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

Buzzwords

By Evan D. Poff 1. Blockchain A way of storing data that provides users with a decentralized, anonymous, reliable transaction ledger. This enables users to have a public record of the ownership of resources such as Bitcoin such that others cannot falsify or hide previous transactions. Other applications may include collaborative legal documents that stay up to date and identity verification methods. 2. Cryptocurrency An alternative … Continue reading Buzzwords

Executive Spotlight: Jesse Barnes

By Victoria Beecroft “Econ 388? I loved 388.” Jesse immediately turned the conversation away from himself. He expressed genuine interest in my semester course load, and even recommended classes. The first five minutes of my conversation with Jesse Barnes, Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager at HighVista Strategies, were all about me. Jesse is an entirely unselfish conversationalist. Just as he focused his interview on me, he … Continue reading Executive Spotlight: Jesse Barnes

Strategic Implications of Block Chain

By William Adams Introduction For much of 2016 and 2017, the finance and technology communities were abuzz with the potential of blockchain. Now as the public catches up and blockchain gains the attention of the mainstream media, leaders must quickly grasp the fundamentals of this technology to understand its implications for their businesses. Following the launch of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin in January 2009, banks and … Continue reading Strategic Implications of Block Chain

Blockchain: Technical Review

By Evan D. Poff Building blocks called “data structures” compose every kind of database. Data structures establish the rules for creating, storing, modifying, and managing digital information in the systems that utilize them. Thus, implementing a database with one variety of structure will yield different functionalities than a database constructed with another. In the same way that computers have operating systems like Windows, macOS, and Linux … Continue reading Blockchain: Technical Review

Indicators of Restaurant Success

By Dallin Williams Opening a restaurant may be the product of a lifetime of education and work. A chef may devote himself to his practice and be able to produce outstanding food. The result of this dedication may be remarkable, but all of these factors may be in vain if the restaurant is not built on good business practices. Through comparing different studies researchers have found … Continue reading Indicators of Restaurant Success

Dynamic Values: Confronting and Capitalizing on Religious and LGBTQ Diversity

By Wyatt K. Pagano In her recent article with The Society for Human Resource Management, editor Kathy Gurchiek urged employers to prepare for religious and LGBTQ issues in the workplace. Social developments in recent decades have ushered in an era of wide discrepancy in the needs and values of employees. This exerts greater pressure on employers to not only be aware of these differences, but adapt … Continue reading Dynamic Values: Confronting and Capitalizing on Religious and LGBTQ Diversity

Nonprofits: Big Problems, Small Budgets

By Anna Gazdik In the fast-paced, demanding, and money-centric business world, nonprofit organizations may seem like the youngest child: always there, but sometimes forgotten. The dichotomy between the for-profit and nonprofit siblings are extreme. Nonprofits are expected to solve huge societal problems and help alleviate suffering through service, yet they are oftentimes handicapped in the resources they are allotted, and discriminated against when they invest in … Continue reading Nonprofits: Big Problems, Small Budgets

More Than Just a Resume

By Elisabeth Andersen “But it’ll look great on your resume,” is one of the most common phrases heard on a college campus and is one that justifies engaging in just about any extracurricular activity. College students across the nation are motivated to participate in clubs, hold internships, and be involved in whatever activity they can find on campus in order to place another bullet point on … Continue reading More Than Just a Resume

Money in Whose Pockets? A Brief Insight on Current Minimum Wage Discussions

By Ayric Westfall Minimum wage policies in the United States have existed on a national level since 1938. Since its introduction at the federal level, minimum wage has sparked discussion almost every year. Different opinions and viewpoints on the issue (from abolition of the wage to increasing it) have impacted businesses which has led to changes in policy on a corporate and political level. As shown … Continue reading Money in Whose Pockets? A Brief Insight on Current Minimum Wage Discussions

When the Far East Becomes the Near West

By Kylan Rutherford In 1978 Edward Said coined the term “Orientalism” to describe the Western world’s habit of misrepresenting and patronizing cultures in the Eastern world. For centuries, Western empires have construed the East as a mystifying world of adventure, seduction, and abundant treasure; explorers and colonizers would come back with tall tales of palace courts and jungle tribes. The East was sexy. It was also–and … Continue reading When the Far East Becomes the Near West

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreements Without Giving In By: Roger Fisher & William Ury

By Spencer Evans If you are looking for a heartwarming tale or an inspiring memoir, you have picked up the wrong book. Getting to Yes is full of tips, tricks, and techniques that will help you “get to yes” in all your negotiations. When people think of negotiating, they think of haggling with store owners in Thailand or Mexico to get a great price on fake … Continue reading Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreements Without Giving In By: Roger Fisher & William Ury

Made to StickBy: Chip Heath and Dan Heath

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 and teach … Continue reading Made to StickBy: Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Drive: The Truth About What Motivates Us

By Wyatt K. 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 diet. … Continue reading Drive: The Truth About What Motivates Us

Editor’s Letter: Briding the Gap

By Marianna Richardson Dear MSR Reader, A bridge brings together two pieces, which normally would not connect. Without the connecting link, those two sections would be separate. For example, a bridge between two landmasses gives travelers access to new locations, new vistas, and possibly even new opportunities. Bridging the gap can also be perilous if the bridge is not safe and secure. The connection needs to … Continue reading Editor’s Letter: Briding the Gap

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

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 help anyone–especially … Continue reading How Will You Measure Your Life? By: Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon

Unpacking the Briefcase of Business Aversion

By Brooke Gledhill In the rush of the human stampede that occurs between class periods, a fellow business school student brushes past me in a suit jacket carrying a briefcase. I glance down at my current socks-and-sandals medley and wonder what one would possibly carry inside a briefcase in the twenty-first century. One thing has been clear during my tenure as a business student: there’s me … Continue reading Unpacking the Briefcase of Business Aversion