Larry Van Horn

The Future of the Health Care Reform Law

Feb 14, 2011 | As the national health care reform law moves towards implementation, critics continue efforts to block it. Two federal judges have ruled that it’s unconstitutional, several state legislatures have voted not to abide by some of the law’s components, and the U.S. House and Senate are considering separate repeal measures.

So where does all this leave those in the health care industry? To help businesses get a better read on the situation, Larry Van Horn, associate professor of health care management and executive director of health affairs at Owen, talks about the road ahead. (Interview conducted by Ryan Underwood; length: 15 minutes.)
David Owens

Management Shakeups at Apple and Google

Jan 25, 2011 | Two giants of the tech industry -- Apple and Google -- both recently announced major management changes. First, Steve Jobs said he would take another medical leave, making Tim Cook acting CEO of Apple. Then Google co-founder Larry Page announced that he would replace longtime CEO Eric Schmidt in part to "speed up decision making" at the company.

David Owens, Clinical Professor of Business Strategy and Innovation at Owen, shares his thoughts on how both moves may affect the companies. (Interview conducted by Ryan Underwood; length: 10:30.)

Luke Froeb on Borders' Bid for Barnes & Noble

Dec 9, 2010 | This week, hedge fund manager William Ackman, a major shareholder in Borders Group Inc., said he'd be willing to finance a $960 million bid for the company's purchase of bookstore rival Barnes & Noble. But Luke M. Froeb, William C. Oehmig Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise and former Director of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Economics, sees regulatory roadblocks ahead for any such big-box bookstore deal. (10 min., interview by Ryan Underwood.)

Hiring Advice for Employers

Apr 14, 2009 | Even in a tight job market, high-pressure recruitment tactics can poison the employer-employee relationship. New research by Vanderbilt Professor Ray Friedman shows perceived mistreatment during the recruitment process can make it much more likely that employees will jump ship in the first five years after being hired.

Thinking Like a CEO

Apr 2, 2009 | Leading a company often involves a paradox. The skills that propel a person to the top—whether an entrepreneur building a new business or someone rising through an established organization—may not be the skills most essential for guiding the entire enterprise as a chief executive. Three Vanderbilt professors have had opportunities to study and reflect on qualities that characterize how CEOs think and behave.

Lobbying Expenditures Yield Big Returns

Jan 15, 2009 | When it comes to lobbying, more firms are getting into the game. Recent research by David Parsley, Professor of Economics and Finance, provides a picture of just how profitable such activities can be.

Volatility Index in the Spotlight

Jan 9, 2009 | The CBOE Market Volatility Index (VIX) measures investor anxiety about the stock market. While current levels of the index exceed the norm, Professor Bob Whaley, creator of the VIX, addresses misperceptions about the index, including the assertion that market anxiety is at an all-time high.

Hedge Fund Restrictions

Dec 17, 2008 | Amidst staggering losses, hedge funds are increasingly putting the brakes on investor attempts to withdraw funds. Professor Nick Bollen finds that these new restrictions come with a heavy price tag for investors.

The Poverty Paradox

Apr 21, 2008 | Professor Bart Victor discusses his research on the benefits of micro-lending with Rob Simbeck.

Navigating Global Antitrust Regulations

Apr 21, 2008 | Professor Luke Froeb discusses the state of international antitrust laws with Rob Simbeck.

Managing the Brand: You

Apr 21, 2008 | In today's corporate culture, the reputation, attitude and identity of individual managers and executives have taken on added importance as companies strive to define and separate themselves in a competitive marketplace. For that reason, many executives are beginning to focus on their personal brands--both for reasons of self-marketing and to become better leaders. With training in both vocal performance and business communication, Kimberly Pace, assistant clinical professor of management, helps MBA students and corporate executives recognize that trust, authenticity and feedback are crucial components of the personal brand strategy.

Campaign Contributions Boost ROI

Apr 21, 2008 | In the vast and murky area of corporate campaign contributions, new research by Alexei Ovtchinnikov, assistant professor of finance, provides some of the first hard evidence documenting a "positive and significant" relationship between contributions and stock returns, as well as increased profitability for firms that contribute.

The Effects of Complexity on Decision-Making

Feb 25, 2008 | Economic theory notwithstanding, people faced with everything from restaurant menus to health care plans find that more choices are not always better. New research by Mike Shor, assistant professor of management, is sorting out the complexities of information overload and seeking to insure better decisions for individuals and society.

The Changing Business Model in Media

Feb 25, 2008 | An Oklahoma State grad, Tim Dubois came to Vanderbilt 25 years ago to teach accounting and write some songs on the side. His talent carried him from the classroom into a career as a writer, producer and, later, executive in the music industry. As head of Arista Records and co-founder of Universal South, Tim was named “one of the most powerful people in the entertainment industry.” Dubois has rejoined the Owen faculty, this time as clinical professor of management with a focus on the media and entertainment industry. Reporter Rob Simbeck talks with him about trends, the rapidly changing business model, and what the media and entertainment industry will demand from its leaders going forward.

Routine Inflation of Hedge Fund Returns

Feb 25, 2008 | High-profile fund implosions and continued economic turmoil from the sub-prime mortgage crisis have not diminished the love affair between investors and hedge funds. But new research by Nick Bollen, E. Bronson Ingram Professor in Finance, discovered that a significant number of hedge fund managers routinely and purposefully avoid reporting losses in their funds by marking up the value of their portfolios.
Van Horn

The 2008 Health Care Debate

Feb 25, 2008 | The health care industry makes up one-seventh of the American economy and its component parts—doctors, hospitals, insurers and drug manufacturers—are well represented in Washington. Few topics concern Americans more, so it may be surprising that there so little discussion of health care on the 2008 campaign trail. Larry Van Horn, associate professor of management and faculty director for the health care MBA, explains why and speaks to the important issues that are on the table during this election year.

Behavioral Integrity and Corporate Culture

Sep 5, 2007 | Professor Ray Friedman discusses a recent study to determine whether sensitivity to behavioral integrity varied among employees of various racial groups.

The Free Speech/Workplace Collision

Jul 20, 2007 | Professor Bruce Barry discusses his new book with Rob Simbeck.

The High Cost of Failing to Exercise Options

Jul 20, 2007 | Professor Bob Whaley discusses his research on call options with Rob Simbeck.

Socially Responsible Investing

Feb 15, 2007 | Professor Nick Bollen discusses a soon to be published research paper on socially responsible investing.