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Faculty Viewpoints

  • Why Connecticut’s Investments Are Underperforming

    Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Steven Tian and their team found that Connecticut’s return on its pension fund investments is among the worst in the nation. Their analysis of all 50 states offers some avenues for improvement.

    The Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford with dark clouds in the sky
  • Is It Smart to Be a ‘Stupid Genius’ Like Elon Musk?

    Yale SOM leadership expert Jeffrey Sonnenfeld asks if the CEO’s eccentricities and forgotten promises are undermining his leadership of Twitter, Tesla, and SpaceX.

    Elon Musk carrying a sink through Twitter headquarters
  • Has the CRISPR Revolution Arrived Yet?

    The first drugs using the CRISPR technique are approaching the market, with the potential to transform the lives of people with certain genetic illnesses. We talked with Dr. Greg Licholai about the state of the technology.

    Confocal Fluorescence Microscopy of CRISPR-generated knockout cells. 
  • Cynicism and Ageism Are Drowning Out Biden’s Accomplishments as He Seeks Second Term

    Yale SOM leadership expert Jeffrey Sonnenfeld writes that cynical media coverage and unwarranted concern over Biden’s age have muted the remarkable achievements of his first term.

    President Joe Biden speaking at an event
  • Personal Finance: Popular Authors vs. Economists

    Before teaching a personal finance course, Prof. James Choi dipped into some popular books on the topic. He found that much of what personal finance gurus suggest is at odds with economic research—but that they also have insights into human nature that are sometimes missing from economic analyses.

    An illustration of a woman standing on top of a pile of coins
  • The Dominion Settlement Is Just the Beginning of Fox’s Nightmare

    Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Steven Tian write that the historic settlement and the revelations that preceded it have left Fox Corporation damaged and vulnerable to additional litigation.

    A sign reading "How do you Fox News?"
  • Remembering Oz Nelson, Who Reinvented UPS

    In the 1990s, Nelson modernized the shipping company and gave it a new focus on the customer. Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld remembers the former CEO, who died on April 6.

    Oz Nelson in his office
  • How Disney’s Bob Iger Outmaneuvered Ron DeSantis

    Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld writes that Iger offered a master class in standing up to bullies when he undercut the Florida governor’s attempt to impose new oversight on Walt Disney World.

    Robert Iger with Mickey Mouse at an event
  • Just Say No to Handing Putin Control of the UN Security Council

    Russia is slated to assume the presidency of the UN Security Council on April 1. Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Senator Richard Blumenthal, and former ambassador Jon Huntsman write that the U.S. must exercise its rarely-used veto powers to prevent Russia from using the role to whitewash its invasion of Ukraine.

    Vladimir Putin speaking to the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. 
  • The Decades-Long Effort to Account for the Value of Natural Resources

    Yale School of the Environment economist Eli Fenichel helped develop a national strategy to integrate environmental and economic decision-making.

    An aerial photo of a forest with a house in the middle