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Quality tops quantity when it comes to contacts

Quality tops quantity when it comes to contacts

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 2, 2017

According to a study conducted by Rahul Telang of Carnegie Mellon University and Rajiv Garg of the University of Texas, it's the quality, not the quantity, of your online professional connections that will help with a successful job search. Their study, based on a survey of 424 jobseekers, was published in Management Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

Guilty of being dishonest while working in a group?

Guilty of being dishonest while working in a group?

AskMen.com, September 29, 2017

Are you someone who prides yourself on your honest day-to-day behavior? Because that counts for absolutely nothing once you get yourself into a group, new research says. A study, published in the INFORMS journal Management Science, found that even individuals with a proven track record of honest behavior are prone to the potential for negative influences present in a group dynamic, especially when money is at stake.

Improving “softer skills” in analytics

Improving “softer skills” in analytics

Solver International, September 29, 2017

INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, offers its Essential Practice Skills for High-Impact Analytics Projects workshop. This intensive hands-on, workshop explores the concept of “structured problem solving” and provides participants with practical frameworks to go from ISSUE to ACTION. It combines approaches for analytical and creative problem solving, strategies for communicating and persuading, and processes for managing projects and working in teams.

What’s the one thing your hospitality biz can do to get your online ratings higher? Take the time to respond to reviews, new study finds

What’s the one thing your hospitality biz can do to get your online ratings higher? Take the time to respond to reviews, new study finds

Western Hotelier, September 26, 2017

The scenario is familiar. Your hospitality brand is under attack online from all sides it seems.  Some reviews are thoughtful but most are not, and you’re worried that your brand will suffer, and your business. According to some new research, the one thing you can do that may make all the difference is to take the time to respond.  According to a forthcoming study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, a leading academic marketing journal, management responses can not only lead to higher ratings for businesses, but also more substantive reviews even if they aren’t all positive. 

Students create program, save prison systems millions

Students create program, save prison systems millions

U.S. News & World Report, September 26, 2017

A new algorithm designed by a group of Lehigh University engineering students and their professors has simplified the process of assigning inmates to correctional facilities. The new system not only is expected to save the prison system nearly $3 million a year but also has landed the Lehigh team in contention for the Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research, awarded each year by INFORMS, the leading international association for analytics and operations research professionals. 

How to lead change you disagree with

How to lead change you disagree with

Globe and Mail, September 22, 2017

We’re told that weak ties – people we aren’t very close to – can help with job searches. But new research from the INFORMS journal Management Science on LinkedIn usage, where people have connections of differing intensities, shows that strong ties are more helpful in generating leads for jobs, interviews, and offers. Weak ties can offer suggestions, but they prove less fruitful, perhaps because they don’t know the individual as well.

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.

The tragic crash of flight AF447 shows the unlikely but catastrophic consequences of automation

The tragic crash of flight AF447 shows the unlikely but catastrophic consequences of automation

Harvard Business Review, September 15, 2017

New research, recently published in the INFORMS journal Organization Science, examines how automation can limit pilots’ abilities to respond to "loss of control" incidents like the one that led to the crash of flight AF447, as becoming more dependent on technology can erode basic cognitive skills. By reviewing expert analyses of the disaster and analyzing data from AF447’s cockpit and flight data recorders, the researchers found that AF447, and commercial aviation more generally, reveal how automation may have unanticipated, catastrophic consequences that, while unlikely, can emerge in extreme conditions.

Is playing golf good for business?

Is playing golf good for business?

The Wall Street Journal , September 14, 2017

A paper published last year in the INFORMS journal Management Science, which collected golfing records for more than 300 CEOs from S&P 1500 firms from 2008 to 2012, found that the more golf a CEO played, the more a firm’s performance and value decreased. When CEOs played at least 22 rounds in a year, they found, the mean return on assets was more than 100 basis points lower than for firms whose CEOs played golf less frequently. 

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.

11 of the best ways to make friends, according to science

11 of the best ways to make friends, according to science

Bustle, September 11, 2017

Research published in the INFORMS journal Organization Science found that reconnecting with long lost people can lead to strong friendships, even if lots of time has passed without contact with them.

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.