Big Data's Human Component

Harvard Business Review

Any fool, or mortgage banker, can use a spreadsheet and calculate a Black-Scholes equation. Machines don't make the essential and important connections among data and they don't create information. Humans do. Tools have the power to make work easier and solve problems.

If the SEC Measured CEO Pay Packages Properly, They Would Look Even More Outrageous

Harvard Business Review

The SEC’s new disclosure requirement implements a section of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 that seeks to expose extreme pay gaps within corporations and to permit cross-company comparisons of CEO-worker pay inequality. On December 7, Portland, Oregon, passed a law that will impose a surcharge on the local business taxes paid by corporations that operate in the city when the CEO’s compensation is 100 times or more the median earnings of the company’s employees.

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The Nasty Truth about CEO Pay

Harvard Business Review

Yes, the market is rebounding; the S&P 500 was up 13% over 2010. Using the S&P500 as a proxy, and setting the January 1, 2007 stock price at $100/share, Tom's share price at the beginning of each year is as follows: 2008 — $102; 2009 - $66; 2010 — $ 80; and 2011 — $90. Black-Scholes Valuation based on stock price at issue. 04 Jan 2010. $80. Black-Scholes Valuation based on stock price at issue. 04 Jan 2010.

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