/ Rebecca Bernstein/ Business

Types of Mergers and Acquisitions

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” -Henry Ford When major corporations decide to combine, the potential benefits are significant. Mergers and acquisitions (or “M&As”) enable companies to increase their profits, acquire competitive talent and gain a considerable edge in the marketplace. For anyone seeking to join the world… Read more »

/ Rebecca Bernstein/ Business

Why You Should Consider Pittsburgh for Your Start Up

Pittsburgh, once known for its steel industry, is making an economic transformation as one of the nation’s emerging technology hubs. A report by the Pittsburgh Technology Council estimates that the city is home to nearly 35,000 people working in software- and hardware-related professions. According to the report, this occupational cluster is expecting to add more… Read more »

/ Rebecca Bernstein/ Business

Startup Funding Stages

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Funding is arguably one of the most crucial elements of growing a company. Businesses seeking to expand may do so by appealing to investors — individuals or firms who offer money on the promise that they will receive a substantial payout once a company becomes profitable. Appealing to these investors is a process that comes… Read more »

/ Rebecca Bernstein/ Criminal Justice

Addressing Transgressions: Types of Criminal Punishment

Types of Criminal Punishment

Systems of criminal punishment exist to serve justice to offenders and protect the public. Every society, throughout history and across the world, has unique ideas about the meaning of these concepts. This has given rise to a variety of theories about how to address offenders and their actions. Different Types of Criminal Punishment The following… Read more »

/ Rebecca Bernstein/ Criminal Justice

An Introduction to Restorative Justice

“Restorative Justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior,” explains the Centre for Justice & Reconciliation (CJR). Although the concept is far from new, it gained modern prominence in the 1970s as an alternative to traditional methods of handling crime, The New York Times reports. Understanding restorative justice… Read more »

/ Rebecca Bernstein/ Communication

Press, Politics and Private Ownership: Comparing Global Media Systems

The nature of a country’s media cannot be divorced from its political, cultural or historical context. Comparing media systems provides an opportunity to understand how different nations view the role of the press, journalism and information distribution. Types of Media Systems Below are a few of the most common and influential media systems. Polarized Pluralist… Read more »

/ Rebecca Bernstein/ Business

Managing Creative People: A Beginner’s Guide

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Successfully leading a team is a challenge for any manager. When that team is composed of creative people, this responsibility can sometimes seem daunting. A “creative” is anyone who makes new things or thinks of new ideas, Merriam-Webster explains. By this definition, far more employees are “creatives” than one might imagine, from writers and musicians… Read more »

/ Rebecca Bernstein/ Business

5 Reasons Why Companies Go Public

If a privately owned company is successful enough, it may have the opportunity to turn public. This decision is a monumental one. “Going Public” means a company will be able to sell stocks and shares, significantly expanding its growth potential. However, the company will also be subject new rules and concerns regarding its operations. These… Read more »

/ Rebecca Bernstein/ Business

Going Public: The IPO Process

Initial public offerings, or IPOs, are a truly significant benchmark in the life of a company. IPOs are the means by which a company transitions from a private status to a public one, thus enabling it to sell stocks and shares. Doing so translates into the company acquiring increased funds and liquidity: in other words,… Read more »

/ Gabe Duverge/ Criminal Justice

Closing the Dark Net: The Story Behind the Silk Road Busts

When the FBI arrested Silk Road founder and operator Ross Ulbricht, the online marketplace for illegal drugs had already hosted exchanges worth $1.2 billion, according to The Washington Post. Considered one of the darkest corners of the internet, Silk Road and its successor, Silk Road 2.0, showcase how present the black market remains in society…. Read more »