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Scientists who experienced an early-career setback succeeded more in the long run, new research shows.
Careers

Take 5: The Upside of Failure

A look at the surprising benefits of striking out, and how to make the most of your mistakes.

New research reveals when financial rewards are most likely to motivate professionals.
Strategy

How to Design Financial Incentives in Professions That Are Highly Territorial

A study of doctors shows that the best incentive schemes harness a desire to expand and protect professional turf.

Economics

India’s Economy Is Slowing Down. What Happens Next?

The country’s chief economic advisor discusses how labor, trade, and energy factor into the country’s economic outlook.

Organizations

What Makes a Corporate Board Member Most Influential?

New research explores what it takes for directors to drive big-picture strategic change at a company.

Strategy

Take 5: How to Increase Your Office’s Productivity

Research-backed tips for improving workflows and discouraging slacking.

Policy

Do High Local Taxes Really Hurt Economic Growth?

Corporate incentives and low tax rates are supposed to make a city more business-friendly. An economist explains why that’s often not the case.

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Strategy

For Companies Worried About a Trade War, the Time to Act Is Now

A lot of companies are “holding tight and hoping it all just goes away.” Don’t be one of them.

A leader stands at a fork in the road, pointing towards one of the two paths.
Podcast Leadership

Podcast: Great Leaders Ask, "What Really Matters?"

Former Fortune 500 CEO Harry Kraemer discusses how knowing and acting on your values can guide you through a crisis.

Organizations

How to Navigate a Vertical Merger after the AT&T and Time Warner Ruling

Here’s what companies can do to minimize antitrust concerns in an uncertain regulatory environment.

Strategy

Why Do Trainees Get Stuck with So Much Grunt Work?

There must be faster ways to get them up to speed. Yet grueling apprenticeships persist in medicine, law, and the trades.

Strategy

The Blockchain Revolution Has Reached a Crossroads. What’s Next?

Bitcoin and its ilk need to become more efficient without losing their trademark decentralization.

Strategy

New Cryptocurrencies, Same Old Problems

Why we won’t see a Bitcoin takeover any time soon.

Strategy

What’s Behind the Current Wave of Vertical Integration?

From Amazon–Whole Foods to CVS–Aetna, companies are reconfiguring for an uncertain future. Four strategy professors discuss.

Marketing

Podcast: How Amazon's Alexa Learns

Plus, an algorithm that can identify new social-media hashtags as they emerge.

Strategy

How the Wrong Team Can End Up with Too Much Power in an Organization

Employee incentives that made sense at the time can lead to problematic power dynamics.

Strategy

When Picking the Wrong Person for the Job Is the Right Move

Sometimes building credible relationships with your employees and suppliers is more important than finding the “perfect” fit.

Strategy

How the Wrong Team Can End Up with Too Much Power in an Organization

Employee incentives that made sense at the time can lead to problematic power dynamics.

Strategy

When Picking the Wrong Person for the Job Is the Right Move

Sometimes building credible relationships with your employees and suppliers is more important than finding the “perfect” fit.

The Science Behind the Growing Importance of Collaboration

Plus, ideas for designing spaces that encourage employees to team up in unique ways.

Workplace entitlement demonstrated by an opera diva.
Innovation

Take 5: How to Empower Employees to Be More Creative

Creativity is a potent engine for business. Nurture it without letting office divas run the show.

Strategy

What Happens to Quality When One Company Builds the Tracks and Another Runs the Trains?

Governments looking to improve their infrastructure will want to know the answer.

Innovation

STEM Degrees Are Good for Careers. But Do They Lead to More Innovation?

Science, technology, engineering, and math education helps job prospects, but hurts the likelihood of becoming an inventor.

Like chess, national security strategy can also benefit from game theory.
Policy

Is an Unpredictable Leader Good for National Security?

Think the goal is to keep your enemies guessing? Game theory suggests otherwise.

Data AnalyticsStrategy

Using Cell Phone Data to Predict the Next Epidemic

Whom you call is linked to where you travel, which dictates how viruses spread.

Strategy

How Bell’s Became So Many People’s Local Beer

A Q&A with CEO Laura Bell on preserving company culture while growing aggressively.

Entrepreneurship

Finding the Right Partner Can Make or Break Your Startup

A Q&A on why you should “date before you marry” with an entrepreneur who took the plunge.

Using the right reward system can incentivize car dealership employees and lead to stronger work performance.
Strategy

Finding the Right Performance Incentives to Motivate Employees

Some incentive schemes encourage hard work—others reward those who game the system.

Data AnalyticsStrategy

How to Use Data Visualization to Improve Your Business

Understanding how our minds read visualizations can help answer your organization’s most important questions.

Organizations

Video: When Expectations Clash, Is the Problem Cultural?

You’ll do well to understand where others are coming from.

Airline passengers have individualized flying experiences.
Marketing

Remaking Marketing Organizations for a Data-Driven World

A Q&A with United Airlines’ CMO on how to avoid becoming “an artifact of a prior era.”

Strategy

Video: Let Virtue Build Your Bottom Line

Trustworthiness pays off, especially in the midst of uncertainty.

Careers

4 Tips to Gain Influence in Your Organization

You have more power than you think—here’s how to harness it.

Strategy

A Clever Strategy to Combat Free Riding

In any collaboration, the temptation to slack off is strong.

Strategy

Why Income Inequality among White Collar Workers Is Growing

Top earners benefit most from “knowledge hierarchies” in organizations.

Leadership

Podcast: Tips for Managing Conflict at Work

From cross-cultural conflict to annoying coworkers, there are ways to deftly diffuse tension on teams.