The toxic effects of racism can extend well beyond the target. Our research reveals that, like second-hand smoke, the negative effects of racial discrimination at work can affect third-party bystanders. This is called ambient racial discrimination, and it includes a range of workplace experiences, such as directly witnessing racial discrimination aimed at others, hearing about racist incidents, seeing graffiti or […]
Most debates about work today focus on the joint evolution of entrepreneurs versus employees. Some academics believe we are moving towards an entrepreneurial society. Others focus on the increasing precariousness of work, but clearly qualify the thesis of a move towards an entrepreneurial society. In the context of this short reflexion, we simply want to question the categories themselves.
Flexible working time arrangements are becoming increasingly popular around the globe – but do they really work? In Europe, up to 40 per cent of employees may schedule their working hours at their discretion. This ‘flextime’ is thought to help meet ever-increasing job demands and strike a balance between work and life. Yet, researchers know surprisingly little about the […]
Researchers and media outlets have expressed growing concern about the widespread harmful effects of insomnia on health. More recently, this research has examined how these effects spill over into the workplace as well. The Rand Company estimates that the economic impact of insomnia costs the United States $411 billion a year. A growing body of research indicates that poor […]
Team religious diversity, the degree to which working team members differ in their religious beliefs, is a relevant factor that affects healthcare teams’ outcomes. Because of globalisation and rising labour market mobility, an increasing degree of religious diversity characterises the workforce of many organisations and the composition of work groups.
There are at least three layers through which religion can […]
Do groups of smart people perform better than groups of less intelligent people?
Research published in Science magazine in 2010 reported that groups, like individuals, have a certain level of “collective intelligence,” such that some groups perform consistently well across many different types of tasks, while other groups perform consistently poorly. Collective intelligence is similar to individual intelligence, but at […]
A great deal of management thinking still derives from the West, and in particular the United States, but there have been a number of considerable contributions from Asia. Perhaps the earliest of these was the quality movement originating in Japan that saw companies such as Toyota come to lead the way in the automobile market as a result of […]
Lobbying in the EU – Greens/EFA conference 2014, by greensefa, under a CC-BY-2.0 licence
A great range of firms across diverse industries use knowledge workers such as IT personnel, managers, and lawyers. Firms sometimes hire them internally and sometimes outsource their services. How do they choose one versus the other?
In my job market paper, I answer this question using US federal lobbying data. The […]
Rivalry, by DrMiaow, own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Rivalry is a competitive relationship that is built up over repeated and evenly-matched competition. There are many famous examples of rivalries gone awry. Many people still vividly remember the brutal sabotage attempt launched by Tonya Harding’s ex-husband against her rival Nancy Kerrigan in the 1994 Winter Olympics. Fewer may know […]
Photo by Tim Gouw, under a CC0 licence
As anyone who has been involved in any performance assessment knows well, judgement always depends on the supervisor’s subjective characteristics. Most of the times supervisors evaluate agents’ performances without directly observing their efforts. Therefore the supervisor’s beliefs, opinions, personal and cognitive traits, even mood, could interfere with such evaluation and make the assessment […]
Jordan Hall at the company meeting, by Infusionsoft Sales & Marketing Software for Small Businesses, under a CC-BY-SA-2.0 licence
Imagine that you’re chairing a very important meeting at work. You’ve invited your boss, two important clients, and your direct report, Sam. Sam flies into the meeting room approximately 25 minutes late. How do you react? Your initial response likely includes a […]
Nurse jokes with patient, by NHS Employers, under a CC-BY-2.0 licence
NHS targets are a contentious, highly politicised, topic in the UK. Some claim they drive quality and achieve cost savings, whereas others vilify them for distorting clinical priorities and reducing the importance of compassionate care. The subject of much debate, cases where poor management of their achievement has led to […]
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Long commutes are a bleak fact of working life – but do they have to be? The laptop in your bag and phone in your pocket are sufficient for most kinds of office work. Even so, we insist on carting our devices with us, through rain and traffic, just to sit at a desk that’s […]
Why do leadership seminars only use the colours blue, black, and grey? Why do business people walk around in darkly coloured suits and ties? Why do all management book covers look so bland and depressing?
Where is the pink in management?
I have managed organizations for 20 years. In the beginning, I had no clue how to do this. I was […]
How do individuals behave when they have to compete against their former employer and colleagues? As the rate of employee mobility is steadily increasing over the last decades an impressive body of research has studied the performance implications of employee mobility. Most studies conclude that hiring individuals from rivals is beneficial for the performance of the hiring firm. The […]
When we work with global executives, they sometimes share stories of failed negotiations, miscommunication, and cultural slights that led to missed global opportunities. But they’ve also shared countless stories of positive cross-cultural collaboration. Often cross-cultural teams produced more effective solutions than similar mono-cultural teams and there were situations where diverse cultural styles were synchronised into a hybrid culture that […]