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June 1, 2024

Can Your Company Do Hybrid Better?

There is no single “best” policy, but it is critical to recognize the benefits of both in-person and remote work.

younger employee looking disappointedly at paycheck.
May 1, 2024

The Gender Pay Gap Remains Stubbornly in Place. Why?

A partial explanation comes from a seemingly separate phenomenon: the plight of younger workers.

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March 19, 2024

What Game Theory Can Teach Us about RICO Prosecutions

“If you’re on trial with 17 other people, the fear that somebody else will confess becomes much more realistic.”

February 12, 2024

Organizations Are Complex. Complexity Science Can Help Us Understand Them.

You can’t study the behavior of a flock by looking at individual birds. It’s time to bring that holistic approach to the social sciences, too.

Leader using AI for personalized marketing.
December 16, 2023

Not Sure Where to Start with Your AI Strategy? Here Are 3 Steps

Companies across the economy are harnessing AI for a variety of functions in their businesses, with some further along in their strategies than others.

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December 11, 2023

Investing Over-the-Counter—and Under the Radar

In most markets, buyers and sellers benefit from soliciting many offers. New research shows why the opposite is true for OTC traders.

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October 18, 2023

Why Younger Workers Just Can’t Get Ahead

In wealthy countries, the wage gap between older and younger workers is growing. A crowded promotion pathway could be to blame.

autocrat leaning over battle map surrounded by yes-men.
August 10, 2023

How Autocracies Unravel

Over time, leaders grow more repressive and cling to yes-men—a cycle that’s playing out today in Putin’s Russia.

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June 2, 2023

How Religious Beliefs about a Couple’s Compatibility Lead to Better Outcomes

In Vietnam, the belief system known as Tu Vi deems some marriages more “auspicious” than others. The effects are far-reaching.

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November 18, 2022

What Went Wrong with FTX—and What’s Next for Crypto?

One key issue will be introducing regulation without strangling innovation, a fintech expert explains.

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November 3, 2022

Transparency Requirements May Not Curb Sneaky Behavior

A new study finds that it is possible to maintain plausible deniability, even if your conversations are later made public.

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November 1, 2022

How Experts Make Complex Decisions

By studying 200 million chess moves, researchers shed light on what gives players an advantage—and what trips them up.

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September 13, 2022

Gender-Balanced Teams Do Better Work

When it comes to teams of scientists, “men and women are both part of the recipe for success,” according to new research.

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July 5, 2022

Where Does Capitalism Go Next?

A conversation on “creative destruction,” growth, and designing a more equitable capitalist future.

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April 20, 2022

Be a Better Negotiator by Having a “BATNA”

Understand where you’re going when you can’t get to yes.

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February 25, 2022

What Does the Invasion of Ukraine Mean for Cybersecurity?

Former NSA director Michael Rogers discusses the implications for companies.

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June 1, 2021

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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August 4, 2020

To Find the Best Incentives for Employees, Start with a Simple A/B Test

Keeping people motivated can be tough. New research shows that a simple experiment can lead to big productivity gains.

July 14, 2020

How to Negotiate via Email

This excerpt from Negotiating the Sweet Spot: The Art of Leaving Nothing on the Table offers three tips for writing emails that engage and persuade.

To maintain your personal space during a pandemic, game theory suggests that you need to be unpredictable.
June 1, 2020

Tired of People Invading Your Six-Foot Bubble? Game Theory Has a Solution.

Well, not exactly. But it does offer a new way of thinking about the problem.

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The Insightful Leader

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