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Monday, December 16, 2013

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Evolution of business

UT Arlington Business School Dean Rachel Croson told The Dallas Morning News that the pace of business disruption is tossing old ideas about business education into a brave new world of 3-D printing, augmented reality and involuntary transparency in a question-and-answer feature published Sunday.

The "Affluenza" defense

After a Texas teen from a wealthy family avoided jail time, many are wondering whether the case has set a precedent for "affluenza," the affliction a psychologist cited in the trial, USA Today reported. Ben Agger, sociology professor and director of the UT Arlington Center for Theory, said the case might make some rethink parenting decisions. "The kid is a victim in this case -- not of being wealthy but the consequences of his unboundaried behavior. Ultimately adults are responsible both as role models and parents who turn a blind eye to their children's reckless behavior." The Tucson (Ariz.) Citizen, Indonesia Media, WTSP Tampa 10 News and several other websites published the USA Today story.

Transportation troubles

The regino was encrusted in a 4-inch-thick layer of ice, and North Texans wanted to know why city and state leaders weren't doing more to clear the roads, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Roger Meiners, a UT Arlington economics professor and chair of that department, said, "Nobody was starving, but the whole cycle of transportation was goofed up, and it will probably take a week for it to get back up."

Service and more than a smile

A recent UT Arlington study contends that service-oriented businesses that want to succeed with minority customers should consider hiring frontline employees who represent those ethnic groups, particularly when the business caters to Hispanics or Asians, TMCNet.com reported. Elten Briggs, associate professor of marketing, co-authored the paper that was recently published in the Journal of Business Research.

Corporate Super PACs

Dave Lieber's Watchdog column in The Dallas Morning News explored how corporate super political action committees are now ruled. The column quoted Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science. "I'm for free speech. It may be unfair, but the First Amendment doesn't talk about fairness. It talks about freedom, and that's what the case is based on."

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