting in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, inter­prets the broader impli­ca­tions to con­sumer wel­fare, intel­lec­tual prop­erty rights pro­tec­tion and how these com­pet­i­tive behav­iors affect inter­na­tional marketing.

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.

Northeastern helps FBI transform its culture

Busi­ness school’s exec­u­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram is key as the fed­eral agency evolves into an intelligence-​​led orga­ni­za­tion posi­tioned to meet 21st cen­tury threats