OCB faculty weigh in on economic news

Thursday, February 2, 2012

There's a lot going on in the world of business right now, and Opus College of Business faculty members are highly sought after to help make sense of it all. For starters, Target's January sales were double what analysts predicted, and UST's Dave Brennan opined that the spike "suggests clearance rather than the sale of hot new products."

Meanwhile, in a piece about the widely variable nature of home price declines in the Twin Cities, Shenehon Center for Real Estate director Herb Tousley weighs in on the effects of foreclosures on the wider housing market.

Flooding in a part of Thailand that serves as a center of disk-drive manufacturing is causing economic ripples being felt by such Twin Cities companies as Hutchinson Technology, Seagate Technology and 3M. In its coverage of the floods, the Star Tribune talks to UST's David Vang about the SEC filing implications.

And, finally, in a story about 3M holding onto corporate jets while trumpeting cost-cutting, UST business ethics professor Dawn Elm says that "companies need to be careful" about their reputations.

Originally published: 02/02/2012, Star Tribune