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Knowledge@Wharton: September 18, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Lenora Chu (Journalist and Author), Dan Kennedy (Associate Professor of Journalism; Contributor to WGBH News, Northeastern University), Rahul Telang (Professor of Information Systems, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University), Rick Edmonds (Media Business Analyst, Poynter Institute), Andrew Goldman (Adjunct professor at the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University), Ann Lee (Professor of Economics and Finance; Author of “Will China’s Economy Collapse?”, New York University), and Minyuan Zhao (Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School) on the Tuesday, September 18, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Dan Kennedy and Rick Edmonds

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Dan Kennedy, Rick Edmonds

Lenora Chu

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Lenora Chu

Minyuan Zhao and Ann Lee

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Ann Lee, Minyuan Zhao

Rahul Telang and Andrew Goldman

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Rahul Telang, Andrew Goldman

Featured Guests

Lenora Chu

Journalist and Author


Lenora Chu is an American journalist and author of Little Soldiers: An American Boy, A Chinese School and the Global Race to Achieve (HarperCollins September 2017). It tells the story of China’s education system through the perspective of an American mother and journalist. Lenora’s stories and essays have been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Cut / New York magazine, Business InsiderThe Australianand CNNMoney.
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Dan Kennedy

Associate Professor of Journalism; Contributor to WGBH News, Northeastern University


Dan Kennedy is an associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University and a nationally known media commentator. A panelist on WGBH-TV’s “Beat the Press,” he writes on the news media for WGBHNews.org and other publications. He previously wrote a media column for The Guardian and, before that, for The Boston Phoenix. His website, Media Nation, can be found at dankennedy.net.

Kennedy’s new book, “The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century,” was published earlier this year by ForeEdge. His previous book, “The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-Newspaper Age,” examines the rise of the New Haven Independent and other digital-only community news organizations.

Return of the Moguls: http://thereturnofthemoguls.com
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Rahul Telang

Professor of Information Systems, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University


Professor Telang’s research interest lies in two major domains. First is on Digital Media Industry with a particular focus on digitization of songs, movies, TV and books is affecting the incentives of content provider, content distributors as well public policy challenges in terms of innovation and copyright. In particular, he has examined the issue proliferation of distribution platforms including online piracy and its impact on traditional music, movies and books industry. Recently, he is investigating the role of social networks on music diffusion, technology adoption, and employee job search. Some of his prior work explored the challenges of interaction of multiple platforms (web portals vs telephony for customer service; SMS and voice for cellular phones). He was the recipient of Sloan Foundation Industry Study fellowship for his work in this domain and is a co-director of Digital Media Research Center at the Heinz College. His work is also funded extensively by industry participants including Google.

His second area of work is on economics of information security and privacy. He has examined the issue of vendors’ incentives to improve the quality of their products and role of policy making and standards in changing these incentives. His earlier work explores the challenges of vulnerability disclosure and how competition and policy making affect these patch release decisions. Recently, he is examining the role of data breach disclosure laws on identity thefts. He was the recipient of NSF CAREER award for his work on economics of information security.

Dr. Telang has published extensively in many top journals like Management Science, Marketing Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, and Journal of Marketing Research. He is on the editorial board of Management Science and ISR. He has organized many conferences and workshops and many of his papers have received top honors at journals and conferences.

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Rick Edmonds

Media Business Analyst, Poynter Institute


Rick Edmonds is media business analyst for The Poynter Institute, where he has researched and written for the last 15 years. His commentary on the industry appears regularly on Poynter Online. He was co-author of the newspaper chapter in 10 editions of the Pew Research Center’s State of the News Media reports, 2004 through 2013.

Edmonds is frequently quoted for news stories on newspaper economic issues and new business models, including articles in The New York Times, Washington Post and numerous NPR reports. At Poynter he has helped coordinate conferences on emerging nonprofit news alternatives, the future of advertising and developing user-generated content.

Edmonds has presented his work at annual meetings of the American Society of News Editors and the Newspaper Association of America and to international groups in Paris, Norway, Chile, Madrid, and Vienna. Edmonds spent 11 years with the St. Petersburg Times organization in various editor and publisher roles, including two years as managing editor of the paper’s Tampa edition. Earlier in his career he was James Reston’s assistant at The New York Times and a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting in 1982. He earned a B.A. from Harvard College in 1969.

Twitter – @RickEdmonds
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Andrew Goldman

Adjunct professor at the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University


Andrew Goldman is vice president, Program Planning and Scheduling, HBO/Cinemax, for Home Box Office, responsible for the strategic planning, acquisition and scheduling of programs for Cinemax’s eight multiplex channels. In addition, he oversees the development and management of new ventures, such as SVOD and Hi-Def, and supervises HBO/Cinemax’s film library analysis and inventory management. He was named to this position in April 2003.

Goldman joined HBO in 1986, first as a kit coordinator and then senior guide coordinator, responsible for planning and supervising the design and production of the HBO cable guide. In 1989 he was named media listings manager, Guide Publications, where he oversaw the implementation of the monthly guide information packet. Goldman moved to Scheduling and Program Planning, Cinemax, in 1992 as an assistant manager and was promoted to manager in 1994.

He briefly left HBO in 1998 to work at Showtime Networks, Inc. as director, Program Scheduling, where he managed and executed long term programming strategies for their multiplex channels. He rejoined HBO that same year as director, Program Planning and Scheduling, Cinemax.

Goldman began his career in 1985 as a screenplay analyst at Warner Bros., where he worked with various studio-based producers. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS), the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) and the Friars Club. In addition, he is an adjunct professor of Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Goldman holds an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts and a BA in Political Science from Syracuse University.

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Ann Lee

Professor of Economics and Finance; Author of “Will China’s Economy Collapse?”, New York University


Ann Lee is an internationally recognized leading authority on China’s economic relations and an adjunct professor of economics and finance at New York University. She is also a former visiting professor at Peking University where she taught macroeconomics and financial derivatives. She consults with policymakers from Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the U.S. about U.S.-China relations, international finance and trade, and China’s political economy.

Ann_Lee (2)In addition to television and radio appearances on MSNBC, Bloomberg, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox Business, NPR, CCTV, the BBC among many others, her op-eds have appeared in such publications as The New York Times,The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Businessweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The American Prospect, The American Banker, the Hong Kong Economic Journal, and China Newsweek.

She has been quoted in hundreds of publications and has been an invited speaker at numerous industry and academic conferences around the world. A former investment banker in high yield bonds and technology stocks as well as a partner and credit derivatives trader in two multi-billion dollar hedge fund firms, Ann is also the author of What the U.S. Can Learn from China, an award winning international bestseller, and is an active member of the Authors Guild and the Pen America Society

She attended U.C. Berkeley, Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs, and Harvard Business School.

Twitter – @annleesays

Book – https://www.amazon.com/Chinas-Economy-Collapse-Future-Capitalism/dp/1509520147
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Minyuan Zhao

Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School


Minyuan Zhao is an Associate Professor of Management at Wharton. Minyuan’s research examines the interactions between firm strategy and external environment in a global context: How emerging market institutions affect firms’ global strategies, and how firms’ strategic organization across borders shapes the global economic landscape. Her papers on multinational R&D strategies received first place in the 2003 INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition, the BPS Best Paper Award at the Academy of Management in 2004, and the Best Conference Paper Award at the Strategic Management Society in 2006. Her work has been published in top journals such as Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of Economics and Management Studies.

Prior to joining Wharton, Minyuan was on the faculty of Ross School of Business (Michigan) and before that, Carlson School of Management (Minnesota). She was the recipient of the 2012 Teaching Excellence Award from the Michigan EMBA program and the 2013 Best Educator Award from the NUS-UCLA EMBA program. She also had work experience in entrepreneurship, government think tank, and the automotive industry.
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