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  • When Consumers Are More Than Customers

    by Matt Palmquist
    Companies can turn consumers into active online volunteers who offer consistently valuable input on existing and yet-to-be-designed products.
  • Why Are There So Few Women in the C-Suite?

    by Matt Palmquist
    A new study finds that despite progress on gender equity, there seems to be an implicit quota on women holding senior positions at large companies.
  • How to Make the Long Commute Work

    by Matt Palmquist
    Employee self-control and subtle prompts from employers can turn the hours spent getting to and from the office into productive time.
  • Rolling with the Changes in R&D

    by Matt Palmquist
    A study describes how companies can adopt a flexible innovation strategy that is responsive to changes in rapidly shifting markets.
  • Beauty Is in the Eye of the Shareholder

    by Matt Palmquist
    A new study finds that the design of new products can help move a company’s stock — especially if those products appear to be very useful.
  • Superstars at Your Service

    by Matt Palmquist
    Managers in restaurants and other service businesses can maximize sales by carefully filling teams with top performers and underachievers.
  • Weak Links in the Chain

    by Matt Palmquist
    Flexible, adaptive supply chain management is an overlooked but vital component of a company’s overall innovation strategy.
  • Click Bait

    by Matt Palmquist
    Companies can maximize their investments in Web analytics if they focus tightly on priorities, layer human intelligence on top of smart technology, and enlist senior management to lead the charge.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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