Research participants who had played a 5-minute computer game using a Superman avatar were subsequently kinder to other people, and those who had played as the evil Voldemort were less kind, say Gunwoo Yoon and Patrick T. Vargas of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After the computer game, the participants were instructed to provide an unspecified amount of chocolate and hot chili sauce to other people who they believed would be required to eat it all (untrue); those who ...Continue Reading →
The power of digital platforms to profitably disrupt industries continues to impress. Platform leaders like Amazon, Facebook, Airbnb, Uber and Google redefine user experience and expectations. Their ongoing success pushes incumbents to alternately revisit core business assumptions and seek regulatory relief.
What really makes them work? True platform innovators ...Continue Reading →
It’s not easy getting ready for a big presentation. The stakes can feel high, and in our desire for things to go well, the anticipation builds. Fear, anxiety, or even paralysis can kick in. What can you do to calm your nerves when ...Continue Reading →
Being aware of the gender lens – practicing gender capitalism — can quash investment bias, create opportunities and boost returns, according to a Bank of America expert.Continue Reading →
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A controversial North Carolina state law that cancels a city’s move to protect LGBT rights has highlighted the increasing power and scope of corporate and CEO social activism.Continue Reading →
Today, editorial voices are outnumbered by public relations professionals by almost 5:1 – something most publishers lament. The problem with this plague of pitches is that publishers have had enough, and they’re beginning to implement strict spam filters to keep public relations pitches out of their inboxes. In an effort to raise awareness, I conducted an exclusive survey with more than 500 leading digital publishers to find out what we can do to improve the noise-to-value ratio for people who ...Continue Reading →
Does intensive internal training of employees lead to higher profits? Research shows that in knowledge-based industries where the main asset is skilled professionals such as software engineers, the answer is yes.Continue Reading →
Are colleges failing to prepare students for work? Or do employers have an unrealistic view of their labor supply chain? Wharton professor Peter Cappelli’s research finds fault on both sides.Continue Reading →
Introducing more accountability into an organization is never easy; all too often the people you are trying to make accountable interpret your initiative as a sign that you don’t trust them. It’s a problem I encountered frequently in the post-soviet companies that the private equity fund I advised invested in.
A particularly striking case in point was the experience we had with the local management of a large flour mill we had acquired in Romania in a privatization tender. ...Continue Reading →
Paul Oyer, Stanford economist and the author of Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Economics I Learned from Online Dating, explains the marketplace of online love.
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