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Procedural Versus Strategic Approaches to Social Media

Is your company’s social media team grounded in the culture of your organization? Younger employees often have a procedural understanding of social media tools but need strategic vision, argues Boston College’s Jerry Kane. The most effective social media initiatives may be partnerships between younger employees experimenting with social media technologies while more experienced employees harness their enthusiasm and ideas to give them strategic direction.

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What You Wear Can Influence How You Perform

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New research suggests that clothing can have an effect on our behavior if that clothing has a symbolic meaning and if we have the physical experience of wearing the clothes. Researchers at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University call this “enclothed cognition.”

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Travel, Crowds, or Refs: What Creates Home Team Advantage?

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In sports, where does home team advantage come from? New research has found that teams do better playing at home courts surrounded by fans not because the athletes are more energetic, not because opponents are intimidated by crowds, and not because travel takes something out of the visiting team.

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Empowering Employees to Prevent Disaster

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Could BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill been prevented if workers on the oil rig had felt more empowered to report problems? That's a question raised by Rick Wartzman, executive director of the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University, in an interesting column recently published by Bloomberg Businessweek.

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Learning from innovation

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New research offers insights into the factors that affect how much an organization learns from its innovation activities.

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The controversial performance review

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  Are performance reviews passé? At the very least, they are a hot discussion topic  --  judging from reactions to the lead story in this week's edition of Business Insight, which we at SMR produce in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal.

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