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New research reveals when financial rewards are most likely to motivate professionals.
February 3, 2020

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.

Indian flag with economic indicator signage
November 1, 2019

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.

Corporate directors with certain backgrounds and experiences exert greater influence over a company's strategic direction.
August 1, 2019

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.

A programmer writes code while a colleague looks on, taking notes.
July 5, 2019

Take 5: How to Increase Your Office's Productivity

Research-backed tips for improving workflows and discouraging slacking.

A municipality grows within a piggy bank.
June 26, 2019

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.

Container ship going over waterfall with parachute.
April 1, 2019

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.

February 1, 2019

Who Gets Blamed When a Group Project Goes Wrong?

Here’s why consequences stick to some team members more than others, according to a new study of retracted academic papers.

hands push a building-sized jenga.
January 7, 2019

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.

A master baker and her unhappy apprentice.
December 4, 2018

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.

A cryptocurrency tanker is flanked by small boats.
October 2, 2018

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

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

Cryptocurrency miners mine for cryptocurrencies.
February 2, 2018

New Cryptocurrencies, Same Old Problems

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

Workers stack companies with a forklift.
January 5, 2018

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.

Two office teams have a tug-of-war in a conference room
December 1, 2017

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.

Promoting employee as motivation
September 7, 2017

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.

Social media data can help sales forecasts.
September 6, 2017

Want to Improve Your Sales Forecast? Check Your Company’s Facebook Feed.

Social media data can help predict consumer demand.

Science behind collaboration including spaces
September 6, 2017

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.
August 3, 2017

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.

Using a horizontal organizational structure in rail infrastructures boosts a nation's railway industry efficiency.
August 2, 2017

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.

A graduate leaving university with a STEM degree.
July 6, 2017

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.
June 19, 2017

Is an Unpredictable Leader Good for National Security?

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

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