Fix Pay Gaps to Boost R&D

Companies that want to boldly go into new knowledge domains should start by looking inward at compensation design. A working paper co-authored by Smith School professor Waverly W. Ding shows that large pay gaps among research and development professionals at the same job level within an organization can stifle exploratory innovation — the kind that leads to U.S. patent filings.

Mar 10, 2018
Create Ethical Hiring Processes

Hiring managers invite harsh moral judgments when they give jobs to friends and acquaintances referred by high-powered individuals within their organizations, new research from Smith School professor Rellie Derfler-Rozin and two co-authors shows.

Mar 09, 2018
The Wisdom of Women Leading Women

BET Networks executive Donna Blackman applauds the courage of women who speak up about sexual harassment in the workplace. But she is cautious when it comes to giving advice to people who might face retaliation.

Mar 08, 2018
Transform from the Bottom Up

How best should companies seek to evolve? The Smith School's M. Susan Taylor says continuous organizational change is likely to have its roots at lower "work unit" levels and wind its way upward. Her model helps explain why.

Mar 08, 2018
Get Motivated to Hit Your Sales Goals

Setting your sales goals for the new year? The best way to get everyone motivated is to get them invested from the start. Smith School professor Christine Beckman recently studied how the process of setting budget goals is the key to motivating individuals to hit their numbers.

Mar 05, 2018
Hire More Rookies to Grow Your Firm

Conventional wisdom says firms are better off hiring people with prior experience and skills that mirror the job. But research co-authored by Smith School professor Rajshree Agarwal finds that many firms benefit from hiring rookies who are new to top management.

Mar 04, 2018
Build Gender Inclusive Workplaces

Retaining talent in the fast-changing field of information technology means understanding the factors that influence cultural fit. Smith School professor Kathryn M. Bartol says preferences often vary by gender.

Mar 01, 2018
Fantasy Merger League: 2018 Edition

Smith School experts bring you their fantasy M&A league — a list of potential tie-ups and explanations about what makes each one interesting. Imagine CVS teaming with 23andMe, or Daimler with Tesla, or Hilton with Airbnb.

Jan 30, 2018
Gupta’s Video Diary from Davos

This week, the eyes of the world are on the tiny Alpine town of Davos, Switzerland, where government and industry leaders, including the Smith School's Anil K. Gupta, are converged for the World Economic Forum's annual gathering.

Jan 25, 2018
CVS Isn't Cool With Airbrushing Anymore

When CVS announced it would ban heavily retouched photographs from its marketing campaigns, suggesting those images set unrealistic beauty standards for the millions of women who shop in its stores, it wasn't just a good deed. It was also good business.

Jan 18, 2018