Eccles School of Business
University of UtahWebsite
Professor Brown’s research focuses on platform competition, competitors’ strategies in tournaments, and job seekers’ behavior during the Great Recession. She holds a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, and previously held appointments at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and UBC’s Sauder School of Business.
|Amazon’s new $15 per hour minimum wage will force other companies to follow suit.||Disagree||7||“Amazon may pitch its new policy as ‘doing the right thing,’ but those headlines don’t disentangle benevolence and a firm’s push to get out ahead of a tightening labor market. After all, turnover may be costly for Amazon — especially if automation has already replaced some of its lowest-skilled workers. Other firms may follow the changing labor market more than they follow Amazon’s policies.”|
|Restrictions on skilled immigration will cause US firms to to shift more operations overseas.||Neither Agree nor Disagree||7||“This may be true for tech and (some) engineering jobs, but organizations can’t readily relocate many high-skill, user-facing professionals, such as doctors, nurses, professors, etc. Some jobs are simply not mobile.”|
|Uber has to develop self-driving cars in the next 10 years in order to remain viable.||Did Not Answer|
|A trade war will be more disruptive to business than to consumers.||Neither Agree nor Disagree||5||“What harms businesses will likely hurt its consumers; what harms consumers will likely hurt the firms from which those consumers demand goods and services.”|
|Concern over consumer privacy will fundamentally limit businesses’ ability to use big data.||Strongly Agree||7||“Regulators will face pressure unless consumers understand how their own data create value and see how the value is shared with them. Both big hurdles.”|