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May 6, 2019
How do online retailers suggest products to shoppers that will maximize revenue? With Chinese online retailer Alibaba, researchers supplemented the shortcomings of modern machine learning with customer choice methodologies from a half-century ago, leading to a 28 percent revenue increase.
February 20, 2019
Researchers extracted positive or negative tone from 380,000 corporate documents and compared that sentiment with stock returns. The resulting index forecasts down markets when managers are overly upbeat.
May 303 2018
Olin researchers are the first to use a massive set of wage data to uncover previously unrealized nuances in the effects of minimum wage hikes. Employers are more likely to reduce hiring as wages rise, rather than fire workers.
Apr. 10, 2018
A farmer’s choice of crop variety has tremendous ROI implications each planting season affecting per-acre yield and the well-being of people in regions with food security issues. A new research framework can aid the decision.
Aug. 3, 2017
Researchers found wellness programs boosted employees’ productivity by 15 percent compared to employees who didn’t participate in the program. That figure equals a 76 percent ROI for the company after introducing its wellness program.
June 26, 2017
Researchers at Olin identify three behaviors that lead entrepreneurs need in order to succeed in the earliest stages of a venture.
April 3, 2017
Researchers have developed a mathematical model to predict the behavior of newly acquired customers. Marketers will find the that it outperforms existing models and can be applied to any industry that acquires customers over time.
Nov. 3, 2016
By analyzing data from more than 15,000 small firms (500 or fewer employees) in the pre-Affordable Care Act (ACA) time period, this study challenges commonly held beliefs about the impact of employee benefits on the bottom line.
September 1, 2016
The role of the General Counsel in company management has evolved and often moves the legal gatekeeper into the C-suite. For the first time, researcher delve into data to determine how this change is viewed by debt market participants and what effect it may have on a firm’s credit risk. Hint: it’s not positive.
Aug. 16, 2016
Motivating hospital workers to wash their hands frequently to meet compliance standards is harder than you think. This study based on a large data base of electronic monitoring programs has unexpected findings in the hospital workplace where disease and the threat of spreading germs are constant. One big takeaway: monitoring alone won’t solve the compliance problem.
March 28, 2016
A new study based on data culled from the filings of more than 700 of the largest publicly traded firms in the U.S., finds that, on average, firms with executive pay-for-performance packages based on specific EPS targets are probably manipulating their revenue numbers in order to hit the target.
January 26, 2016
If a company has proven it’s good at forecasting its operations, costs, and earnings, it’s a safe bet that it will be able to negotiate favorable debt contracts. Researchers find that the accuracy of a borrower’s management forecasts is a valuable screening tool for lenders, and that borrowers with more accurate forecasts receive lower interest rates.
Dec. 15, 2015
Outsourced research and development has zero returns and appears to be a key culprit in the broken link between R&D and GDP growth. Knott proposes how to restore R&D productivity and higher economic growth with evidence from her Research Quotient (RQ) analytics and case studies.
Dec. 15, 2015
Why people defer to one another in multidisciplinary teams shapes how effectively teams can leverage the diverse expertise of team members in order to produce innovative outputs.
Oct. 1, 2014
Innovation shocks shake up industries frequently and leave rival firms scrambling. Find out if your firm is ready to mount a strategic response to future shocks.
Oct. 1, 2014
Standing instead of sitting at meetings has several known benefits, but until now, researchers didn't have empirical data to prove it. Using wearable technology, researchers now have empirical evidence that detects advantages to standing versus sitting for more creative and productive meetings.
Oct. 1, 2014
If division heads don't report accurate numbers to corporate HQ or withhold important information, the firm is at risk. This research identifies a new way to detect an internal imbalance of information that could negatively affect firm value and shareholder confidence.
Oct. 1, 2014
In a challenge to traditional quantity vs. price competition theory, researchers find that firms don't always follow the same supply chain path as expected. In fact, competitors within certain industry sectors will often choose opposite strategies.