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Social Impact

Why Do Some People See Inequality Where Others Don’t?

A new study helps explain societies’ deeply polarized views on bias and discrimination.

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Politics & Elections

Civil Servants Often Work for Administrations They Disagree with Politically. How Does This Affect Their Job Performance?

While the benefits of insulating career bureaucrats are clear, new research explores whether there are downsides, too.

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Strategy

How to Design Contests That Motivate Employees

From innovation challenges to sales competitions, contests offer a powerful way to incentivize teams and individuals.

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Economics

U.S. Firms Are Investing Heavily in Innovation, Yet Economic Productivity Has Slowed. Why?

The answer may lie in how pharmaceutical companies are targeting their R&D spending.

Policy

Why Spending Big on U.S. Infrastructure Makes Sense

A Kellogg professor explains the new appetite for large public investment—and how the American Jobs Act would deliver.

Cutting-edge thought leadership for executives

Optimize your marketing channels’ impact by joining one of Kellogg’s Executive Education classes in Marketing & Sales.

Healthcare

Nursing Shortages Cause Real Harm to Patients. Policymakers Should Pay Attention.

During COVID, governments eased hiring restrictions. A Kellogg economist explains why the labor market should stay flexible.

Organizations

4 Ways Leaders Can Defend Their Organizations Against Cybersecurity Threats

Former NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers on why your company could be a target—and what you should do about it.

Healthcare

Taking the Pulse of the Changing U.S. Healthcare Ecosystem

As healthcare gets more complex—and more expensive—business models are adapting to address misaligned interests and incentives.

Healthcare

How Regulating Hospital Prices Can Impact Patient Care

There are tangible benefits for quality of care when hospitals compete for higher-paying patients.

Marketing

When It Comes to Investing in Product Innovation, Large CPG Companies Could Learn a Lot from Their Smaller Competitors

New research suggests that, instead of aiming for big breakthroughs, large companies should focus on incremental but meaningful improvements.

Operations

How the Pandemic Will (and Won’t) Change Companies’ Operations

From stocking grocery store shelves to pricing plane tickets, here’s what to expect.

Organizations

Companies Are Adding More Women to Their Boards. What’s Driving the Change?

“When your largest shareholders create a ruckus, you listen.”

Organizations

Why Highly Esteemed Leaders Are Surprisingly Likely to Fumble Their Next Project

Organizations should be leery of putting high-status leaders beyond scrutiny.

Social Impact

How Do Immigrant Students Affect Their Classmates’ Academic Performance?

While previous studies suggested a negative impact, new, more precise research shows these students often boost their U.S.-born peers’ test scores

Social Impact

Why Companies Should Engage with Activists

As calls for social change grow louder, corporations that stay silent risk alienating both customers and employees.

Latest Podcast Episodes

Leadership

Podcast: Executive Presence—Do You Have It?

It’s not enough to be good at your job. On this episode of The Insightful Leader, learn how to develop the gravitas that commands attention and respect.

The visual alone is going to beat the verbal alone.
Marketing

Podcast: How to Tell Compelling Stories with Data Visualizations

On this episode of The Insightful Leader: a blueprint for making strong (and honest) arguments with data.

Innovation is increasingly privileging those in middle age or beyond.
Innovation

Podcast: How Can We Ramp Up Innovation?

On this episode of The Insightful Leader: what the data say about successful entrepreneurs and the types of policies that best support them.

So social awareness is not being self-focused, but other-focused.
Leadership

Podcast: How to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence

Strong leadership is about more than being the smartest person in the room. On this episode of The Insightful Leader, we offer tips to become more aware of yourself and those around you.

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Finance & Accounting

It’s Time for Central Banks to Start Issuing Their Own Digital Currencies. Yes, Even the Fed.

The case for why central banks and policymakers must jump in the race now or risk getting left behind.

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Organizations

How Leaders Can Truly Improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Their Organizations

Two professors share research-backed tips for rethinking your recruiting efforts and getting the most out of diversity training.

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Innovation

Keep Brainstorming—Your Best Ideas Are Still to Come

The common (and mistaken) belief that we generate our best ideas early can actually squash creativity.

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Economics

To Escape Jim Crow–Era Discrimination and Violence, Some Black Men Passed as White. But How Many?

Hundreds of thousands, according to a new study of Census data. Doing so provided some economic benefits but came at a great personal cost.

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Operations

One Healthcare System’s Race to Distribute the COVID-19 Vaccine

A chief medical officer and a supply-chain expert discuss the nuances of the rollout.

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Organizations

How Does a Polarized U.S. Move Beyond Its Current Conflicts?

A discussion about the psychology of group conflict, the risks of rampant misinformation, and the importance of resilient institutions.

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Finance & Accounting

Bonds. Corporate Bonds.

Corporate bond markets have proven remarkably resilient during the pandemic—and companies with strong credit are poised to benefit.

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Data Analytics

So Your Company Isn’t Getting the Most out of Analytics and AI. Here’s What to Do.

These tools have the possibility to transform your business. If you know how to harness them.

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Finance & Accounting

How Useful Are ESG Ratings for Sustainable Investors?

These ratings are proliferating. Now there may be a better way to assess them.

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Innovation

The Pandemic Could Accelerate Job Automation—and Inequality

Consequences for workers and cities could be bleak.

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Policy

With More Stimulus Relief on the Way, Here’s a Look at America’s Covid Economy

A former Treasury official discusses where things stand now—and what the future might bring.

Editor’s Picks

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Careers

Conservatives and Liberals Differ in How Aggressively They Recruit Women for Leadership Roles

But companies take note: a new study offers a simple intervention to curb gender bias early in the hiring process.

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Social Impact

There’s an Education Gap Between Rural and Urban Communities. Can Technology Bridge It?

Researchers identified a program that helps rural students learn—and improves their incomes later in life.

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Operations

2 Ways to Improve Rideshares for Drivers and Customers

Research suggests there are ways to reduce costs and emissions, as well as help customers get picked up more quickly.

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Marketing

TV Advertising Is Usually Not Worth It

Companies spend vast sums on commercials, but it’s been difficult to gauge their effectiveness. A new study offers a more reliable method—and some bad news for many brands.

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Policy

Contact Tracing Is Failing in the U.S. Here’s How to Fix It.

For starters, turn responsibility over to local organizations and communities, where trust is higher.

Leadership

Executive Presence Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All. Here’s How to Develop Yours.

A professor and executive coach unpacks this seemingly elusive trait.

Marketing

How Has Digital Film Changed the Moviegoing Experience?

In a world where movie theaters went digital … consumers got more options.

Finance & Accounting

Understanding the Rapidly Evolving World of Sustainable Finance

It’s no longer a niche investment strategy—and it has the potential to deliver strong returns.

Marketing

When Do People Take Huge Risks?

As a species, we’re cautious … except when the stakes are life-altering.

Social Impact

Big-Time College Athletes Don’t Get Paid. Here’s How This Amplifies Racial Inequities.

A new study finds that much of the revenue from football and basketball, which have a high proportion of Black athletes, gets funneled to predominantly white teams.

Innovation

In 2021, Consumers Are Craving Products That Deliver Novelty and Fun

After a year of buying boring staples in bulk, everything is about to change—and brands need to be ready to innovate.

Finance & Accounting

Rules to Limit Short-Term Trading Can Have Unintended Consequences

New research suggests that regulators should instead focus on broader investor access to information.

Politics & Elections

Do Powerful Politicians Play Favorites with Their Corporate Friends?

A new study examines the power of public scrutiny to keep high-ranking officials in check.

Economics

Why Do COVID-19 Death Rates Differ Wildly from Place to Place?

Researchers were surprised by the variable that best predicted fatalities.

Finance & Accounting

Does GameStop Signal the End of Short Selling as We Know It?

A conversation with a prominent short seller about the possible consequences of a wild week on Wall Street.

Marketing

COVID Has Forever Changed the Customer Experience

Here’s how companies can continue to adapt.

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Policy

One Key Trait That Predicts How Much People Will Socially Distance

This new research could help policymakers deliver more effective COVID-safety messaging.

Economics

Meet the (Surprisingly Rational) COVID Consumer

Research on initial consumer spending shows that those at higher risk were making safer choices.

Recommended

Finance & Accounting

Bonds. Corporate Bonds.

Corporate bond markets have proven remarkably resilient during the pandemic—and companies with strong credit are poised to benefit.

Finance & Accounting

It’s Time for Central Banks to Start Issuing Their Own Digital Currencies. Yes, Even the Fed.

The case for why central banks and policymakers must jump in the race now or risk getting left behind.

diverse group of employees in glass-walled office
Organizations

How Leaders Can Truly Improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Their Organizations

Two professors share research-backed tips for rethinking your recruiting efforts and getting the most out of diversity training.

Marketing

Podcast: How to Tell Compelling Stories with Data Visualizations

On this episode of The Insightful Leader: a blueprint for making strong (and honest) arguments with data.

group of employees brainstorms with hourglass table
Innovation

Keep Brainstorming—Your Best Ideas Are Still to Come

The common (and mistaken) belief that we generate our best ideas early can actually squash creativity.

Economics

To Escape Jim Crow–Era Discrimination and Violence, Some Black Men Passed as White. But How Many?

Hundreds of thousands, according to a new study of Census data. Doing so provided some economic benefits but came at a great personal cost.

hands holding up COVID vaccination cards
Operations

One Healthcare System’s Race to Distribute the COVID-19 Vaccine

A chief medical officer and a supply-chain expert discuss the nuances of the rollout.

Organizations

How Does a Polarized U.S. Move Beyond Its Current Conflicts?

A discussion about the psychology of group conflict, the risks of rampant misinformation, and the importance of resilient institutions.

Data Analytics

So Your Company Isn’t Getting the Most out of Analytics and AI. Here’s What to Do.

These tools have the possibility to transform your business. If you know how to harness them.

Finance & Accounting

How Useful Are ESG Ratings for Sustainable Investors?

These ratings are proliferating. Now there may be a better way to assess them.

Innovation

The Pandemic Could Accelerate Job Automation—and Inequality

Consequences for workers and cities could be bleak.

Policy

With More Stimulus Relief on the Way, Here’s a Look at America’s Covid Economy

A former Treasury official discusses where things stand now—and what the future might bring.

Innovation

Podcast: How Can We Ramp Up Innovation?

On this episode of The Insightful Leader: what the data say about successful entrepreneurs and the types of policies that best support them.

Careers

Conservatives and Liberals Differ in How Aggressively They Recruit Women for Leadership Roles

But companies take note: a new study offers a simple intervention to curb gender bias early in the hiring process.

Social Impact

There’s an Education Gap Between Rural and Urban Communities. Can Technology Bridge It?

Researchers identified a program that helps rural students learn—and improves their incomes later in life.

Operations

2 Ways to Improve Rideshares for Drivers and Customers

Research suggests there are ways to reduce costs and emissions, as well as help customers get picked up more quickly.

Marketing

TV Advertising Is Usually Not Worth It

Companies spend vast sums on commercials, but it’s been difficult to gauge their effectiveness. A new study offers a more reliable method—and some bad news for many brands.

woman phone contact tracing
Policy

Contact Tracing Is Failing in the U.S. Here’s How to Fix It.

For starters, turn responsibility over to local organizations and communities, where trust is higher.

Leadership

Executive Presence Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All. Here’s How to Develop Yours.

A professor and executive coach unpacks this seemingly elusive trait.