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Economics / Business - Politics - 09:07
Australia one of three countries to exceed 30 per cent women on company boards
Australia is one of only three countries in the world to 'break the glass ceiling' and exceed 30 per cent of women on top-listed company boards without legislated quotas, according to University of Queensland research. UQ Business School researchers Dr Terry Fitzsimmons , Dr Miriam Yates and Professor Victor Callan identified the factors that saw Australia leap from 8.3 per cent women on ASX200 boards in 2008 to 33.6 per cent in 2021.

Social Sciences - Economics / Business - 20.07.2021
Knowledge Exchange Insights: Creative problem analysis
Highlights from the first session of the Knowledge Exchange training series , facilitated by Yvonne McLean, as part of the ESRC Collaboration Labs Programme, The University of Manchester. Our focus in this short series is to share the latest tools and best practice for academic research consultancy and effective knowledge exchange, delivered in our ongoing Collaboration Labs training series.

Economics / Business - Pharmacology - 15.07.2021
When insurance companies haggle over Medicaid costs, patients pay the price
Reimbursement negotiations can exacerbate health care disparities, new study finds When physicians and insurers haggle over reimbursement payments, health care providers lose revenue due to extra administrative burdens-an issue that is particularly acute with Medicaid, a key part of the social safety net that serves many low-income families.

Materials Science - Economics / Business - 15.07.2021
Filled energy saving bar
Filled energy saving bar
Insulation webs are essential in aluminum window profiles and facades for good thermal insulation. researchers and their partners have been working for some time on a novel "sandwich" product with an environmentally friendly filling: recycled material from PET bottles. Now the market launch is approaching - with good prospects of success.

Economics / Business - 14.07.2021
Trust me, I'm a chatbot
Trust me, I’m a chatbot
Göttingen researchers investigate effect of non-human conversation partners in customer services   More and more companies are using chatbots in customer services. Due to advances in artificial intelligence and natural language processing, chatbots are often indistinguishable from humans when it comes to communication.

Economics / Business - 14.07.2021
DNA testing for cocoa beans offers path to end slavery and child labour in global chocolate industry
DNA testing for cocoa beans offers path to end slavery and child labour in global chocolate industry
Research shows low-cost DNA biomarker technique can trace cocoa from a specific farm to the chocolate bar in your hand Last updated on Wednesday 14 July 2021 A new method of DNA testing on cocoa beans could revolutionise the chocolate industry, offering consumers greater reassurance about the origins and ethics of their beloved confectionery, and giving the global cocoa industry a precision tool to help end slavery and child labour.

Economics / Business - Environment - 13.07.2021
New Study Looks at Effects of Clean Air Act on Power Plants
Carnegie Mellon University The Clean Air Acts of 1970 and 1963 changed America's energy industry. A new study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Montreal found that the legislation helped lead to large and persistent declines in output and productivity for U.S. fossil-fuel power plants that opened before 1963.

Career - Economics / Business - 09.07.2021
Seafarers draw on vital support from port chaplains
Seafarers draw on vital support from port chaplains
Seafarers of different faiths and no faith rely on support from port chaplains in coping with what is often dangerous work in challenging institutionalised workplace settings, research from Cardiff University has found. On board ship, religious beliefs and attitudes are kept private but seafarers revealed to the team the ways in which many who do have a faith construct their own set of religious beliefs in order to cope better with living and working conditions.

Economics / Business - Environment - 29.06.2021
Fungi embrace fundamental economic theory as they engage in trading
Fungi embrace fundamental economic theory as they engage in trading
HOUSTON - (June 29, 2021) - When you think about trade and market relationships, you might think about brokers yelling at each other on the floor of a stock exchange on Wall Street. But it seems one of the basic functions of a free market is quietly practiced by fungi. New research from a Rice University economist suggests certain networks of fungi embrace an important economic theory as they engage in trading nutrients for carbon with their host plants.

Astronomy / Space Science - Economics / Business - 28.06.2021
Unique exoplanet photobombs CHEOPS study of nearby star system
Unique exoplanet photobombs CHEOPS study of nearby star system
While studying two exoplanets in a bright nearby star system, the CHEOPS satellite has unexpectedly spotted the system's third known planet crossing the face of the star. This transit reveals exciting details about a rare planet -with no known equivalent-, as the scientific team led by the Universities of Geneva and Bern, and members of the National Center of Competence in Research PlanetS, point out.

Life Sciences - Economics / Business - 17.06.2021
'Unshackled' palm-destroying beetles could soon invade Australia
’Unshackled’ palm-destroying beetles could soon invade Australia
A destructive pest beetle is edging closer to Australia as biological controls fail, destroying home gardens, plantations and biodiversity as they surge through nearby Pacific islands. University of Queensland researcher Dr Kayvan Etebari has been studying how palm-loving coconut rhinoceros beetles have been accelerating their invasion.

Career - Economics / Business - 17.06.2021
Use rewards effectively to boost creativity
Use rewards effectively to boost creativity
To boost employees' creativity, managers should consider offering a set of rewards for them to choose from, according to a new study by management experts at Rice, Tulane University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and National Taiwan Normal University. The study, co-authored by Jing Zhou , the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Management and Psychology at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business , is the first to systematically examine the effects of reward choice in a field experiment, which was conducted in the context of an organizationwide suggestion program.

Economics / Business - 09.06.2021
Executives aren't sold on strategy planning
Executives aren’t sold on strategy planning
New research shows executives doubt the effectiveness of strategy planning, which is conducted by an overwhelming majority of large companies in the United States. That attitude may doom such plans' successful implementation, the researchers argue.

Economics / Business - Pharmacology - 27.05.2021
Executives wildly overestimate financial benefits of strategy planning
Executives wildly overestimate financial benefits of strategy planning
New research shows executives are likely to overestimate the financial benefits of strategy planning - as conducted by an overwhelming majority of large companies - by a factor of five. Executives at 88% of large companies engage in strategy planning, according to the research featured in a chapter of " Focus: How to Plan Strategy and Improve Execution to Achieve Growth ,” a new book co-authored by Vikas Mittal , professor of marketing at the Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business, and Shrihari Sridhar , professor of marketing at Texas A&M University's Mays Business School.

Health - Economics / Business - 07.05.2021
Regular virus tests can curb infection rates
Regular virus tests can curb infection rates
Since February 2021, the canton of Grisons is using saliva-based PCR mass testing within its mobile workforce as a potential means to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and reduce infection rates. Empa researchers are now leading the analysis of data from the first eight weeks of the testing regime. They observed a reduction in the incidence rate between 20 and 50%, depending on the business sector, and a noticeable reduction in the test positivity rate among those who were regularly tested.

Economics / Business - 05.05.2021
European arms industry remains too national in approach
VUB research shows that national tendencies can hurt companies on the global market and risk the loss of core capabilities Wednesday, May 5, 2021 — Mitja Kleczka's doctoral research at Vrije Universiteit Brussel demonstrates that it's absolutely vital that Europe's national arms industries be further integrated.

Economics / Business - Psychology - 04.05.2021
Loan applications processed around midday more likely to be rejected
Loan applications processed around midday more likely to be rejected
Bank credit officers are more likely to approve loan applications earlier and later in the day, while 'decision fatigue' around midday is associated with defaulting to the safer option of saying no. This is clear evidence that regular breaks during working hours are important for maintaining high levels of performance Tobias Baer These are the findings of a study by researchers in Cambridge's Department of Psychology, published today in the journal Royal Society Open Science .  Decision fatigue is the tiredness caused by having to make difficult decisions over a long period.

Health - Economics / Business - 04.05.2021
Study explores how private equity acquisitions impact hospitals
Study explores how private equity acquisitions impact hospitals
Private equity investment in hospitals has grown substantially in the 21st century, and it accelerated in the years leading up the COVID-19 pandemic. Now a new study of short-term acute care hospitals acquired by private equity firms finds they not only have higher markups and profit margins, they're also slower to expand their staffs.

Economics / Business - Environment - 22.04.2021
Survey reveals many people have reservations about flying in future
More than half of adults plan to fly less or much less, even after they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, citing worries about the virus and climate change, according to a survey carried out by the University of Bristol The snapshot survey , conducted by researchers at the university's Cabot Institute for the Environment, captured views of nearly 500 respondents about how they might fly in the wake of the global pandemic.

Economics / Business - Career - 22.04.2021
Research analyses workforce reduction policies in family firms
A study carried out by researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M, Spain), the LIUC Università Cattaneo (Italy) and the University of Foggia (Italy) indicates that family businesses tend to protect their employees more than non-family businesses, by generally avoiding workforce reduction practices.
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