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2012-02-06 20:33:02

What does "free time" mean to you? When you're not at work, do you pass the time -- or spend it? The difference may impact how happy you are. A new study shows people who put a price on their time are more likely to feel impatient when they're not using it to earn money. And that hurts their ability to derive happiness during leisure activities. Treating time as money can actually undermine your well-being," says Sanford DeVoe, one of two researchers at the University of Toronto's...

2011-05-31 16:15:00

Not allowed to advertise your booze or smokes on a billboard? That's okay. Research shows online advertising works especially well in places with government ad bans. "If you want to regulate the offline world, you have to remember that people have access online too and you have to think about how that online world is going to mitigate the effects of your regulation," says Avi Goldfarb, a marketing professor at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management who co-wrote a study on the...

2011-03-14 14:57:11

Improved financial reporting at private firms benefits not only potential outside investors but will help the firm make better business decisions for itself too, says a new study. The study is authored by Ole-Kristian Hope, the Deloitte Professor of Accounting and an associate professor of accounting at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, uses World Bank data on small private firms in 21 emerging market countries "“ Thailand, Brazil and Pakistan having the...

2011-01-28 21:30:03

Will Academy Award nominees Nicole Kidman and Annette Bening be at higher risk for a divorce if they win the Oscar for best actress next month? A long line of best actress winners including Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Halle Berry and Kate Winslet experienced the end of their marriages not long after taking home their awards. A study by researchers at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and Carnegie Mellon University finds that Oscar winners in the Best Actress category are...

2010-01-18 15:31:00

TORONTO, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Is it time to abandon shareholder capitalism? A new article from the January-February 2010 of Harvard Business Review says it is and that we should make the shift to a new era of customer-driven capitalism. "It's time to discard the popular belief that corporations must focus first and foremost on maximizing value for shareholders," says article author Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. "That...

2010-01-04 15:11:02

Overexposure to credit default swaps (CDS) "“ a market-traded form of investment insurance "“ are believed to have contributed to last year's financial meltdown. Trying to understand how CDS prices are determined, a team of researchers concludes that earnings have a major impact and in turn, CDS prices can seriously affect the economy. When earnings drop, CDS spreads rise. "Credit default swaps represent a huge market for trading credit risk and it's not going to disappear at all...

2009-12-09 19:32:04

Thinking of rewarding your sales department for a job well done? You might not want to make cash part of the pay-off. A study to be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, shows that when it comes to distributing resources, people's ideas about what's fair change depending on what's being handed out. If it's something that has its own intrinsic value "“ in-kind goods such as food or vacation days "“ people...

2009-10-08 09:00:52

Those lyin', cheatin' green consumers. Just being around green products can make us behave more altruistically, a new study to be published in a forthcoming issue of Psychological Science has found. But buying those same products can have the opposite effect. Researchers found that buying green can lead people into less altruistic behavior, and even make them more likely to steal and lie than after buying conventional products. Buying products that claim to be made with low environmental...

2009-08-04 12:06:24

Years of research suggest that the promises organizations make to employees matter in establishing and maintaining a "psychological contract" between the two parties. However, new research by Samantha Montes and co-author David Zweig, professors at the Rotman School of Management and the University of Toronto Scarborough, suggests that what an organization promises to employees (e.g., training opportunities, benefits, compensation) don't matter nearly as much as what the organization actually...

2009-05-26 07:26:00

TORONTO, May 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The second issue of a pension journal from the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM) at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto takes a timely look at investment beliefs, risk management, and pension funds in light of the financial crisis. The Rotman International Journal of Pension Management provides a bi-annual look at the complexity of the strategic governance and management issues faced by the pension...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.