CATALYST

CATALYST

CATALYST is about pivotal moments that shape business and the global economy. We tap into the expertise of Temple University’s Fox School of Business faculty and business community to dig deep into today’s most pressing questions, like: What is the future of work? Will the WTO stop working? Who is winning the global AI race? We decode topics from philosophical and practical standpoints so you, the workforce, can spark change in your field.

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November 8, 2021 24 min

Donating money and volunteering at nonprofits or your favorite charity are wonderful ways to give back to your community, especially during the holiday season. But combining your passions, professional expertise and education? That is paws-atively extraordinary.  

 

Through her experiences at the Fox School, Sarah Bergstein got to do all of that and help animals in need at Morris Animal Refuge in the process. After adopting two res...

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After decades of saying no to college athletes looking to earn a few dollars, the NCAA gave the go-ahead for athletes to make money from the use of their name, image and likeness (NIL). And it’s a game-changer—and not just for the top athletes at big Division I colleges and universities. 

 

Many social media-savvy college athletes are already securing revenue streams via both big and small business sponsorships. In this episode, Th...

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October 4, 2021 23 min

According to a recent report by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 46% of LGBTQIA+ Americans remain closeted in the workplace. 

 

Workers surveyed cited a variety of reasons for not coming out to colleagues: 38% said they hid their sexuality because of the possibility of being stereotyped, 36% said they didn’t want to make people feel uncomfortable, and 31% said they worried about the possibility of losing connections or rel...

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September 20, 2021 28 min

The world of Hip Hop is full of references. Listen to lyrics from Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar or Cardi B and hear plenty of allusions to events, people and products. 

 

But how do those references make their way into the cultural consciousness of listeners? And even more so, how can music change consumer behavior? 

 

In this episode of Catalyst, we speak with Marcus Collins, DBA ‘18, distinguished marketing professional, researcher, educ...

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August 23, 2021 1 min

What makes the world of business happen? 

That why we’re here. On the Catalyst podcast, we bring you the pivotal moments that shape business in Philadelphia and around the world. 

In this season, we’ll interview experts on everything from how hip hop influences consumer behavior to what’s next in artificial intelligence.

Join us and the experts from Temple University’s Fox School of Business as we kick off our third season on Septe...

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April 5, 2021 26 min

Taking a business from an idea to reality takes guts. So does pitching your company to a panel of potential investors on a television show that will be broadcast across the United States.

 

In this episode of Catalyst, we catch up with Fox alumnus Jared Cannon on his experiences doing exactly that—founding his business Simply Good Jars, pivoting his business model to fit the needs of consumers and pitching his company to potential ...

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Research shows that young professionals and people of color are encountering barriers that prevent them from moving into a leadership role on a nonprofit organization’s board of directors.

 

In this episode of Catalyst, Shawn Edwards, a FOX DBA alumna, and Maureen Cannon, program director of Fox Board Fellows, discuss how a nonprofit organization can open pathways for building a leadership team that more closely reflects the commun...

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March 8, 2021 18 min

Sports are traditionally big business, but much of that has come to a halt due to to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

In this episode of Catalyst, Jeremy Jordan, associate dean of Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management, details the ripple effect that the pandemic has had on the sport industry. He outlines how the pandemic has affected just about everyone in the realm of sports, but he also offers optimism f...

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February 22, 2021 22 min

Every year, hundreds of thousands of employment-based immigrant visas are provided to workers under U.S. immigration law. But what does this mean for the average person working and living in the U.S.? And how do highly-skilled immigrants impact the U.S. economy?

In this episode of Catalyst, Kevin Fandl, associate professor of legal studies and strategic global management, details the history of high-skilled worker visas in America....

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February 8, 2021 21 min

We all have emotions. But what happens when we express them in the workplace? 

 

In this episode of Catalyst, Deanna Geddes, associate dean of graduate programs and professor of Human Resources Management, talks about the benefits of expressing our emotions at work, for both managers and organizations. We discuss what emotions tell us, how managers can expand both their own and their employees’ emotional expression, and what the di...

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January 25, 2021 24 min

A new presidential administration is always a significant change. As President Biden is sworn in during an economic recession caused by a global pandemic, does business have an ally or adversary in the Oval Office? 

 

On this episode of Catalyst, Ron Anderson, dean of the Fox School of Business and professor of finance, talks about what Biden means for business. While Congress holds the purse strings of the U.S. government, the exe...

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December 21, 2020 16 min

In this special episode, we’re taking a deep dive into the student experience at the Fox School of Business. Kate Rickards Markowitz, director of undergraduate enrollment, tells us about building a life inside and outside of the classroom—in person and in a virtual environment. 

 

If you or anyone you know are interested in learning more about the Fox School, Kate explains the majors and minors available at Fox, how students can ne...

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December 7, 2020 32 min

2020 is unprecedented territory for even the most seasoned experts, and the lasting effects of COVID-19 still remain to be seen. But nearly a year into the pandemic, there are a variety of unintended consequences that have been researched, analyzed and discussed in the media. 

For instance, can you imagine eating at an all-you-can buffet restaurant in the future? Will those types of restaurants exist following the pandemic?

What ab...

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November 16, 2020 23 min

Holiday shopping is here! But with a global pandemic, disrupted supply chains and more online shopping than ever—what will this season hold? 

 

Just like everything else in 2020, this year’s holiday season won’t look like years past. Consumer behaviors may be changed forever by the combined powers of a global pandemic and the digital transformation of business. From a dramatic increase in online shopping to buying gifts that are ro...

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November 2, 2020 27 min

Especially in times of change or crisis, employees look to senior executives for confidence, guidance and direction. But being a leader means nothing unless people choose to follow, and people generally choose to follow those in whom they believe. But when employees lose faith in a leader, that lack of trust can turn into cynicism.

 

The perception of competence and trustworthiness are the main reasons employees believe in their le...

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October 19, 2020 25 min

Disrupted supply chains. Reduced consumer spending. Decreased salaries. Furloughs and layoffs. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the economy, affecting us in unforeseen ways. 

In this episode of Catalyst, Steve Casper, PhD ’10 and associate professor of finance, and Dennis Martin, DBA ’18, describe the big and small financial picture, for business executives and regular households. These experts use their global corpor...

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October 5, 2020 22 min

The #MeToo movement has brought to the forefront what, for years, was shoved aside or ignored. For many aggressors in sexual harassment or sexual assault cases, the consequences have been more considerable that before. Except that’s not exactly the case when it comes to professional athletes.

 

In this episode of Catalyst, Elizabeth Taylor, an assistant professor in the Sport and Recreation Management Department at Temple Universit...

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September 21, 2020 19 min

How can we stop the gun violence epidemic? Temple University’s Center for Urban Bioethics, housed at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, uses evidence-based intervention programs to detect conflicts, treat high-risk individuals and change norms in Philadelphia to prevent gun violence. The program has had success, but its leaders are keenly aware that sustainable funding is needed to ensure the programs' long-term success.

 

That...

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July 6, 2020 18 min

COVID-19 has affected just about every industry, including the tourism sector. For instance, in China, hotel occupancy showed a 71% year-over-year decline from January 23-26. In the U.S., there is predicted to be a drop in travel spending of 355 billion U.S. dollars in 2020, a decrease of 31%.

Recovery is going to take considerable time, but thanks to Yang Yang, an associate professor in the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitali...

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June 22, 2020 27 min

Many companies promote their diversity initiatives, but according to Patrick McKay, professor of Human Resource Management at the Fox School of Business, it takes more than that. McKay research finds that addressing the diversity “checkboxes” doesn’t matter as much as changing the cultural climate of the organization. Companies that are tackling diversity with hiring initiatives or training days may think that they’re taking the ri...

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