blog postsStudy: Tradeoffs between commute time, safetyOct 22, 2019 11:45 am136 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 capitalismOct 16, 2019 8:30 am657 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, consumersSep 26, 2019 10:00 am747 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 am220 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 deadlinesSep 9, 2019 8:45 am529 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 businessSep 4, 2019 9:15 am418 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 am826 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 outcomesAug 15, 2019 8:30 am737 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 bundleAug 1, 2019 8:00 am2675 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 corruptionJul 18, 2019 8:30 am466 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 workersJul 10, 2019 8:30 am360 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 am792 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' measuresMay 13, 2019 9:00 am1036 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 globalizationMay 6, 2019 10:15 am1086 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 fellowshipMar 12, 2019 1:45 pm992 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 countriesFeb 19, 2019 9:00 am647 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, environmentFeb 11, 2019 10:00 am2103 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 pm987 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 saysDec 18, 2018 8:45 am758 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 am195 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, habitsNov 29, 2018 9:00 am2233 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 achievementNov 12, 2018 9:15 am806 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 adolescentsNov 12, 2018 8:45 am1095 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 saysOct 30, 2018 8:30 am693 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 valueSep 21, 2018 9:30 am1639 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 participationAug 2, 2018 8:00 am1031 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 householdsJul 16, 2018 9:00 am3337 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 saysJun 22, 2018 8:30 am599 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 am1032 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 creativityMay 23, 2018 8:45 am556 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 banksMay 21, 2018 8:45 am609 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, sportsMay 15, 2018 12:00 pm2351 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 bookingsMay 15, 2018 8:30 am644 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 saysMay 7, 2018 9:00 am875 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 am1325 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 changeApr 3, 2018 8:30 am538 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 workplaceMar 14, 2018 9:00 am801 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 am1566 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 GundersenSocial media as good a barometer of public health attitudes as traditional phone pollingFeb 15, 2018 10:00 am936 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, affordabilityJan 30, 2018 9:00 am952 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 overreactingJan 29, 2018 9:00 am299 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 marketsJan 8, 2018 9:15 am479 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 AmericaDec 4, 2017 9:00 am637 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.Scientists: Expanding Brazilian sugarcane could dent global CO2 emissionsOct 23, 2017 9:45 am2544 views Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent, researchers report in the journal Nature Climate Change.To kick-start creativity, offer money, not plaudits, study findsOct 4, 2017 10:15 am863 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.Paper: Don’t rely on mixed messages to change health behaviorsSep 27, 2017 9:00 am606 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.Paper: Even after debunking, misinformation and ‘fake news’ persistSep 20, 2017 8:45 am1321 views Even in the face of evidence to the contrary, the effects of misinformation persist and can’t be wholly erased, says a new paper co-written by U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.Is our flood insurance model broken?Sep 8, 2017 8:30 am960 views Craig Lemoine, the director of the Financial Planning Program at the College of ACES, discusses the flood insurance market in light of Hurricane Harvey losses.Paper: Decision to claim Social Security benefits influenced by ‘framing’Sep 6, 2017 8:00 am942 views Retirees are more likely to delay claiming Social Security benefits by as many as 15 months due to how the decision is “framed” to them, says a new paper co-written by Jeffrey R. Brown, the Josef and Margot Lakonishok Professor of Business and dean of the College of Business at Illinois.Should states be in the lottery business?Sep 5, 2017 1:00 pm576 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.