Management & Organization

Counterintuitive Ways to Close the Gender Pay Gap

On Women’s Equality Day last week at the White House, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, General Motors and other big U.S. companies signed an “Equal Pay Pledge” to close the gender pay gap for their employees. But methods of measuring success include many unintended consequences. The most efficient approach, based on the current standard of "equal pay for equal work," is sometimes counterintuitive, new Smith School research shows. Read more...

Welcome to the 'People's Code' of the United States

A recent White House memorandum to heads of federal departments and agencies calls for at least 20 percent of their software projects to be accessible to the public without any additional payment to the developer through the “open sourcing” of their work. Smith School lecturer Jonathan Aberman says the new policy might cause problems for government contractors worried about protecting their intellectual property. Read more...

Unraveling Pokémon Go’s Workplace Enigma

A Forbes survey last week revealed 69 percent of its respondents have played Pokémon Go during work hours. Meanwhile, SHRM issued a bulletin to advise companies on managing employees who have been among the one in 10 Americans who own smartphones since the game’s July 7 U.S. launch. "The game is distracting to a degree, but it also reveals gamification principles that increase productivity that managers can appreciate,” says Smith School professor Oliver Schlake. Read more...

Facebook’s ‘Benevolent Dictator’

In a move that Inc. calls a “Wall Street magic trick,” Facebook’s annual shareholders meeting on Monday yielded passage of a measure to issue 5.7 million shares of a nonvoting C Class stock. Subsequently, co-founder, chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg — and the company’s other B Class shareholders can sell off portions of their fortune without diluting their influence over the company. Smith School professor Christine Beckman explains why this might not be a bad thing. Read more...

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