Discover samples of the latest research from our MA-HRIR faculty, highlighted in the Discovery at Carlson series.
“What can Major League Baseball teach the business world about dispute resolution? According to Professor John Budd, quite a bit more than you might think. And as he has discovered, those lessons can defy the conventional logic that surrounds conflict.” Read the full story here.
“Small differences in competitive situations can make a big difference. That was the conclusion of Professor Avner Ben-Ner and his coauthors, Drs. John-Gabriel Licht and Jin Park, after analyzing diversity’s impact on every play and every player in 10 years of matches in the Bundesliga, Germany’s top soccer league.” Read the full story here.
“Drawing upon an extensive field study of Taiwanese salons followed by a controlled experiment, Assistant Professor Elizabeth Campbell discovered an odd paradox might explain what many high performers were experiencing, particularly in workplaces that emphasized teamwork.” Read the full story here.
“(Associate Professor Aaron) Sojourner focused on a single industry, nursing homes, and made a very narrow, well-chosen comparison. He focused only on nursing homes where workers voted in a union election and the vote was close. To approximate a true experiment, he compared outcomes in nursing homes where the union just won an election to outcomes where unions just lost an election. Unionization activity in the industry has been on the rise in recent decades, so there were many hundreds of homes with close elections to examine. And the U.S. government’s close monitoring of the industry provided a rich trove of data to examine.” Read the full story here.
“Workers who juggle the conflicting demands of work and family tend to have lower work satisfaction, stunted physical and psychological well-being, and smaller salaries. New research by Professor Theresa Glomb and Associate Professor Colleen Manchester unveils one culprit of these ill effects: people who feel their work is interfering with their family duties struggle to expend energy on complex tasks that fulfill long-term business goals, and bolster their careers.” Read the full story here.
“Researchers have long believed that dual-career couples are more likely to relocate in favor of the husband’s career, which stifles the wife’s earning power, and widens the disparity between men and women’s pay. But a new study by Assistant Professor Alan Benson suggests that all factors being equal, families are no less likely to relocate for the wife than they are for the husband’s career. ” Read the full story here.
“‘There is very robust evidence that as an individual moves beyond age 50, they experience a large penalty toward how quickly they will find a job,’ says Professor Connie Wanberg who examined the U.S. government’s Displaced Worker Survey and conducted a meta-analysis of the previous research on the topic. She found a person 50 years and older is likely to be unemployed 5.8 weeks longer than someone between the ages of 30-49, and 10.6 weeks longer than individuals ages 20-29.” Read full story here.
“It’s a common adage that first impressions matter, particularly when starting a new job. Your statements and behaviors in the first few months all determine how you’ll fit in and the level of success you’ll find. What’s not as commonly acknowledged, however, is the effect coworkers and supervisors have on a fresh hire. Professor John Kammeyer-Mueller and Professor Connie Wanberg explored that often-overlooked topic in a recent paper that detailed the experiences of 264 organizational newcomers.” Read the full story here.
Work and Organizations Associate Professor Mary Zellmer-Bruhn won a best paper award at a recent Academy of Management (AOM) annual meeting. Her paper, “Evident and Hidden Language Barriers to Knowledge Processing in Multilingual Teams,” won the International Management (IM) Division Best Paper in OB/HRM/OT Award.