How Smart Speakers Are Poised to Reinvent the Travel Industry

Harvard Business

Travelers with an Alexa device at home can book a car rental or hotel through Expedia and Kayak. On many fronts, artificial intelligence-powered smart speakers and apps seem poised to become the world’s virtual travel agents. The adoption of smart speakers is even outpacing that of smartphones a decade ago: An NPR-Edison Research study found that 18% of adults in the United States, or 43 million people, now own a smart speaker. A voice-enabled travel era.

How to Ask Your Boss for an Unpaid Leave to Travel, Study, or Spend Time with Family

Harvard Business

Explain how you’ll minimize the impact on coworkers and clients. Difficult conversations Work-life balance Negotiations Digital Article

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The Hidden Benefits of Short-Term Business Travel

Harvard Business

Despite the inherent fatigue and the surface appearance of monotony, business travel can be more than just getting work done in a new location. First, traveling abroad can build your confidence. In fact, short-term travel can often test people more than long-term assignments.

Just How Bad Is Business Travel for Your Health? Here’s the Data.

Harvard Business

I went with the pizza, but my lack of choices was annoying — so much so that, when I got home, I started looking into the data on health and travel for work. According to the Global Business Travel Association and American Express , Americans took more than 500 million domestic business trips in 2016. To investigate the link between business travel and chronic disease conditions, my colleagues and I turned to de-identified electronic medical record data from EHE, Inc.,

Study Says by 2030 1/4th of Miles Driven will be Driverless


Due to their ability to cut travel costs by 60%, shared autonomous electric vehicles (SAEVs) could shift about 25% of miles traveled from private automobiles-—creating enormous benefits for consumers as well as causing major disruption to the automotive industry.

Study: Replying to Customer Reviews Results in Better Ratings

Harvard Business

Approximately one-third of the hotels we studied increased their rounded ratings by half a star or more within six months of their first management response. Picture two travelers, Alice and Rodrigo, who stay at the same hotel at the same time. hbr staff/john swope/life/Getty Images. Every now and then, firms make mistakes that leave their customers unsatisfied: a restaurant misplaces an order, a hotel’s air conditioning breaks down, or a dry cleaner damages a garment.

What We Can Learn About the Economics of Discrimination from a Chilling Study of 1930s Germany

Harvard Business

Here are just a few examples: The travel ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, which has raised fears among U.S. Our recent study breaks new ground by measuring the economic losses caused by discrimination. MirageC/Getty Images.

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Case Study: Should You Rehire Someone Who Left for a Competitor?

Harvard Business

Editor's Note This fictionalized case study will appear in a forthcoming issue of Harvard Business Review, along with commentary from experts and readers. “He abandoned you for more money and travel, without thinking twice about Green Horizon’s mission or your friendship. It was amazing how quickly gossip traveled in their business. He admitted they gave him a significant raise and promised the opportunity to travel.”

Case Study: Should a Hotel Giant Eliminate Some Brands and Refocus?

Harvard Business

Editor's Note This fictionalized case study will appear in a forthcoming issue of Harvard Business Review, along with commentary from experts and readers. She and her team projected $200 million in annual cost savings; greater negotiating power with online travel agencies such as Expedia and Priceline; and the ability to boost both revenue, by cross-selling brands, and occupancy rates, by leveraging a larger reservations system. Tooga/Getty Images.

Case Study: When You Have to Choose Between Core and New Customers

Harvard Business

Editor's Note This fictionalized case study will appear in a forthcoming issue of Harvard Business Review, along with commentary from experts and readers. Market research had shown that committed maniacs like Toby were already shelling out that kind of money (sometimes more) just to travel to registration sites. It was the Monday morning after the Phoenix race.

Analyzing the CDC’s Crisis Communication In U.S. Ebola Outbreak

Melissa Agnes

Yesterday evening it was announced that an American who had recently travelled to Liberia has been diagnosed with Ebola and is under intensive care in the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Case Studies Leadership in a Crisis

Launch of The Consulting Bible – your secret weapon in today’s economy

Management Consulted

From salaries to travel, from boutiques to MBB, I’ve helped people understand the job, write the perfect resumes , and ace the toughest interviews. On sizing questions and mini-case studies… Why sizing questions can be trickier than case studies (pg. 50 case studies.

Behind-The-Scenes Look At How To Deliver a TEDx Talk

Melissa Agnes

I studied everything from the structure of their speeches, to their delivery, straight through to their choice of outfit. Combined with all the TED talks I studied, I felt I was ready to create my speech. Melissa's Speaking and Travel Fun

Short blogging break plus preview of what’s coming up at Management Consulted

Management Consulted

Hi readers: I hate to pause the blog train, but for the next few days I will be traveling and enjoying the last moments of 2008. Sample case studies that are as challenging (if not more so) as the toughest ones you’ll encounter at any McKinsey/Bain/BCG interview. I offer hands-on coaching sessions to help people break into management consulting and top business jobs – from re-writing your resume to simulated interviews/case studies to thorough Q&A.

How has the pathway to partner changed in the consulting industry?

The Source

Consulting offers many attractions for graduates choosing a career to embark on: the high salaries, the travel opportunities, the chance to work on clients’ most complex, high-stakes business problems—to name a few.

Manufactured Spend and Other Stupid Games, or, "I’ve Got A Real Job"

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

Constant business travelers like me spend lots of time studying the nuances of “loyalty” programs. We make sure we maximize our airline and hotel status, we have a wallet full of credit cards, and we pick our travel providers accordingly.

Recruiting versus reality

Tom Spencer

You’ll get to travel”. Though it’s highly likely you’ll travel domestically during your consulting career, it’s less likely you’ll have much control over where you travel (see above) or that you’ll travel internationally.

Casual Apparel Outperforms High-End Fashion


In 2016, as in past years, BCG conducted its annual study of total shareholder return (TSR) of 1,620 publicly traded companies in 28 industries. The industry ranked tenth overall and last among the five consumer industries in the study. Article Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

5 Smart Strategies to De-Stress & Accelerate Any Career or Business Transition

Consulting Matters

Travel. Collect testimonials and case studies. "If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all." Anna Quindlen. Have you fallen out of love with your career (or has it fallen out of love with you?)

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: I Got the Squeaky Chair

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

Consulting Advisory Saudi Arabia Feasibility Study Consultants Saudi Arabia. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Monday, May 20, 2013. I Got the Squeaky Chair. Considering how often I find myself sitting behind a desk at the client site, you might be surprised to learn how much I loathe it.

Reasons for Today's Stress Pandemic (and Why High-Achieving Women Suffer the Most)

Consulting Matters

There are many studies about the high toll that exhaustion is taking on us as individuals and companies and society on the whole. Since men did the traveling, men went to market and so the market institutions, rules, laws and habits were created by men for men. Heavy travel.

Understanding the Evolving Cuban Consumer


Restrictions on trade and travel are easing. Both Pope Francis and the Rolling Stones traveled to Cuba during the past year, highlighting the scope of global interest in the country. A third will analyze the country’s travel and tourism industry. Focus Thursday, June 02, 2016.

The Science of Burnout: Interview with Dr. Sangeeta Pati

Consulting Matters

Well I was born in the United States and traveled and got exposed to a lot of schooling abroad, which obviously ultimately has influenced where I have gone in medicine. Betsy: I remember the first time I traveled with my kids together. Interview Transcript: Betsy: Good afternoon.

15 Best Business Podcasts for Independent Consultants

Tsavo Neal

Podcasts make amazing listening material for commutes, travel, and listening for when you don’t feel like taking out a book. The show also features experts providing advice on topics such as insurance, contracts, travel, use of LinkedIn, and daily routines.

Tips for Undergrads Pursuing the Consulting Track

Tom Spencer

Study Hard. I don’t think this necessarily means you need to take business classes to help prepare for consulting, but it does mean that whatever you study, be passionate about it and do well in it. As a business major in college, I became familiar with the world of consulting early on.

How an Airplane Laptop Ban Would Expose Company Data to Espionage

Harvard Business

Millions of global travelers are anxiously awaiting the answer to this question. Aside from another terrorist group disrupting world-wide travel operations at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars , the other big winners from an increased ban could be foreign intelligence services. million people, earning an average salary of $152,868, traveled to Europe on business in 2015. Much of this theft occurs while American business travelers are operating overseas.

The Secrets of Retail’s Repeat Top Performers


In 2016, The Boston Consulting Group conducted its annual study of total shareholder return (TSR) of nearly 1,620 publicly traded companies in 28 industries. The industry ranked eighth overall and fourth among the five consumer industries studied. Travel and tourism, consumer durables, consumer nondurables, and fashion and luxury were the other four.

Social Hierarchy

As I’ve traveled the world and done work across many industries, it never ceases to amaze me how many social hierarchies exist. Having studied social hierarchies both formally and informally for close to three decades, I’ve concluded that there is no such thing as the single, universally-true social hierarchy. When I was at Stanford, I took a class on social hierarchies. I remember thinking it was fascinating how social hierarchies influence perceptions of self and others.

“Let me think about it” OR Why prospects don’t buy

Rod Burkert

When I studied it, it really – and I mean REALLY – put me in my prospect’s shoes. Does our website provide case studies or testimonials? Maybe they don’t like that I live/work/travel in an RV.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: Does An Ideal Seatmate Exist?

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

” Throughout my travels over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to be. or someone whose travel etiquette and personality suite you just. As a rookie consultant who is trying to study for my MA in Philosophy whilst on trains at ridiculous times of the morning, please can you define 'a healthy backside' for me? skip to main | skip to sidebar. Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Does An Ideal Seatmate Exist? Brought to you by Guest Blogger "Chloe Murray".

From Internship To Full-Time Job: The Best Way Into Consulting

Tom Spencer

Working 80+ hours during stressful weeks, not being home (or having any notable social life) between Monday and Thursday, frequent travel, and a high-pressure work environment can really take a toll on some people.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: Sorry Bill.I'd rather kiss my new boss.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

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An Ex-Consultant’s Jump into the Start Up World

Management Consulted

He co-founded MobileSuites, an app that puts travel concierge services and hotel information at your fingertips, and which you can (and should) find and sign-up for here. I knew I was really interested and passionate about technology, which was part of the reason I studied computer science. I ended up traveling on a few projects with my friend Basel, an analyst who started the same day that I did. The travel ecosphere is one that consultants are very familiar with.

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Read Like a Consultant: Reading habits for a professional world

Tom Spencer

Overall, I understood that LJ wanted to study China’s Arctic strategies for her Polar Studies program at a prestigious UK university. Her study focuses on renewable energy and clean energy technology, low carbon policy and energy access in developing countries.

New Technologies in the Insurance Landscape (Part 1 – Artificial Intelligence)

Tom Spencer

Industries such as travel, automotive, health and financial services, all of which are deeply tied to the insurance industry, have undergone significant disruptions of their own. Case Studies.

Unspoken truths of top-tier consulting: things every consultant knows, but no one says 

Tom Spencer

When you first start consulting, it can seem like a sort of corporate utopia: interesting work, a new client every few months, access to leaders of industry, great colleagues, endless career development and training, generous dinner budgets, extensive travel, nice hotels, international travel. Sam Smith worked in a top-tier management consulting firm for two years before taking time out for study.