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Q&A: Navigating E-Commerce’s ‘Last Mile’

E-commerce has changed the way business is done — and what consumers expect. But transporting goods from distribution points to customers’ homes is expensive and inefficient — especially in suburban and rural areas. What might the future bring in the way we shop?

Cooking (and Uncooking) the Books: Corporate Financial Misreporting

After misstating earnings, which companies come clean? In the aftermath of major corporate scandal, Professor Justin Hopkins takes stock of employee stock option misreporting, disincentives to investigate misbehavior and constraints to integrity.

How to Raise Your Leadership Game, Part 1: The 9 Cs Enterprise-Perspective Model

To compete in today’s complex business environment, executives must excel at making decisions with an enterprise perspective. Darden Professor Elliott N. Weiss’ 9 Cs Enterprise-Perspective Model offers a useful decision-making framework.

Nintendo: Game for a Blue-Ocean Strategy

Does long-term success come from winning the established game or creating the terms of your own? In the multibillion dollar video game industry, 130-year-old company Nintendo competes with a sometimes riskier approach to innovation.

Feeding a Growing Planet in a Warming Age: Decarbonizing the Agriculture Industry

Becky Duff discusses the largest sources of GHG emissions – livestock farming and soil management – and explores the best practices and technologies that support carbon-smart farming. She also discusses the levers and opportunities in more detail with Darden Professor Mike Lenox.

Beyond the Alphabet: The ABCs of Analytic Writing

Effective, persuasive analytical writing is a critical management skill. Here, Darden Professor Marc Lipson details how to write with the reader in mind and present ideas clearly and concisely.

The Foreseeable Future

Data science is used to predict everything from crimes to Yelp reviews. Darden Professor Michael Porter is leading the practice of predictive modeling, finding patterns in human behavior in hopes of benefiting society.

In the Weeds: A Taxing Values Conundrum

What’s an employee to do when her employer asks her to stray from her values? In this Case in Point, Mary Gentile, Steven Mintz and William F. Miller examine a complex situation in the tricky setting of taxes and the cannabis business.

Mechanism Design: The Essence of Modern Problem Solving

Sixty years ago, famous American economist Leonid Hurwicz did groundbreaking research about the economic mechanisms theory. Today, Darden expert is interested in designing mechanisms to solve big challenges like energy usage and traffic flows.

Graduating to the Next Level: 5 Leadership Lessons for New Graduates (and Anyone Else)

Darden Ideas to Action offers words of wisdom from six experts for graduates (and anyone else) on how real people with a real sense of purpose can make the workplace more productive, responsible and, well, happy.