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Darden’s Eastern Philosophy Class Yields 3 Key Insights For Business Leaders

News from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

“Jay Bourgeois, a professor in the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, believes business students – and professionals — can learn a lot from Eastern philosophy.

“A course that he teaches regularly, ‘Strategic Intuition and Eastern Philosophy,’ is based on the idea that, if MBA students are going to thrive in a global economy, they need to be aware not only of linear analytics and Western economics, but also aspects of Eastern philosophy like letting go of desire and control — perhaps unexpected lessons at a business school.

“In designing the course, Bourgeois crafted three key insights for executives, which … could be useful to many people in a variety of fields or situations.”

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Productivity Tips You Probably Haven’t Considered

News from Harvard Business School

“Hit a wall trying to increase your productivity?

“Recent research by Harvard Business School professors might help. The following articles address some basic questions: Should we deal with easy tasks first? Do employees know better than management about scheduling work-flow? Does taking breaks help or hinder getting things done?

“The researchers also address questions you’ve likely never considered, such as how weather affects productivity and why collaboration may make you less able to solve problems.”

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New Research: When Consuming Culture, Elites Send Signals: Why Can Appreciating Lowbrow Art Make You Seem More Authentic?

News from the MIT Sloan School of Management

“Why do high status people value cultural items we might expect them to dismiss for lack of sophistication or low status associations? … Exploring this issue is the focus of a recently published paper by MIT Sloan deputy dean Ezra Zuckerman Sivan, along with Oliver Hahl, Ph.D. ’13, now on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University, and MIT Ph.D. student Minjae Kim. The paper, titled ‘Why Elites Love Authentic Lowbrow Culture: Overcoming High-Status Denigration with Outsider Art,’ sets out to not only understand why high-status individuals seemingly seek out ‘lowbrow’ cultural products, but also the impression this consumption makes on others.”

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Tuck’s Tom Allin

Coming Home: An Experiential Journey To The Heart Of The Mississippi

News from the Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business 

“Tom Allin didn’t realize how much a part of him Mississippi was until he left home. As one of the few (if not the only) Mississippians in his class at the University of North Carolina, he became a proud and popular ambassador of his home state. He fielded frequent questions about the state, and whatever form they took their substance followed a common theme: What is wrong with Mississippi?

“Over time, Allin began to ask himself a related question: What can I do to help?”

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Is It Really Lonely At The Top? The Surprising Links Between Feeling Powerful And Feeling Connected

New from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management 

A pair of Kellogg management and organizations department professors say their research shows that contrary to expectations, “More power leads to less loneliness, and less power leads to more loneliness.” Hundreds of participants commuted multiple surveys and the results show that “Humans have a fundamental need to belong to groups, and when people attain power, it satisfies that need,” says Adam Waytz. “Power gives people the sense, ‘Okay, if I have power, I have access to resources that other people want. I can control other people’s outcomes.’ Instead of that making you want a greater sense of belonging, that makes you feel, ‘Wow, I have all the things that I need to form a group, to form an alliance, to get people to come to me. And so that need for belonging that is really central to human existence is alleviated.”

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