blog posts Study: Personalized promotion a potential 'win-win' for retailers, consumers Sep 26, 2019 10:00 am906 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. To kick-start creativity, offer money, not plaudits, study finds Oct 4, 2017 10:15 am901 views The best way to reward creativity is not with social-recognition awards such as plaques or other plaudits. According to published research co-written by Ravi Mehta, a professor of business administration at Illinois, it’s all about the money. What's next for pension reform in Illinois? May 21, 2015 12:15 pm891 views A Minute With™...John D. Colombo, pension reform expert 'Repetition-break' plot structure makes effective TV ads, research shows Feb 29, 2012 9:00 am888 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Beautiful people, scenic locations, cool music and ... the right plot structure? It turns out that a plot structure found in folktales is potent in television advertisements, according to published research by Jeffrey Loewenstein, a professor of business administration at the University of Illinois. Workplace discrimination claims fare poorly in arbitration, study says Dec 18, 2018 8:45 am882 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. State workers in Illinois underpaid, new study finds Mar 11, 2013 9:00 am864 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A comparison of public sector workers in Illinois with their peers in the private sector shows a general wage and salary penalty for state and local government employees, according to research by a University of Illinois labor expert. Battered women who kill in non-beating situation have self-defense right Aug 15, 2005 9:00 am859 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Answering critics of the "battered woman syndrome," a University of Illinois expert argues that the claims made by victims of domestic violence are a legitimate extension of the longstanding rules of self-defense. Women, minority representation on Illinois corporate boards lags, study says Mar 25, 2021 8:30 am853 views A new report from labor and employment relations professors Richard A. Benton and Eunmi Mun shows women and nonwhite minorities remain largely underrepresented as corporate board members in the state of Illinois relative to the state’s demographics and their respective industries, but also highlights several promising policies and practices that firms can adopt to help reduce the disparity. New book explores forces behind Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012 Dec 14, 2016 8:45 am841 views A new book co-written by University of Illinois labor professors Steven K. Ashby and Robert Bruno chronicles the seven-day strike by the Chicago Teachers Union in 2012. Hospital-level policies key to maximizing benefits, managing costs of robot-assisted surgery Feb 18, 2020 8:30 am839 views Robot-assisted surgery is a major advancement in minimally invasive surgical care delivery, making it imperative for hospitals to codify policies that leverage the quality benefits while managing the cost, says Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois who studies innovation in health care. In product design, imagining end user’s feelings leads to more original outcomes Aug 15, 2019 8:30 am839 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. Paper: Work-refusal safety laws serve employees poorly during pandemic May 4, 2021 8:00 am830 views Current work-refusal laws are out-of-step with modern workplaces and provide meager benefits to employees who decline to work when faced with risks involving chemicals, radiation and other microscopic or invisible hazards such as COVID-19, says research from Michael LeRoy, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois. New book explores lessons learned from the ‘bottom up’ in subsistence marketplaces Jul 28, 2016 9:15 am828 views A new book by Madhu Viswanathan, the Diane and Steven N. Miller Professor in Business at Illinois, explores the author’s personal journey as a scholar studying people living in poverty as well as how the impoverished function in the marketplace as consumers and entrepreneurs. Paper: Changes in NFL mirror changes in modern workplace Mar 14, 2018 9:00 am819 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. Research: Materialism makes bad events even worse Nov 25, 2013 9:00 am812 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In addition to its already well-documented negative direct effects on a person's well-being, materialism also wields an indirect negative effect by making bad events even worse, according to a paper co-written by a University of Illinois expert in consumption values. Paper: Outcomes vary for workers who 'lawyer up' in employment arbitration disputes Nov 18, 2019 8:00 am811 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. Can Major League Baseball owners, players avoid another work stoppage? Jul 20, 2020 8:00 am809 views A coronavirus-abbreviated Major League Baseball season will open amid the backdrop of significant labor tension between owners and players, says U. of I. labor historian Daniel A. Gilbert. Study: Political representativeness affects trade union membership, influence Nov 16, 2020 8:30 am808 views A country’s political system can positively or negatively affect trade union membership and influence, says a new paper co-written by J. Ryan Lamare, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois. Paper: Workload affects operational risk at commercial banks May 21, 2018 8:45 am807 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. U. of I. finance professor Jeffrey R. Brown named dean of College of Business Jun 30, 2015 9:15 am802 views Jeffrey R. Brown, the William G. Karnes Professor of Finance, has been named the 10th dean of the College of Business, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees. Study: Domestic control of COVID-19 takes priority over international travel bans Aug 11, 2021 8:00 am775 views A new paper co-written by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign economist Yilan Xu says taming domestic transmission of COVID-19 ought to be prioritized over international travel bans. How long could Illinois' budget impasse last? Dec 10, 2015 10:30 am774 views A Minute With...™ Christopher Z. Mooney, Director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs Paper: Perception of COVID-19 vulnerability hurts job prospects Sep 15, 2021 8:00 am769 views Job seekers’ perceived risk of contracting and falling seriously ill from COVID-19 may take a significant mental health toll and ultimately affect their ability to secure employment, says new research co-written by Yihao Liu, a professor of labor and employment relations and of psychology at Illinois. Four factors influence social media reach of public health tweets, study says Oct 30, 2018 8:30 am762 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: To deter cyberattacks, build a public-private partnership Aug 25, 2014 9:00 am759 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Cyberattacks loom as an increasingly dire threat to privacy, national security and the global economy, and the best way to blunt their impact may be a public-private partnership between government and business, researchers say. But the time to act is now, rather than in the wake of a crisis, says a University of Illinois expert in law and technology. Paper: Sharp decline in women's labor force participation in Illinois due to COVID-19 May 14, 2021 8:00 am743 views The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated an existing child care crisis that disproportionately impacted and continues to affect working women, says Alison Dickson, a senior instructor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Sarbanes-Oxley Act fails to address corporate accounting flaws, scholar says Jun 28, 2004 9:00 am721 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Far from imposing an unreasonable burden on corporate America, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has not tackled the core accounting conflicts that led to investor losses at Enron, WorldCom and other companies, according to an expert at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Apologies may fuel settlement of legal disputes, study says Jun 2, 2010 9:00 am718 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Apologies may be good for more than just the soul, according to research by a University of Illinois professor of law and of psychology. Paper: 'Autonomous help-seeking' on the job pays dividends for workers Oct 6, 2021 8:00 am716 views Different types of help-seeking at work have disparate interpersonal costs and benefits for competency measures on the job, says new research co-written by a team of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign experts. Nudges for default decisions influenced by time constraints, study says May 19, 2021 8:00 am712 views The default option is an easy way to “nudge” people toward a decision, but new research co-written by University of Illinois Distinguished Fellow in psychology Benjamin X. White finds that time constraints can play an important role in influencing decisions. Paper: Carbon taxes could create new winners and losers among countries Feb 19, 2019 9:00 am701 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. Paper: Experienced auditors better at fraud detection after a simple cue Apr 4, 2017 8:00 am694 views A simple cue can trigger a marked increase in fraud detection among veteran auditors, says a new study co-written by business professors Jessen L. Hobson and Mark Peecher. New book explores housewives, food and consumer protests in 20th-century America Dec 4, 2017 9:00 am687 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. Paper: Four service features impact demand for physicians’ online bookings May 15, 2018 8:30 am683 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. New book explores global reach of British royal family brand Nov 4, 2015 9:00 am682 views Cele Otnes, Investors in Business Education Professor in the College of Business at Illinois, is the co-author of the recently published book “Royal Fever: The British Monarchy in Consumer Culture.” Study: Consumers see much greater risk than reward in online ads May 18, 2017 12:00 pm680 views The risks far outweigh the benefits for most consumers in their response to personalized online ads, and they may avoid them as a result, suggests a University of Illinois study. Paper: STEM skills gap modest among IT help desk workers Feb 18, 2021 8:00 am674 views The incidence of prolonged hiring difficulties for workers with science and technology backgrounds is consistent with persistent hiring frictions and not a “skills gap” in the labor market for information technology help desk workers, one of the largest computer occupations in the U.S., says new research by U. of I. labor professor Andrew Weaver. Paper: Young workers hit hardest by slow hiring during recessions May 16, 2016 10:00 am674 views When hiring slows during recessions, the brunt of job losses is borne by job-seekers in their twenties and early thirties, according to a new paper by Eliza Forsythe, a professor of labor and employment relations and of economics at Illinois. Perception of job insecurity results in lower use of workplace programs Feb 17, 2014 9:00 am667 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With the hangover from the Great Recession still lingering, the specter of job loss continues to loom for most workers. Research: Medical malpractice reform does little to contain health care costs Jan 27, 2015 9:00 am661 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two papers co-authored by a University of Illinois expert in the regulation and financing of health care conclude that tort reform has had relatively little impact on the U.S. health care system. Study: One-size-fits-all approach doesn't work for different markets Aug 13, 2013 9:00 am661 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When evaluating the performance of a brand in a certain territory, it might be more appropriate to evaluate it against its local competitors as opposed to its performance in other territories, according to research from a University of Illinois expert in business strategy. Relying too much on e-mail bad for business, study says Jun 16, 2010 9:00 am660 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Firing off e-mails and cueing up videoconferences get work done fast, but not necessarily well, research by a University of Illinois business leadership expert found. Stable, predictable work schedules elusive for many Illinois workers, paper says Jun 22, 2018 8:30 am659 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. Paper: Prior union experience correlates with voting for pro-labor issues Nov 16, 2015 9:00 am659 views Research from U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare found that a legislator’s past experience with labor unions is associated with an increase in voting for union-supported issues. Paper: Surprise can be an agent of social change Apr 3, 2018 8:30 am656 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. Study: Interplay of impact, moral goals influences charitable giving to different causes Jul 7, 2020 8:00 am656 views With the rise of globalization, geographic borders are becoming less relevant for making charitable donations, which means nonprofits and charities can make more effective pitches to donors by emphasizing higher-level concepts such as morality and idealistic values, said Carlos Torelli, a professor of business administration and the James F. Towey Faculty Fellow at Illinois. Should states be in the lottery business? Sep 5, 2017 1:00 pm638 views A major downside to record-breaking lottery jackpots is that money flows from poorer communities into the hands of one incredibly lucky person, said Craig Lemoine, the director of the Financial Planning Program at the College of ACES. Study: Leaders of nonprofits that use sport to better society often lack business skills Dec 5, 2019 2:15 pm637 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. 'Unfunded liabilities' a financial myth, expert says Apr 1, 2009 9:00 am620 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A growing chorus of complaints about the U.S. government's "unfunded" debts may be unsettling, but no cause to become unnerved, a University of Illinois tax expert says. Paper: Don’t rely on mixed messages to change health behaviors Sep 27, 2017 9:00 am620 views Self-improvement messages to lose weight, quit smoking or eat more fruits and vegetables can fall on deaf ears if the intervention message is mixed, says new research from U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.