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March 22, 2010

I had the good fortune to get to tag along for a 2nd International Experience trip, as a teaching assistant this time. It’s hard to put my finger on the best parts: clearly meeting with Malaysian Members of Parliament and the founder of BRAC, a major Bangladeshi micro-finance and poverty alleviation program, were highlights. Seeing classmates cut down palm fruits at the palm oil plantation and touring a garment factory were insights into important industries in Malaysia and Bangladesh, respectively.

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March 8, 2010

I attended a Yale School of Management research workshop by a visiting professor this week. Through a carefully designed experiment, the authors of the paper had found that people make systematic errors in deciding which products they want, depending on how the information is presented to them. Such errors can be exploited by companies who can design their advertisements and other messages using the knowledge of the pattern of errors.

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February 28, 2010

I should probably be packing, seeing as I leave for Japan in about 12 hours. But packing procrastination is kind of my thing. So instead I’d much rather be reflecting on another whirlwind just-finished half-quarter, and the International Experience we are all about to embark on. The recently departed Spring-1 was when, for me at least, SOM took on a decidedly international attitude and vibe. February was actually deemed “International Month” and classmates from outside the U.S.

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February 26, 2010

Speakers I’ve gotten to hear at Yale in the past two weeks:

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
George David, former CEO and Chairman of United Technologies Corporation
Jeff Bewkes, CEO of TimeWarner
Jerry Speyer, Chairman of Tishman Speyer Properties
Arianna Huffington, Founder of the HuffingtonPost
Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
Roger Farah, President and COO of Ralph Lauren
James McNerney, CEO of Boeing

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February 21, 2010

Hey! Check out this Yale Daily News Article which follows up on my post about the SOM alumni network: http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/university-news/2010/02/19/som-alumni-network-matures/

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February 16, 2010

Apologies to Jonathan Safran Foer for lifting the title of his book for my post, but its been the theme of my day today. My favorite thing about the academic experience at business school so far has been that the problems and questions we have are real. There are real dates and times. Real people and places. The cases are from a variety of industries and often, written by our professors. I always wondered what it would be like to meet the people that we had spent hours reading/thinking about. That question was answered twice today.

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February 9, 2010

“All the serious money is indexed,” Burton G. Malkiel, Princeton economics professor and former dean of Yale SOM, is quoted to have said in Paul Sullivan’s February 6, 2010, article in the New York Times. Malkiel’s new book, The Elements of Investing, authored with Charles D.

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February 8, 2010

Last week SOM alumni received an email from Dean Oster giving a characteristic kick in the pants. The email basically reminded all of those alums that students are on the job market and that we all have a responsibility to help each other as members of this community, especially in this dreary economic climate.Almost every single one of those alums had Sharon Oster as a professor. They remember lessons about trade and tariffs and marginal utility...and they remember her passion for teaching at SOM.

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February 8, 2010

When we arrived at SOM, we were assigned groups of 4 with whom we would complete many of our core assignments. I think it's telling that we call those groups of 4 "small groups" rather than "study groups," as they do at many other business schools. At SOM, they become much more like family than a reading group. This time last year, I encouraged my small group mate, Joseph, to perform in Star Search, the annual talent show to raise money for the Internship Fund. He'd gotten a ukulele for Christmas, and had just begun to play.

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February 4, 2010

Given the recent change in policy in Washington with the so called “Volcker Rule,” and the renewed attention to the problems caused by financial firms that are “too big to fail,” I thought it might be appropriate to present some of my own suggestions here on the Yale SOM Community Blog. The following essay was originally written in September 2008.

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