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Behavioral contagion is boosting Biden’s presidential prospects

Nautilus | October 23rd, 2020

Robert Frank wrote a piece in Nautilus on how behavioral contagion theory can help us predict the outcome of the upcoming 2020 presidential election. 

Divorce is down, despite covid

Washington Post | October 21st, 2020

Jonathan Haidt was mentioned in a Washington Post opinion piece on how most marriages have gotten stronger, not weaker, during the pandemic. 

Cobalt can be sourced responsibly, and it’s time to act

Forbes| October 17th, 2020

Dorothee Baumann-Pauly’s report for the World Economic Forum was discussed in a Forbes article on how Tesla should combat child labor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

How companies can improve their decision-making process

Quartz | October 15th, 2020

Max Bazerman was mentioned in a Quartz article about the latest research on how individuals and organizations can make better decisions in uncertain situations.

Leopard changing its spots? BP’s new position on biodiversity crisis

Forbes | October 15th, 2020

Dan Ariely’s book, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty was referenced in a Forbes article on BP’s new biodiversity position. 

Why you should encourage employees to display family photos at work

Harvard Business Review | October 15th, 2020

David Mayer co-authored an article in Harvard Business Review on his recent research on the positive consequences of having family photos at work. 

Disruption, accessibility, and digital generation literacy

Inside Higher Ed | October 9th, 2020

Dolly Chugh was mentioned in an Inside Higher Ed piece on the ways that COVID-19 has brought global communities together and is forcing us to collaborate technically and across generations.

How to manage disruptive talent

ForbesOctober 5th, 2020

Francesca Gino’s book was referenced in a Forbes article on how leaders can harness the full potential of their entrepreneurial people, even when hard to manage.

Do you want to improve your communication skills? Here are 8 ways to do it

Entrepreneur | October 2nd, 2020

Nicholas Epley was cited in an Entrepreneur article on ways to improve communications skills including how to listen, when to ask questions, and to connect emotionally. 

Separate work from life with a “virtual commute” that energizes you

Quartz at WorkOctober 1st, 2020

Francesca Gino was cited in Quartz at Work on finding ways to separate work from life in the era of COVID-19.

How affluent people can end their mindless overconsumption

VoxSeptember 24th, 2020

Robert Frank was cited in a Vox article on climate change and the long-lasting impacts of small energy reducing choices. 

The problem isn’t the Republicans or Democrats; it’s ‘ethical fading,’ and it’s widespread

Hartford Courant | September 20th, 2020

Ann Tenbrunsel was mentioned in a Hartford Courant article on the impact of ‘ethical fading’ on politics and business.   

What is confirmation bias? Here’s how to avoid it in your decision-making process

Women’s HealthSeptember 18th, 2020

Max Bazerman was cited in a Women’s Health article on how confirmation bias can influence all aspects of life, including your mental health.

Cobalt can be sourced responsibly, and it’s time to act

SwissinfoSeptember 16th, 2020

Dorothee Baumann-Pauly wrote an opinion piece in Swissinfo calling for human rights to be at the center of a “green recovery” from the coronavirus pandemic and argues that the cobalt mining industry is ripe for change.   

How behavioral scientists transformed their lab for remote research

Uchicago NewsSeptember 16th, 2020

Nicholas Epley was cited in Uchicago News on conducting studies via Zoom.

Is happiness at work really attainable?

Cold Call: Harvard Business ReviewSeptember 15th, 2020

Francesca Gino was interviewed on Harvard Business School’s podcast, Cold Call, about whether focusing on employee happiness at work can drive success.

The good, the bad and the ‘radically dishonest’

The New York Times | September 15th, 2020
Dan Ariely was cited in a New York Times article on how lying and cheating behavior comes in several distinct flavors.

The startup Adam Grant is betting on to fix bias in hiring is out of stealth mode

Quartz at WorkSeptember 15th, 2020

Adam Grant was mentioned in a Quartz article on his new software startup, BrightHire.  

Curiosity: Why leaders should make this the new word in hiring

The Enterprisers ProjectSeptember 14th, 2020

Francesca Gino was cited in The Enterprisers Project on the value of curiosity in business. 

How Netflix film The Social Dilemma probes the dark side of tech

Financial TimesSeptember 8th, 2020

Jonathan Haidt was mentioned in a Financial Times piece on the new Netflix film, The Social Dilemma in which Haidt was featured. 

How to hold your own in Zoom meetings

The Wall Street Journal September 8th, 2020

Dolly Chugh was cited in a Wall Street Journal piece on the best ways to make sure your voice is being heard during Zoom meetings.  

Kids can learn to love learning, even over Zoom

The New York Times | September 7th, 2020

Adam Grant wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times on the ways teachers can nurture curiosity in their students—even over Zoom. 

A tool to practice overcoming “the mother of all biases”: overconfidence

Quartz at WorkSeptember 6th, 2020

Max Bazerman was cited in a Quartz at Work article on how overconfidence can drag down teams, and how to overcome it. 

Fallen soldier insults give Trump a lot to fear

Bloomberg | September 6th, 2020

Jonathan Haidt was cited in a Bloomberg opinion piece on how Biden has the opportunity to become the new champion of loyalty, authority, and sanctity.

Economist urges masks as ‘statement of social solidarity’

SDPB Radio | August 26, 2020

Robert Frank was interviewed on SDPB Radio about the power of social forces on mask-wearing behavior. 

The tone is set at the top

Mail & Guardian, Thought Leader | August 25, 2020

Max Bazerman’s book Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming, and How to Prevent Them was mentioned in an article on the need for change in management behavior. 

Follow the money: Why women should be in powerful positions

Forbes | August 13th, 2020

Adam Grant’s audiobook Power Moves was cited in a Forbes article on the importance of having women in powerful business positions.

Making these 2 lists can help you save cash and make ends meet, behavioral economist says 

CNBC Select | August 10, 2020

Dan Ariely was interviewed by CNBC Select about protecting finances from the coronavirus pandemic in the short- and long-term.

Building a successful community for your business: Three lessons

Forbes | August 10, 2020

Dan Ariely’s book Predictably Irrational was mentioned in a Forbes article on how to build a community that both supports and builds your business. 

The secret lives of us

The Sydney Morning Herald | August 7, 2020

Celia Moore was cited in an article on the deep psychology of humans telling and keeping secrets. 

Conflict people face in quest to be better 

Business Daily | August 6th, 2020

Dolly Chugh was mentioned in a Business Daily article on the role of conflict in creating change in business. 

Misdiagnosing our cyberhealth

Scientific American | August 4th, 2020

Nicholas Epley was cited in a Scientific American article on why people ignore information that could improve their ability to predict personal cyberattacks. 

The Princeton faculty’s anti-free-speech demands

The Atlantic | August 4, 2020

Jonathan Haidt was cited in an Atlantic article on Princeton’s approach for dealing with racism on campus. 

Should asking a stranger to take your photo go the way of the daguerreotype?

The Washington Post | August 3rd, 2020

Nicholas Epley was cited in a Washington Post article on the dying practice of asking strangers to take your photograph in the era of COVID-19. 

Is the ‘Experimentation Organization’ becoming the competitive gold standard?

Harvard Business School Working Knowledge | August 2, 2020

Max Bazerman was cited in an article on the rise of digital experimentation in modern organizations.

This tech could let bosses spy on you while you’re working from home

Deseret News | July 27th, 2020

Robert Hurley, J.S. Nelson, and Alison Taylor spoke to Deseret News about the safety of employee surveillance tech. 

3 mental traps that can make you overspend on a credit card, according to a behavioral economist

Business Insider | July 24th, 2020

Dan Ariely was interviewed by Business Insider about how credit cards incentive increased spending.

Teaching your kids kindness may help them succeed later in life

WBUR | July 21st, 2020

Adam Grant was interviewed on WBUR in an episode on prioritizing kindness over achievement when raising children.

Employee experience is the new customer experience: Five ways to boost the employee experience within your company

Forbes | July 13th, 2020

Adam Grant was cited in a Forbes article about the importance of prioritizing employee experience when trying to create a successful company.

Fighting the COVID blues: Advice from business research

Forbes | July 9th, 2020

Francesca Gino’s book How to Be a Rebel Leader was cited in Forbes.

Stereotypes harm black lives and livelihoods, but research suggests ways to improve things

Scientific American | July 8th, 2020

Dolly Chugh’s research on race and gender stereotypes, and their impact on the pathway to academia was mentioned in Scientific American.

How could human nature have become this politicized?

The New York Times | July 8th, 2020

Jonathan Haidt was cited in a New York Times op-ed on how the United States became so politically polarized in the Trump era. 

A letter on justice and open debate

Harper’s Magazine | July 7th, 2020

Jonathan Haidt was one of the 150 prominent figures who signed the letter on justice and open debate in Harper’s Magazine.  

The tale of two pandemics: How public perception is pushing policy

Forbes | July 3rd, 2020

Dan Ariely’s book, Predictably Irrational was cited in a Forbes article about the polarized narratives around the Coronavirus and how public perception is shaping public policy. 

Summer reading 2020

Strategy+Business | July 1st, 2020

Max Bazerman’s book, The Power of Experiments, was one of ten recommended books by  Strategy+Business

Time’s up for toxic workplaces

Harvard Business Review | June 19th, 2020

Marshall Schminke’s 2017 study on prosocial reactions to abusive workplace oversight was mentioned in this Harvard Business Review piece. 

The coronavirus has killed water-cooler chatter, but it’s a key skill for business and happiness 

Insider | June 18th, 2020

Dan Ariely spoke to Insider about why seemingly inconsequential workplace chatter, which has dwindled during the pandemic, is critical to workplace happiness.

How to quickly get someone to like and trust you, according to an FBI behavioral expert

Business Insider | June 17th, 2020

Robert Hurley spoke to Business Insider about the two ways people make decisions to trust others.

COVID-19 has ushered in the age of the ‘intangible company’. Here are 4 ways it will change business

World Economic Forum | June 16th, 2020

Alison Taylor wrote an article in the World Economic Forum on how the switch to remote work has ushered in the age of the “intangible company” and that the new challenge of the 2020s will be to present a clear vision and moral narrative for organizations—one that recognizes our broad human interdependence and the threats that face our planet.

Facing racism, and what to do next

The London Business School Review | June 15th, 2020

Dolly Chugh’s book, The Person You Mean to Be, was one of nine recommended books on dealing with bias and racism.

The surprising strategy for acing a job interview

The Wall Street Journal | June 13th, 2020

Francesca Gino wrote, in The Wall Street Journal, about why trying to figure out what your job interviewer is looking for only backfires.

Bubbles, virus, and biases 

Investors Chronicle | June 9th, 2020

David Hirshleifer’s recent paper on social transmission bias in economics and finance was mentioned in this Investors Chronicle piece.

Want to make better decisions? Start experimenting

MIT Sloan Management Review | June 4th, 2020

Max Bazerman and his The Power of Experiments co-author Michael Luca wrote about lessons in using randomized controlled experiments in business.

Adam Grant on how jobs, bosses, and firms may improve after the crisis

The Economist | June 1st, 2020

Adam Grant wrote, in The Economist, about how the legacy of the coronavirus may be more work satisfaction, more ethical leadership, and a deeper sense of trust.

Love your enemies; How to get past America’s divided culture war of contempt: My interview with Arthur Brooks

Forbes | June 1st, 2020

Ron Carucci interviewed Arthur C. Brooks, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, about his recent book, Love Your Enemies, which has a newly relevant message amid country-wide protests against police violence.

Safetyism isn’t the problem

The New York Times | June 1st, 2020

Jonathan Haidt was mentioned in a New York Times op-ed about “safetyism” and the need to see beyond the stereotypes on both sides of the reopening debate.

Robert Frank’s radical idea 

Vox | May 26th, 2020

Robert Frank spoke to Vox Editor-at-Large Ezra Klein about the economic power of peer pressure, an idea central to his new book, Under the Influence.

Jonathan Haidt is trying to heal America’s divisions

The Atlantic | May 24th, 2020

Jonathan Haidt spoke to The Atlantic about the opportunity the pandemic presents to increase mutual understanding and social cohesion in a highly polarized country.

The pandemic spurred Americans to finally start saving money, but it’s unclear how long the new habit will last

Business Insider | May 14th, 2020

Dan Ariely spoke to Business Insider about why people during a pandemic happen to be saving more money than usual. 

Why work from home causes stress in more than just Zoom calls – And how to overcome it

WBEZ | May 13th, 2020

Adam Grant gave tips to WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR source, on how to ease the strain of working from home, and even find joy in it.

Faces, faces everywhere

The New York Times | May 5th, 2020

Nicholas Epley suggested to The New York Times that during this pandemic, people, out of a yearning for social contact, may very well be seeing faces where none exist.

How to define compliance and sustainability

Refinitiv Webinar | April 28th, 2020

Alison Taylor spoke on a Refinitiv webinar to discuss where compliance ends and sustainability begins and provided comments for a Refinitiv report on supply-chain transparency and oversight. 

Your employee engagement program isn’t working—Now what?

Gallup | April 28th, 2020

Ron Carucci had a Harvard Business Review article of his mentioned in this Gallup piece.

This is how COVID-19 could change the world of work for good

World Economic Forum | April 16th, 2020

Adam Grant spoke to the World Economic Forum about the challenges and promise that the COVID-19 crisis brings to work life. 

Tim Harford: Why we fail to prepare for disasters

Financial Times | April 16th, 2020

Max Bazerman had his book, Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming, co-authored with Michael Watkins, mentioned in this Financial Times piece.

How to stop procrastinating: A behavioral scientist teaches a dog trainer new tricks for productivity.

How To! Slate Podcast | April 14th, 2020

Dan Ariely went on How to! to discuss some tricks for confronting procrastination.

Is it even possible to focus on anything right now?

Harvard Business Review | April 14th, 2020

Francesca Gino had a quote of hers on the power of gratitude mentioned in this Harvard Business Review article. 

Hating your face on Zoom is the new hating your voice on the phone

Forge | April 13th, 2020

Nicholas Epley was mentioned in this Forge piece on how Zoom and the video-chat renaissance is introducing people to a new type of awkwardness.

Some major contagions have nothing to do with you-know-what

Sydney Morning Herald | April 11th, 2020

Robert Frank had his new book, Under the Influence, mentioned in this Sydney Morning Herald op-ed about the positive uses of behavioral contagion.

Coronavirus poised to upend how boards consider data protection, privacy

The Wall Street Journal | April 3rd, 2020

Andrea Bonime-Blanc spoke to The Wall Street Journal about how business leaders are giving more attention to issues surrounding remote work and data sharing.

Covid-19 is twisting 2020 beyond all recognition

The New York Times | April 1st, 2020

Jonathan Haidt spoke to The New York Times about how taking COVID-19 seriously has become a tribal marker.

Who needs human analysts when you’ve got robo-analysts?

The Irish Times | March 31, 2020

David Hirshleifer was mentioned in a piece about a study suggesting that robo-analyst firms’ stock advice is more profitable than that of their human counterparts.

The Coronavirus and the Conservative Mind

The New York Times | March 31, 2020

Jonathan Haidt had his research on “moral foundations” in politics mentioned by columnist Ross Douthat in a piece on coronavirus and the conservative mind.

A Post-Corona World

The Prof G Show | March 26, 2020

Jonathan Haidt and Scott Galloway discussed the social and psychological impact of COVID-19.

Meet the psychologist exploring unconscious bias—and its tragic consequences for society

Science | March 26, 2020

Dolly Chugh spoke to Science magazine about Jennifer Eberhardt’s research on unconscious bias, specifically the “other-race” effect.

Coronavirus is changing how people think about fighting climate change

PRI | March 26, 2020

Robert Frank spoke to PRI for an article about how COVID-19 is changing the way people think about fighting climate change.

Why Do People Hoard Toilet Paper? A Look At Irrational Behaviors In Uncertain Times

WBUR | March 25, 2020

Dan Ariely discussed how, in uncertain times, irrational behavior can feed on itself like a self-fulfilling prophecy.

How Pathogens Affect Cultural Values and Religious Edicts

Psychology Today | March 23, 2020

David Sloan Wilson’s research on religion and cultural evolution was mentioned in a piece about how pathogens affect society.

When We’re Wrong, It’s Our Responsibility as Scientists to Say So

Scientific American | March 21, 2020

Dan Ariely—along with Francesca Gino, Max Bazerman, and others—wrote about how they tried to reproduce their work on an ethical-behavior intervention, and ended up refuting it.

Beware of Guidance Fatigue

The Bulwark | March 21, 2020

Ann Tenbrunsel’s research on ethical fading was mentioned in a piece about how too many instructions leads to less compliance.

For some companies in the age of coronavirus, ethics pays

Compliance Week | March 17, 2020

Alison Taylor spoke about how several businesses have decided it is worth going above and beyond to help customers and employees.

‘Experimentation Works’ and ‘The Power of Experiments’ Review: Test, Test and Test Again

The Wall Street Journal | March 15, 2020

Max Bazerman’s new book, The Power of Experiments, discusses the effectiveness of A/B testing, which is baked into product development, along with other empirical trials and judgments.

Procrastinate Much? Manage Your Emotions, Not Your Time.

The New York Times | March 13, 2020

Adam Grant wrote a piece explaining how addressing procrastination isn’t about avoiding work; it’s about avoiding negative emotions.

Boeing In Crisis as Coronavirus Weighs on Already Struggling Airplane Maker

Cheddar | March 12, 2020

Andrea Bonime-Blanc talked about Boeing’s struggles during the pandemic.

The corporate responsibility facade is finally starting to crumble

Quartz | March 4, 2020

When reading a corporation’s sustainability report and then comparing it to its risk disclosures—or worse, its media coverage—wrote Alison Taylor, we might as well be reading about entirely distinct companies.

Companies still can’t stop labor abuses at Chinese factories

Quartz | March 3, 2020

Dorothée Baumann-Pauly talked about the flawed auditing methods in China that allow systemic labor abuses to go unchecked.

Prolific Wharton Professor Adam Grant Doesn’t Worry About Time Management. Here’s What He Does Instead—and So Should You

Inc. | February 28, 2020

Adam Grant does not worry about managing his time. He manages his attention instead.

Are the Houston Astros irredeemable cheaters? Or are they all of us?

Fortune | February 26, 2020

Ann Tenbrunsel’s decision-framing research was mentioned in a discussion about how the pro-baseball team deserves criticism for its cheating scandal.

Should hateful speech be regulated on campus?

The Harvard Gazette | February 24, 2020

Jonathan Haidt debated neuroscientist Lisa Feldman-Barrett on whether hate speech is violence at Harvard Law School.

Big Tech Is Testing You

The New Yorker | February 24, 2020

Large-scale social experiments are now ubiquitous, and conducted without public scrutiny. Has this new era of experimentation—which Max Bazerman examines in his new book, The Power of Experiments—remembered the lessons of the old?

How to Know When You’ve Made the Right Decision

ThinkAdvisor | February 20, 2020

Daylian Cain spoke about the tactics companies can use to judge the rightness of their decisions.

From Exceptionalism To Unrest: Why Google’s Culture Is Changing

Forbes | February 19, 2020

Caterina Bulgarella wrote about how, for Google—which has always crafted a narrative of exceptionalism—the emerging storyline around a more complex and controversial yet more realistic workplace experience may be disappointing but, also, uniquely enlightening.

Liar, Liar, Liar

NPR | February 17, 2020

Dan Ariely discussed the behavioral science of honesty—dishonesty, he said, is often not about character but opportunity.

Research: It Pays to Be Yourself

Harvard Business Review | February 13, 2020

Francesca Gino wrote about how, contrary to our intuition, simply being yourself makes a better impression than catering to another person’s interests and expectations.

You’re Not Listening. Here’s Why.

The New York Times | February 11, 2020

Nicholas Epley spoke about why we often do not listen when we think we know what someone will say.

Overwhelmed? The Productivity Tip a Leading Business Coach Swears By

Women’s Health | February 10, 2020

Caroline Webb went on the Women’s Health podcast Going for Goal to talk about how to be less busy yet more productive.

How Great Leaders Persevere When Things Are in a Shambles

Forbes | February 10, 2020

Ron Carruci wrote about how leaders persevere during periods of extreme adversity.

Thy Neighbor’s Solar Panels

The Atlantic | February 5, 2020

Robert Frank explains how, when our peers take actions to preserve the planet, we’re more likely to follow suit—the human instinct to conform could help us address the climate crisis.

2020 will be the year when corporate activism and global political risk converge

Quartz | February 5, 2020

Amid growing anger over corporate hypocrisy, greed, and social and environmental impacts, wrote Alison Taylor, employees are now openly questioning C-suite decisions about where companies do business—and with whom.

In 7 Days and 3 Protests, the Nation’s Divisions on Glaring Display

The New York Times | January 24, 2020

With activists mobilized and dug in on the left and right, there is increasing pressure on people in the middle to choose sides, part of what Jonathan Haidt calls “mob dynamics.”

The Little Things That Make Employees Feel Appreciated

Harvard Business Review | January 23, 2020

Francesca Gino and Adam Grant’s research has helped highlight that all too often, instead of giving people a meaningful sense of appreciation, employee-recognition programs become just another box for managers to check.

City of Norfolk takes diversity, equity and inclusion beyond the buzz words

Inside Business | January 22, 2020

Dolly Chugh’s book, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, was read in a book club created by city employees in Norfolk.

How Your Leadership Team Might Be Setting a Terrible Example

Forbes | January 13, 2020

Having your actions play out publicly as if on a jumbotron is a huge responsibility, Ron Carruci wrote, but unfortunately too many teams don’t take this responsibility as seriously as they should.

P&Q’s Favorite MBA Professors of 2019

Poets & Quants | January 8, 2020

Ann Tenbrunsel was selected as one of P&Q’s favorite business school professors of 2019.

Seven ways to teach tweens to give to others without sacrificing themselves

The Washington Post | January 6, 2020

Adam Grant spoke about how tweens can be encouraged to be more prosocial without becoming exceedingly altruistic.

Five Leadership Priorities for 2020—and Beyond

Forbes | January 6, 2020

As we look back at 2019, Caterina Bulgarella wrote, it is not a coincidence that the leaders who left enduring legacies strove for far greater objectives than their own success or their own group’s survival.

Can We Survive the Post-Truth Era?

Washington Monthly | January 3, 2020

Dan Ariely’s book, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves, was mentioned in a discussion about how Donald Trump’s perverse brand of B.S. took over American politics.

How to avoid the traps that produce loneliness and isolation

The Washington Post | January 2, 2020

Nicholas Epley and his collaborator were mentioned in a piece about not letting technology and corrosive politics control our behavior.