What’s the Best Escalator Etiquette: Stand or Walk?

The Smith School's Michael C. Fu explores efficient escalator use in crowded transit hubs, challenging conventional "walk left, stand right" etiquette with findings favoring flexible lane access to balance passenger flow.

Seductive Language for Narcissists in Job Postings

Associate Professor Nick Seybert’s research highlights the impact of “rule-bender” language in job postings on applicant quality. Employers using keywords like “ambitious” and “thinks outside the box” may attract narcissistic applicants prone to unethical behavior, especially in accounting.

When Groups Lack Diversity, Size Matters for Whether People Notice

Diversity enhances business innovation, yet homogeneity persists, especially at the top. Aneesh Rai of the Smith School and colleagues found larger homogeneous groups more likely to diversify, highlighting the need to address diversity gaps in smaller teams.

Center for Global Business Survey of U.S. Business Executives Assesses AI Impact and Regulation Sentiments

As AI matures, U.S. businesses grapple with evolving regulations. Kislaya Prasad's study at the University of Maryland reveals concerns over job displacement, strong support for regulations, and focus on generative AI for customer experience and operational efficiency.

AI Research Briefs

Finance professor Agustin Hurtado’s AI research highlights racial disparities in mortgage lending, while Information Systems researchers study AI chatbots' impact on mental health counseling. Marketing professor Michel Wedel explores predicting decisions via eye-tracking, and accounting professor Rebecca Hann examines AI’s evolving role in the accounting industry.

The Secret to Accomplishing Big Goals

A study co-authored by Aneesh Rai, assistant professor of management and organization at the Smith School, suggests breaking large career goals into smaller tasks boosts long-term commitment and performance.

Study Examines Gender Disparity in Science Research Funding

Women now hold 55% of U.S. life-science doctorates, up from 32-38% in the mid-1980s. However, junior women face funding and tenure disparities compared to men and senior women, hindering the full benefits of gender diversity in science.

Supply Chain Mapping, Not Climate Prediction, is Key to Mitigating Risk for Corporate Boards

The Financial Times recently tapped a UMD research team led by Smith’s Sandor Boyson to describe supply chain mapping as critical to corporate boards for mitigating climate risk.

Chinese University Patent Bubbles Evident and Problematic, Including to National Innovation Strategy, Study Shows

Chinese universities are booming in terms of patent activity, but a study reveals a troubling issue: 'patent bubbles.' Waverly Ding's research exposes this trend, questioning China's innovation strategy. Explore the implications of this trend for China's innovation landscape.

Viewer Discretion Advised: How Gender Enters the Picture When Audiences Rate Movies

Professor David Waguespack warns against relying solely on average ratings when choosing a movie, particularly if it stars a woman. In groundbreaking research, he reveals how gender affects movie ratings, shedding light on biases in audience perceptions and their impact on box office revenues.

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