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See You At Closing Bell!

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School traditions are a wonderfully funny thing. They come in all shapes and sizes, from rock painting and statue stealing to more somber rituals that are steeped in a long history. We graduate schools also have our own traditions. Vanderbilt Law School students gather each Friday afternoon for a social hour known as “Blackacre.” Owen too ...

“All I Could Have Done, I Did Not Do”

Alexander Hall, the original site of Vanderbilt's Graduate School of Management. It was also a former mortuary.
The Owen School of Management was founded in 1969, at the end of a transformative decade in our country. The unstoppable reverberation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of inclusion and non-discrimination was working through all levels of American society and within universities like Vanderbilt. Today, Dr. King’s legacy can still be felt throughout ...

Hospitals Must Develop IT Security Plans To Avoid Target’s Fate

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Planning is an important part of any successful business. But too often, managing IT security becomes an afterthought. Only after a security breach do managers scurry to shut the barn door. Target Corporation is one of the latest (and most extreme) examples. The retailer lost the confidence of millions of customers after revealing that hackers ...

Committed Students, Welcoming Alumni, and a Vibrant City: There’s Much to Celebrate at Owen This Year

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The holiday season often puts me in a reflective and thankful mood. It certainly seems fitting that Thanksgiving kicks off the seasonal mad dash to New Year’s Day.  And while Hanukkah and Christmas are the focus for many westerners, December is a special time in many cultures. This December in my first year as Dean ...

Vanderbilt Speakers Embody New Wave of Health Care Innovation

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Beyond the political noise surrounding health care reform, a quiet revolution is taking place within the industry that is poised to reshape the entire system of how care is delivered and how providers get paid. Last month, I had the privilege of participating in the Vanderbilt Health Care Conference — a student-organized and run program that ...

Career Advice from Delta’s CFO: “Keep Your Head Down and Focus on Your Goals”

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The first job out of business school is undeniably important — it matters for rankings, it matters for recruiters, and most importantly it matters for those graduates who are going on to fill those roles. But I often caution students not to lose sight of the bigger picture. After getting my Ph.D. in the early 1990s, ...

How Far Does Prevention Go When Securing Health Care Data?

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In most areas of health care the adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” holds true. But for information security professionals in the field, the answer has not been so clear. Debate continues between two camps of researchers: one group maintains that it’s far more efficient to learn from the ...

A Summer of Discovery

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Fall is an exciting time on campus. As a new group of students arrive for orientation this week and others return to Vanderbilt, they bring a fresh burst of energy to usher in the new academic year. One question faculty members often hear from returning students is “what have you been up to all summer?” They ...

To Make the Most of Technology, Bake It Into the MBA Teaching Experience

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Technology is disrupting higher education — for the good. In the past year, we have seen universities from Stanford to MIT offering free on-line courses to thousands of global students. At Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, Professor David Owens offered his popular innovation class earlier this year on Coursera to over 45,000 participants. Many ...

Heathcare and the Internet of Things

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As part of our NSF-funded project on trustworthy healthcare IT, we recently hosted a workshop focused on mHealth. Certainly the internet of things is creating new opportunities for delivering care. For example, I recently finished a case study on a San Diego-based start-up, Sotera, that has developed a wireless harness that enables continuous, non-invasive monitoring ...

Advice from Google CFO Patrick Pichette

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We recently hosted Google CFO Patrick Pichette. In his talk, he argued that we often shoot too low – looking for 10-15% improvement when we should be shooting for 10X. At Google, he focuses on game changing breakthroughs that could achieve a billion users. That thinking changes the discussion from merely worrying about the competition ...

Healthcare IT: Better Living Through Transparency

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Technology is controversial today in U.S. healthcare. Of course, it has given us many amazing life-saving treatments. Last week at a Silicon Valley alumni panel on healthcare technology, Dow Wilson (T’85 and CEO of Varian Medical Systems) described how technology had transformed radiation oncology, allowing high doses of radiation to be delivered to very small ...

Getting Personal with Big Data

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The last two weeks have been a Big Data fest for the Center.  Last week our Tech@Tuck  conference brought executives to Tuck to discuss how big data was changing big brands.   This week our CIO Roundtable on Digital Strategies gathered in Phoenix to explore how big data should be fostered in managed.   We heard many ...

On-line Health Information

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Here is an amazing statistic.  This fall I have been teaching a class on Health IT in Dartmouth’s new Masters of Healthcare Delivery Science program.  The students are mid-career healthcare professionals.  We had a fascinating discussion about where patients look on-line for health information.   Many of the practicing doctors mentioned specialized health websites.  NPR is ...

Big Data in a Small New Hampshire Town

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In the digital age, we are all beginning to understand that privacy is little more than a warm, fuzzy 1950s ideal. We now live in a world of Big Data, where bits and pieces of personal information can be combined from many sources to form a detailed picture of our preferences, buying habits and behavior. ...

Reflections on Roger McNamee’s visit

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It is so satisfying to introduce your friends to someone you know they will love.  That is how I felt last week hosting Roger McNamee as part of Tuck’s Media Symposium.  Roger and his band, Moonalice, spent the day at Tuck both educating and entertaining the community. Of course the concert was a blast, but ...

Apps and The Wide Lens

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This spring, both our European and Americas Roundtables are focused on mobility and the potential of corporate apps.  As with other elements of consumerization, consumer apps are changing the way we work and driving IT innovation in the enterprise.  At the heart of this discussion are rapidly evolving IT ecosystems that are fundamentally changing enterprise ...

Symantec CEO Clears the Fog

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I had the pleasure of hosting Enrique Salem (CEO Symantec) today as part of our Britt Technology Impact Series.  This year the series is focused on cloud and we have already had a fantastic line-up of speakers from infrastructure providers (Peter DeSantis of Amazon), service providers (Kent Parker of Ariba), the enterprise user side (CIOs ...

Target Rocks Toys

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Five years ago Walmart owned the toy aisle, aggressively pricing toys as early as Oct 1 to drive store traffic.  Often those prices seemed ridiculously low, even below cost.  Holiday 2009 Walmart abruptly shifted the toy strategy, slashing toy shelf space by more than 50% and offering fewer deep toy discounts.  Last year the aisle ...

The BIG C = Cloud Computing

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I had the pleasure of discussing cloud communities with Kent Parker (COO of Ariba) during his recent visit to speak in my class. Ariba is a fascinating case study of a procurement firm that survived the B2B boom of the later 90s and subsequent melt down. Cloud is “back to the future” for Ariba. In my ...

Sapphire hums with Energy and Challenge

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During Bill McDermott’s visit in February, he invited us to see SAP in action. So his week John Torget and I trekked to Orlando with six Tuckies for the annual Sapphire conference. With more than 13,000 participants and legions more attending virtually, the event is one of the largest enterprise IT gatherings in the world. ...

Data-driven Cement

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When I think of cement, I don’t think about complex data analytics. This week at our Roundtable in Zurich, I realized how analytics have become part of every business. Our tour of Holcim’s cement facility became a vivid example for the Roundtable discussion. Cement production uses an extremely high-temperature (2000C) process to transform raw minerals ...

New Shopping Experiences w/ Social Media & Augmented Reality

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We just finished a fascinating report that examines the impact of mobile apps on traditional shopping. Researchers Neil Davis T’11 and Kathryn Malinick T’11 document how social media and augmented reality can create exciting new shopping experiences. My biggest takeaways are: 1. Brick-and-mortar retailers should not neglect the potential of mobile technologies to drive foot traffic ...

Lunch with Mike LaJoie (CTO, Time Warner Cable)

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Today I hosted Mike LaJoie (CTO, Time Warner Cable) for one of our CDS Tech lunches. Mike showed off TWC’s cool new ipad app that lets cable users watch their favorite shows anywhere in their home. Released two weeks ago, the app has been a huge hit with over 300,000 downloads this month and has ...

Virtualizing Fulfillment Operations – Physical Clouds allow Amazon to Scale

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Thanks to my friends at the POMS Supply Chain College, I visited Amazon’s Fulfillment Center (Fernley NV) this week. It is an amazing operation shipping 100,000 items on a routine day and over 400,000/day during peak holiday season. While not the most automated facility I have seen, the Fernley Center has embraced a level ...

Insight on technology and life from SAP Co-CEO Bill McDermott

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I had the great fortune to host Bill McDermott (SAP’s Co-CEO) during his visit to Tuck this week. As the largest enterprise software firm on the planet, SAP faces many challenges and opportunities. Bill tackled hard student questions head-on with a warm, authentic personality that captivated the Tuck community. Here are my three takeaways: As a ...

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