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s+b Blogs - Recent Research (2015)

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

The Business Benefits of Marital Bliss
by Matt Palmquist
Working spouses are more likely to emotionally support each other when they work for companies that offer flexibility in balancing home and professional life. This support has important implications for company productivity and turnover as well.
 
The Most Profitable Way to Divest a Subsidiary
by Matt Palmquist
When firms want to shed a subsidiary, they must decide whether to spin off or sell the business. New research shows that selling, rather than spinning, may be the more profitable option.
 
Why Loyalty Programs Based on Consumer Spending Can Be a Win-Win
by Matt Palmquist
Despite the bad press about spending-based rewards programs, companies and consumers can both benefit if firms are willing to give up a small amount of revenue.
 
For Startups, Ideas Matter
by Matt Palmquist
Predicting a startup’s success before the venture is even launched may seem impossible. But entrepreneurs and investors should never overlook the value of assessing the basic concept behind the business.
 
Can Networking at the Office Become Too Much of a Good Thing?
by Matt Palmquist
It’s generally presumed that employees who accrue political power at work are higher performers. But those who schmooze a little less are actually the best at their jobs.
 
The Next Generation of Social Media in the Office
by Matt Palmquist
Email is still the king of office communications, but company-hosted social networking platforms are gaining in popularity, especially among younger workers.
 
Don’t Sweat the Swanky Stuff
by Matt Palmquist
C-suite executives with criminal records in their personal lives are more likely to commit fraud than their law-abiding but free-spending counterparts. 
 
Merging across Borders
by Matt Palmquist
Given the growing number of international mergers, managers must overcome cultural differences with foreign colleagues to avoid the type of friction that can devalue a deal.
 
Putting the Naysayers in the Spotlight
by Matt Palmquist
Early adopters get most of the attention from analysts and marketers, but focusing on consumers who are resistant to innovations is another way to bring new products to market.
 
What to Expect from Off-Site Meetings
by Matt Palmquist
Workshops in another setting can provide employees with a valuable means of thinking critically about their company’s vision.
 
How Ads for Big Brands Could Benefit Rivals Instead
by Matt Palmquist
When market share is concentrated among a few companies, they advertise more. But that dynamic could actually benefit the competition.
 
A Blueprint for Forays into Emerging Markets
by Matt Palmquist
Analysts often discourage risky expansions into developing markets, but three distinct strategies have been associated with success.
 
The Subtleties of CSR in Hard Times
by Matt Palmquist
Many corporations reduced their investments in sustainable initiatives during the recent recession — but some relatively high-performing firms actually increased their long-term commitment to CSR.
 
Navigating the Crowdfunding Landscape
by Matt Palmquist
Online peer-based fundraising tools have the potential to disrupt traditional investing models, but entrepreneurs and investors must overcome existing cultural and government barriers.
 
Serving the Silver Generation
by Matt Palmquist
Firms on the forefront of innovation often concentrate on introducing new products to younger consumers, but an aging population gives companies fresh opportunities as well.
 
The How and When of Getting Back to Work
by Matt Palmquist
Employees who get injured or sick on the job are returning to work much sooner than they did in the past, but companies have varied reasons for accommodating their injured workers.
 
A New Perspective on Chief Information Officers
by Matt Palmquist
CIOs are staying longer in their jobs, another sign that supply chain management is becoming more vital to large companies.
 
Making Room for Mr. Mom
by Matt Palmquist
Working fathers are placing more importance on their familial obligations, and companies must react to this societal shift.
 
What Makes a Company More Likely to Protect LGBT Rights?
by Matt Palmquist
Attracting new employees and doing right by its current workforce aren’t the only factors that lead a company to adopt LGBT-friendly HR policies.
 
Frenemies with Benefits
by Matt Palmquist
When their profit goals differ, fiercely competitive firms may decide to collaborate with each other on complementary offerings.
 
The Not-So-Rosy Reality of Startups
by Matt Palmquist
Managers of startup companies should carefully balance their goals of expansion against the reality of cutbacks and downsizing.
 
The Unexpected Benefits of Product Returns
by Matt Palmquist
Product returns are typically seen as a necessary headache and a cost drain. But companies can use their return policies to enhance customer loyalty and increase profits.
 
Are Online Reviews the New Focus Group?
by Matt Palmquist
Online consumer reviews of new products are more than just word of mouth — they also can provide companies with early (and free) advice on how to improve products.
 
How Corporations Can Slim Down with a Bottom-Up Approach
by Matt Palmquist
The streamlining of corporate operations is usually executive-led, but engaging frontline employees is crucial to genuine reform.
 
What Does “Closing Time” Mean to Your Retail Business?
by Matt Palmquist
Although supervisors profess to have stores’ closing routines under control, consumers and employees alike bemoan the lack of consistency in related management policies.
 
When CEO Star Power Backfires
by Matt Palmquist
Companies can significantly influence the media visibility of their CEO with certain kinds of press releases — but having a prominent CEO can also work to shareholders’ detriment.
 
The Advantages of a Diverse Board
by Matt Palmquist
When it comes to corporate multiculturalism, it’s the relationship between an ethnically diverse board and its CEO that makes the biggest difference for leading firms.
 
Decentralization of the Corporate Structure Is Key for Workers with Disabilities
by Matt Palmquist
Firms can best accommodate employees with disabilities by delegating authority to their immediate supervisors and providing clear instructions in the HR manual on how to handle workers’ individual needs.
 
Oops! I “Dropped” My Phone: A Consumer’s Justification for Buying New Things
by Matt Palmquist
Contrary to the popular notion that consumers care for the products they own, people are more likely to act recklessly toward certain items when a more appealing upgrade reaches the market.
 
So Happy Together: The Right Kind of Collaboration
by Matt Palmquist
The success of projects involving several stakeholders can depend on achieving the right balance of internal and external contributions.
 
International Investors Can Be a Hidden Advantage
by Matt Palmquist
Courting investors with expertise in foreign markets can provide companies with a crucial, but often overlooked, advantage in pulling off international M&A deals.
 
The Double-Edged Sword of Success
by Matt Palmquist
If firms become mired in the successful practices that got them to where they are, they may stop looking for new ways to exploit resources and opportunities.
 
For New Product Design, “Likes” Can Lead You Astray
by Matt Palmquist
Your next innovation breakthrough probably won’t come from social media.
 
In Customer Service, In with the New Doesn’t Mean Out with the Old
by Matt Palmquist
Customer service websites can help B2B firms keep their costs down, but they must invest in traditional hotlines and tech support to satisfy their neediest clients.
 
Taking an Innovative Step Forward
by Matt Palmquist
Conventional wisdom suggests that delays during the new product development cycle can hinder a project, or even kill it entirely. It’s time to rethink this narrow outlook.
 
When the Search for People Skills Backfires
by Matt Palmquist
Job ads that specifically seek team players can have the unintended downside of scaring away potential hires with technical rather than collaborative skill sets.
 
Demand Growing for Supply Chain Execs
by Matt Palmquist
Large companies are recruiting an increasing number of top executives with experience in supply chain management. But the financial payoff remains elusive.
 
Protecting IP from 3D Printing: What Companies Need to Know
by Matt Palmquist
Many companies were caught unawares by the threat of online music piracy in the 1990s. But the lessons they learned then can teach them how to deal with new technological dangers.
 
A Culture of Personality
by Matt Palmquist
A CEO’s character can change a company’s culture, the way it operates, and its performance.
 
Sometimes It Pays to Be the Underdog
by Matt Palmquist
Large chains that compete too aggressively against small businesses may suffer the wrath of consumers.
 
The Buzzkill Boss
by Matt Palmquist
The joys and struggles that leaders experience at home have a major impact on their attitudes at work, as well as on their subordinates’ moods and performance.
 
Using Wikipedia to Your Firm’s Advantage
by Matt Palmquist
Establishing a profile on Wikipedia can be a boon for companies, but managers must forge ties with the site’s contributors rather than relying on typical marketing strategies.
 
The Dangers of Too Much Workplace Cohesion
by Matt Palmquist
Although personal relationships among coworkers are usually viewed as positive, excessive socialization can lead to a decline in team performance.
 
Honesty (about Your Costs) Is the Best Policy
by Matt Palmquist
Being honest about the expenses that go into developing and distributing a product can increase sales and enhance a firm’s bond with consumers.
 
Nice Companies Finish First
by Matt Palmquist
Firms that make an effort to be responsible are rewarded more than those that seek only to make money.
 
Gone Phishin’: A Threat Companies Can’t Ignore
by Matt Palmquist
The loss in stock value and trading volume for companies targeted by phishing scams proves that firms have plenty to lose from these high-tech attacks.
 
The Value of the CEO Variety Pack
by Matt Palmquist
A chief executive with a diverse background usually brings innovation and new ideas to a company, but the shake-up doesn’t necessarily pay off.
 
Pay Well, But Not Too Well
by Matt Palmquist
While compensating managers generously might induce more of them to stay, paying anyone too much can upset the balance of the executive suite.

 

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