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s+b Blogs - Recent Research (2013)

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

Bad News Is Worse through Email
by Matt Palmquist
People prefer old-fashioned voicemail messages to emails when receiving bad news.
 
Being Nice to New Hires Is Good for Business
by Matt Palmquist
New hires who receive positive support from their bosses and co-workers during their first 90 days on the job tend to have better long-term performance.
 
Breaking through the (Second) Glass Ceiling
by Matt Palmquist
As GM’s new CEO, Mary Barra, may discover, many women who get to their company’s top spot find themselves facing yet more obstacles to achieving full power.
 
Dear Santa: Consumers Prefer DIY Products
by Matt Palmquist
As consumers increasingly expect to be able to customize the products they buy, giving them creative control over the assembly process makes them value a product more.
 
Is Your CFO’s Confidence Losing You Money?
by Matt Palmquist
Financial officers tend to overestimate their own abilities to predict the stock market, which can adversely affect their firms.
 
The Psychology of Pricing: Customers Prefer Round Numbers
by Matt Palmquist
Business managers may think they’re fooling customers with a $4.99 price tag, but a new study shows most consumers would rather pay $5.00.
 
Conglomerates Bounce Back
by Matt Palmquist
Borrowing clout gives large companies an edge in a financial crisis.
 
Looking Outside: A Fresh Approach to Project Management
by Matt Palmquist
When planning large projects, managers should base their forecasts for costs and timelines not on their own optimism, but on statistical data from previous ventures.
 
Working Capital Isn’t as Important as It’s Cracked Up to Be
by Matt Palmquist
When it comes to managing a company’s working capital, CFOs must balance the need to stock inventory against the need to provide value for shareholders.
 
Slow and Steady Firms Win the Survival Race
by Matt Palmquist
New businesses may be tempted to expand as quickly as possible, but such rapid growth can doom a fledgling company.
 
The Rise of the Mompreneur
by Matt Palmquist
Women who “want it all” are finding that starting their own business is the way to get it.
 
Pitchforks and Torches over CEO Pay? Maybe Not
by Matt Palmquist
A higher pay differential between CEOs and their employees may encourage employees to work harder, not to slack off.
 
Night of the Living Board of Directors
by Matt Palmquist
As board members become more entrenched and partisan, their institutional knowledge loses value.
 
An Employer’s Guide to “Cyberloafing”
by Matt Palmquist
To keep employees from goofing off on the Internet during business hours, employers have to keep them interested in their work.
 
Variety, Not Quantity, Drives Car Sales
by Matt Palmquist
Having too much inventory can hurt sales, but offering a variety of products is good for business.
 
An Embarrassment of Feedback
by Matt Palmquist
An embarrassed consumer doesn’t automatically translate to a bad review for a company.
 
Come Together, Right Now—It Worked for Sony and Microsoft
by Matt Palmquist
Companies that collaborate on certain projects with other firms can reap greater rewards than going it alone.
 
The Online Equivalent of Candy at the Checkout
by Matt Palmquist
Retailers can trigger shoppers to make impulse buys online just as they can in a physical store.
 
Greed Is Good for Some, but Not for Everyone
by Matt Palmquist
Leaders who project their negative attitudes onto their subordinates can hamper the way their companies do business.
 
E-Retailers Depend on the Kindness of Consumers
by Matt Palmquist
Online retailers can encourage word-of-mouth advertising by appealing to consumers’ benevolence.
 
The Attraction of Counterfeit Goods
by Matt Palmquist
Corporations that understand why people buy counterfeit goods can learn to draw more consumers away from fakes.
 
A Bottom-of-the-Pyramid Strategy Yields Top-of-the-Pyramid Results
by Matt Palmquist
Companies that focus on consumers with little spending power can change the dynamics of an industry.
 
How to Order a Social Media Pizza with Extra Text Mining
by Matt Palmquist
Companies can capitalize on the wealth of information in consumers’ and competitors’ online posts.
 
Forced Fun Is No Fun at All
by Matt Palmquist
Games in the workplace can have a beneficial effect on employees, but not when they’re mandated by management.
 
How to Win (Twitter) Friends and Influence People
by Matt Palmquist
There are certain rules to follow if you want to grow your Twittersphere.
 
How the Fortune 500 Says It’s Saving People and the Planet
by Matt Palmquist
An increasing number of companies are giving consumers specific details about their efforts to protect the environment and their workers.
 
Nine Ways to Avoid Project Meltdowns
by Matt Palmquist
New research shows how successful managers keep complex projects on track.

 

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