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Polluting Chinese manufacturers: Do their misdeeds drag down the shares of their customer companies overseas?

Polluting Chinese manufacturers: Do their misdeeds drag down the shares of their customer companies overseas?

UCLA Anderson Review, September 19, 2017

Manufacturer contributions to China’s poisonous rivers and life-threatening smog are well documented in the decade since the government started publicizing polluting events and safety violations. But whether environmental ignominy at Chinese businesses is a problem for the thousands of overseas companies that buy their products has been less clear. New research in the INFORMS journal Manufacturing and Service Operations Management by Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Chris K.Y. Lo, UCLA Anderson’s Christopher S. Tang and Hong Kong Polytechnic’s Yi Zhou, Andy C. L. Yeung and Di Fan finds that Chinese manufacturers that violated environmental regulations drag down the share prices of their overseas customers even more than their own market values.

Rejection tolerance influences choice of dating sites

Rejection tolerance influences choice of dating sites

Carlisle Wellness Netowrk, September 13, 2017

In a new study in the INFORMS journal Management Science, researchers discovered your choice of which dating site to use should depend on your tolerance of rejection. If you can handle rejection, more choices may be best. However, if you do not want to go the volume route, the site you chose may be more expensive.

CMU researcher: Don’t depend on LinkedIn to find a job

CMU researcher: Don’t depend on LinkedIn to find a job

Pittsburgh Magazine, September 11, 2017

How many times a week do you get a LinkedIn connection request? Conversely, how many requests do you seek when visiting the career networking site? A new study from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences suggests you might be wasting your time.

We're more likely to lie when in a group, study says

We're more likely to lie when in a group, study says

Prima.co.uk, September 11, 2017

Honesty is an important quality – we want it in our relationships, with our children and from our banks. But even if you count yourself as a truthful person, a new study has found that you are still more likely to lie when in a group. A new study, published in the INFORMS journal Management Science, found that even individuals who have a proven track record of honest behaviour are no match for the potentially negative influences present in a group dynamic, especially when money is at stake.

Traffic jams during hurricane evacuations are entirely preventable

Traffic jams during hurricane evacuations are entirely preventable

Quartz, September 9, 2017

INFORMS member and Director of the Transportation Center at Northwestern University, Hani Mahmassani discusses solutions to the bumper-to-bumper traffic associated with nearly every hurricane evacuation effort, and why these solutions are often not implemented.  

Following Harvey, meetings change course to give back

Following Harvey, meetings change course to give back

Associations Now, September 8, 2017

Hurricane Harvey severely affected residents and businesses in Houston and other areas of southeast Texas. As meetings return to the region, many are using their time there to give back to the local community. INFORMS, which will hold its annual meeting in Houston next month, is also in the process of developing a coordinated effort to helps its members and attendees make a positive impact in the community during their time there.

The surprising connection between cloudiness and clicks

The surprising connection between cloudiness and clicks

OZY, September 8, 2017

A recent study published in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science shows that the effectiveness of ad content is directly impacted by the weather: on sunny days, consumers respond to positive tone ads, while on rainy days the opposite is true.

Groups tend to lie more than individuals

Groups tend to lie more than individuals

Carlisle Wellness Network, September 7, 2017

A new German study finds that groups of people are more likely than individuals to engage in dishonest behavior, especially when money is involved. The findings are published in the INFORMS journal Management Science.

LinkedIn is nearly useless for actually getting a job

LinkedIn is nearly useless for actually getting a job

New York Post, September 1, 2017

Congrats on your 1,500 LinkedIn connections. But did they help you snag a job? Weak online connections on job sites and social networking sites are no match for “strong connections” — i.e., close friends and family members with whom you communicate at least once a month — when it comes to landing a gig, according to a new study from INFORMS. 

3 distractions in your workplace (and how to overcome them)

3 distractions in your workplace (and how to overcome them)

Greenwich Time, August 30, 2017

Among the top three office distractions is setting goals that place unrealistic expectations on employees. A recent study in the INFORMS journal Organization Science found stretch goals actually undermine performance for most organizations - 80 percent of participants at the companies surveyed had failed to reach their assigned stretch goal.

Response to natural disasters like Harvey could be helped with game theory

Response to natural disasters like Harvey could be helped with game theory

Chicago Tribune, August 29, 2017

Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, Anna Nagurney, INFORMS member and professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, discusses how game theory could help improve natural disaster response, in particular, better ensuring the right supplies are getting to those in need.

3 distractions in your workplace (and how to overcome them)

3 distractions in your workplace (and how to overcome them)

Entrepreneur, August 29, 2017

Many employers hide behind a common misconception: If they set big goals, employees will be pushed to exceed expectations and reach peak performance. These are commonly referred to as "stretch goals," which are set beyond current capabilities. As a June study from the INFORMS journal Organization Science found, stretch goals actually undermine performance for most organizations - 80 percent of participants at the companies surveyed had failed to reach their assigned stretch goal.

Without outlet stores, profits would decline 23%

Without outlet stores, profits would decline 23%

Fierce Retail, August 28, 2017

According to a recent study by Donald Ngwe of the Harvard Business School, "Why Outlet Stores Exist: Averting Cannibalization in Product Line Extensions," which was published by INFORMS, outlet store lifts the sales and profits of the flagship brand, instead of cannibalizing sales and profits.  

Gaining distribution in small retail formats bring big payoffs even for major brands

Gaining distribution in small retail formats bring big payoffs even for major brands

POST Online Media, August 21, 2017

For brands, the limited assortments mean greater competition for shelf-space, raising the question of whether it is worth expending marketing effort and slotting allowances to get on to their shelves. According to a forthcoming study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, the answer is "yes." Gaining the same increase in distribution penetration from limited assortment stores provide much larger increases in sales, relative to that from large assortment stores.

3 myths that need to die about women at work

3 myths that need to die about women at work

Chicago Tribune, August 16, 2017

A new study appearing in the INFORMS journal Organization Science helps dispel the rumor that women in the workplace are emotional and when upset, will be catty with other women. The study showed the opposite to be true, that women who have strong relationships with their female counterparts experience less conflict in the workplace.