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Does Gender Diversity on Boards Really Boost Company Performance?

Knowledge@Wharton, May 18, 2017

Many commentators suggest that gender diversity in the corporate boardroom improves company performance because of the different points of view and experience it offers. However, rigorous, peer-reviewed academic research paints a different picture. Despite the intuitive appeal of the argument that gender diversity on the board improves company performance, research suggests otherwise. [...read more]

The Morning Risk Report: Greater Compliance Spending Brings Need for Better Focus

Ben DiPietro, The Wall Street Journal's Risk & Compliance Journal, April 17, 2017

Companies continue to spend more money and resources on compliance, but a report concluded that firms aren't leveraging their investments to their fullest extent possible. A survey of 150 compliance executives in the banking, capital markets and insurance industries by professional services firm Accenture found 48% said they expect spending on compliance over the next two years to rise between 10% and 20%, with 18% predicting spending will rise 20% or more. Making better use of existing tools and technologies would improve the ability of organizations to make the most of their compliance spending, said the survey report. [...read more]

Marissa Mayer: Do Something You Feel Unprepared To Do

Bill Snyder, Insights by Stanford Business, April 12, 2017

Marissa Mayer, who will see Yahoo through the acquisition by Verizon, shared tips on how to win a promotion and how to make a sound decision when multiple career options arise. [...read more]

How Gender Bias Corrupts Performance Reviews, and What to Do About It

Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio, Harvard Business Review, April 12, 2017

Annual evaluations are often subjective, which opens the door to gender bias. These biases can lead to double standards —­­ a similar situation gets a positive or a negative spin depending on gender. A content analysis of individual annual performance reviews shows that women were 1.4 times more likely to receive critical subjective feedback (as opposed to either positive feedback or critical objective feedback). But when organizations implemented gender-neutral, real-time feedback tools, such biases were reduced. [...read more]

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'The US will lose its leadership in technology if this doesn't change'

Kif Leswing, Business Insider, April 7, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook believes that the gender imbalance at tech companies could hurt the American tech industry if more women don't enter science and engineering fields. Cook discussed diversity, the issues facing gay people, and engineering education in an exclusive interview with the Auburn Plainsman's Corey Williams published on Thursday. [...read more]

How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons

Noam Scheiber, The New York Times, April 2, 2017

The secretive ride-hailing giant Uber rarely discusses internal matters in public. But in March, facing crises on multiple fronts, top officials convened a call for reporters to insist that Uber was changing its culture and would no longer tolerate "brilliant jerks." Notably, the company also announced that it would fix its troubled relationship with drivers, who have complained for years about falling pay and arbitrary treatment. And yet even as Uber talks up its determination to treat drivers more humanely, it is engaged in an extraordinary behind-the-scenes experiment in behavioral science to manipulate them in the service of its corporate growth. [...read more]

The Corporate Implications of Longer Lives

Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott, MITSloan Management Review, Spring 2017

Across the world, people today are living longer. There is growing awareness that increasing longevity will have major implications for how people manage their work lives and careers. Rising life expectancy means the level of savings required to provide a reasonable income for retirement at age 65 is becoming increasingly infeasible for most people. And few organizations have come to grips with the opportunities and challenges that greater longevity brings. [...read more]

Facebook's 'Town Hall' is probably the best thing the social network has ever done

Kerry Flynn, Mashable, March 27, 2017

Like it or not, Facebook has an impact on politics. The social network contributed to President Donald Trump's successful election, as much as CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to lessen the blame on the rise of fake news. More recently, Zuckerberg started to acknowledge Facebook's role in politics, and on Monday the social network introduced its most impactful feature yet: a tool that lets its users — all desktop and mobile users in the U.S. — easily contact their local officials. It's called "Town Hall," reminiscent of what Facebook likes to see itself as, especially in political discussion. [...read more]

Your Internet privacy could be in trouble. Here's how to protect yourself.

Jhaan Elker, The Washington Post, March 24, 2017

The Senate and House have voted to repeal an FCC ruling that protects your Internet privacy and data from ISPs. This video shares all the steps you can take to protect yourself.

Getting all your news from Facebook is like eating only potato chips, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue says

Eric Johnson, Recode, February 13, 2017

Flipboard is redesigning itself around the concept of "smart magazines," collections of stories around specific topics that you choose to follow — and CEO Mike McCue wants you to know that humans are involved in choosing what stories you see. "We really believe that stories are more than just a bunch of ones and zeroes packaged together," McCue said on the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher. [...read more]

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