Book Review: Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street by Michael Lewis

By: Mark Larsen “Those who know don’t tell and those who tell don’t know.”             “Your… book destroyed my career, and it made yours.” John Gutfreund, former Chairman and CEO of Saloman Brothers would later go on to tell author Michael Lewis. Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street, now in its 30th year, launched Michael Lewis’ best-selling writing career and is one … Continue reading Book Review: Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street by Michael Lewis

Measuring Success Right and What that Means

By Nathan Lake I have been a Marriot School student for 2 years now. School is… difficult for me. Throughout my time in the business school, I have constantly suffered from the existential worry of not knowing why I am here. I have switched majors 3 times during my college career, and I would probably switch again if not for the fact that I’m close … Continue reading Measuring Success Right and What that Means

The Ballard Center: Doing Good. Better.

By Danica Nusink and Alyssa Clark Abstract: This article talks about the Ballard Center. The Ballard Center is cross-disciplinary center housed in the Marriot School of Business that focuses on social impact. Because of the Ballard Center, BYU is recognized as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U. The Ballard Center is the largest university social impact program in the world. The center is named after … Continue reading The Ballard Center: Doing Good. Better.

Creating the Virtuous Organization

By Alyssa Clark Much more is being expected of the places we, as employees and consumers, spend our time and our money. People see careers and conscientious consumption as ways to express their personal values and to build a better society. Historically, we trusted nonprofits, governments, churches, and families to care for society’s problems. While trust in those institutions has decreased, the expectation for business … Continue reading Creating the Virtuous Organization

The Future of Taxes Is Now

By: Andrew Duncan Who really enjoys doing their taxes? According to Pew Research, “34% like or even love doing their taxes” while 56% said they dislike doing their taxes due to the complicated process and the amount of time it takes to file their taxes.[i] For this reason, tax professionals have always been necessary, but the trend is slowly shifting. Modern technological advances have created … Continue reading The Future of Taxes Is Now

The Landscape of the Data Industry

By Porter Bagley In an article published by Harvard Business Review in 2012, “data scientist” was named the “Sexiest Job of the 21st Century” (Davenport and Patil 2012). Seven years later, the field of data science is still as hot as ever. Data science is an extremely versatile set of tools and methods that allow us to draw powerful insights from massive amounts of data. … Continue reading The Landscape of the Data Industry

The Rose: Artificial Intelligence in the Current Hiring Process

By Denise Han With companies like HireVue, SkillSurvey, and Fama boasting great success in improving the recruitment process through artificial intelligence, you might be wondering how to capitalize on these innovative HR trends. After all, your industry peers are finding that implementing this software enables highly efficient processing, the capturing of more intangible human qualities, and more successful job matching. However, here is a word … Continue reading The Rose: Artificial Intelligence in the Current Hiring Process

Editor’s Letter

By: Marianna Richardson In Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, she describes her plan for life as evolving and moving forward without a specific aim or achievement in mind. Life’s quest is a passage to a better self through a never-ending journey of discovery. Thus, life becomes unscripted with an uncertain, but hopeful future. In contrast, Michael Larsen’s book, Liar’s Poker, describes his work on Wall Street … Continue reading Editor’s Letter

Synopsis: Predictive Power? Textual Analysis in Mergers and Acquisitions

By Philip Morgan Note from the editor: The following article was adapted from an honors thesis of the same name written by the author. The full text is available on the Marriott Student Review ScholarsArchive website.   According to data from Thomson Reuters, mergers & acquisitions (M&A) represent a vital mechanism for consolidation and restructuring within industries and carry significant influence over rapid changes in … Continue reading Synopsis: Predictive Power? Textual Analysis in Mergers and Acquisitions

Synopsis: A Bit about Blockchain

Note from the editor: The following article was adapted from an honors thesis entitled The Digital Global Supply Chain: The Growing Case for Blockchain Technology Expansion Within Global Supply Chain written by the author. The full text is available on the ScholarsArchive website. What is Blockchain? What is Blockchain? Blockchain is a decentralized and digitally distributed ledger or database of records and transactions that facilitates … Continue reading Synopsis: A Bit about Blockchain

Synopsis: A Digital Global Supply Chain

The Digital Global Supply Chain: The Growing Case for Blockchain Technology Expansion Within Global Supply Chain By Jonathan Chichoni Note from the editor: The following article was adapted from an honors thesis of the same name written by the author. The full text is available on the ScholarsArchive website. Also, for further background explanations on blockchain data storage technology, the reader is directed to “A … Continue reading Synopsis: A Digital Global Supply Chain

Book Review: How Will You Measure Your Life? By Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon

Review by Tanner Hafen The drive to succeed is alive and well at BYU. Students have high hopes for their futures, as they should. However, if they’re not careful, it’s quite likely things won’t turn out as they had hoped. Clayton Christensen and his colleagues introduce this idea powerfully in How Will You Measure Your Life? and provide guidance, backed by business theory, which will … Continue reading Book Review: How Will You Measure Your Life? By Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon

Book Review – Drive: The Truth About What Motivates Us, By Daniel H. Pink

Review by Wyatt Pagano As a “starving student” in college I was always attracted by opportunities to make more money. At the time, I felt confident that I could do anything and be happy doing it for an extra $1.50 an hour. This makes sense when a person is struggling to pay the rent and trying to eat more than instant ramen noodles in their … Continue reading Book Review – Drive: The Truth About What Motivates Us, By Daniel H. Pink

Book Review: Made to Stick, by Chip and Dan Heath

Review by Danielle Adams Many of us have been faced with the challenge of how to make a school presentation interesting and memorable. Professors face this same challenge every day in trying to make lectures notable. In these and other cases, it’s easy to succumb to the belief that some topics are simply forgettable, and always will be. Chip and Dan Heath tackle this challenge … Continue reading Book Review: Made to Stick, by Chip and Dan Heath

Book Review: Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Review by Ammon Kou Most startups fail. Unfortunately, that’s the bitter truth. Groundbreaking products and services fail to penetrate the world of the consumer. Those that do are quickly drowned out by a plethora of imitations and substitutions. Why do businesses fail so often? According to serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, and co-founder of Paypal Peter Thiel, the simple reason is because they fail to go from … Continue reading Book Review: Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Book Review: Essentialism by Greg McKeown

“What did you do as a child that excited you? How can you recreate that today?” Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism, asks readers to rediscover their child-like behaviors. Why? To help them eliminate frivolity. This may seem counter-intuitive. However, in McKeown’s compelling book, he provides readers with a number of strategies to recognize what promotes their success and what merely distracts them. Reserving time for … Continue reading Book Review: Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Book Review of Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences by Nancy Duarte

Review by Marianna Richardson Who doesn’t like a good story? From nursery rhymes to fairy tales to Star Wars, a good story becomes a part of our way of thinking. Stories take us to new ideas and places where we would never go. We fondly remember the first time we heard about Jack Sprat who ate no fat, the magical kiss that saved Snow White’s … Continue reading Book Review of Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences by Nancy Duarte

Industry Spotlight: Solar Energy

By Elisabeth McClatchie In recent decades, the human ability to leverage the sun has expanded well beyond tanning and frying ants on the sidewalk. Revolutionized technology and research has both illuminated sustainability issues and provided potential solutions, many of which are being successfully implemented. Within suburban neighborhoods, it is common to see solar panels on every other house, wind turbines on visits to the beach, … Continue reading Industry Spotlight: Solar Energy

GDP and Refugees: An Economic Argument For Accepting Refugees

By Michael Jarman 2018 Phi Kappa Phi MarriotT School of business Business Article Winner One year ago, the United Nations Refugee Agency announced there were 65.6 million displaced people worldwide (Edwards, 2017), meaning 1 in every 113 persons is a refugee. The world needs to find answers to two questions, where will all these people go, and how will we take care of them all? … Continue reading GDP and Refugees: An Economic Argument For Accepting Refugees

The Benefits and the Risks of Multi-Level Marketing

By Jacob Thorpe While the benefits of an MLM business model are indisputable, inherent risks exist that not only put in question the validity of direct sales interactions, but also can create ethical and legal dilemmas. About two years ago, I was recovering from a bout of a fairly serious illness. I was bed-ridden for over a month. It took me almost two months to … Continue reading The Benefits and the Risks of Multi-Level Marketing