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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...

2010-08-11 14:47:16

Companies trying to improve efficiency by building more flexibility into their workforce could end up too lean and drive costs up, says a new paper co-published by the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. "Flexibility is good, but too much of it is dangerous," says Oded Berman, who holds the Sydney C. Cooper Chair in Business and Technology and is a professor of operations management at the Rotman School. Prof. Berman co-authored the study with the University of Rochester's...

2010-03-24 15:49:36

Toronto -- Finding it hard to get over a failed love interest? Just can't get details of a bad financial move out of your head? A new study from the Rotman School of Management suggests you might want to stick something related to your disappointment in a box or envelope if you want to feel better. In four separate experiments researchers found that the physical act of enclosing materials related to an unpleasant experience, such as a written recollection about it, improved people's negative...

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...

2009-03-15 17:00:00

TORONTO, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- In his recent best-selling book, Prof. Roger Martin, Dean of the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, took a practitioners' look at how great leaders succeed in the worlds of business, the arts and not-for-profit organizations. This month Prof. Martin will discuss the findings from The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking (Harvard Business Press, 2007) during a presentation in Hong Kong. The presentations...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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