What business topics or issues are most challenging to you right now?

What business topics or issues are most challenging to you right now?

Ethics - Still worth teaching?

Over the last five years, CEOs and senior executives across the business landscape (many with MBAs from top schools)have shown an almost total disregard for ethics and integrity in their business behavior. Is teaching ethics at B-School a waste of time and should we acknowledge that ethical values have already been shaped by the time people go to business school?

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Food scarcity

Supermarkets and restaurants (particularly in urbanized areas in the US) waste anywhere from 25-40% of the food they purchase even though much of that is still fresh and good. A TV show on Food network called "The Big Waste" looks at this issue. Finding a way to create a secondary market for such food that is efficienct enough to re-capture this "waste" would be tremendous.

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Digital Divide

No matter what each Alumnus think, he or she is at serious risk of “Digital Obsolescence”. As time goes by, the networked society changes, and so are habits, work habits, markets, clients etc.

Even Wharton has concentrated on this theme, and is constantly adapting programs and offering to keep the pace.

It is therefore not enough to have an account on facebook or to have a smartphone: your company, or maybe your entire industry might be missing the point or going digital the wrong way.

Can Wharton look at some industries, show the evolution, draw a trend line and indicate the digital “reading key” to have the existing CEOs and Key Managers understand the world their companies is in?

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Risk Management Value Proposition

Concepts like enterprise risk management and integrated risk management are starting to catch on; however, before corporate leadership is willing to sink resources into implementing any kind of risk management solution, they want to know how a formalized risk management program is going to add to the bottom line.

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Public education in the US: more English, Math, Science

As a college professor, a consistent problem is the poor preparation of students in the areas of English (communication skills), math, and science. The vast majority of students attend public schools. Before you even consider many other challenges, you need to build a solid foundation.

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