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Policy

Could This Be the End of Noncompetes?

The FTC’s proposed rule is hardly a done deal—but here’s what it could mean for companies and workers.

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Marketing

The Clues to Creditworthiness Hiding in Your Grocery Cart

Grocery habits—like buying mortadella beef or scheduling regular shopping trips—can be as useful as credit scores at predicting who will reliably repay loans.

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Social Impact

How the Inequality Around Us Shapes Our Perceptions of Morality

Lie, cheat, steal … no big deal? When we feel like we’re not in control of our lives, it’s easier to accept unethical behavior.

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Strategy

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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Finance & Accounting

Who Takes a Risk on New Technology?

In Hollywood, new directors were more likely than veterans to embrace digital cameras—a finding that showcases how individuals’ career concerns shape tech adoption.

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Entrepreneurship

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Is Going Mainstream. How Will the Industry Grow Around It?

While significant barriers remain—including regulatory uncertainty and the difficulty of scaling a labor-intensive treatment method—industry leaders see a path forward.

Leadership

Are Your Individual Contributors Feeling Isolated?

A lot of employees could benefit from a structured “lab” setting to inspire meaningful collaboration.

Marketing

How Much Evidence Do You Need to Make a Decision? Depends on Your Mindset.

When a choice is framed as a responsibility, we’ll go the extra mile to be accurate—even when it costs us.

Leadership

Leaders, Do You Have a “Climate Capable” Mindset?

“We are going to have to be as transformative as the Industrial Revolution, but we have thirty years to do it rather than 150.”

Marketing

The Future of Targeted Advertising in a Cookie-less World

Apple’s and Google’s responses to regulatory shifts may end up squeezing out small online retailers.

Careers

The Path to the Boardroom Can Be Opaque. Here’s a Roadmap.

An expert offers 6 tips for becoming board-ready.

Economics

Humanizing the U.S.–China Relationship

Escalating tensions between U.S. and Chinese governments make preserving in-person interactions between ordinary Chinese and Americans even more important.

Finance & Accounting

The Hedge Fund in Your Pantry

Many households utilize excess cash to support shopping habits that generate high financial returns.

Finance & Accounting

Do Green Bonds Actually Lead to Rosy Returns?

And are the companies that issue them truly addressing climate issues? New research investigates.

Organizations

Why Artists Are Punished More Harshly Than Scientists for the Same Misconduct

It’s tough to separate the artist from the art, a new study finds—but easier to separate the scientist from the science.

Policy

AI Has Entered the Court. Is This Changing Umpires’ Calls?

The Hawk-Eye review system in professional tennis has made umpires more accurate in many cases—but not all.

Latest Podcast Episodes

Careers

Podcast: Why You Need a Killer Answer to “So, What Do You Do?”

A great response to this question can open doors. On this episode of The Insightful Leader: we’ve got tips for fine-tuning your answer.

Leadership

Podcast: When AI Becomes a TA

Curious about using AI at work? On this episode of The Insightful Leader, we hear from one professor who found a fascinating, low-stakes way to bring AI into his workplace: the classroom.

Leadership

Podcast: What’s It Take to Get on a Board, Anyway?

It’s not like applying for a job. On this episode of The Insightful Leader, an expert demystifies the process.

Leadership

Podcast: AI Is a Tool. How Do We Want to Use It?

Generative AI is like “a hammer looking for a nail.” On this episode of The Insightful Leader: we have to decide what the nail should be.

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Policy

The Truth about U.S. Immigration

It is possible both to maximize the benefits of immigration and still maintain border security and support workers in sectors that immigrants may enter.

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Strategy

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.”

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Finance & Accounting

What Would a Capital One–Discover Deal Really Mean?

A financial expert considers the acquisition’s potential impact on credit-card networks, merchants, and consumers.

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Marketing

When Persuading a Group, Beware the Allure of Consensus

We tend to favor strategies that win broad-but-weak support over narrow-but-strong support—and this preference can lead us astray.

A customer receives a can of soup via a distribution channel.
Marketing

How to Grow in a Multichannel World

As e-commerce continues to expand, companies need to adapt their channel strategies to stay relevant. A marketing expert offers guidance for reaching customers.

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Economics

When New Technology Arrives, Who Wins and Who Loses?

For tools that assist but don’t replace workers, novices benefit, while experienced employees take a hit.

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Politics & Elections

How Trolls Poison Political Discussions for Everyone Else

Online political debate isn’t inherently toxic, a new study of Reddit commenters finds. Instead, it becomes toxic because of the kind of commenters who opt in.

Economics

How to Award Contracts When You’re Concerned about Quality

You want a good price, but you don’t want lousy workmanship. What’s a buyer to do?

Editor’s Picks

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Healthcare

Video: Understanding America’s Prescription Drug Market

A healthcare economist answers questions about pharmaceutical innovation, costs, and more.

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Finance & Accounting

The Dos and Don’ts of Regulating AI

How can governments capitalize on AI’s benefits while minimizing its dangers? New research examines several policies—and identifies a promising approach.

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Policy

What’s at Stake in the UFC Antitrust Case?

The outcome of the mixed-martial-arts saga could have wide-ranging implications for the future of global sports entertainment.

Organizations

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.

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Healthcare

What Happens When We Give Doctors an AI Assistant?

Machine-learning systems can improve physicians’ accuracy at diagnosing dermatological diseases. But even with AI assistance, physicians struggle to close the accuracy gap between light- and dark-skinned patients.

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Organizations

Could Remote Work Hurt On-the-Job Learning?

We are more likely to learn from our collaborators when we are in close proximity to them, a new study finds.

Organizations

Are Whistleblowers Seen as Heroes or Snitches? It Depends.

Reporting workplace misconduct often requires choosing between morality and loyalty. New research explores how that trade-off is viewed by others.

Economics

How the Railroad Laid the Tracks for Modern Government

Technologies that allowed federal officials to monitor workers from afar played a key role in the emergence of the bureaucratic state.

Leadership

Want to Connect with Your Audience? Stop Trying to Impress Them

Good ideas and technical expertise alone won’t cut it. An expert offers four tips on giving a great presentation.

Social Impact

What’s Behind the Rush to Join an Internet Pile-on?

A new study investigates the reputational rewards of publicly condemning others before getting the whole story.

Finance & Accounting

ESG Risks Can Lurk in Supply Chains, Too

Most companies know little of their suppliers’ ESG practices. But negative incidents can sway stock prices—and investors should take note.

Organizations

How Will AI Reshape Our World? It’s Really Up to Us.

We need to be proactive to ensure AI supports—rather than supplants—human priorities.

Organizations

4 Tips for Managing the Succession Challenge

Generational transitions can be bumpy for family firms. They can also be an opportunity to grow.

Economics

Why Are So Many Young Chinese Depressed?

It’s not just the economic slowdown. The country’s education system and social policies have created a disillusioned generation.

Social Impact

Community Revitalization Is Hard to Get Right. Here’s How It Can Succeed.

“The basic amenities people want are pretty universal, but every community has its own priorities and ideals.”

Finance & Accounting

Who Pays for All Those Generous Credit-Card Rewards?

A new study investigates where this “free” money is coming from—and why credit-card companies are so keen to dole it out.

Organizations

Why Artists Are Punished More Harshly Than Scientists for the Same Misconduct

It’s tough to separate the artist from the art, a new study finds—but easier to separate the scientist from the science.

Policy

AI Has Entered the Court. Is This Changing Umpires’ Calls?

The Hawk-Eye review system in professional tennis has made umpires more accurate in many cases—but not all.

person reaching for a package on a pantry shelf
Finance & Accounting

The Hedge Fund in Your Pantry

Many households utilize excess cash to support shopping habits that generate high financial returns.

Man paints outside of factory with green paint on a roller.
Finance & Accounting

Do Green Bonds Actually Lead to Rosy Returns?

And are the companies that issue them truly addressing climate issues? New research investigates.

Policy

The Truth about U.S. Immigration

It is possible both to maximize the benefits of immigration and still maintain border security and support workers in sectors that immigrants may enter.

Strategy

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.”

Leadership

Podcast: Need to Make a Point? Tell a Good Story.

Plus: more leadership advice in this episode of The Insightful Leader’s “Ask Insight” series.

Finance & Accounting

What Would a Capital One–Discover Deal Really Mean?

A financial expert considers the acquisition’s potential impact on credit-card networks, merchants, and consumers.

group of people reacting to person attempting to persuade them by showing their approval
Marketing

When Persuading a Group, Beware the Allure of Consensus

We tend to favor strategies that win broad-but-weak support over narrow-but-strong support—and this preference can lead us astray.

Marketing

How to Grow in a Multichannel World

As e-commerce continues to expand, companies need to adapt their channel strategies to stay relevant. A marketing expert offers guidance for reaching customers.

Marketing

Podcast: Need Product Inspiration? Meet Your Customer in the Wild.

On this episode of The Insightful Leader: a consumer anthropologist takes us behind the scenes as she interviews a “pet parent.”

Economics

When New Technology Arrives, Who Wins and Who Loses?

For tools that assist but don’t replace workers, novices benefit, while experienced employees take a hit.

Politics & Elections

How Trolls Poison Political Discussions for Everyone Else

Online political debate isn’t inherently toxic, a new study of Reddit commenters finds. Instead, it becomes toxic because of the kind of commenters who opt in.

Economics

How to Award Contracts When You’re Concerned about Quality

You want a good price, but you don’t want lousy workmanship. What’s a buyer to do?

Healthcare

Video: Understanding America’s Prescription Drug Market

A healthcare economist answers questions about pharmaceutical innovation, costs, and more.

Finance & Accounting

The Dos and Don’ts of Regulating AI

How can governments capitalize on AI’s benefits while minimizing its dangers? New research examines several policies—and identifies a promising approach.

two lawyer stand in an MMA octagon
Policy

What’s at Stake in the UFC Antitrust Case?

The outcome of the mixed-martial-arts saga could have wide-ranging implications for the future of global sports entertainment.

Data Analytics

Podcast: Can Complexity Science Help Us Understand Organizations?

On this episode of The Insightful Leader: From climate change to neuroscience, this new approach is reshaping how we study complicated systems.

Organizations

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.

Healthcare

What Happens When We Give Doctors an AI Assistant?

Machine-learning systems can improve physicians’ accuracy at diagnosing dermatological diseases. But even with AI assistance, physicians struggle to close the accuracy gap between light- and dark-skinned patients.

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