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  • November 22, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

How leaders look: Competent and trustworthy, but not dominant

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Two weeks ago we did a mock trial with a group of attorneys who were passionate about their case and yet got along very well with each other. It was a high-adrenalin experience that lasted 48 hours. On the morning of the second day, the Plaintiff attorney went into the presentation room a little early […]

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  • November 20, 2013
  • 11:12 AM

Situations shape personality, just as personality shapes situations

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

It’s easy to think of ways that personality affects how we approach situations. But a new study looks at the other side of the coin: how situations alter our personality. This research suggests that while our personality at work has a stable, predictable quality, experience of meaningful events produces ‘personality states’ that deviate from our baseline traits.Timothy Judge’s team recruited 122 participants in full employment into this online study, measuring their general personality t........ Read more »

  • November 20, 2013
  • 09:30 AM

Can You Trust Self-Help Mental Health Information from the Internet?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming issue of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, Grohol, Slimowicz and Granda[1] examined the accuracy and trustworthiness of mental health information found on the Internet. This is critical because 8 of every 10 Internet users has searched for health information online, including 59% of the US population. They concluded that information found in […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Lack of Sleep May Lead to Wasted Time on the Internet at WorkThe Right to Internet ........ Read more »

  • November 20, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

Empathy: Paving the road to preferential treatment with good intentions

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

How do empathy, accountability and fairness interact to result in preferential treatment (but with the best of intentions)? You know we are looking at this with an eye toward litigation implications and it isn’t even that much of a stretch. The researchers are looking at the workplace supervisor/supervisee relationship to assess how knowing that an […]

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  • November 11, 2013
  • 07:59 AM

Organisational newcomers respond to ebbing support by making less effort to fit in

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

New research about the experience of new entrants into an organisation, suggests that early support from co-workers and supervisors tails off across the first 100 days. The study shows this to matter at two levels:  week on week, support influences the newcomer's state of mind and how much effort they make to settle into the workplace. And across those 100 days and beyond, it can influence successful integration as well as efforts put back into the organisation. Typically, research on organ........ Read more »

John Kammeyer-Mueller, Connie Wanberg, Alex Rubenstein, & Zhaoli Song. (2013) Support, Undermining and Newcomer Socialization: Fitting in During the First 90 Days . Academy of Management Journal, 56(4), 1104-1124. DOI: 10.5465/amj.2010.0791  

  • November 7, 2013
  • 09:37 PM

Organizational Commitment, Job Satisfaction, and Caring Adaptations: In Terms of the Psychological Contract, A New Assessment Can Tell How Well Your Business [Law Firm] Measures Up

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

In tough economic times, avoid institutional thinking and acting on short-turn restructuring and/or cost-cutting goals.  Recent research about a new assessment suggests this message to firm leaders and chief executives.  Instead, the message continues, leaders must think and act outside the box.  This means psychologically and financially.  A team of organizational researchers developed a [...]The post Organizational Commitment, Job Satisfaction, and Caring Adaptations: In Terms of the Psych........ Read more »

  • November 7, 2013
  • 09:00 AM

Does Gamifying Survey Progress Improve Completion Rate?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming issue of Social Science Computer Review, Villar, Callegaro, and Yang[1] conducted a meta-analysis on impact of the use of progress bars on survey completion. In doing so, they identified 32 randomized experiments from 10 sources where a control group (no progress bar) was compared to an experimental group (progress bar). Among the […]

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  • November 7, 2013
  • 08:00 AM

The Family Innovator's Dilemma: how family firms approach discontinuous technologies

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

The unique properties of family firms are often characterised by four Cs. Continuity, their commitment to longevity; Command, concentrating power within leadership, not across the organisation or with shareholders; Community, the organisation in some ways resembling an actual family; and Connections, with close relationships to suppliers and stakeholders. In a recent theoretical paper, Andreas König and colleagues consider the impact such qualities have on the uptake of discontinuous technologi........ Read more »

Andreas König, Nadine Kammerlander, & Albrecht Enders. (2013) The Family Innovator's Dilemma: How Family Influence Affects The Adoption of Discontinuous Technologies by Incumbent Firms . Academy of Management Review, 38(3), 418-441. info:/

  • November 3, 2013
  • 03:17 PM

Going to the Movies: The Story of a Money Pit (Part 1)

by Melissa Chernick in Science Storiented

I love movies. Love to sit and watch them at home. Love to have movie nights with my friends. Love going to see them at the theater. On that last one, I think we can all agree on one thing: movie theaters are money pits. Essentially you just walk up to their front door and start throwing all of your money at them. You bitch and moan but you accept it. You knew before you ever left your house that you were going to spend an exorbitant amount of cash for a load of calories and an unknown experienc........ Read more »

Sherwin Rosen, & Andrew M. Rosenfield. (1997) Ticket Pricing. The Journal of Law and Economics, 351-376. info:/

Barak Y. Orbach, & Liran Einav. (2001) Uniform prices for differentiated goods: The case of the movie-theater industry. Harvard Law , Olin Discussion Paper 337(Harvard University, Cambridge, MA). DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.290813  

Pascal Courty. (2011) Unpriced quality. Economics Letters, 111(1), 13-15. DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2010.12.009  

  • November 1, 2013
  • 10:00 AM

20-Somethings Find No Problem with Texting and Answering Calls in Business Meetings

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming article in Business Communication Quarterly, Washington, Okoro and Cardon[1] investigated how appropriate people found various mobile-phone-related behaviors during formal business meetings.  Highlights from the respondents included: 51% of 20-somethings believe it appropriate to read texts during formal business meetings, whereas only 16% of workers 40+ believe the same thing 43% of 20-somethings […]

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  • October 31, 2013
  • 12:11 PM

What makes ill feeling between work colleagues shift faster?

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

An instance of personal friction with a colleague can create angry feelings that are slow to abate. Paradoxically, when the prickly day also involves a specific work-related dispute, bad moods don’t linger so long. This counter-intuitive finding may reflect our willingness to seek a benign explanation for unpleasant situations, blaming the context rather than the person.The research, from a team led by Laurenz Meier, looked at day-to-day swings in ratings of anger. This longitudinal study aske........ Read more »

  • October 28, 2013
  • 01:32 PM

Writing your way to a new career: a look at the literature on narrative career learning

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

Are you ever unsure about what you want from your working life? If so, you may find writing about it will help. A new paper proposes that the act of writing can help develop career narratives and make sense of ourselves. Here's the big idea, and some approaches you can take to become a ball-point explorer. Over the last few decades some career counsellors have begun to move from what psychometrics offer - fixed snapshots of current capabilities and interests - to begin exploring the value of ........ Read more »

  • October 28, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

Stop looking at your smartphone & listen to me!

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

If you are reading this blog post while in a meeting, please know it’s twice as likely women will be offended by your behavior than will men. That’s the finding of a new research study from Howard University and the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Management Communication. The study looks at perceptions of […]

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Washington, MC, Okoro, EA, & Cardon, PW. (2013) Perceptions of Civility for Mobile Phone Use in Formal and Informal Meetings. . Business Communication Quarterly. . info:/

  • October 24, 2013
  • 10:30 AM

Can Graduate Students Grade Writing As Effectively as Professionals?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

Recently, Old Dominion University embarked on an initiative to improve the teaching of disciplinary writing across courses university-wide. This is part of ODU’s Quality Enhancement Plan, an effort to improve undergraduate instruction in general. It’s an extensive program, involving extra instructional training and internal grant competitions, among other initiatives. Writing quality is one of the best indicators […]

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  • October 22, 2013
  • 09:58 PM

Intentional Harm: A Caution About a Key Ingredient to Blame Motivation and Activating the “Inner Lawyer” to Blame, Condemn, and Punish

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

The simple idea that people [“acting as motivated lawyers”] can use evidence to imply that wrong-doers have caused more harm than they actually did has been studied recently.  Blame motivation, the subject of this new and serious research, has several nuances.  Lawyers who advocate issues about harm may want to learn more about [...]The post Intentional Harm: A Caution About a Key Ingredient to Blame Motivation and Activating the “Inner Lawyer” to Blame, Condemn, and Punish ap........ Read more »

  • October 17, 2013
  • 12:19 PM

Do conscientious people speak out to improve the workplace?

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

Conscientiousness – describing those who strive, invest effort, and are reliable – is the personality trait most associated with positive work outcomes, from punctuality to the quality of work. Conscientious people also tend to exceed the core demands of the job, and are likely to engage in citizenship behaviours such as helping others and advocacy for the organisation. Another citizenship behaviour is expressing challenging but constructive opinions, often termed ‘voice’. Voice is good ........ Read more »

  • October 14, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

When it comes to corporate fraud in America, men are almost always to blame

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Recently we shared the results of a study on gender and corruption. That study showed that both genders were capable of corruption and that corrupt behavior depended upon context. Researchers at Penn State recently released a study completed in America and looking at gender and corporate crime/fraud. If you read the title of this post, […]

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  • October 9, 2013
  • 10:00 AM

Can Mobile Phones Be Used to Collect Longitudinal Data?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

There are two major approaches to data collection with respect to time.  Typically, we collect cross-sectional data.  This type of data is collected at a single point in time.  For example, we might ask someone to complete a single survey.  Atypically, we collect longitudinal data.  This type of data is collected at multiple points in […]

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van Heerdan, A. C., Norris, S. A., Tollman, S. M., Stein, A. D., & Richter, L. M. (2013) Field lessons from the delivery of questionnaires to young adults using mobile phones. Social Science Computer Review, 1-8. info:/10.1177/0894439313504537

  • October 7, 2013
  • 12:24 PM

When do negative emotions give you an edge in negotiations?

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

I’m sat in negotiations for a coveted deal. As time goes on, the person across the table looks pained, shifts in their seat, and tells me how disappointed they feel about my approach to the negotiation. How am I likely to adjust my style - would I go easy on them, or go in for the kill? New research by Gert-Jan Lelieveld and colleagues suggests it depends on whether I feel guilty about it - and that’s a question of social context. In a first experiment, students were requested to engage in a........ Read more »

  • October 2, 2013
  • 10:00 AM

Subgroups in teams: when two is the worst number

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

Every team contains the seed of the subgroup – a group that forms within a group. Common interests, background, or habits may lead some people to interact in their own specific dynamic. There isn't yet a research consensus on the consequences of subgroups, but happily a new paper by Andrew Carton and Jonathon Cummings helps us understand the context in which there can be benefits or burdens.One area that researchers agree on is the disruptive nature of especially strong fault lines: deep diffe........ Read more »

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