Business does not necessarily come with a crystal ball. Managers use intuition, data and other resources to try to plot a course of action. At times journalists, instead of reporting the story, try to get a glimpse of the future too. Read the rest of this entry »
Now, Jody Foster, chair of the psychiatry at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia talks to Knowledge at Wharton about the impact of disruptive behavior in the workplace. Knowledge at Wharton about the impact of disruptive behavior in the workplace and what can be done about it.
When Hanna Rosin first raised the issue of ”The End of Men” in The Atlantic in the summer of 2010, it certainly seemed that way. The Great Recession of 2008, was also being called the “Mancession” because of the loss of typically male jobs from construction work to finance. Read the rest of this entry »
Regulars readers of this blog will recall late last year we ran a post entitled the best person for the job.
In it we discussed a recent finding that managers tend to hire people like themselves.
Since then, some anecdotal evidence points to the idea that managers aren’t just hiring employees with whom they would like to spend time. They are also hiring subordinates who dress like them and perhaps even resemble them. Thus we have birds of a feather management
If you are in doubt about the influence of food on negotiations, Lakshmi Batachandra of Babson College has amassed new evidence.
Being served in a conference room or restaurant during the give and take increases the value of a deal.
Into the debate about women on corporate boards Boris Groysberg has introduced a new dimension. He has found wide differences in opinion about quotas for women on corporate boards of directors. Read the rest of this entry »
Want more evidence that the Great Recession has altered the job hunting landscape for new grads? Historically, they wanted health benefits. Now that’s changing. Read the rest of this entry »
Despite high-profile news about pay parity, education for women and an increasingly higher profile for some female executives, for the vast majority of women aspiring to top leadership positions in corporate America the outlook is less rosy according to the 2012 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Women Board Directors and 2012 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Executive Officers and Top Earners. Read the rest of this entry »
A new study in the December issue of the American Sociological Review suggests that employers are often more focused on hiring someone they would like to hang out with than they are in hiring the most competent person for the job.
“Of course, employers are looking for people who have the baseline of skills to effectively do the job,” said study author Lauren A. Rivera, an assistant professor of management and organizations and sociology at Northwestern University. “But, beyond that, employers really want people who they will bond with, who they will feel good around, who will be their friend and maybe even their romantic partner. As a result, employers don’t necessarily hire the most skilled candidates.”
Although Dr. Rivera is quick to point out that the findings don’t mean unqualified candidates are being hired, the findings might give pause to those who are concerned about employement shortages and competitiveness.
Most families take juggling home and career as a given. And over at the new Atlantic channel The Sexes, there’s another conversation going. Eleanor Barkhorn, the site’s editor writes people who don’t have kids want work-life balance too. Read the rest of this entry »