Newly adopted rules now allow investors to invest in startups and receive shares, regardless of that investor's net worth. It's a move that a Washington University in St. Louis faculty member says will help level the financial playing field.

WashU Expert: New crowdfunding rules expand entrepreneurial playing field

Today, new rules go into effect that allow anyone to invest in a startup and receive shares of that startup. Previously, the Securities and Exchange Commission required investors backing private companies to have a certain amount of net worth. A Washington University in St. Louis faculty member says the measures will expand the entrepreneurial playing field, to a point.
Motivation via monitoring: Research from Olin Business School shows that electronic monitoring of hand-washing compliance in hospitals works well — for a while.

What studying hand-washing is teaching about compliance

In many workplaces, standard processes are the key to a successful operation, ensuring efficiency and safety. New research from Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis shows that motivating compliance with standard processes via electronic monitoring can be a highly effective approach, despite concerns about employee backlash. However, the research also highlights that managers cannot simply “monitor and forget.”
President Barack Obama recently introduced executive reforms to eliminate loopholes that allow foreigners to conceal tax evasion in the United States. Olin Business School's Lamar Pierce says the move is an effort to prove America is willing to practice what it preaches when it comes to preventing tax fraud.

WashU Expert: The President’s plan to fight tax evasion

On May 6, President Barack Obama introduced executive reforms designed to eliminate loopholes that allow foreigners to conceal tax fraud and evasion in the United States. Olin Business School’s Lamar Pierce said the move is an effort to show U.S. global partners that it is ready to practice what it preaches when it comes to curbing shadowy financial transactions.
Business leader Thomas Cheong (second from left, front row) with other EMBA classmates

Leading and learning in Shanghai

When Thomas Cheong, EMBA ’13 (Shanghai), entered the Washington University–Fudan University Executive MBA program, he had already been working for 20 years, becoming a CFO at age 32 and a CEO by age 40. But he was still able to learn a lot, improved his classmates learning experience, and helped make the program even more global.

Kouvelis named POMS Fellow

Panos Kouvelis, director of The Boeing Center for Technology, Information, and Manufacturing and Emerson Distinguished Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management at Olin Business School, recently was named a Fellow by the Production and Operations Management Society.
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