The Olin Business School at Washington University, in partnership with the Brookings Institution, has designed the MS-Leadership degree to develop leaders for service as senior federal executives. Here, Andrew Shatte, founder and president of Phoenix Life Academy, teaches resilience. (Photo: Tamzin B. Smith/Brookings Executive Education)

Leading by thinking

In the Brookings Executive Education program, the Olin Business School partners with the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., to provide our public leaders with new or enhanced capabilities to lead their agencies.
Community members affected by gun violence in St. Louis speak with Washington University students taking part in a recent Public Health Challenge. Pictured, from left, are Linda Fehrmann, of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Valerie Dent, of STL Mothers in Charge; Glenda Lay, a survivor, and the Rev. Marc Smith, vicar of gun violence for the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. (Photo: Institute for Public Health)

Students offer ideas to fight gun violence

Washington University in St. Louis’ Institute for Public Health recently hosted a student Public Health Challenge, in partnership with the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship. During the event, teams of students developed social and entrepreneurial concepts designed to reduce gun violence in St. Louis.
The urge to upgrade to a new product, service or feature can be overwhelming for consumers. New research from Olin Business School shows how a concept called comparison neglect comes into play in upgrade decisions.

The urge to upgrade

In order to properly decide if an upgrade is worth the cost, consumers should compare the new product with what they already own. But new research from Washington University in St. Louis shows there‘s a wide gap between what buyers should do and what actually happens when it comes to the most cutting-edge gadgets, products and services.
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