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Africa’s Catholic Churches Face Competition and a Troubled Legacy as They Grow

Pope Francis has completed his seven-day tour of three African countries: Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. It was a significant trip for a number of reasons. During his visit, the pope spoke on issues of peace and ecological sustainability that these countries are facing. Mozambique recently signed a peace accord with longtime rebels, and the country...

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The Problem of Living Inside Echo Chambers

Pick any of the big topics of the day – Brexit, climate change or Trump’s immigration policies – and wander online. What one is likely to find is radical polarization – different groups of people living in different worlds, populated with utterly different facts. Many people want to blame the “social media bubble” – a...

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Employee Contract Structures in Startups Can Be Determining Factors of Success

New Management Science Study Key Takeaways: Equal ownership — if agreed upon early — attracts low effort personality types and leads to poor performance. Waiting to finalize contracts can improve performance and narrow the effort and value gap between equal and non-equal contracts by more than 60%. Risk tolerance, gender, age and other factors don’t play a...

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USC Scientist Identifies New Species of Giant Flying Reptile

A University of Southern California (USC) scientist and colleagues have identified a new species of giant flying reptile that once soared over what is now North America. The creature is similar to the largest pterosaurs known, yet key characteristics gleaned from a cache of bones unearthed in Canada show it’s actually part of a new...

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Why Won’t Democrats Say They Want Government to Solve Problems?

All 10 Democratic candidates in the Houston debate Sept. 13 spoke about investing public money – taxpayer dollars – in education, health care and economic opportunity for Americans. Those ideas depend on an underlying point none of them came out and said directly: Government can help citizens live better lives and achieve their dreams. Why...

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Strategies to Connect with Barricaded Buyers

Researchers from Clemson University and University of Kentucky published a new paper in the Journal of Marketing, which examines several means by which suppliers can enhance their competitiveness when selling to barricaded buyers. The study, forthcoming in the November issue of the Journal of Marketing, is titled “Selling to Barricaded Buyers” and authored by Kevin Chase and...

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How Marketers Can Shape Customer Sentiment During Events

Researchers from University of Tennessee, IESEG School of Management, and Georgia State University published a new paper in the Journal of Marketing that investigates the role of firms’ customer engagement initiatives in social media and analyzes how firms seek to influence digital sentiment by shaping customers’ experiential interactions. The study, forthcoming in the November issue of the Journal...