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Certain kinds of projects benefit from hands-on, in-person collaboration.
May 15, 2020

Having a Far-Flung Supply Chain May Lead to More Product Defects

When firms have to collaborate over long distances, the final product suffers.

Business transformer on city block
May 15, 2020

3 Strategies to Transform Your Business for the Pandemic Economy

You know you need to adapt. But how?

meeting participants improv
May 13, 2020

Too Much Cross Talk. Too Little Creativity. How to Fix the Worst Parts of a Virtual Meeting.

Six tools from an unlikely place—improv comedy—to use on your next Zoom call.

A male scientist's lab is better funded than a female scientist's lab.
May 8, 2020

The U.S. Is Full of Innovative Thinkers. The Government Needs to Marshal All of Them to Fight Covid-19.

Here’s how we can accelerate efforts to reduce the spread, develop treatments, and find a vaccine.

A businessman in debt is worried.
May 5, 2020

Taking on Debt Can Help a Company Grow—Until a Crisis Hits

A new study shows how highly leveraged companies have less flexibility to innovate in a downturn.

A home made of dollar bills blows away
May 5, 2020

Here’s How Americans Are Spending Their Stimulus Checks

Real-time data pinpoints what we’re buying, and who’s spending the fastest.

Members of a family business look over a spreadsheet.
May 4, 2020

This Isn’t Their First Crisis: Many Family Businesses Are Uniquely Prepared for the Looming Recession

Even so, one of their core strengths could become a liability.

A private equity fund manager looks at all his deals on hold because of COVID-19.
April 30, 2020

What Happens When Private-Equity Firms Start Making Deals Again?

There will be more buyout opportunities, but fewer on-site visits will make due diligence more difficult.

Does private equity backing make firms stronger or weaker?
April 23, 2020

What the Current Crisis Means for Private Equity

Access to capital will likely buoy some PE firms and the companies they back. Others will be less lucky.

Stock trader choosing route
April 17, 2020

The COVID-19 Crisis Reveals How Short-Term, Shareholder-First Thinking Still Rules the Day

From questionable buybacks to overly restrictive M&A clauses, a recent pledge to consider other stakeholders is ringing hollow.

April 8, 2020

Four Steps Marketers Can Take to Navigate the Pandemic

Step one: Press pause. Step two: Rethink everything.

When disease is rampant, knowing your health status can lead you to choose more intensive tasks, and increase your productivity.
April 7, 2020

How Infectious-Disease Testing Can Improve Employee Performance

A new study on malaria prevention shows that employees who know their health status become more productive at work.

woman banks through her smartphone
April 3, 2020

When Building Your Brand, First Find Your Purpose

A conversation with the CMO of online bank Ally about staying committed to your company’s purpose as the organization grows.

Two teams coordinate a plan on the phone.
April 2, 2020

The Latest: Our Faculty on the Coronavirus, Business, and the Economy

Finding a job during a pandemic. Plus, the fate of the 1918 “flu babies.”

People using a new cell phone model.
April 1, 2020

A New Product Release Often Sets Off a Customer Frenzy. But How Long Does It Last?

When consumers replace the old with the new, surprising trends emerge. A new mathematical model can better predict long-term sales.

A job hunter googles job information.
April 1, 2020

The Unprecedented Stock-Market Reaction to COVID-19

A new analysis explains why this pandemic really is different.

supply chains stretch across the globe
March 23, 2020

The Coronavirus Has Upended Supply Chains. Here’s How Companies Can Prepare for the Next Disruption.

There are strategies that both large and small companies can implement to make their manufacturing more agile.

Promises to incorporate ESG criteria into investing have gone unfulfilled.
March 18, 2020

Many Funds Have Committed to Socially Responsible Investing—But Few Are Following Through

As money flows into ESG funds, new evidence shows that most asset managers aren’t actually changing their investment behaviors.

A person watches a movie while exploring their inner villain.
March 2, 2020

When Do We Identify with the Bad Guy?

What started as research into consumer psychology led to deeper questions about human nature.

A company ethics code doesn't deter an employee from stealing.
March 2, 2020

Is Your Company’s Code of Conduct Encouraging … Misconduct?

Using words like “we” and “us” can signal to employees that they won’t be severely punished.

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