Podcasts and Videos from the Owen School

From the Spring 2009 edition of Vanderbilt Business

Special Topics and Speakers

Debra Langford, Vice President of Strategic Sourcing at Time Warner (audio)
Langford shares stories from her successful career and offers sage advice to Owen students.

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Leo Melamed, Chairman Emeritus of the CME Group Inc. (video)
Melamed delivers the keynote address at the Conference on Financial Innovation.

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Robert Merton, John and Nancy Arthur University Professor at Harvard University (video)
Merton talks about the current tumult in the markets and the future of financial innovation.

Featured Research

Hedge Fund Restrictions Carry Cost for Investors (audio)
Amidst staggering losses, hedge funds are increasingly putting the brakes on investor attempts to withdraw funds. Nicolas Bollen, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Finance, finds that these new restrictions come with a heavy price tag for investors.

Media and Entertainment: The Changing Business Model (audio)
Tim Dubois, Clinical Professor of Management, talks about trends in the media and entertainment industry, the rapidly changing business model and what the industry will demand from its leaders going forward.

Too Much Information: Effects of Complexity on Decision Making (audio)
Economic theory notwithstanding, people faced with everything from restaurant menus to health care plans find that more choices are not always better. Research by Mike Shor, Assistant Professor of Management, is sorting out the complexities of information overload and seeking to ensure better decisions for individuals and society.

More Not Always Better for Employee Retention (audio)
According to conventional wisdom, the more human resource practices you use to develop people—particularly at the managerial level—the better the results. However, a comprehensive study by Timothy Gardner, Associate Professor of Management, finds that the more-is-better theory does not always hold water.

The Fear Factor: Volatility Index in the Spotlight (audio)
The Chicago Board of Exchange Market Volatility Index (VIX) measures investor anxiety about the stock market. While current levels of the index exceed the norm, the creator of the VIX, Robert Whaley, Valere Blair Potter Professor of Management, addresses misperceptions about the index, including the assertion that market anxiety is at an all-time high.

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