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October 2014

In the news


An astounding 40 percent of General Motors vehicles have been taken off the road for safety issues in the past year and a half—yet those very recalls have directly resulted in higher sales of new GM cars. Associate Professor of Marketing S. Adam Brasel explained this paradox in an interview on WRKO.


Companies seeking to innovate usually fail because they’re missing one key element. Dean Andy Boynton reveals the secret in his Forbes blog.


NASDAQ and the Chicago Tribune cited a Center for Retirement Research study that proposes a simple way to ensure a comfortable retirement. Forbes reported on the Center’s recent findings of trouble ahead for some defined-benefit plans, while the Washington Post referred to the Center’s reader-friendly Social Security Fix-It Book. And if you’re worried about how you’ll supplement your Social Security income in retirement, the answer is to spend less, work longer, and use your house, according to Steven Sass, program director of the Center’s Financial Security Project, in USA Today.


As he juggles fatherhood and a career, a contributor identifies with the “quiet revolution” described in the Center for Work and Family report The New Dad: A Work (and Life) in Progress. The Center’s recent research on paternity leave was also referenced by, CBS News, and the Toronto Globe and Mail.


Internet retailers need to promote themselves in order to cut through the clutter, but not spend so much on advertising and marketing that these expenditures eat up the profits, Professor of Information Systems Mary Cronin told the Boston Globe.


The victim of a rare genetic disorder, teenage Gracie cannot walk or talk, but she can communicate using Eagle Eye, the assistive technology developed by James Gips, the John R. and Pamela Egan Professor of Computer Science and chairman of the Information Systems department. NBC affiliate KTUU carried the story.


The Boston Globe detailed how Joseph F. Cotter Professor of Management and Organization Mary Ann Glynn’s pioneering research on adult playfulness gave rise to a new field of study.


The Washington Post quoted Brad Harrington, executive director of the Center for Work and Family, in a feature about how most fathers today want time off to bond with their children but are stymied by employer policies and hoary stereotypes.


Leading a social business has a lot to do with following, Gerald C. (Jerry) Kane, associate professor of information systems, wrote in Sloan Management Review. Also, social media has only begun to transform the business landscape, Kane said in a TEDx talk.


“The gusher is over,” Richard McGowan, S.J., told the New York Times, speaking about the decline in casino revenues in a saturated market. The Washington Post and WBUR also sought the adjunct associate professor of finance’s expertise on the casino industry.


In most cases, retiring early is foolish, wrote Peter F. Drucker Chair in Management Sciences Alicia H. Munnell in the Wall Street Journal. The director of the Center for Retirement Research, Munnell also warned Chicago Tribune readers that many workers are failing to build adequate 401(k) accounts; spoke to Bloomberg about New Jersey’s pension quagmire; and told Fox Business that Social Security’s funding problem is fixable.


The Lowell Sun asked Professor of Business Law Christine O’Brien for insight into this past summer’s Market Basket employee walkout.


Gregory L. Stoller, adjunct lecturer in operations management, spoke with Marketwatch and CBS Boston about the recent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Stoller, who led BC students on a tour of China this year, also urged Boston Business Journal readers to gain the competitive advantage that comes of overseas travel.


For the sake of society, the “meme” that continual economic growth is desirable or even possible must be reconsidered, wrote Sandra Waddock, professor of management and Galligan Chair of Strategy, in a Network for Business Sustainability blog.




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