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Exploration Algorithms Increase Diversity of New Hires

Idea posted: May 2021
  • CSR & Governance

The use of hiring algorithms willing to ‘explore’ job candidates with profiles that differ from past successful candidates increases the diversity of a firm’s workforce, a new study shows.

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How Leaders' Origins Influence Their Roles

Idea posted: May 2021
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour

Leaders have different origin stories—the stories of how they became leaders. For example, some were thrust in leadership positions; others became leaders when they decided to start an initiative. A new study shows that origin stories legitimize leaders in their leadership roles and explain the variety of motivations, styles and personalities through which they enact those leadership roles. 

Idea #792
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‘Reiter’, Wassily Kandinsky, 1911 (Courtesy: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam)

Super-Fluid Companies Keep Pace with Customer Needs

Idea posted: April 2021
  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Operations

An in-depth study of Huawei Technologies reveals how innovative organizational structures and radical leadership development strategies create a ‘super-fluid’ corporation ready to adapt to the challenges of continuously changing customer needs.

Idea #790
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‘Rattenfängerbrunnen’ (Pied Piper fountain), by Bruno Jakobus Hoffmann, Hamelin, Germany (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Inspiring Hero or Humble Diplomat? The Core Functions of a Leader

Idea posted: April 2021
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour

A new study building on leadership from an evolutionary perspective and exploring the needs of followers reveals that leadership is most in demand when a group needs to coordinate their activities, and when conflicts of interests threaten effective action by the group.

Idea #789
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How Women Leaders Overcome Conflicting Expectations

Idea posted: March 2021
  • CSR & Governance
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour

Societal expectations concerning gender and leadership attributes pull women leaders in opposite directions: if strong, they are criticized for not being empathetic or likeable; if empathetic, they are criticized for not being strong enough. The best women leaders thrive by managing these tensions through a paradox mindset.

Idea #788
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Stakeholder Value: Best for Everyone or Just Poor Performers?

Idea posted: March 2021
  • CSR & Governance

Two academics argue that the current push for corporations to focus on nebulous stakeholder value rather than traditional shareholder value only provides cover for underperforming managers.

Idea #787
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Why Company Health and Wellness Plans Fall Short

Idea posted: February 2021
  • CSR & Governance
  • Learning & Behaviour

Self-imposed constraints undermine employers’ resolve to promote employee health and wellness. When employers fully accept the link between healthy employees and long-term profitability, the once insurmountable constraints can be quickly resolved.  

Idea #786
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Which Individuals Benefit Most From Coaching

Idea posted: February 2021
  • Learning & Behaviour

The individual personalities of coachees impact the success of coaching interventions. Individuals who are open to the new and the different, who have low self-esteem and other low core self evaluations, or who tend to set goals focused on avoiding failure are those more likely to benefit from coaching.

Idea #785
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How to Leverage Organizational' Cultural Toolkit' for Change

Idea posted: January 2021
  • Strategy
  • Leadership & Change

Building on their own research and case studies, as well as the research of others, three experts in organization studies build a framework for organizational culture as a lever for change. At the heart of the framework is the concept of organizational culture as a ‘toolkit’ of resources. 

Idea #784
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The Dream of Constantine. Piero della Francesca, c. 1452-66 (Fresco, San Francesco, Arezzo, Italy)

The Personal and Productivity Benefits of Sleep

Idea posted: January 2021
  • Learning & Behaviour

Get a good night’s sleep before the big meeting, but better yet, get enough sleep every night, follow a routine, and don’t stay out late even if you can sleep in, according to an MIT study that furthers our understanding of the productivity benefits of sleep.

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The Fall of Icarus, Jacob Peter Gowy, c.1636 (Courtesy Museo del Prado, Madrid)

Setting High Performance Expectations Can Lead to Failure

Idea posted: December 2020
  • Leadership & Change

While high external performance expectations often improve performance, they can also have the opposite effect. Research shows that high-performance expectations can increase the embarrassment of those who experience early setbacks, reducing their motivation to persist and leading, ultimately, to failure.

Idea #782
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How Diversity Social Norms Let Companies Off the Hook

Idea posted: December 2020
  • CSR & Governance

Research shows that when faced with negative attention for their lack of diversity, companies strive to reach the level of diversity found in similar companies. Once they reach this threshold, however, they are satisfied and cease their diversity efforts. The result is an invisible cap on diversity imposed by social norms thresholds.

Idea #781
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Why Cross-functional Teams Need Strong Leaders

Idea posted: November 2020
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour

An experimental study of the decision-making process in cross-functional teams reveals the impact of leadership, or lack thereof, on the quality of the teams’ decisions and the satisfaction of team members with those decisions.

Idea #778
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Demand vs. Supply: The Future of Women in Top Leadership

Idea posted: November 2020
  • CSR & Governance
  • Leadership & Change
Institutions: University of Virginia

Research-based on Norway’s pioneering quota for corporate boards reveals the positive impact of demand-side pressure to resolve the gender gap in corporate top leadership—and the contribution gender differences bring to corporate strategies and outcomes.

Idea #780
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Growth Mindset, Empathy and Training for Entrepreneurial Mentoring

Idea posted: November 2020
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour

Mentees with a growth mindset, mentors driven by empathy and a desire to give, and program administrators who invest in training for mentors and mentees on how to best leverage mentoring relationships are leading success factors for entrepreneurial mentorship programs.

Idea #779
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How to Align Conflicting Corporate Strategies to Functions

Idea posted: October 2020
  • Strategy
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership & Change

Management controls can be used to overcome the challenge of aligning conflicting corporate strategies with functional tasks, such as new product development.

Idea #777
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What Makes a Good Corporate Strategic Thinker?

Idea posted: October 2020
  • Strategy
  • Learning & Behaviour

What is strategic thinking? Two researchers identify the ten key capabilities of this familiar but rarely defined concept.

Idea #776
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Influences on Entrepreneurial Training for Women

Idea posted: September 2020
  • CSR & Governance
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour

The best entrepreneurship education and training (EET) programs for women, especially in developing countries, focus not only on the program goals and its contents or curriculum but also on often-overlooked human factors — e.g. the intentions of the participants — and the contextual environment in which the entrepreneurs will be working.

Idea #775
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Mentoring Programs for Women to Overcome Workplace Challenges

Idea posted: September 2020
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour

Women mentors and mentees both benefit from their involvement in mentoring programs, acquiring a range of cognitive, skill-based, and affective-related learning — and to a lesser extent social networking skills.

Idea #774
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Building and Maintaining Mentoring Relationships

Idea posted: August 2020
  • Learning & Behaviour

Based on his research, University of Texas professor Richard Reddick lays out the keys to successful mentoring relationships.

Idea #773
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5 Practices to Avoid Knowledge Differences in Cross-functional Teams

Idea posted: July 2020
  • Leadership & Change

Five practices for cross-functional teams, using a visual or conceptual illustration as a starting point for dialogue and solution-seeking, help team members share knowledge without emphasizing their differences.

Idea #772
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Male Subordinate Bias Against Female Bosses: The Evidence from Schools

Idea posted: June 2020
  • CSR & Governance
  • Leadership & Change

A new study based on male teacher reactions to female principals — based on 40 years of data — sheds light on continued biases against female leaders in all industries and sectors.

Idea #771
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American Shipping off the Rock of Gibraltar, Ivan Aivazovsky, 1873 (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Ships in the Night: How to Unite Warring Executives

Idea posted: May 2020
  • Leadership & Change
Institutions: INSEAD

Executives often flounder, unable to execute a strategic vision and lead their people as they battle other executives over conflicting goals and priorities. Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries shows how group coaching instills a team culture among executives that breaks the deadlock, creates alignment, and helps them fulfill their roles as leaders.

Idea #770
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Why Performance Improvements Don’t Lead to Higher Trust

Idea posted: April 2020
  • Leadership & Change
  • Marketing
  • Operations
Institutions: Henley Business School

Although a health care organization improved its services significantly, and its reputation as a result, key stakeholders continued to mistrust the organization. A research study based on in-depth interviews revealed the disconnect between transactional-driven reputation and relational-driven trust.

Idea #761
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Constraints Aren’t So Bad When It Comes to Innovation

Idea posted: April 2020
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Learning & Behaviour

Within limits, constraints on innovation have a surprising effect: they increase the likelihood of success. This positive impact disappears when constraints are excessive.

Idea #769
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Unbalanced Relationships Hurt Performance, But Don’t Stick Around

Idea posted: March 2020
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour

A quantitative analysis of relationships among co-workers shows how negative connections lead to lower performance but eventually work themselves out.

Idea #768
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How Complexity Trips Up Companies In Foreign Market

Idea posted: March 2020
  • Strategy
  • Operations

International expansion can be a fast-track path to lower profits as many companies ignore the complexity of operating in foreign markets. A step-by-step approach — expanding to new markets with operational complexity similar to the company’s current markets before attacking markets that are significantly more complex — is more likely to be successful.

Idea #767
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How to Stay On Top In a World of Disruption

Idea posted: March 2020
  • Strategy
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Success was never permanent, but never more so than today. A new study quantifies just how quickly high-flying companies fall back into the pack, with some plunging to the depths of their industry sector in record time. However, with the right mind-set and strategic approaches, the competitive advantage of some companies persists. 

Idea #766
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Advertising Bolsters Firm Value after Shareholder Complaints

Idea posted: February 2020
  • CSR & Governance

Shareholder complaints reduce firm value. A study shows how firms successfully combat this effect by increasing their advertising. However, turning to advertising should not be the first step in response to what might be legitimate shareholder concerns. 

Idea #765
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How to Stop a Social Media Firestorm

Idea posted: February 2020
  • Marketing

A new study offers insights for detecting, preventing and mitigating online firestorms that result from negative word-of-mouth posts going viral in an online brand community.

Idea #764
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