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Supply Chain Resilience Depends on the Internal Capabilities of Partners

Idea posted: September 2021
  • Leadership & Change
  • Operations

Increasing supply chain resilience against disruptions and interruptions depends not only on cooperation among supply chain partners but also on cross-functional cooperation within the companies in the supply chain.

Idea #798
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The Cost of Decision Fatigue

Idea posted: September 2021
  • Learning & Behaviour

Decision fatigue, a mental state that occurs after extended periods of making streams of decisions, influences decision makers to favour less-taxing “default” decisions. A new study, based on data from the banking sector, reveals the cost of such decisions, highlighting the importance of addressing decision fatigue. 

Idea #799
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Antonio Stradivari, 1644-1737. A romanticized view, 1920s, painter unknown (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

Why Craft Is Relevant (and Needed) in Today’s Workplace

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

A new paper explodes the concept of the craft organization of work as musty history, presenting different configurations of craft that can offer solutions to challenges faced in the 21st-century workplace.

Idea #800
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Why Personalized Marketing Succeeds… or Backfires

Idea posted: September 2021
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Marketing

Personalized ads can sometimes repel consumers rather than attract them. A new study reveals the complex psychological mechanisms and other factors that impact the success of tailored marketing. A key success factor: convincing the consumer to spend time critically thinking about your message. 

Idea #801
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Success Keys for Women in the Finance Sector

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

A qualitative study, based on interviews and roundtable discussions with 79 women in the financial sector, identifies 10 action steps companies can take to encourage and enable women to overcome gender barriers to promotions and leadership positions.

Idea #802
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Family Firms Innovate Less But Better: Their Boards Make a Difference

Idea posted: July 2021
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship

While family firms develop fewer innovations and inventions than non-family firms, those innovations tend to be more relevant to the market. In addition, a tightly knit, well-connected board will encourage more innovation.

Idea #797
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The Unique Psychology of Being a Middle Manager

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

Caught between low-power employees and high-power executives, the ‘middle power’ of middle managers keeps them hopping between the roles of subordinate and superior. A new Theory of Power framework helps middle managers, their bosses and their organizations identify the challenges and psychological consequences of their caught-in-the-middle position. 

Idea #795
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Terry-Thomas and Doris Day in Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Charisma beyond Leadership: Influence + Affability

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

Why Being a Middle Manager Is So Exhausting. Eric M. Anicich, Jacob B. Hirsh. Harvard Business Review (March 22, 2017). Through a series of empirical studies exploring the concept of charisma outside of an organizational leadership context, a team of researchers identify the two core dimensions of personal charisma and show that charisma is an informal personality trait observable in any context.

Idea #796
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Persuading with Pitch, Volume and Non-Verbal Cues

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

In their efforts to persuade and influence others, leaders pay close attention to the words they choose. Listeners, however, often doubt the sincerity of those trying hard to persuade them. Research into how leaders modulate their voices — by adjusting the volume of their speech, for example — reveals that such ‘paralinguistic cues’ can enhance their persuasiveness, and even increase their perceived sincerity. 

Idea #794
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Pros and Cons of Collaborative Spaces for Innovation

Idea posted: June 2021
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership & Change

Dedicated collaborative spaces for cross-functional and open innovation (mixing internal and external participants) teams can encourage and enhance collaboration, but can also generate their own constraints. Co-location alone is not a silver bullet strategy for seamless collaboration among diverse teams.

Idea #793
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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.

Idea #791
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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.

Idea #783
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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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