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How Much Data is Too Much Data To Mine?

Do you know how much data is being collected about you at any given time by any given organization? Concerns about privacy in the new era of big data are making the rounds at many companies and being discussed by universities, governments and global institutions. This blogpost discusses some of the major privacy concerns about big data, how to address them and has a special focus on Equifax, the credit company that has 800 billion records with details on 500 million consumers and 81 million businesses in 17 countries.

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Customers and service innovation

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Eric von Hippel of the MIT Sloan School has long argued that users play a larger role in product development than is commonly believed. Now, in a new working paper, Pedro Oliveira and von Hippel take a look at customers' role in innovation in a service industry: banking.

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Overcoming innovation hurdles

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What’s one of the challenges to successful management or process innovation in an existing business? The array of organizational structures that are designed to keep current processes running smoothly.

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Expert Opinions on the Economy

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Harvard’s Martin Feldstein and MIT’s Simon Johnson offer insights on the economy and the banking system.

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Innovating our way to a financial sector meltdown

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The global financial crisis that occurred in 2008 can be viewed as a systems accident that was fueled, in part, by innovations in the financial sector.

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Innovations, good and bad

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As he analyzed the financial crisis for Newsweek, Johns Hopkins professor Francis Fukuyama contrasted Silicon-Valley-style technological innovation and financial innovation. Supporters of financial regulation, Fukuyama wrote, had
argued that long-standing regulations like the Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act (which split up commercial and investment banking) were stifling innovation and undermining the competitiveness of U.S. financial institutions.

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Why foreigners invest in U.S. markets

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One factor behind the U.S. government's decision to take over troubled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Concerns expressed by foreign investors, The Wall Street Journal reports. That brings to mind a new working paper by MIT Sloan School associate professor Kristin J. Forbes.  She studied the question of why foreigners continue to invest in U.S.

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