Innovative Companies Get Their Best Ideas from Academic Research — Here’s How They Do It

Harvard Business

While private companies employ some excellent scientists, most of America’s scientific research is publicly funded. So for companies looking to create revolutionary products, identifying and accessing cutting edge, exploratory research is a key competitive advantage.

Research: Want More Entrepreneurs? Make College Cheaper

Harvard Business

The theme of Olds’s research is twofold: Financial security makes it easier for people to start businesses , and government programs can help provide that security. Further research should explore the relationship between tuition and growth startups.

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. We suspect that many others just don’t understand the value of their data; they are unaware of the powerful role their data plays in advancing research breakthroughs, let alone that sharing it may give them their best shot of beating the disease.

How consultants do industry research

Consultants Mind

The great ones get up-to-speed quickly on the industry … Continue reading → Learning Analyzing Data Business Business Intelligence Consulting Finviz Investor Relations Management consulting Measurement Research Trade Association Management consultants need to be quick learners. Junior analysts are routinely asked to support proposals and projects across different industries. The good ones are fast, and proficient with Excel and PowerPoint.

Researching Consulting Firms

Tom Spencer

IN this post we look at researching consulting firms. Why, how and what should you research? Below we provide some ideas to help make your research as effective and efficient as possible. Why should you research? How should you research? What should you research?

Research: Why Americans Are So Impressed by Busyness

Harvard Business

“What is a ‘weekend?’” ’” Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, famously asked during the first season of Downton Abbey, set in 1912. The joke, of course, is that the Dowager Countess is too aristocratic to even recognize the concept of a week divided between work and leisure.

Research: Performing a Ritual Before a Stressful Task Improves Performance

Harvard Business

David “Big Papi” Ortiz retired in 2016 as one of the best baseball players in Boston Red Sox history. Papi was known for his exceptional at-bats, hitting over 540 home runs in his career. Each time Papi approached the batter’s box, he rested his bat against his legs, spat on his right hand, and clapped. This ritual placed Papi among a group of exceptional athletes, performers, and public speakers who all engage in pre-performance rituals.

Research: Vague Feedback Is Holding Women Back

Harvard Business

Our research shows that women are systematically less likely to receive specific feedback tied to outcomes, both when they receive praise and when the feedback is developmental. Our research suggests these trends may result from unconscious bias. laura schneider FOR HBR.

13 Signs That Someone Is About to Quit, According to Research

Harvard Business

And research shows that criminals have become savvy at identifying informants or undercover officers in their midst. For the next phase of the research, we edited and pruned the list of 900+ behaviors into a structured 116-item questionnaire. The most interesting take-away from this second phase of our research were the behaviors that did not survive our screening process.

Bogus Fed Research Claim: “Gold Standard Didn’t Really Tame Inflation”

MishTalk

The Wall Street Journal reports Gold Standard Didn’t Really Tame Inflation, New Research Says. The research was by St. Louis Fed economist Fernando Martin. Curiously, his study precisely shows that the gold standard did indeed tame inflation. Let’s investigate Martin’s bogus claim and his peculiar logic in making it. more…). Economics

Future of Work Video – Statistics and Research on Future of Work

Cheryl Cran

The post Future of Work Video – Statistics and Research on Future of Work appeared first on Cheryl Cran. There are many factors influencing the future of work – it is my mission to help leaders and teams be future of work ready NOW!

Research Shows That Organizations Benefit When Employees Take Sabbaticals

Harvard Business

But rather than bemoan how hard it is to get stuff done during vacation season, recent research and corporate experiments suggest that there might not be enough employees taking time off — and even if they are taking time off, they should be taking more of it. While the type (paid versus unpaid), length (weeks versus months), and other sabbatical details vary, research suggests that the upward trend in sabbaticals is due to two primary factors.

Research: Millennials Think About Work Too Much

Harvard Business

These findings go along with research on the quarter-life crisis , the tricky transition from adolescence to adulthood. Marion Barraud for HBR.

Research: We Are Way Harder on Female Leaders Who Make Bad Calls

Harvard Business

Research suggests they would be. Tech CEO Marissa Mayer and Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have it tough right now.

Reinventing equity research as a profit-making business

McKinsey

The traditional business of providing equity research to asset managers has been under pressure in recent years. Nonetheless, equity research still offers an attractive business opportunity for banks and broker-dealers that can adapt to deliver the types of research the buy side values and successfully transform their operating models.

Research: For Better Brainstorming, Tell an Embarrassing Story

Harvard Business

Subsequent scientific research confirmed Osborn’s instincts: groups who follow his guidelines show more creativity than those who don’t. Vincent Tsui for HBR. It was Alex Osborn, a 1960s advertising executive, who coined the term brainstorming.

Research: Cracking a Joke at Work Can Make You Seem More Competent

Harvard Business

In our research, we hypothesized that a joke teller is perceived as more confident than people who don’t tell jokes. Unbeknownst to participants, the first two individuals to present their testimonials were research assistants with prepared testimonials. As a society, we often make judgments about people based on small snippets of their behavior. For example, we may judge a person’s confidence, competence, and status on the success of a single joke.

Research: Delegating More Can Increase Your Earnings

Harvard Business

In our research we saw how much new technologies increased the returns to delegation; keep an eye out for resources that could have this effect on you and your team. Marion Barraud for HBR. How can a busy professional become more productive when there is only so much time in the day?

Research: How Subtle Class Cues Can Backfire on Your Resume

Harvard Business

Based on prior research showing that hiring in top professional services firms is highly skewed toward applicants from wealthy families, we expected that an applicant’s social class background would play a decisive role in determining interview invitations. But our research uncovered a surprising — and disturbing — twist: coming from an advantaged social background helps only men.

Research: How Customers Decide Whether to Buy from Your Website

Harvard Business

Consumer behavior research suggests that trust is essential to forming an intention to purchase. Researchers have tried to provide an exact answer to this question, one rooted in deliberative cognitive processes. While the notion of deliberative models is appealing, it does not explain research showing that many visitors ignore “hard” factors such as privacy and security policies, while being influenced by seemingly insignificant factors such as font styles and colors.

Research: Sleep-Deprived Leaders Are Less Inspiring

Harvard Business

Some of my recent research indicates that this idea of compromising quality applies to the concept of leadership as well, with important implications for the performance of your team. In my newest research (conducted with Cristiano L. HBR STAFF.

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Research: Narcissists Don’t Like Flat Organizations

Harvard Business

Research has shown that reducing hierarchy can lead to more satisfied employees and speedier decision making , and some companies have concluded that flatter structures would work better. Our research demonstrates that narcissists prefer hierarchical organizations.

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. Imagine a busy day at work.

Research: Millennials Can’t Afford to Job Hop

Harvard Business

Millennials Are Actually Workaholics, According to Research. CTI research finds that Millennials seek to contribute value for their employer and achieve their team’s goals. CTI research finds that 45% of the financially unprivileged Millennials say that recognition is very important in their career. According to a recent Pew Research Center study, Millennials now represent 34% of the U.S.

Research: We Drop People Who Give Us Critical Feedback

Harvard Business

” As I discovered in recent research I conducted with Paul Green of Harvard Business School and Brad Staats of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, people tend to move away from those who provide feedback that is more negative than their view of themselves. In our research at the food-manufacturing and agribusiness company, we obtained data on the financial bonuses employees received annually based on their performance.

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Charts from Lacy Hunt's Presentation at Casey Research October Summit

MishTalk

Last week, Dr. Lacy Hunt , Executive Vice President of Hoisington Investment Management Company , made a presentation at the Casey Research 2013 Summit.

Research: The Best Strategy for Paying Off Credit Card Debt

Harvard Business

Our research suggests that people are more motivated to get out of debt not only by concentrating on one account but also by beginning with the smallest. This aligns with other research on the power of small wins to keep people motivated. Many Americans struggle to pay down their credit card debts, a challenge exacerbated by the holidays when credit-card spending balloons. The Federal Reserve estimates that nearly half of U.S.

Research: Why Best Practices Don’t Translate Across Cultures

Harvard Business

My research reveals some interesting findings about how and why practices do and do not transfer well from one culture to another. It made sense. A large high-technology company had established an innovation center in one of their U.S.

Research: Low-Status Men Hesitate to Negotiate Their Salaries

Harvard Business

But our research and others ’ has shown that it’s not for lack of skill that women don’t negotiate salaries. Indeed, research on wage bargaining indicates that the potential to negotiate higher compensation is typically a privilege reserved for higher educated workers, and not even all of them — men included — negotiate for higher pay. Paul Garbett for HBR.

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Research: You Have Fewer Friends than You Think

Harvard Business

HBR STAFF. People generally assume that when they consider another person a “friend,” that person also thinks of them as a friend. In other words, friendship is reciprocal.

Research: Family Firms Are More Innovative Than Other Companies

Harvard Business

Our research, conducted with Patricio Duran and Thomas Zellweger, suggests the answer is not simple. About the Research We collected all available publications, working papers, and dissertations that compared family and non-family firms when it comes to their investments in innovation (in terms of R&D expenses) as well as their innovation success (in terms of introducing new products, patents, and patent citations).

Research: Shifting the Power Balance with an Abusive Boss

Harvard Business

But our research , forthcoming in the Academy of Management Journal , suggests a third option: Targets of abuse can flip the script, shifting the balance of power in their favor when bosses make life miserable. Our research reveals two effective strategies. When confronting an abusive supervisor, employees often assume they have two choices: confrontation or avoidance.

Research: How the Best School Leaders Create Enduring Change

Harvard Business

The good news is our research clearly shows there’s a tipping point in each transformation when six of the building blocks are in place — not all nine. Transforming a school is a long, hard, and often lonely task. Some people want change, others don’t, and some simply aren’t prepared to wait for results to show. As a school leader sets off on this journey, how do they know what to do, when to do it, who to listen to, and how to manage critics along the way?

The Work Conversations We Dread the Most, According to Research

Harvard Business

The next time you head into a conversation you’re dreading, rest assured that the other party is probably equally uncomfortable. Better yet, your counterpart may even go out of his or her way to make you feel at ease.

Thinking inside the subscription box: New research on e-commerce consumers

McKinsey

We surveyed thousands of US shoppers to understand subscription e-commerce trends. The findings have implications for start-ups, as well as retailers and consumer brand manufacturers entering the market. Our Insights

Research: Objective Performance Metrics Are Not Enough to Overcome Gender Bias

Harvard Business

Even when performance information is available, lab-based research has shown that women still tend to be disadvantaged, compared with men of equal quality. In this research , we studied investment professionals who are arguably disincentivized to incorporate gender, or any characteristic not directly tied to quality, in their evaluations of investment opportunities. Tooga/Getty Images.

Research: Stale Office Air Is Making You Less Productive

Harvard Business

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. This research adds empirical evidence to a long-recognized phenomenon. How often do you consider the air quality in your office and how it affects employees and their productivity? Chances are it’s not often.

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

Harvard Business

Our research suggests that this strategy might not be warranted and that highlighting that a mistake was made in the creation of a product can actually amplify consumer interest in purchasing it. Mistakes occur more frequently than we’d like. And generally, when they happen, we often don’t go about advertising them to others. But companies can benefit from letting consumers know when they make mistakes with a product.

Research: How Leadership Experience Affects Students

Harvard Business

Early leadership experience can be very valuable. Selective colleges screen for demonstrated leadership experience , and studies have found that people with high school leadership experience are paid up to 33% more than those without it. This wage premium is similar to the one associated with a college degree. However, we know little about what types of skills early leadership service may help to develop.

Research: Men Get Credit for Voicing Ideas, but Not Problems. Women Don’t Get Credit for Either

Harvard Business

A lot of research suggests that those who speak the most in groups tend to emerge as leaders. Across both studies—using both field and experimental research designs and very different populations of respondents—we saw the same pattern of results: Men who spoke up with ideas were seen as having higher status and were more likely to emerge as leaders. Leigh Wells/Getty Images.