Category: Business

Crunch: The Reality of Working Conditions in Game Development

The game industry often requires developers to work sixteen-hour days to meet pre-release deadlines. But reasonable hours are the key to productivity. In November 2004, a blogger behind the username ea_spouse, published an opinion piece describing the working-conditions of her husband at EA Games, one of the biggest game development companies in the world. She… Read more »

Amazon, Walmart and…Ancient Greece?

What can a historian from 400 B.C.E. tell us about cutting-edge corporate strategy in 2019? There will be war. Thucydides was an ancient Greek general now known for his book History of the Peloponnesian War, a meticulous chronicle of the epic clash between Athens and Sparta in the late fifth century B.C.E. Thucydides noticed that… Read more »

Strikes or Stagnation? The Strife of the Modern American Laborer

In today’s seemingly hyper-efficient economy, people expect things to just work. American corporations are well aware of increased consumer demand elasticity when things don’t function the way they are supposed to; this is the reason internet companies such as Facebook prioritize minimal downtime over all else. When things malfunction, hiccup, or slow down, consumers notice… Read more »

Boeing and the FAA’s Failings in the 737 MAX Disasters

March 10, 2019 was when it all started to go wrong for Boeing. Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 took off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, on what should have been a normal flight to Nairobi, Kenya. Yet, six minutes after take-off, the flight crashed thirty-nine miles from the airport. The… Read more »

Victoria’s Secret: The Outdated Beauty Ideals of a Dying Brand

When you walk into Victoria’s Secret, you are immediately accosted by a cloyingly sweet wave of perfume as your eyes adjust to the dim light. Life-sized pictures of scantily clad models with seductive expressions stare down at you from the deep purple walls. For many years, this defined the lingerie shopping experience for many women…. Read more »