blog postsStable, predictable work schedules elusive for many Illinois workers, paper saysJun 22, 2018 8:30 am0 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 am902 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 am483 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 am414 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 pm395 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 am537 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 am685 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 am1127 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 am475 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 am770 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 am1360 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 am795 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 am820 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 am250 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 am432 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 am566 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 am1662 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 am801 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 am581 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 am1202 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 am906 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 am890 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 pm439 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.How do employers combat a resurgent white supremacy movement?Aug 15, 2017 9:30 am1356 views Labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy discusses his research about confronting a resurgent white supremacy movement.States find rewards from high-tech investments, given time and patienceJul 31, 2017 10:15 am352 views State investments in high-tech development generally pay off, given time, patience and modest expections, according to a University of Illinois study.Political ideology and social norms can play a role in donation decisions, study saysJul 20, 2017 9:15 am453 views New research from U. of I. business professor and branding expert Carlos J. Torelli provides a more nuanced understanding of the role of political ideology and social norms on donation decisions.Research suggests sexual appeals in ads don’t sell brands, productsJun 22, 2017 10:30 am35198 views Sexy ads stick in the memory more but don’t sell the brand or product, according to research that analyzed nearly 80 advertising studies published over three decades.Fracturing social networks among business elites empower shareholder activismJun 12, 2017 10:30 am396 views Activist investors have become increasingly successful in agitating for change in publicly held companies, and there’s little that business elites can do to rebuff their influence, says research from U. of I. labor professor Richard Benton.Increased number of female engineers in managerial roles brings unintended consequencesJun 5, 2017 12:45 pm2075 views Increased female representation in the managerial ranks of engineering organizations may add another layer of sex segregation on top of the one it’s intended to mitigate, says a new paper from U. of I. labor professor M. Teresa Cardador.Paper: State of Illinois’ middle class shrinkingMay 22, 2017 9:30 am774 views The state of Illinois’ sizable middle class has experienced a consistent but multifaceted squeeze since roughly 1980, according to Robert Habans, a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois.Study: Consumers see much greater risk than reward in online adsMay 18, 2017 12:00 pm446 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.Would a laptop and tablet ban enhance air travel security?May 17, 2017 9:30 am922 views Computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the proposed Department of Homeland Security ban of laptop and tablet computers in the passenger cabins of certain flights.New book gives voice to people who grew up in poverty in IndiaMay 10, 2017 8:45 am526 views A new book co-written by a University of Illinois professor who studies subsistence marketplaces chronicles the daily struggles of 13 ordinary people living in India who grew up in poverty.Paper: Nutrition label readers favor food quality over quantityApr 18, 2017 8:45 am1352 views Although nutrition-label users eat roughly the same amount of food as less-discerning diners, the two groups diverge when it comes to the quality of the food they eat, says a new paper co-written by Brenna Ellison, a professor of agriculture and consumer economics at Illinois and an expert in consumer food preferences and behaviors.Paper: Experienced auditors better at fraud detection after a simple cueApr 4, 2017 8:00 am515 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.Online master’s degree in accountancy coming to U. of I.’s College of BusinessMar 29, 2017 8:45 am1442 views The new iMSA degree will be for working professionals who want access to quality education from a top-three accounting program with unmatched ties to the accounting field, as well as students new to the accounting profession, said W. Brooke Elliott, the EY Distinguished Professor in Accounting at Illinois.Study: Medicare prescription drug benefit reduced elderly mortality by more than 2 percentMar 9, 2017 8:45 am906 views The implementation of Medicare’s prescription drug benefit program has reduced elderly mortality by 2.2 percent annually since 2006, says a new study by Julian Reif, a professor of finance and of economics at Illinois.New online master’s degree in strategic brand communication to prepare future brand leadersJan 5, 2017 9:00 am3040 views The online master’s degree in strategic brand communication, a unique joint program between the College of Business and College of Media, aims to prepare the strategic leaders of tomorrow in an ever-changing global digital-media environment.‘Cultural distinctiveness’ can influence consumer preferences for certain products, study saysDec 15, 2016 9:15 am793 views The concept of “cultural distinctiveness” prompts consumers to fulfill a need to connect with home by favoring brands or products associated with a related cultural group, says U. of I. business professor and branding expert Carlos J. Torelli.Paper: Credit status not a good predictor of worker productivityDec 15, 2016 9:15 am221 views 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.New book explores forces behind Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012Dec 14, 2016 8:45 am720 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.‘Cadillac tax’ may precipitate wholesale changes to employer-provided health care insuranceDec 12, 2016 9:00 am788 views Even if the Affordable Care Act is ultimately repealed, the law’s so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health care plans has already affected employers’ health insurance offerings, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois.TSA could save money by waiving PreCheck fees for frequent travelers, study findsDec 5, 2016 8:45 am906 views There could be an easy way to reduce lines at the airport, increase security, and save the Transportation Security Administration money, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers: waive the $85 fee for frequent fliers to enroll in the TSA PreCheck program, which allows pre-screened, verified travelers to go through expedited security at airports.Paper: Corporate board ‘interlocks’ lead to managerial entrenchmentDec 1, 2016 9:15 am445 views The Rolodexes of the business elite help account for the surprising resilience of managerial control of publicly held corporations, leading to an entrenched management structure that comes at the expense of shareholder value, says research from U. of I. labor professor Richard Benton.‘Nudges’ an inexpensive, effective way to increase completion of health promotion programsDec 1, 2016 9:15 am397 views Keeping your message brief and simple – on the level of a gentle reminder, as opposed to constant nagging – can produce gains when trying to increase engagement with health care programs, says new research from U. of I. professor and social psychology expert Dolores Albarracin.What’s in a name? For young Chinese consumers and foreign brands, it’s about culture mixingOct 3, 2016 9:15 am1232 views Younger, more cosmopolitan Chinese consumers tend to favor brand translations that keep both the sound and the meaning of the original name, says U. of I. business professor and branding expert Carlos J. Torelli.‘Sleeper effect’ accounts for durability of weak messages from credible sourcesSep 13, 2016 8:45 am1052 views The least convincing arguments can reverberate in the public consciousness over time – provided they’re delivered by a credible source, says new research from U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.Expert: Abolish partisan elections for Illinois judgesAug 22, 2016 9:30 am687 views With popularly elected judges, political influence pervades and taints Illinois courts, said U. of I. legal expert Michael LeRoy.For sensation-seekers, the color red can elicit rebelliousness, study findsAug 17, 2016 8:45 am349 views The widespread use of the color red to signal danger can actually be counterproductive for certain people, says research co-written by Ravi Mehta, a professor of business administration at Illinois.Skills gap for U.S. manufacturing workers mostly a myth, paper saysAug 15, 2016 10:15 am3425 views Despite the outcry from employers over the dearth of job-ready workers, three-quarters of U.S. manufacturing plants show no sign of hiring difficulties for job vacancies, says new research from Andrew Weaver, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.