Present Value Podcast

Present Value Podcast

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Present Value is an independent editorial project produced by students at Cornell University’s SC Johnson Graduate School of Management. We aim to bring insights from renowned thought-leaders to curious minds everywhere. New episodes will be released monthly, so subscribe now for more Present Value.


Beyond the Buzz: A Conversation About Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging | Dean Michelle Duguid
Oct 21 • 47 min
In this episode, Michelle Duguid discusses the effects of diversity on group performance, its relationship to status, power, and influence, and the importance of sponsorship and allyship within organizations. Newly appointed Dean of Diversity, Inclusion,…
Goal Pursuit, Information Avoidance, and Social Connection Around Food | Kaitlin Woolley
Sep 21 • 43 min
Kaitlin Woolley discusses the psychology behind goal pursuit and motivation, information avoidance, and the role food consumption plays in facilitating social connection. A rising star in the field of marketing, Professor Woolley also reflects upon the…
Multisensory Branding & Redefining an Iconic Brand | Raja Rajamannar
Aug 21 • 39 min
Raja Rajamannar, the Chief Marketing Officer at Mastercard, shares his thoughts about building a brand in today’s world. Raja discusses his career journey spanning everything from consumer packaged goods to financial services and technology. A pioneer in…
The Science of Winning: A Career in Sports Analytics | Doug Fearing
Jul 26 • 47 min
Doug Fearing discusses how a background in computer science led first to academia and then to the world of professional sports. Doug touches on what has changed in the world of sports analytics in the last decade, including a shift from descriptive…
Nutritional Science and Academic Freedom | T. Colin Campbell
Jun 29 • 50 min
Professor T. Colin Campbell joins us for an interview on a range of topics relating to nutrition, whole-foods plant-based diet, and academic freedom. The conversation explores the definition of nutrition in the context of his research in China that…
Innovation, Technological Mergers, and The Pursuit of Teaching | Gautam Ahuja
May 25 • 53 min
Professor Gautam Ahuja distinguishes between two different types of innovations for a firm, generative appropriability and primary appropriability. He then discusses how a firm can better organize itself to encourage innovation, through investments in…
The History of Capitalism and Democracy | Louis Hyman
May 4 • 51 min
Louis Hyman discusses the rise of the gig economy and how the gig economy is a consequence of “income volatility.” He discusses the ways businesses and the federal government can support gig economy workers as well as the current “productivity paradox.”…
Perspectives on COVID-19 | Andrew Karolyi, Lynn Wooten, Li Chen, Vishal Gaur, and Kaitlin Woolley
Apr 1 • 80 min
For this special edition episode covering the COVID-19 pandemic, the Present Value team connected with some of Cornell’s top minds to discuss various aspects of the crisis. Dean Andrew Karolyi, Dean Lynn Wooten, Professors Li Chen, Vishal Gaur, and…
Job Promotions, Rational Thinking, and Life Lessons | Michael Waldman
Mar 1 • 41 min
Professor Michael Waldman, a Professor of Economics at Johnson, discusses his decades of research into labor economics, including the role of job promotions, the benefits of lateral moves, and how resume padding may improve social welfare. He also…
Bias in Decision-Making, Social Media’s Role in Investor Communication, and I-FOMO | Ryan Guggenmos & Kristina Rennekamp
Feb 6 • 42 min
Professor Ryan Guggenmos and Professor Kristina Rennekamp (MS ‘11 and PhD ‘12) introduce the field of behavioral accounting by discussing the common biases that individuals, investors, managers, and regulators face when making decisions. From being too…
Putting Peer Pressure to Work | Robert Frank
Jan 24 • 43 min
Robert Frank, the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at the Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management, returns to Present Value to discuss his new book Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work. The…
Reflecting on Leadership, Pizza, Video Games, and “My Body is Ready” | Reggie Fils-Aimé
Dec 28, 2019 • 51 min
Reggie Fils-Aimé, the inaugural leader in residence at the Dyson School at Cornell University and former president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, breaks down his lessons in leadership and reflects on his varied career. He discusses…
Emerging Market Phenomena | Andrew Karolyi & Eswar Prasad
Dec 13, 2019 • 58 min
Eswar Prasad and Andrew Karolyi join us for a joint interview on a range of topics relating to emerging markets including measuring risk, the hegemony of the U.S. dollar, the U.S.-China trade conflict, and the global rise of autocracy. The conversation…
War Finance & Democratic Accountability | Sarah Kreps
Oct 29, 2019 • 42 min
Sarah Kreps breaks down the history of U.S. war finance, from the Revolutionary War up through modern engagements such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Central to her analysis is the idea of democratic accountability, or to what extent political leaders are held…
Navigating The Leadership Stage | Lynn Perry Wooten
Oct 8, 2019 • 45 min
Lynn Perry Wooten discusses her research in crisis leadership, the glass cliff phenomenon, and “positive deviance” behaviors for managers and organizations. On crisis leadership, she uses case examples of Chipotle and Boeing to illustrate the different…
Sips with a Sommelier: Lessons in Wine | Cheryl Stanley
Sep 18, 2019 • 62 min
Cheryl Stanley discusses the basics of wine tasting and ongoing trends in the wine industry. Specifically, Stanley defines the fundamental vocabulary used in describing wine, how to read a wine label, and how to start building a wine collection. She also…
Climate Change: Challenges Facing the International Community | Natalie Mahowald
Aug 26, 2019 • 39 min
Natalie Mahowald discusses the challenges presented by climate change from both a scientific and international perspective. Specifically, Professor Mahowald discusses the findings from the UN special report on climate change, that she co-authored,…
Current Trends in Retail Operations | Vishal Gaur
Jul 22, 2019 • 45 min
Vishal Gaur discusses the innovative ways that retailers are modifying their operations and using data to make strategic decisions. Specifically, Gaur discusses how firms can mitigate product expiration challenges by exploring different packaging sizes or…
Ethical Challenges with Technology in the Workplace | Ifeoma Ajunwa
Jul 8, 2019 • 50 min
Ifeoma Ajunwa, professor at the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell, discusses the interplay of law and technology in the multiple stages of an employee’s journey, from algorithms that hire the “ideal” worker to mobile apps that monitor…
Strategic Choices and Actions in a Digital World | Hernan Saenz
Jun 16, 2019 • 60 min
Hernan Saenz, Johnson faculty member and Bain & Company partner discusses how a company’s strategy must not only reflect a set of choices but must also lead to a set of actions taken in the marketplace. As an example, he shares how Southwest Airlines made…
Strategic Reflections: A Career in the Food Industry | Irene Rosenfeld
May 29, 2019 • 45 min
Irene Rosenfeld, the former Chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods and Mondelez International, discusses her 30 years in the food industry, the choices that defined her career and how her time at Cornell shaped her career. Rosenfeld’s career as a CEO at Kraft…
New Tech vs. New Deal: Fintech As a Systemic Phenomenon | Saule Omarova
May 10, 2019 • 63 min
Professor Saule Omarova of Cornell Law School joins Present Value to discuss the mechanics of financial system regulation and the systemic risks posed by the development of financial technology (“fintech”). The sources of systemic risk in the modern,…
The Green New Deal: Environmental Justice | Robert Hockett
Apr 9, 2019 • 70 min
Professor Robert Hockett, Edward Cornell Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, returns to Present Value to discuss the Green New Deal. Hockett is a regular advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria…
Financial Contagion and How Contradictory Beliefs Affect Market Optimality | David Easley
Mar 27, 2019 • 56 min
David Easley, Henry Scarborough Professor of Social Science at Cornell University, delves into his theoretical research that identifies externalities in the banking system which can lead to a contagion of bad events. He also shares new research detailing…
Gender Bias and Women in Leadership | Susan Fleming
Feb 21, 2019 • 56 min
Dr. Susan Fleming was a Senior Lecturer at Cornell from 2010-2018, teaching women in leadership and entrepreneurship. She currently sits on the board of directors of both RLI Corp. and Virtus Investment Partners. Our conversation focuses on gender bias in…
Financial Accounting Fraud, Past and Future | Mark Nelson and Robert Libby
Jan 29, 2019 • 49 min
Mark Nelson is the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean at Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. Robert Libby is the David A. Thomas Professor of Management. Both are longtime Johnson professors and experts in financial…
Calculus and the Power of Mathematical Lies | Steven Strogatz
Dec 21, 2018 • 70 min
Steven Strogatz is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University. Strogatz’s academic interests include nonlinear dynamics and complex systems. Our conversation begins with a discussion about his 2019 book Infinite…
Leadership in a VUCA World | Gen. George Casey
Nov 29, 2018 • 51 min
General George Casey Jr. is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer at Johnson. Casey had a successful 41-year career in the US Army, which concluded with four-years as the Army Chief of Staff under President Bush and President Obama. Our conversation centers on…
Ethics on Wall Street | Maureen O’Hara
Oct 31, 2018 • 54 min
We welcome Professor Maureen O’Hara, the Robert W. Purcell Professor of Finance at Cornell. Our conversation begins with a conversation about her foundational work on market microstructure theory and moves on to a discussion about the effects of ETFs and…
Consumer Stop and Go Signals | Manoj Thomas
Sep 7, 2018 • 38 min
We welcome Manoj Thomas to Present Value this month! Thomas holds the Breazzano Family Term Professorship of Management at Johnson. He earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India, an MBA from the Indian…
Media Intermediaries and Fake News | Mukti Khaire
Jun 29, 2018 • 60 min
We welcome Mukti Khaire to Present Value this month! Mukti is the Girish and Jaidev Reddy Professor of Practice at Johnson. Originally from India, Mukti holds a B.S. in microbiology and an M.S. environmental science from the University of Pune, and a…
Investment Banking, Immersion Learning and Bitcoin | Drew Pascarella
May 18, 2018 • 46 min
Drew Pascarella discusses the evolving role of the investment banker, cryptocurrency, and what makes the Spotify IPO special. He also discusses the advantages of immersion learning and what students can expect within Johnson’s Investment Banking…
Modern Monetary Theory and a Republic of Owners | Robert Hockett
Apr 8, 2018 • 72 min
Robert Hockett joins us on Present Value this month! Hockett is the Edward Cornell Law Professor at Cornell Law School, a Fellow at The Century Foundation, and Senior Counsel for Westwood Capital. We dive into Modern Monetary Theory, learn about his…
Sudden Death Aversion, Experiential Consumption and the Hot Hand Fallacy | Tom Gilovich
Feb 20, 2018 • 55 min
Our guest this month is Tom Gilovich, Irene Blecker Rosenfeld Professor of Psychology at Cornell University. Professor Gilovich has published seminal work in the fields of behavioral economics and social psychology. We discuss a wide range of his research…
Critical Thinking and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace | Risa Mish
Jan 11, 2018 • 41 min
Our guest this month is Risa M. Mish, Professor of the Practice of Management at the SC Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Professor Mish discusses her childhood ambitions of becoming a rabbi, her experiences as a young woman in…
Economic Naturalism and Universal Healthcare | Robert Frank
Nov 29, 2017 • 49 min
In our inaugural episode, we talk to Professor Robert H. Frank, Cornell University’s Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management. He shares his ideas on why people don’t notice their own luck, single-payer healthcare, why context matters, and the…