Research: Actually, Consumers Do Buy Sustainable Products

Harvard Business

Sustainability-marketed products are growing quickly in almost all CPG categories. Marketing Sustainability Customers Digital Article

How to Assess Entry-Level Product Manger Positions

Tom Spencer

Associate Product Manager (APM) positions are well known in Silicon Valley as rotational, mentorship-focused programs designed to accelerate the careers of young aspiring product managers. how invested the company is in your product. Before the Interview Product management

Research: Actually, Consumers Do Buy Sustainable Products

Harvard Business

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Solving the productivity puzzle

McKinsey

New research uncovers how three waves collided to create historically low productivity growth but finds the potential for it to recover to 2 percent or more. Meeting Society’s Expectations

5 Secrets for Improved Productivity

Tom Spencer

Making the most of each one will help you to become more productive and, ultimately, achieve your goals. There are many different ingredients that combine to determine your productivity including the time of day, physical environment, your level of motivation, as well as your innate ability to stay focused. Whatever your natural tendencies, there are a number of common sense strategies that can help you be as productive as possible. Silence can be productivity’s best friend.

Research: When Gender Diversity Makes Firms More Productive

Harvard Business

Based on a study of more than 1,000 companies in 35 countries. Gender Performance measurement Digital Article

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Cornerstone Research Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

CORNERSTONE RESEARCH. Ranked at #8 in the Vault Consulting Top 50, Cornerstone Research may just be the most interesting consulting firm you’ve never heard of. Specializing in economic, financial and market analysis, specifically for cases in litigation, Cornerstone Research touts itself as the one player major law firms turn to when navigating the obstacle course that is the American and European legal systems. CORNERSTONE RESEARCH KEY STATS. Research.

Are you creating remarkable products? - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

Are you creating remarkable products? REMARKABLE products are products that are worth making a remark about. Earlier editions have been sold to researchers for more than $14,600. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe.

Research: Stale Office Air Is Making You Less Productive

Harvard Business

How often do you consider the air quality in your office and how it affects employees and their productivity? Given these studies tying air quality to health, we wanted to see whether improved ventilation affects cognitive function, an indicator of worker productivity. At the end of each day, we tested the workers’ decision-making performance using a standardized cognitive function test that researchers have used for decades.

Taking the measure of product development

McKinsey

Is the way you measure product-development performance harming your company’s health? New research suggests that it might be. Insights on Operations

Productivity and Creativity – awkward bedfellows or birds of a feather?

Ben de Haldevang

For me, the bit that’s really interesting and that feeds well into the current discourse is the differentiation between productivity and creativity. If you have a moment, do a bit of research to see how these two concepts are portrayed. Even 20 seconds googling will provide you with images of linear progression, mathematical equations etc when thinking about productivity.

Research: Why Ratings on Everything from Wine to Amazon Products Improve Over Time

Harvard Business

Ratings made by critics, judges, and evaluators determine a range of outcomes, from the seemingly trivial (which wine you pick for dinner or which products you buy from Amazon) to the more consequential (which athletes win Olympic gold or which students get into top universities).

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Designing Smart-Home Products That People Will Actually Use

Harvard Business

Technology Customers Market research Internet Digital ArticleHere are eight user personas that can help.

How to Combine Productivity with Mindfulness

Women in Consulting

By: Pierre Khawand. :: You may have heard of a productivity method called the Pomodoro Technique , developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. This necessitates a new generation of productivity apps that help us practice mindfulness at work.

Research: Innovation Suffers When Drug Companies Merge

Harvard Business

Regulators try to model how prices, sales, and even the combining parties’ research and development efforts will change after a merger. That can benefit consumers through lower prices, more innovation, and better products. Research has shown that pharma mergers reduce innovation.

7 Traits of Super-Productive People

Harvard Business

Is there someone on your team who seems unusually productive? Super-productive people are in every industry. The most productive software developers write nine times more usable code per day than the average developer, according to research by Michael Mankins. We collected data on over 7,000 people who were rated by their manager on their level of their productivity and 48 specific behaviors. The most productive people are great problem-solvers.

5 Research-Based Strategies for Overcoming Procrastination

Harvard Business

A while back, I took a year to experiment with every piece of personal productivity advice I could find. To answer these questions, I spoke to researchers, and spent time digging through dozens of academic journal articles. In his research , Pychyl identifies a set of seven triggers that make a task seem more averse. Here are the best ways I’ve discovered in my research to do that. Productivity Managing yourself Time management Digital Article

Using Experiments to Launch New Products

Harvard Business

One simple and often overlooked way for larger companies to experiment is to randomize the introduction of new products across a set of markets. And Uber is not alone among these companies in turning to market-level experiments to test new products and innovations.

Millennials Are Actually Workaholics, According to Research

Harvard Business

The researchers surveyed roughly 5,000 full-time employees who receive paid time off as a benefit, and found that Millennials were much more likely to agree with four statements they used to assess work martyrdom: “No one else at my company can do the work while I’m away.”

Product Success Is Not About the Zeitgeist

Harvard Business

My aim here is to explore — and reject — a common explanation for the success of Star Wars, and of businesses, products, and ideas in general. The explanation is that what matters is the relationship between culture and the product at the time it is released.

Research: Consumers Prefer Products with Imperfections Because They Feel More Unique

Harvard Business

But companies can benefit from letting consumers know when they make mistakes with a product. Consumers perceive these products as more unique, because they think mistakes in product creation are more improbable than there being no mistakes. To explore the preference for products made by mistake, we conducted a series of experimental studies and examined market sales data. What about when a mistake makes the product worse?

Research: Customers Notice When Products Shrink More Than When They Get Bigger

Harvard Business

You are marketing a new option, say with 20% more product or 50% more minutes on a calling plan, but you can’t get customers to pay for even a fraction of the additional value. Why do people get so mad about product downsizing? x 1.26 = 2), but it looks as if the product is just 78% bigger (because 26% + 26% + 26% = 78%). Although it is deceptively simple, an effective solution to this problem is to make information about product quantity loud and clear.

Passion Versus Profession – Are Management Consulting and Music Production Really That Different?

Tom Spencer

It is also important to involve multiple people in the production process – most songs you hear on the radio have different people responsible for composition, performance, mixing, and mastering, which helps to spot mistakes and prevent what I call “creative bubbles” – when you get so used to thinking about a certain concept that you stop being open to other ideas. Management Consulting client-specific issues creative bubbles industry recipes music production perspective

5 Ways to Design Products Customers Love

Harvard Business

This story exemplifies one type of empathic design, namely by a user-designer who combines deep knowledge of product use with the ability to foresee new possibilities for it. Innovation Design Research & development Product development Experimentation Digital ArticleLaura Lezza/Getty Images. As a teenager, Mike Pfotenhauer loved to hike, but he hated how uncomfortable he felt carrying the backpacks then on the market.

Solving the United Kingdom’s productivity puzzle in a digital age

McKinsey

New research explains why the United Kingdom has been experiencing historically low productivity growth and what can be done to return to long-run averages. Meeting Society’s Expectations

Your New Hit Product Might Be Underpriced

Harvard Business

The odds are stacked against new products or services. Between 65% and 75% miss their revenue or profit goals, depending on whose research you look at. We have diagnosed thousands of product failures over the last 30 years, and have found recurring patterns.

Great Companies Obsess Over Productivity, Not Efficiency

Harvard Business

Business leaders often think of “efficiency” and “productivity” as synonyms, two sides of the same coin. When it comes to strategy, however, efficiency and productivity are very different. At a time when so many companies are starved for growth, senior leaders must bring a productivity mindset to their business and remove organizational obstacles to workforce productivity. Productivity is about doing more with the same.

How to Keep Employees Connected to Customers

Harvard Business

Your product innovation depends on it. Product development Market research Organizational structure Digital Article

Centralized Decision Making Helps Kill Bad Products

Harvard Business

Killing products isn’t easy. Engineers and managers toil for months, often years, to conceive, develop, and launch new products. They invest significant resources in research, marketing, and distribution. So to see those products go down in flames (literally, as in the case of the Samsung Note 7), often creates a very difficult choice: try to improve the quality and support for products or terminate them.

Research: Hiring Managers Are Biased Against People with Longer Commutes

Harvard Business

So my team of research assistants and I identified a collection of low-wage jobs in Washington, D.C. Likewise, frequently changing work schedules may disrupt precarious travel arrangements for otherwise productive workers. shanghaiface/Getty Images.

Why Innovation Labs Fail, and How to Ensure Yours Doesn’t

Harvard Business

Setting up a research hub is easy. Research & development Product development Digital ArticleSetting it up to succeed is harder.

What Cancer Researchers Can Learn from Direct-to-Consumer Companies

Harvard Business

That’s because researchers must deeply analyze a massive amount of patient data, starting with patients’ sequencing data, to pinpoint cancer-causing mutations. Unfortunately, far too many patients remain hesitant to share their health data, even though they routinely share all sorts of personal data when buying consumer products online. Marketing Research & development Social platforms Non-profit Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Digital Article

Research: Yes, Being Helpful Is Tiring

Harvard Business

Most of the published research on helping suggests that you would feel happy and energized. Indeed, my recent research suggests that responding to help requests at work is a double-edged sword. For example, research suggests that taking breaks , napping, andand consuming caffeine may be short-term solutions for depleted helpers. Stress Productivity Psychology Digital ArticleImagine a busy day at work.

Research: Cloud Computing Is Helping Smaller, Newer Firms Compete

Harvard Business

Despite those trends, our research suggests that technology can in fact provide an advantage to small and new firms. In recent research, we studied the adoption of cloud computing across U.S. Our research confirms this intuition using a massive new dataset of over 1 million U.S.

Research: Career Hot Streaks Can Happen at Any Age

Harvard Business

For example, my earlier co-authored work found that a scientist’s biggest research hit occurred completely randomly in their sequence of published works: It could be, with equal likelihood, the very first work, the last, or any one in between. Driendl Group/Getty Images.

Research: When Retail Workers Have Stable Schedules, Sales and Productivity Go Up

Harvard Business

Yet, research suggests that retailers tend to view store associates as an expense to be controlled rather than as a medium to provide better service for customers. In study after study for over a decade, operations researchers have found that retailers understaff during peak hours. More-stable scheduling increased sales and labor productivity. Labor productivity increased by 5%, in an industry where productivity grew by only 2.5% Trina Dalziel/Getty Images.

America’s Loneliest Workers, According to Research

Harvard Business

The last half-decade of research has demonstrated that loneliness threatens not only our physical health and well-being , but also our livelihood. Research shows that loneliness has the same effect as 15 cigarettes a day in terms of health care outcomes and health care costs. Work Friends Make Us More Productive (Except When They Stress Us Out). Dave Wheeler for HBR.