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Beat The January Blues With This U-of-T Expert’s 7 Productivity Tips

News from University of Toronto Rotman School of Management

“After the sleep-ins, big feasts and, in some cases, beach holidays of the previous month, it can be tough to readjust to work life in January.

“But returning to the office doesn’t have to be a drag. U of T News asked John Trougakos, an associate professor of organizational behaviour and HR management in the department of management at University of Toronto Scarborough, about how to make working during the winter months more productive and pleasurable.”

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Penn grad students will proceed with a unionization vote

Penn Grad Students Get Permission To Proceed With A Unionization Vote

News from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania 

“After 203 days awaiting a response, Penn graduate students have finally received permission to legally move forward with a vote on whether to unionize or not.

“On Dec. 19, Philadelphia’s National Labor Relations Board issued an affirmative decision concerning a petition filed by Penn’s graduate student workers for the right to vote for union representation. The election, which will consist of a secret ballot to ensure voter anonymity, will take place this spring.

“This is the second time the pro-union organization Graduate Employees Together – University of Pennsylvania has held an election to unionize at Penn. The first election took place in 2003, where an exit poll conducted by The Daily Pennsylvanian confirmed two-thirds of voters voted yes to unionize.”

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John Van Reenen

Innovation, Meet Organization

News from MIT Sloan School of Management 

“Long before John Van Reenen became a professor at MIT, he was studying MIT topics in an MIT style.

“’Technology has always been one of the motivations of my work,’ says Van Reenen, a high-profile economist who joined the MIT faculty in 2016. More specifically, he adds, he likes to explore ‘how people come up with ideas, and how ideas spread, among firms and across countries.’ In short, Van Reenen studies how our modern world keeps modernizing.

“Van Reenen became well-known, however, partly by explaining why people in his native Britain have not come up with ideas, at least not as much as they once did. In research during the 1990s, Van Reenen determined that British firms had lagging R&D investment across most of the country’s industrial sectors. This decline was compounded by a significant withdrawal of government support for R&D in the 1980s.”

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Working For A Shamed Company Can Hurt Your Future Compensation

News from Harvard Business School

“In the blink of an instant, a corporate brand can turn from sterling to tarnished. Just ask Volkswagen or Wells Fargo—two prestigious names that have become associated with scandal in recent years, and now become synonymous with shady corporate practices.

“What happens to executives who have that employer’s name on their curriculum vitae? ‘You have this great name on your CV, and suddenly it goes from being an asset to a liability,’ says George Serafeim, the Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.”

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Disguised ‘Native’ Ads Don’t Fool Us Anymore

News from Stanford Graduate School of Business

“They’re everywhere: advertisements embedded into sites or apps such as Google and Facebook.

“The ads that blend most easily into digital content are examples of ‘native advertising’ — those that match closely the style and layout of the surrounding media.

“Such ads raise the question of whether consumers are aware of them in the first place. Indeed, regulators like the Federal Trade Commission are concerned these ads might fail to disclose sponsorship sufficiently, thus deceiving consumers into making misguided purchase decisions.

“Can we differentiate native ads from content — and do they influence our purchase behavior?”

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