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Knowledge@Wharton: April 11, 2019

Host Dan Loney is joined by Patrick Lane (Banking Editor, The Economist), Jared Cohen (Founder and CEO, Alphabet Inc.), Michael Lenox (Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business, Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia), Ashoka Mody (Visiting Professor, Princeton University), John Paul MacDuffie (Professor of Management; Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI), the Wharton School; Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management), and Joao Gomes (Professor of Finance, The Wharton School) on the Thursday, April 11, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Joao Gomes and Ashoka Mody

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Ashoka Mody, Joao Gomes

John Paul MacDuffie and Michael Lenox

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Michael Lenox, John Paul MacDuffie

Jared Cohen

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Jared Cohen

Patrick Lane

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Patrick Lane

Featured Guests

Patrick Lane

Banking Editor, The Economist

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Patrick is the Banking Editor of The Economist. Previously he edited The Economist‘s daily publication, Espresso. He joined the staff in 1993 as Economics Correspondent, and covered trade and the British economy before becoming Frankfurt Correspondent in 2000. In December 2002 he returned to London, as Finance Editor and then Economics Editor. Between 2007 and 2011 he edited Briefings and was also Deputy Business Affairs Editor. From 2011 until 2014 he was Technology Editor.
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Jared Cohen

Founder and CEO, Alphabet Inc.

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Jared Cohen is the founder and president of Jigsaw, a technology incubator at Alphabet Inc. previously known as Google Ideas. He also serves as the senior advisor to Alphabet’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2006 to 2010 he served as a member of the secretary of state’s Policy Planning Staff and a close advisor to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.

Cohen is the New York Times bestselling author of four books. His books include The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Business, and Our Lives, which he coauthored with Eric Schmidt. His other books include Children of Jihad, One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide, and the forthcoming The Accidental Presidents.

His recent Foreign Affairs article, “Waging a Digital Counterinsurgency Against ISIS,” offered a strategy for countering the self-proclaimed Islamic State as a multidimensional threat. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Time magazine, and covers a range of topics from national security issues to artificial intelligence. He has a longstanding interest in international security issues, including countering violent extremism. He has traveled to more than one hundred countries, including Iran and North Korea, and conducted interviews with members of extremist groups including Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, al-Shabab, Asbat al-Ansar, Somali pirates, and former Islamic State fighters.

He has been named to the “Time 100″ list, Foreign Policy‘s “Top 100 Global Thinkers,” and Vanity Fair‘s “Next Establishment.” He serves as a member of the National Counterterrorism Center’s director’s advisory board and is on the board of the Tribeca Film Institute. Cohen is on several advisory boards, including Rivet Ventures, Redbird Capital, and ASAPP. He is a member of Gen Next and was named a young global leader by the World Economic Forum.

Cohen received his BA from Stanford University and his MPhil in International Relations from University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes scholar. He speaks fluent Swahili.
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Michael Lenox

Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business, Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

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Professor Lenox was appointed to the Tayloe Murphy Professorship in Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where he teaches the core MBA strategy course. He also serves as the Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer. From 2008 to 2016, he served as Associate Dean of Innovation Programs and Academic Director of Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He helped found and served as the inaugural president of the multiple-university Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability. Prior to joining Darden in 2008, Professor Lenox was a professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where he served as the area coordinator for Fuqua’s Strategy Area and the faculty director and founder of Duke’s Corporate Sustainability Initiative. He received his Ph.D. in Technology Management and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999 and the degrees of Bachelor and Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. Professor Lenox has served as an assistant professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business and as a visiting professor at Stanford University, Harvard University, Oxford University, and IMD.

Professor Lenox’s research has appeared in over twenty-five refereed academic publications and has been cited in a number of media outlets including the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the Economist. In 2009, he was recognized as a Faculty Pioneer by the Aspen Institute and as the top strategy professor under 40 by the Strategic Management Society. In 2011, he was named one of the top 40 business professors under 40 by Poets & Quants. Professor Lenox’s primary expertise is in the domain of technology strategy and policy. He is broadly interested in the role of innovation and entrepreneurship for economic growth and firm competitive success. In particular, he explores the business strategy and public policy drivers of the direction of innovative activity. Professor Lenox also has a long-standing interest in the interface between business strategy and public policy as it relates to the natural environment. Recent work explores firm strategies and non-traditional public policies that have the potential to drive “green” innovation and entrepreneurship.
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Ashoka Mody

Visiting Professor, Princeton University

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Ashoka Mody is Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting Professor in International Economic Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. He is author of EuroTragedy: A Drama in Nine Acts. Previously, Professor Mody was Deputy Director in the International Monetary Fund’s Research and European Departments. He has worked at the World Bank, AT&T’s Bell Laboratories, and the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Financial Studies, Frankfurt. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University.
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John Paul MacDuffie

Professor of Management; Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI), the Wharton School; Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management

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Professor MacDuffie is Professor of Management at the Wharton School and Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI) at Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management. PVMI carries on the work of the International Motor Vehicle Program (IMVP), the research network founded at M.I.T. to study the challenges facing the global automotive industry, which Professor MacDuffie co-directed from 2001-2012. He received his B.A. degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. degree from the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T.

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Joao Gomes

Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

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Joao F. Gomes is the Howard Butcher III, Professor of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert in the areas of macroeconomics and financial markets and has taught several courses on these subjects to undergraduate, MBA and doctoral students.

Professor Gomes first joined the Wharton School in 1997 where he was previously the James Campbell Jr. Associate Professor of Finance. Most recently he was a Visiting Professor of Finance at the London Business School. In addition, Professor Gomes has visited several other universities and research centers, including the University of British Columbia in Canada, the New University of Lisbon in Portugal, and the US Federal Reserve System. He has also served as an economic advisor to the Ministry of Industry of Portugal.

His recent research covers the impact of financial markets and various macroeconomic policies on corporate investment and financing decisions of firms. He has also examined the role of financial leverage in determining the cost of capital, the causes of performance variation across asset classes, and the quantitative importance of financial market imperfections on corporate decisions and economic cycles.

Professor Gomes’ research has been presented and discussed at major academic conferences and seminar series around the world and is published in the top academic journals in both economics and finance. He has won several awards including the Smith Breeden Prize for Best Asset Pricing Paper published in the Journal of Finance, with a study on the links between leverage and returns, and was nominated for the Brattle Prize for Best Corporate Finance Paper in the same journal, with earlier work on the performance of conglomerates.

Professor Gomes earned his bachelors degree from the New University of Lisbon in 1991. He earned a Masters, and later a Doctorate, in Economics from the University of Rochester.

Twitter – @ProfJoaoGomes ?
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