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  • U. of I. Business Instructional Facility achieves top 'green' standard

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The state-of-the-art Business Instructional Facility at the University of Illinois has earned the world's highest honor for sustainable, environmentally friendly construction and design.

  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act fails to address corporate accounting flaws, scholar says

    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.

  • Use of cameras to monitor nursing-home care is subject of controversy

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The proposed use of Web or video cameras to monitor the care of residents in nursing homes has kicked up a storm.

  • Study: Key differences between bankrupt churches, small businesses

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although they share some important similarities, religious organizations, such as churches, that file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection differ from small business debtors in two significant ways - they seek to preserve the "going-concern value" of the organizations themselves, and their members are more integral to their successful reorganizations, says a new study by a University of Illinois law professor.

  • A billion tons of biomass a viable goal, but at high price, new research shows

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study from the University of Illinois concludes that very high biomass prices would be needed in order to meet the ambitious goal of replacing 30 percent of petroleum consumption in the U.S. with biofuels by 2030.

  • Paper: Credit status not a good predictor of worker productivity

    Credit screening as a condition of employment is a flawed practice that can result in discrimination against low-income and minority applicants, says research from Andrew Weaver, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.

  • Research: 'Sourcing hub' could help create more efficient supply chain

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Firms can manage their sourcing better by developing relationships not only with their suppliers but also with their suppliers' suppliers, according to two papers co-written by a University of Illinois expert in supply chain management.

  • Product recall decisions need balance to prevent overreacting

    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.

  • Personalized leadership key for keeping globally distributed teams on task

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For companies with employees around the globe, the challenges of distance, diversity and technology may threaten team cohesiveness among their long-distance workers. But according to a new study by a University of Illinois business professor, out of sight doesn't necessarily have to mean out of mind for virtual teams.

  • Study: Climate change beliefs more influenced by long-term temperature fluctuations

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In spite of the broad scientific consensus about its existence, global warming remains a contentious public policy issue. Yet it's also an issue that requires a public consensus to support policies that might curb or counteract it.

  • Illinois' economic slowdown is consistent with national trend

    The U. of I. Flash Index fell again in January to 105.3 from its 105.5 level in December. As was the case last month, this is the lowest reading since March 2013 (104.7). This is consistent with data indicating a national economic slowdown.

  • Expert: Pervasive 'credential creep' bad for health care practitioners, consumers

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The outcome of a case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court last fall could potentially slow the trend of the ever-increasing number of occupations subject to state licensing, says a University of Illinois expert in the regulation and financing of health care.

  • Workers in collective bargaining states subsidize low-wage earners in right-to-work states

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - States with right-to-work laws "free ride" on the higher tax revenues generated by workers in collective bargaining states, says a new study from a University of Illinois labor expert.

  • Study: Economic benefits of medical innovation undervalued

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new analysis co-written by a University of Illinois expert in health care economics concludes that increases in the pace of medical innovation reduce overall physical risks to health, and thus function in a manner similar to an expansion of or improvement in the efficiency of health insurance markets.

  • Study: Parole decisions affect rehabilitation incentives

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Long mandatory minimum sentences or strong limits on judicial discretion can counter-productively reduce the incentives of prison inmates to engage in rehabilitative behavior, thereby raising recidivism rates, according to published research co-written by a University of Illinois economics professor.

  • Study: Starting kindergarten later gives students only a fleeting edge

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - New research challenges a growing trend toward holding kids out of kindergarten until they're older, arguing that academic advantages are short-lived and come at the expense of delaying entry into the workforce and other costs.

  • 'Repetition-break' plot structure makes effective TV ads, research shows

    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.

  • List of international leaders with U. of I. ties continues to grow

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The leader of a South American nation where thick rainforests straddle the equator earned his doctoral degree at a U.S. university in the shadows of cornfields a half a world away.

  • Cloud computing user privacy in serious need of reform, scholars say

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When Web surfers sign up for a new online service or download a Web application for their smartphone or tablet, the service typically requires them to click a seemingly innocuous box and accept the company's terms of service and privacy policy. But agreeing to terms without reading them beforehand can adversely affect a user's legal rights, says a new paper by a University of Illinois expert in technology and legal issues.

  • Multiple job duties yield multiple benefits for workers, U. of I. expert says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Worn thin from wearing too many hats at work?

  • Jon S. Davis appointed head of accountancy

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Jon S. Davis has been appointed head of the department of accountancy and the R.C. Evans Endowed Chair in Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees.

  • Contracts adding legal twist to family health care

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Financial contracts to care for sick or aging relatives - nearly unthinkable just a decade ago - are drawing new interest as everyday Americans wrestle with the time and expense of providing long-term health care, a University of Illinois legal expert says.

  • Ex-NFL player says Congress should regulate steroids in pro sports

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Congress should step in to regulate performance-enhancing drugs in professional sports because players and owners lack incentive to effectively police themselves, former NFL tight end Josh Whitman says.

  • Online gambling a bad bet for America, U. of I. expert says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Gambling addictions would soar and an already-sputtering economy could sink into ruin if Congress overturns a decades-old ban on Internet gambling, a University of Illinois professor and national gambling critic warns.

  • Paper: Police reform law underenforced by Department of Justice

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A law designed to combat police misconduct is hamstrung by limited resources, a lack of transparency and "political spillover" at the U.S. Department of Justice, says a recently published empirical study by Stephen Rushin, a law professor at the University of Illinois and expert in criminal law and policing.

  • Loopholes in health care law could result in employee harassment

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The contrasting incentives of employers and employees under the Affordable Care Act ultimately may result in increased employee harassment and retaliation claims, two University of Illinois law professors say in a paper they co-wrote.

  • Changes advocated in license renewals for elderly drivers

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Senior citizens not only drive more these days, but have sped past teenagers as the age group with the highest number of traffic accidents per mile.

  • State vs. federal rules at issue in regulation of HMOs

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The rise of managed health care has brought into focus a clash between federal and state jurisdiction over the regulation of health maintenance organizations, legal scholars at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign conclude.

  • Study shows judges' backgrounds matter in high court selection

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Some federal judges are tossing out civil cases based on their own opinions, a disturbing trend that makes background checks even more important in the search for a new associate justice for the U.S. Supreme Court, a University of Illinois legal expert says.

  • Paper: Raise state minimum wage to stimulate Illinois economy

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Raising the minimum wage in Illinois to $10 per hour would reduce income inequality, increase consumer demand and grow the state economy, according to a new study from a University of Illinois labor expert.

  • Study: For a competitive edge, keep an eye on your competition's ex-employees

    Companies often overlook the value of the comings and goings of their competitors’ ex-employees, says new research co-written by business administration professor Deepak Somaya.

  • U. of I. economist Lawrence DeBrock named dean of College of Business

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Lawrence DeBrock, a noted economist and longtime University of Illinois professor and administrator, has been named dean of the university's College of Business, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its May 21 meeting in Chicago.

  • Survey research expert Seymour Sudman dies

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Seymour Sudman, a dynamic teacher of University of Illinois undergraduates and a world-renown expert in the field of survey research, died Tuesday (May 2) in Chicago from complications following a stroke he suffered last month in Washington, D.C. He was 71.

  • Dual-earner families, gender roles, and the economic recession

    A Minute With™... Amit Kramer, a professor of labor and employment relations

  • Long-term disability claims dominate benefits litigation, study says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An empirical study of employee benefits litigation from 2006 to 2010 reveals that cases involving long-term disability claims accounted for over 60 percent of all federal cases among five broad categories, including health care, life and accidental death, and pension cases.

  • In-store video ads a boon to retailers, a peril for traditional media

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Video advertising in stores is a moneymaker for retailers, but a growing threat to already cash-strapped print and broadcast media, according to a new study co-written by a University of Illinois business professor.

  • Paper: 'Considerable scope' for improvement in agricultural pollution

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - During the industrial era, financial indicators were a company's primary measuring stick. But as the concept of sustainable development has gained relevance, a fundamental change in the assumptions underlying how businesses are measured has also started to take hold.

  • Courts mostly ignore immigration status in lawsuits, study says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When a person living in the U.S. without legal permission or suspected of doing so is involved in a work-related lawsuit, most courts disregard their immigration status when determining remedies, says a study from a University of Illinois expert in labor relations.

  • New book a real-life thriller about rare book theft at New York Public Library

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new book from a University of Illinois expert in crimes against rare books tells the real-life story of the biggest score in rare-book theft and the dogged hunt for the perpetrators by the special investigator of the New York Public Library.

  • Award-winning professor named dean of U. of I. College of Law

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Bruce P. Smith, a noted legal historian and award-winning University of Illinois law professor, has been named dean of the university's College of Law, pending approval by U. of I. trustees at their Jan. 15 meeting in Chicago.

  • Fun, incentives both essential in motivating workers' online learning

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Companies that want to motivate workers to use electronic-based or digital training programs need to make training modules fun and stimulating whenever they can, and offer extrinsic incentives, such as wage increases and user support, when employees need extra enticement, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.

  • Repealing prevailing wage law would weaken state economy, study says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Mounting state budget deficits as well as debt from underfunded pensions have prompted calls for the repeal of Illinois' prevailing wage provisions for publicly financed construction projects in order to save taxpayer money.

  • Track record of anti-poverty 'Enterprise Zones' is mixed

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Since Ronald Reagan's presidency in the 1980s, attempts to alleviate poverty have shifted away from urban renewal and centralized government planning to so-called "market-based solutions."

  • Flash Index reverses 3-month trend, climbs in November

    The U. of I. Flash Index reversed a three-month trend in November and climbed to 106.1. The index measures economic activity in Illinois and shows that the state continues to slowly recover from the Great Recession, which technically ended more than six years ago.

  • Research: Bad news can spur strategic change in businesses

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Negative media coverage may prompt firms to engage in greater levels of strategic change than previously thought, according to research by a University of Illinois business professor.

  • Active self-defense strategy best deterrent against cyber-attacks

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With the threats of cybercrime, cyberterrorism and cyberwarfare looming over our hyper-connected world, the best defense for the U.S. might be a good offense, says new research by a University of Illinois expert in technology and legal issues.

  • Heidi Hurd named dean of College of Law

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Heidi M. Hurd was named the dean of the College of Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by the board of trustees at its meeting today (July 18) in Springfield.

  • Unionizing Younger Workers

    A Minute With™...U. of I. labor expert Robert Bruno

  • Should college athletes be paid?

    A Minute With™...  former coach Don Hardin and sports economist Scott Tainsky, both  faculty members in recreation, sport and tourism

  • Market failure to blame for sex discrimination at Wal-Mart

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Wal-Mart's relentless pursuit of efficiency has yet to fully extend to its own workforce, as sex discrimination is still a major issue for the ubiquitous big-box giant, according to research published by a University of Illinois expert in employment discrimination.