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August 4, 2015

How Does Being 'on-Call' Impact Employee Fatigue?

Aug. 4, 2015 — With the growing demands of consumerism and the need to assist customers on the clock, today’s employees are working anything but nine to five. One in five EU employees are working on-call, but how ... read more

Profit, People and Planet: Balancing Revenue Vs. Responsibility in Fashion

Aug. 4, 2015 — Businesses within the fashion industry face many ethical decisions over the importance of profit vs. social responsibility. Exploitation is rife in developing countries where cheap, unregulated labor ... read more

Rotten Tomatoes and Two Thumbs Up

July 30, 2015 — How online shoppers respond when faced with wide variations in online reviews can give retailers insights into how to display the reviews and what to ... read more

July 29, 2015 — Printed Electronics is key in enabling smart packaging innovations, a fast growing market for industry, researchers say. The smart packaging market is expected to grow to more than US$ 1.45 billion ... read more

Shop-Floor Monitoring Goes High Tech

July 29, 2015 — An advanced system based on discrete events paves the way for automated industrial monitoring. This system will enable managers to make better, more timely decisions, the developers ... read more

Geography, Skills, Local Companies Affect Higher Education Impact on Economic Development

July 28, 2015 — Policy makers need to take factors like geography, available skills and knowledge and the networks of local companies into account to boost the impact of higher education on economic development, ... read more

Managers: Beware of Gender Faultlines

July 23, 2015 — Do you have gender 'faultlines' in your organization? New research suggests that such fissures appear when gender differences solidify into cliques. And this tends to occur when members of ... read more

Personalized Banner Ads Are a Double-Edged Sword

July 23, 2015 — Trust in a particular vendor affects the degree to which consumers will accept or reject a personalized banner ad, research concludes. The investigators wondered where people would draw the line at ... read more

Location-Based Ads Need More Than Closeness to Overcome Creepiness

July 21, 2015 — Location-based advertisements may pinpoint customers geographically, but often miss the target because customers may find the ads creepy and intrusive, according to an international team of ... read more

Study Delves Into Regulators' Decision-Making in Bank Closures

July 17, 2015 — Commercial bank regulators consider much more than monetary cost when determining whether to close a troubled bank, a new report states. According to the study, regulators show a desire to defer ... read more

Research Shows How to Reduce Cost of Modern Investment Strategies

July 16, 2015 — New research shows how investors can significantly reduce the cost of implementing portfolio strategies – in some cases by more than 90 per cent. The study shows that many modern investment ... read more

It's Official: Workplace Rudeness Is Contagious

July 16, 2015 — Rudeness in the workplace isn’t just unpleasant: it’s also contagious. Encountering rude behavior at work makes people more likely to perceive rudeness in later interactions, a study shows. That ... read more

July 14, 2015 — A new research study reveals some interesting findings about the economic impact of bed bugs on the hotel ... read more

Men May Feel More Threatened by Female Bosses, Research Finds

July 10, 2015 — Men are more threatened by female supervisors and become more assertive in advocating for themselves in negotiation exercises, new social psychology research has found. Self-assertive behavior by men ... read more

Why Organizations Fight Data Breaches Differently

July 9, 2015 — In the wake of recent high-profile security breaches at retail stores such as Target and Neiman Marcus, a new study determines why differences exist in the level of information security control ... read more

Mascots: Can a Humanlike Figure Actually Harm a Company?

July 7, 2015 — Companies whose brands are represented by or associated with human or humanlike figures are often perceived to be taking advantage of consumers when they raise their prices, new research ... read more

Yes, It Pays to Win Back Lost Customers

July 7, 2015 — The competition for customers in the service sector is fierce, and new customers are entering the market all the time. So when a company loses a customer, is it worth it to try to win that customer ... read more

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

You Don't Always Get What You Pay For, Even If Competition Is Fierce

July 2, 2015 — Academics have found that an increase in competition can, at times, actually reduce consumer welfare. Their article looks at instances where the positive correlation between competition and quality ... read more

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