Apparently, an Ig Nobel Prize-winning experiment has inspired use of a new slogan in the business world. The Transomeme blog says: At the recent 23rd First Annual IgNobel Prize ceremony, the Anthropology award went to the researchers that studied what happens when shrew bones pass through the human digestive system. I’m not kidding. Rather than building a complex system […]
Business analysts struggle to find reliable ways to make any sense of the great mystery: Which firms will thrive, and which wither? This new study, perhaps as reliable as most business indicators, looks at the size of the chief executive’s handwriting: “Narcissism is a Bad Sign: CEO Signature Size, Investment, and Performance,” Charles Ham, Nicholas […]
A press release presents modest evidence about the worth of narcissistic Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) [here is an auto-translated version of the original German text]: The more narcissistic one CEO, the higher his willingness in his or her company to introduce new technologies – especially if these innovations are perceived by the public as “beneficial”, but […]
Recent research has suggested that issuing vague or equivocal public statements can sometimes be advisable for a corporation undergoing a crisis. But previous academic work had also studied a broadly similar concept, called ‘Nonstraightforwardness’. A team of investigators lead by Susan Kline (Associate Professor and Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies at The Ohio State University) […]
The origin of the word ‘Gamification’ is not entirely certain, but some attribute it to professor Richard Bartle FRSA of the School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Essex, UK who was working on MUD circa 1980. The exact meaning of the word is slightly fuzzy around the edges too – […]
The New York Times “You’re the Boss” blog reports about a teenager who is starting a hiccup-remedy business, possibly because neither she nor her doctors did much Internet research and thereby (or thereNOTby) failed to learn about the digital hiccup treatment devised by Ig Nobel Prize winner Dr. Francis Fesmire. The report: To silence her […]
Yesterday, at the American Chemical Society’s meeting in Denver, I demonstrated the Ig Nobel Prize-winning (prize in environmental protection, 1999) self-perfuming business suit. Chemical & Engineering News filmed this moment of fashion history: I also showed a bottle of DNA Cologne. It comes in a triple-helix-shaped bottle, and the packaging says “Product does not contain deoxyribonucleic […]
Some (though not all) Ig Nobel Prize winners achieve undebatable success. The 2010 Ig Nobel Prize in economics was awarded to the executives and directors of Goldman Sachs, AIG, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, and Magnetar for creating and promoting new ways to invest money — ways that maximize financial gain and minimize financial […]
The Daft (Professor Richard. L. Daft of Vanderbilt University) celebration continues. Today, a deft Daft look at a tentative exploration into equivocality: “A Tentative Exploration into the Amount and Equivocality of Information Processed in Organizational Work-Units,” Richard L. Daft and Norman Macintosh, Administrative Science Quarterly, vol. 26, June 1981, pp. 207-224.
The Daft (Professor Richard. L. Daft of Vanderbilt University) celebration continues. Today, a deft Daft look at leadership: “Leadership Style,” R.L. Daft, International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies, Stuart Clegg and James Bailey, eds., Sage Publications, 2008.