blog postsDoes lack of paid sick time make US susceptible to global health crisis?Mar 9, 2020 8:30 am1238 views Lack of paid sick time makes the U.S. acutely susceptible to a global health crises like COVID-19, and is part of the larger problem of tying health care to employment, says U. of I. labor expert Robert Bruno.Paper: Disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing poses dangers to driversMar 2, 2020 8:30 am806 views A new paper co-written by Yilan Xu, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, shows that the growing traffic burden in shale energy boomtowns resulted in a surge of road fatalities and severe accidents.Firms' office locations affect recent graduates' access to high-wage job opportunitiesFeb 27, 2020 8:30 am385 views A firm’s decision on where to locate its branch offices has reverberations in higher education and students’ post-graduation upward income mobility, according to new research from U. of I. labor economist Russell Weinstein.Hospital-level policies key to maximizing benefits, managing costs of robot-assisted surgeryFeb 18, 2020 8:30 am647 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.Are there alternatives to declining, disappearing newspapers?Jan 30, 2020 2:00 pm1410 views As many newspapers decline and disappear – highlighted by two Chicago Tribune reporters recently sounding the alarm about a perceived threat to the Trib – a journalism professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign touts the growth and viability of nonprofits and other alternatives.Targeted ads are coming to mainstream media. Should we care?Jan 27, 2020 10:30 am892 views Targeted advertising is coming to mainstream media, says an Illinois professor of digital media, bringing concerns about equality, division and “total surveillance.”New study examines mortality costs of air pollution in USJan 21, 2020 8:30 am919 views Scholars from the Gies College of Business at Illinois – from left, Julian Reif, Tatyana Deryugina, David Molitor and Nolan Miller – studied the effects of acute fine particulate matter exposure on mortality, health care use and medical costs among older Americans through Medicare data and changes in local wind direction.Study: 'Value instantiation' key to luxury brands' embrace of corporate social responsibilityJan 13, 2020 8:30 am360 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 brandsDec 16, 2019 8:15 am464 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 skillsDec 12, 2019 9:00 am356 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 skillsDec 5, 2019 2:15 pm558 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 serviceNov 21, 2019 8:45 am760 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 disputesNov 18, 2019 8:00 am713 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 disputesOct 30, 2019 8:45 am458 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, safetyOct 22, 2019 11:45 am1265 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 am1113 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 am837 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 am238 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 am563 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 am475 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 am932 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 am808 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 am2912 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 am480 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 am482 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 am1168 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 am1062 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 am1209 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 pm1015 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 am663 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 am2133 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 pm1144 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 am805 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 am205 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 am2423 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 am833 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 am1144 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 am721 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 am1690 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 am1060 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 am3383 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 am625 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 am1046 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 am566 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 am674 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 pm2808 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 am661 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 am913 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 am1341 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 am637 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.