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July 2, 2015 — A researcher has created an easier email encryption method – one that sounds familiar to parents who try to outsmart their 8-year-old child. The new technique gets rid of the complicated, ... read more

Sharing Knowledge Positively Impacts Innovation in Retail

July 2, 2015 — A new study finds that a retail store should share customer service experiences with other units in the same chain to have more innovative behavior in its own ... read more

June 30, 2015 — 10 years after graduating, many have found financially solid and meaningful employment in the private sector, according to a new ... read more

Offering Healthier Options at Carryout Stores Improves Bottom Line

June 30, 2015 — A pilot program designed to encourage mom and pop carryout shops in Baltimore to promote and sell healthier menu items not only improved eating habits, but also increased the stores' gross ... read more

How Companies Can Reduce Sovereign Risk

June 25, 2015 — In a new study of five-year spreads on credit default swap contracts for more than 2,000 U.S. and international firms, a finance researcher found that strong property rights and transparency are key ... read more

Commodity Market Volatility More Perception Than Reality

June 23, 2015 — When grain and other commodity prices experienced explosive episodes between 2004 and 2013, the finger pointed toward index traders as the cause. Researchers identified and date-stamped both upward ... read more

In Beijing, Does Desire for Status Means Global Car Brands Over Local Ones

June 23, 2015 — Everyone in China knows global automobile brands such as Ford and Chevrolet. But do those brands really sell better than local ones such as Senova or Eado? The answer is yes, and the reason lies in a ... read more

National Identity: Does Buying Local Mean Shunning Global?

June 23, 2015 — U.S. consumers are often urged to “buy American,” and some special interest groups even claim that buying foreign products is inappropriate, or even immoral. But when it comes to buying domestic ... read more

The Unwanted Consumer: Harbingers of Failure

June 23, 2015 — Positive customer feedback, to say nothing of positive sales, is always a good sign of a new product's potential success, right? Not necessarily, says a new study. According to the study, there ... read more

Corporate Social Responsibility Doesn't Pay After All

June 22, 2015 — When companies strive to do their bit for the environment and social causes as well as make a profit, this is referred to as corporate social responsibility (CSR). For around forty years, researchers ... read more

Brands, Patents Can Protect Firms from Bankruptcy

June 19, 2015 — If a firm faces troubled times during a stable market, strong advertising can carry it through. But when the market is turbulent, a firm's R&D is more likely to help save it from bankruptcy. ... read more

Female Managers Do Not Reduce Gender Wage Gap, Study Finds

June 18, 2015 — Having a female manager doesn’t necessarily equate to higher salaries for female employees, new research shows. In fact, women can sometimes take an earnings hit relative to their male colleagues ... read more

Conflicting Histories Harm Negotiations, Researchers Say

June 17, 2015 — New research examines how past histories are harmful in negotiations, particularly when an event in the past benefited one party at the other's expense. In those situations, the party that got ... read more

Men Get Ahead by Chatting Before Negotiations

June 17, 2015 — Small talk in negotiations has a stronger, more consistent effect for men, new research shows. According to the researchers, it comes down to expected gender behaviors and stereotypes. Because women ... read more

When a Sudden Boost in Status at Work Isn't All Good

June 16, 2015 — Imagine getting a sudden boost in status at work that changes you from a largely ignored worker to someone that others turn to for advice and help. Sounds great, doesn’t it? But a new study finds ... read more

Lobbying: Businesses Don't Always Get What They Want, but Try to Get What They Need

June 16, 2015 — Although most citizens tend to believe that big business owns Washington, D.C., a team of researchers suggests that business may have a less dominant and more complicated relationship with government ... read more

Study Examines 'Joiners' Who Help Make Startups Successful

June 11, 2015 — Research analyzes a class of 'joiners,' employees who support the founders of startup companies. The joiners resemble founders in their willingness to take risks and their desire for the ... read more

Little Evidence to Support Skills Gap Claims

June 10, 2015 — A shortage of skilled workers is often why many employers say they struggle to find qualified employees to fill vacancies. However, a new economic analysis finds that some of the evidence used to ... read more

Don't Complain: Train Young Adult Slackers Who Work in Your Office

June 8, 2015 — Emerging adults aged 18 to 25 are often criticized for their poor interpersonal skills, sense of entitlement, and casual work ethic. But a new study suggests that fault-finding adult co-workers could ... read more

Buyers and Sellers: Choose Your Own Price!

June 8, 2015 — In certain situations, the seller gets a better deal if she or he allows customers to decide what they want to pay for an item or a service, a new study carried out by economics and management ... read more

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