The Wall Street Journal
How to Survive a Jerk at Work – 08/10/17
Article discusses techniques to make work easier if you are dealing with rude or abusive colleagues and bosses, citing Professor Dylan Minor’s research on toxic behavior and its tendency to be contagious in a work environment. “If a toxic worker sits near you, your chances of behaving in a toxic way rises by one and a half times.”
AI creeps into the work of MBA careers advisers – 08/09/17
Article explains how many tech start-ups are selling their services to campus career departments to help students find jobs. Kellogg alumnus Kiran Pande co-founded Vmock, a platform that uses analytics and artificial intelligence to help MBA students write more effective resumes.
You will get chipped - eventually – 08/09/17
Article discusses the potential that employers could microchip their employees, in the aftermath of a Wisconsin firm embedding microchips into their employees last week. Corporations will face a huge issue of trust, and workers need to be assured the chips are healthy, can’t be hacked, and private, according to Professor Kent Grayson. “You’ve got to have a lot of trust to put one of those in your body.”
Wall Street Journal
Use Your Seat to Get Ahead at Work – 08/08/17
Article discusses research done at Northwestern that found by simply sitting next to a high achiever one can improve their own performance by 3% to 16%. Lead author and Kellogg Professor Dylan Minor notes a combination of inspiration and peer pressure most likely cause this increase in drive.
Poets and Quants
New Record GMAT Average At Kellogg – 08/07/17
Article takes a look at Kellogg’s class of 2019 profile, noting that it boasts the highest average GMAT score ever recorded at the school: 732, which is four points higher than last year. Kellogg also maintained its high percentage of women at 42%.
Poets and Quants
100 MBAs To Watch In The Class of 2017 – 08/07/17
Article takes a look at how the a-typical MBA student emerged as the typical in the class of 2017. The 100 MBAs to watch in the class of 2017 included Kellogg graduates Tiffany Smith and Alejandra Rodado. Smith will be working on her own startup Tiltas, while Rodado will be working at Morgan Stanley as an associate in investment banking.
Ford's Mustang Has a Problem: The New Mustang – 08/04/17
Article discusses the sales slump of Ford automobiles, noting that Mustang buyers tend to wait for the launch of the newest model. “The Holy Grail is to do away with releases completely,” said Professor Mohanbir Sawhney. Companies like Tesla have smoothed sales volatility by constantly updating their products remotely, he said.
The Dollars And Sense Of Paid Family Leave – 08/04/17
Article by Adjunct Professor Harold Sirkin explains the key issue of paid family leave in connection with the Trump administration, in particular with first daughter and White House advisor Ivanka Trump. The White House’s fiscal budget includes spending $19 billion over 10 years to provide “six weeks of paid leave to new mothers, fathers, and adoptive parents.” Sirkin says paid family leave for large companies can be huge.
Harvard Business Review
Are Sales Incentives Becoming Obsolete? – 08/03/17
Article by Professor Andris Zoltners discusses how to structure a sales incentive plan to produce a “double win” -- salespeople win because they are rewarded for their hard work and good performance, and the company wins through a better-motivated sales team that produces short-term results and is more likely to achieve company goals.
Growing Fears South of the Border – 07/31/17
Article by Adjunct Professor Phil Levy explains the growing fears in Mexico associated with the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. It examines who the Trump administration is trying to please in its NAFTA negotiating objectives.
Why Obamacare repeal failed – 07/31/17
Article discusses that Obamacare could not move through the chamber because it faced opposition from Republicans as well. Professor Craig Garthwaite is quoted on a potential reason for why the act did not pass: “Passing an Obamacare replacement is difficult because the existing system is fundamentally a collection of moderately conservative policies.”
New York Times
Consumers May Be More Trusting of Ads Than Marketers Think – 07/30/17
Article discusses the findings of a study conducted by Professor Kent Grayson that surveyed consumers’ thoughts on modern advertising techniques. Grayson, along with Seattle University professor Mathew Isaac, found that thirteen out of 20 common tactics used in television and digital ads elicited favorable responses, such as “credible”, “fair” and “good”, from participants.