Coming to a Mall Near You: Robo-Seller

Increasingly, online merchants, together with brick-and-mortar sellers and data intermediaries, are knitting together mass data collection, the interconnective power of the “Internet of Things” and automated algorithmic pricing and selling with their existing retailing and supply-chain businesses. The result of this coordination is that traditional sales functions such as competitive intelligence gathering and pricing are

Overcoming Cultural Barriers in Major League Baseball

Prof. Ken Jacobsen and Han Lee

Third-year law student Han Gil Lee, former Temple Law Professor N. Jeremi Duru and I recently formed Global Sporting Integration LLC (GSI), a consulting firm specializing in assisting Minor and Major League Baseball (MLB) players from Asian countries successfully transition to the United States. During the 2013 season, approximately 60 Asian-born players competed in MLB

Bringing Big-Data Analytics to Law

Law Atlas

Legal academics are in the business of coming up with new ideas and research results, but it’s not often that a research project in law produces a new technology. That rare brand of lightning has struck the Law School’s Public Health Law Research Program, producing Temple Law’s first technology transfer spin-off and, we hope, changing

The Purpose of a Corporation: A Brief History

City Skyscrapers

What is the purpose of a corporation? Today, the standard answer is that a corporation’s purpose is to benefit its shareholders – academics speak of the “shareholder primacy norm,” and many talk of corporate managers’ task as “shareholder wealth maximization.” Even apparently selfless corporate acts, such as charitable donations, are justified as ultimately benefiting shareholders

The New Investor

Laptop Keyboard

A sea change is happening in finance. Machines appear to be on the rise and humans on the decline. Human endeavors have become unmanned endeavors. Human thought and human deliberation have been replaced by computerized analysis and mathematical models. Technological advances have made finance faster, larger, more global, more interconnected, and less human. Modern finance