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Recent Research (2009)

Below is a full article list from this issue of strategy+business.

Why We Lie in E-mail
People are more comfortable lying via e-mail than in pen-and-paper communication, despite the ease with which e-mails can be stored and searched.
 
Examining the Role of Corporate Culture in Innovation
Across nations, corporate culture is a better predictor of a firm’s ability to capitalize on disruptive innovations than factors such as government policy and R&D spending.
 
Aristotle and Corporate Performance
Executives who value the ideals of Aristotelian excellence may lead their firms to become more profitable over time.
 
How Brand Loyalists View the Competition
Brand commitment affects the way consumers process information about competing products.
 
When Avoiding the Question Is the Best Answer
Question-dodging may go undetected when the answer is related to the question asked and is given with confidence and conviction.
 
How Layoffs Can Hurt Profits
Reducing head count may seem like a quick way to cut costs, but it can also reduce overall profitability.
 
The Effectiveness of Bankruptcy Proceedings
Not all firms deserve financial bailouts, and Chapter 11 proceedings are effective at determining which companies should remain in business.
 
U.S. Energy Consumption
Recognizing the degree to which the United States relies on foreign oil is a critical first step on the road to long-term energy independence.
 
Separating Face Time from Work Performance
Managers should base performance evaluations on clearly articulated goals and not confuse the time an employee spends at the office with his or her level of commitment.
 
Finger Length Can Predict Achievement
Exposure to high levels of testosterone in the womb can play a role in determining success in certain forms of financial trading.
 
The Effects of Power on Decision Making
Being in a position of power can help people make better decisions about complex problems.
 
Incentives and Unintended Consequences
A heavy reliance on performance goals to motivate workers can create problems instead of encouraging performance.
 
Pitfalls of Partnership
Why some strategic alliances fail to meet expectations.
 
No Experience? No Problem.
Hiring managers may place too much value on prior experience as a predictor of future success.
 
Why Product Names Matter
Consumers subconsciously associate unpronounceable product names with danger.
 
Success Breeds Success in Startups
Previous performance is the best predictor of an entrepreneur’s success or failure in future ventures.
 
Gender Inequality: How False Perceptions Affect Promotions
Assumptions about family and work conflicts can reduce the likelihood of advancement for women in the workplace.
 
The Limitations of Videoconferencing
Videoconferencing technology can affect the way employees interpret information and make judgments.
 
The Domestic Benefits of Overseas Investment
Investing abroad can lead to an increase in domestic spending on R&D and salaries.
 
Benefiting from the Wisdom of Crowds
Why people contribute to collaborative projects and what companies stand to gain from understanding their motivations.
 
A Guide to Building Corporate Social Responsibility
Want to increase social value and your bottom line? Here’s what your company will need to know.
 
Motivating Far-flung Teams
Inspirational leaders can foster commitment and enthusiasm among employees who are spread across the globe.
 
China’s Path to Success
In just a few decades, Chinese companies have evolved into international conglomerates capable of competing at the highest levels.
 
The Importance of Being Trusting
Employees who feel trusted by their managers are more productive than those who do not.
 
Rethinking the Software Development Cycle
By embracing the principles of lean manufacturing, Wipro Technologies learned how best to complete software projects.
 
In Search of the Ideal Supply Chain
By weighing the advantages of pricing discounts against the costs of a supplier failure, companies can determine how many suppliers they need.
 
What’s in a Face?
Physical characteristics and racial stereotypes still play a role in executive advancement.
 
A Commitment to Well-being
Companies can build sustainable and profitable businesses by devoting more attention to the social and physical welfare of their employees.
 
Positive Ads Don’t Always Attract Consumers
People who are truly interested in a product devote more mental energy to processing complex emotional appeals.
 
Was That Wrong?
Enforcing ethical standards through codes of conduct reduces the likelihood that people will break the rules.
 
Seeing Oneself through the Eyes of Others
Engendering knowledge and respect of other cultures has become increasingly crucial to ensuring trust among employees in global organizations.
 
Testing a Health-care Model
A recent study finds no evidence that pay-for-performance improves a patient’s overall care.
 
The Downside of Seeking Common Ground
People’s tendency to find common ground in conversation by focusing on what’s familiar can stifle the most innovative thinkers.
 
Consultation via Collaboration
When management consultants stop being experts and start being collaborators, companies benefit.
 
Promoting Workplace Diversity
Aiming for more diversity in management staff? Blur the lines between job boundaries, and encourage self-directed work teams.
 
More Pressure, Better Results
Time pressures help employees switch from one task to the next with greater efficiency.
 
Why Employees Break the Chain of Command
Understanding the motivations of those who choose to circumvent their boss.
 
How Media Hype Helps Inflate Bubbles
News accounts can have a significant negative effect on investor behavior in booming markets.
 
The Need for Midcourse Corrections
Firefighting techniques show how deliberate interruptions can improve the health of organizations.
 
Resuming Operations after a Catastrophe
What were the most daunting challenges confronting New Orleans business owners in the wake of Hurricane Katrina?
 
Worried Sick
Even more than actual unemployment, fear of unemployment is closely linked to declining health and increased stress.
 
Location, Location, Location
Where a company is based is a determining factor in whether venture capital firms choose to invest in it.
 
The True Characteristics of Entrepreneurs
The profile of the typical entrepreneur is different from the picture painted by the media.
 
Will Rising Unemployment Hurt Retirement-Age Workers?
As a result of the financial downturn, older workers may be forced to retire early.
 
Getting Accurate Information from Online Customers
As companies request more personal data from their website visitors, people become increasingly protective of the information they share.
 
Emotional “Lock-in” and Consumer Perception
How marketers can manipulate the way consumers’ moods affect purchase decisions.