blog posts Study: 'Value instantiation' key to luxury brands' embrace of corporate social responsibility Jan 13, 2020 8:30 am1293 views Although luxury brands and social responsibility seem fundamentally inconsistent with each other, the two entities can coexist in the mind of the consumer, provided the brand can find someone – typically, a celebrity – who successfully embodies the two conflicting value sets, says new research co-written by Carlos Torelli, a professor of business administration and James F. Towey Faculty Fellow at Illinois. Paper: Cultural variables influence consumer demand for private-label brands Dec 16, 2019 8:15 am536 views Consumer attitudes toward private-label store brands might be driven more by social variables than price, says new research co-written by Carlos Torelli, a professor of business administration and James F. Towey Faculty Fellow at Illinois. Paper: Economy benefits when secretarial jobs require more computer skills Dec 12, 2019 9:00 am423 views New research co-written by U. of I. labor economist Eliza Forsythe finds that the adoption of new technologies in office and administrative support occupations ultimately leads to more job growth in the local economy, but offers mixed benefits for the office support workers themselves. Study: Leaders of nonprofits that use sport to better society often lack business skills Dec 5, 2019 2:15 pm664 views Many nonprofits using sport to create social change may fail because their leaders lack the leadership and business skills critical to the organizations' survival, U. of I. professor Jon Welty Peachey found in a study. Paper: Higher financial incentives for crowdsourced delivery workers can improve service Nov 21, 2019 8:45 am958 views Targeted financial incentives can increase the service capacity of crowdsourced delivery workers without incurring additional costs for retailers, according to new research co-written by Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois. Paper: Outcomes vary for workers who 'lawyer up' in employment arbitration disputes Nov 18, 2019 8:00 am844 views A worker who retains legal counsel to litigate a workplace dispute in arbitration doesn’t account for the potentially countervailing effect of employers hiring their own legal counsel, says new research co-written by U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare. Paper: Firm’s strategic orientation shapes how it resolves workplace disputes Oct 30, 2019 8:45 am514 views When defusing workplace conflict, firms favor alternative dispute resolution practices that align with their underlying strategic bent, says new research co-written by U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare. Study: Tradeoffs between commute time, safety Oct 22, 2019 11:45 am1456 views Urban commuters may be less likely to encounter automobile accidents if they are willing to increase trip time, researchers report. A new study from the University of Illinois introduces a tool that helps quantify the connection between traffic accidents and city road networks. New book casts anthropologist’s eye on culture of MBA degree, global capitalism Oct 16, 2019 8:30 am1285 views A new book by University of Illinois professor Andrew Orta studies the culture of contemporary business education and the MBA degree through the lens of a professional anthropologist. Study: Personalized promotion a potential 'win-win' for retailers, consumers Sep 26, 2019 10:00 am922 views “Personalized promotion” is a potentially lucrative opportunity for retailers to extract even more money from consumer wallets that also enhances customer satisfaction, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois. What’s at stake in auto workers strike? Sep 24, 2019 8:00 am271 views The strike of more than 47,000 auto workers is a way of recouping some of what union members lost during the Great Recession, says Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois and the director of the Labor Education Program in Chicago. Study: Action-oriented goals produce higher probability of purchases under tight deadlines Sep 9, 2019 8:45 am598 views If you want sell a product or service quickly, it helps to try a busy consumer, says new research co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin. Paper: As an act of self-disclosure, workplace creativity can be risky business Sep 4, 2019 9:15 am556 views It’s increasingly common for managers to instruct employees to “be creative” during brainstorming sessions. But according to a new paper from Jack Goncalo, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois, being creative in the workplace is potentially fraught with peril because creativity itself is deeply personal. Would cutting payroll taxes help prevent recession? Aug 26, 2019 8:30 am1044 views Cutting the payroll tax could represent the middle-class tax cut that President Trump campaigned on – although changes would need to go through the legislative process and any economic stimulus likely wouldn’t been seen until after the November 2020 election, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois. In product design, imagining end user’s feelings leads to more original outcomes Aug 15, 2019 8:30 am848 views In new product design, connecting with an end user’s heart, rather than their head, can lead to more original and creative outcomes, says published research co-written by Ravi Mehta, a professor of business administration at Illinois and an expert in product development and marketing. Artificial intelligence could help air travelers save a bundle Aug 1, 2019 8:00 am3259 views Researchers are using artificial intelligence to help airlines price ancillary services such as checked bags and seat reservations in a way that is beneficial to customers’ budget and privacy, as well as to the airline industry’s bottom line. Study: Even in competitive markets, shareholders bear burden of corruption Jul 18, 2019 8:30 am529 views While the U.S. traditionally ranks low on worldwide corruption indices, domestic political corruption still imposes substantial costs on U.S. shareholders, according to new research co-written by Gies College of Business accounting professor Nerissa Brown. Study: Minimum wage 'an effective tool' for increasing incomes of older workers Jul 10, 2019 8:30 am567 views In an era of rising inequality and aging populations in the U.S., the effect of the minimum wage on the labor market for older workers is increasingly important, says new research from Mark Borgschulte, a professor of economics at Illinois. Will legalizing marijuana be a boon to the state of Illinois? Jun 20, 2019 9:00 am1382 views By legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana, the state of Illinois could fund additional pension payments while making investments in public education, construction projects, and drug treatment and prevention programs, says Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois and the director of the Labor Education Program in Chicago. Perceived union support buoys 'meaningfulness of work' measures May 13, 2019 9:00 am1095 views When employees think of their labor union as supportive and caring, says new research co-written by U. of I. labor professor M. Teresa Cardador, they are more likely to rate their union as fulfilling their psychological needs for autonomy, competence and relatedness – all of which are related to enhanced work meaningfulness. Professor’s history of Coca-Cola also tells larger story of globalization May 6, 2019 10:15 am1658 views Coca-Cola’s history is one of innovation in image-making, outsourcing and other now-common practices of global capitalism – and of adapting to challenges from activists and movements resisting its practices, says an Illinois professor in a new book. Illinois labor professor awarded ACLS fellowship Mar 12, 2019 1:45 pm1053 views University of Illinois labor professor Emily E. LB. Twarog is the recipient of a 2019 Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. The award will fund the research and writing of her second book, “Hands Off: The History of Sexual Harassment Resistance in the Service Sector, 1935-2018.” Paper: Carbon taxes could create new winners and losers among countries Feb 19, 2019 9:00 am717 views A global carbon tax would create new sets of economic winners and losers, with some countries holding a distinct competitive advantage over others, says new research from Don Fullerton, a Gutgsell Professor of Finance at Illinois and a scholar at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. New model predicts how ground shipping will affect future human health, environment Feb 11, 2019 10:00 am2190 views The trucks and trains that transport goods across the United States emit gases and particles that threaten human health and the environment. A University of Illinois-led project developed a new model that predicts through 2050 the impact of different environmental policies on human mortality rates and short- and long-term climate change caused by particulate and greenhouse gas emissions. Expert: Justice Department reversal on online gambling 'correct decision' Jan 17, 2019 12:00 pm1216 views In reversing an Obama-era decision that effectively allowed internet gambling, the Department of Justice has revitalized the Interstate Wire Act of 1961, an anti-gambling statute championed by then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to fight organized crime, said John W. Kindt, a professor emeritus of business administration at the University of Illinois and a leading national gambling critic. Workplace discrimination claims fare poorly in arbitration, study says Dec 18, 2018 8:45 am917 views Employee discrimination claims largely received worse outcomes in arbitration than other work-related disputes such as wrongful termination or breach of contract, according to new research co-written by U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare. Should the tech industry end mandatory arbitration for workers? Dec 18, 2018 8:45 am234 views For tech company workers protesting sexual harassment in the workplace, there are few practical benefits to be gained from employers ending mandatory arbitration beyond an increased perception of procedural justice, says U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare. Adoption of mobile payment shifts consumer spending patterns, habits Nov 29, 2018 9:00 am2947 views Paying for goods with a smartphone not only increases the overall transaction amount and frequency of purchases by consumers, it also effectively replaces the actual, physical credit cards in their wallets, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois. For community college students, ‘nudge-induced borrowing’ increases achievement Nov 12, 2018 9:15 am925 views When student loan amounts were printed in community college financial aid award letters, it led to better academic results and, in the following year, an increase in transfers to four-year colleges, says new research from Ben Marx, a professor of economics at Illinois. Paper: Fostering gratitude reduces materialism, increases generosity in adolescents Nov 12, 2018 8:45 am1389 views Reflecting on what one is grateful for not only tends to lower materialism, but also increases one’s generosity, says new research co-written by Gies College of Business professor Aric Rindfleisch. Four factors influence social media reach of public health tweets, study says Oct 30, 2018 8:30 am775 views Four factors account for public health messages accruing retweets on Twitter, says research co-written by U. of. I. social psychology expert Dolores Albarracin and a team of U. of I. graduate students. Paper: School shootings affect school quality, housing value Sep 21, 2018 9:30 am1828 views Home prices within a school district affected by a school-based mass shooting episode declined by 7.8 percent over the course of at least three years after the incident, according to a new paper co-written by University of Illinois scholar Juan Sebastian Munoz. Paper: Workplaces serve as training ground or deterrent for civic participation Aug 2, 2018 8:00 am1103 views The workplace can function as a springboard for increased democratic participation, says new research co-written by U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare. Paper: Email incivility has a ripple effect on households Jul 16, 2018 9:00 am4189 views The negative repercussions of email incivility extend beyond the workplace, and can even negatively affect a domestic partner’s attitude toward their own work, says a new paper from YoungAh Park, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois. Stable, predictable work schedules elusive for many Illinois workers, paper says Jun 22, 2018 8:30 am671 views An unpredictable work schedule with irregular shifts has become “a broader, more normative trend across all occupations in Illinois,” says new research co-written by Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois. Bruno’s co-author is Alison Dickson, an instructor in the Labor Education Program at Illinois. Roseanne and NFL protesters: What are their speech rights? May 31, 2018 8:45 am1063 views When an employer credibly cites harm to its business interests or reputation from employee speech, the employee has very little legal recourse if they’re fired because of it, said University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy, an expert on employment law. Book: Process, not epiphany, is the engine of creativity May 23, 2018 8:45 am589 views A new book co-written by University of Illinois Gies College of Business professor Jeffrey Loewenstein aims to demystify the creative process. Paper: Workload affects operational risk at commercial banks May 21, 2018 8:45 am845 views Under a low-workload scenario, bank employees tend to take performance-enhancing risks. But in a high-workload scenario, employees make more errors due to multitasking, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois. Expert: Legal sports gambling will have a destabilizing effect on economy, sports May 15, 2018 12:00 pm3476 views The decision in Murphy v. NCAA will likely usher in an era of unregulated, readily available sports gambling on smartphones, said John W. Kindt, a professor emeritus of business administration at the University of Illinois and a leading national gambling critic. Paper: Four service features impact demand for physicians’ online bookings May 15, 2018 8:30 am689 views In health care, four service-quality proxies – bedside manner, diagnosis accuracy, waiting time and service time – disproportionately affect demand for patient care, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois. For nurses in Illinois, expectation of violence ‘a fundamental part of the job,’ study says May 7, 2018 9:00 am1009 views Workplace violence is an endemic problem for front-line health care workers in Illinois, says new research from U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Emily E. LB. Twarog. How will upcoming Supreme Court case, teacher strikes affect organized labor? Apr 25, 2018 8:00 am1387 views A pending U.S. Supreme Court case could lead to the most significant changes in labor relations since the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, says Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois. Paper: Surprise can be an agent of social change Apr 3, 2018 8:30 am657 views Surprising someone – whether it’s by a joke or via a gasp-inducing plot twist – can be a memorable experience, but a less heralded effect is that it can provide an avenue to influence people, said Jeffrey Loewenstein, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois. Paper: Changes in NFL mirror changes in modern workplace Mar 14, 2018 9:00 am829 views The NFL has reflected the changing dynamics of the modern U.S. workplace due to the football-workplace connection that was forged during the sport’s early years, said Daniel A. Gilbert, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois and an expert who studies the cultural and labor history of sports. Would replacing food stamps with food boxes reduce hunger? Feb 22, 2018 8:30 am1741 views Swapping food stamps for food boxes would mean scrapping 'the most successful government program we have going today,' said U. of I. professor Craig Gundersen Social media as good a barometer of public health attitudes as traditional phone polling Feb 15, 2018 10:00 am973 views Social media data can be used as an additional source of information to gauge public opinion about health issues alongside traditional data sources like phone-based polling, says new research co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin. In impoverished communities, health care awareness as important as access, affordability Jan 30, 2018 9:00 am1031 views New research co-written by Gies College of Business professor Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee studies the interdependence of affordability, awareness and access for health care delivery by nonprofits in underserved countries. Product recall decisions need balance to prevent overreacting Jan 29, 2018 9:00 am333 views Managing the downside risks of technology in a health care setting poses a serious challenge to firms, doctors and patients, said Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois. New book tackles challenges of strategic brand management in global markets Jan 8, 2018 9:15 am508 views A new book co-written by U. of I. business professor and branding expert Carlos J. Torelli offers a concise, flexible and modern take on global brand management. New book explores housewives, food and consumer protests in 20th-century America Dec 4, 2017 9:00 am700 views The rising cost of meat and the power of housewives to agitate for a more equitable standard of living is the focus of a new book by U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Emily E. LB. Twarog.