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Six hands are clasped in friendship - all white | iStock/andresr
September 15, 2016

Why Are Law Firms Failing on Diversity?

A new study finds that the trend toward external hiring may be partly to blame.


A student in front of her computer | iStock/Rene Mansi
September 19, 2016

The Power of Realistic Expectations

Research shows a way to close a key achievement gap.


Kids getting into a car | iStock/kate_sept2004
September 13, 2016

Pushing Past the Naysayers

When the cofounder of a ride service for kids kept hearing no, she channeled her unbreakable grandma.


Kobe the miniature poodle recently groomed and dyed bright yellow. Like Big Bird. | Reuters/Mike Blake
September 2, 2016

Which Will Get You Further: Fitting In or Standing Out?

The most successful employees do a bit of both, striking a balance between integration and nonconformity.


Entrepreneurs work at their computer laptops at the so-called "incubator" of French high-tech start-ups "Numa" in Paris, France. | REUTERS/Charles Platiau
September 20, 2016

Lean Startup and Design Thinking: Getting the Best Out of Both

How to create a customer-centric venture.


illustration of two people talking through huge face masks |iStock/dane_mark
September 9, 2016

Riding the Feedback Loop to Authentic Self-Expression

How the lessons of improv theater help business leaders become their true, powerful selves.


A bright tee shirt full wiki words and edits. | Original image courtesy flickr/mikeedesign. Modified by Tricia Seibold.
August 22, 2016

For Wikipedia’s Army of Volunteer Editors, Content Begets Content

A new study quantifies the “cumulative growth effect” in online content production platforms.


Stanford GSB student presenting in class | Elena Zhukova
September 7, 2016

When Students Teach Students, the Benefits Compound

A new study measures the value of grad-student instructors in the context of academic “production.”

Latest Stories

August 1, 2016

A Way to Fix the “One Bad Apple” Dilemma in Untraceable Supply Chains

Regulating quality standards for “untraceable goods” benefits consumers and producers alike.
July 29, 2016

Can Your Personality Explain Your iTunes Playlist?

Researchers find a new way to examine your musical taste, with implications for the music and health care industries.
July 28, 2016

How Women Can Overcome Bias At Work

Why women have stalled and what can be done about it.
July 27, 2016

The Dangers of Power

One scholar shows how you can gain more power, and why you should be leery.
July 25, 2016

Do Portfolio Managers Underestimate Risk by Overanalyzing Data?

New research questions whether “smart” beta is always smart.
July 15, 2016

How Racial Threat Has Galvanized the Tea Party

New research explores the link between racial animosity and the Tea Party movement.
July 14, 2016

Eight Leadership Lessons from Beauty Magnate Tyra Banks

How the supermodel-turned-CEO found opportunities where others saw obstacles.
July 11, 2016

Why Thoughts of Death Make Us Yearn for Power

Confronted by their mortality, men, more than women, seek power to ease their anxiety.
July 7, 2016

When Business Gets Political

Should your company wade into hot-button issues?
July 5, 2016

Creating Authentic Power

How we convey confidence without words.