Team-building with robots – it works!
Robots are increasingly being used in environments where they must interact closely with humans to perform tasks together. Sangseok You (Assistant Professor at HEC Paris) and colleagues have found surprisingly simple ways to get humans to bond with robots and thus work together more effectively.
Workers could feel safer with robots thanks to virtual reality
Robots are making their way into diverse fields of work but human workers often still feel unsafe working alongside them, regardless of the true levels of risk. Sangseok You (Assistant Professor at HEC Paris) and colleagues have used virtual reality to explore how humans can be made to feel safer while working with robots.
The problem with renewable energy incentives? Some of them may not incentivise renewables…
Sam Aflaki and Serguei Netessine’s new research uncovers a problem with renewable energy incentive policies, such as feed-in tariffs and carbon taxes. Renewables like wind and solar power often depend on carbon costly backups which stunt investment rewards.
New computer-friendly format makes financial reports more complex, harder to read
In a bid to make it easier for financial reports to be processed by computers, these must now be submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a new language in addition to the traditional HTML format. In their recent study, Xitong Li, Hongwei Zhu and Luo Zuo explore how adopting the eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) is leading to more complex HTML-formatted financial reports. Instead of saving time and money, they find that submitting additional XBRL-formatted reports is costly to firms.
Can online reputations be improved by offering Groupon-type Promotions?
Xitong Li crafted a study with a clear purpose: to find out if deal promotions like those offered via Groupon can have a positive effect on businesses’ online reputations. He found that despite an overall negative impact, certain merchants could boost their online review ratings by running Groupon-type deals. Li discusses the need for managers to assess online reviews and ratings carefully, and to consider both the pros and cons of Groupon-type promotions.
How personality traits influence sensitivity to technostress
A groundbreaking study looks at the positive and negative effects of "technostress creators" and shows how its impact is moderated by personality traits. Organizations can leverage insight about this relationship to help prevent job burnout and foster engagement.
How to enhance the deployment of innovation in a multinational corporation
When developing innovations, multinational corporations (MNCs) are faced with two risks: create global offerings that cannot meet all of the different local needs or create very specific offerings that meet the variety of needs but lead to increased costs. According to Sihem Ben Mahmoud-Jouini and Florence Charue-Duboc (CNRS-Ecole Polytechnique), however, a third path exists. They identify key factors that balance global integration and local adaptation and thus enhance the deployment of the innovation across the subsidiaries.
Renewable energies in Europe: A priori beliefs and institutional pressure hinder investments
Even though renewable energies are increasingly considered the energy sources of the future and continue to receive significant public support, their share in investment portfolios remains small. Andrea Masini and Emanuela Menichetti investigate the nonfinancial factors that hold private investors back.
How to improve performance when managing offshore contracts
IT firms increasingly rely on outsourcing the development of information systems overseas, yet an astounding 50 percent of such projects fail to meet client requirements. A study focusing on contract specification and different modes of contract implementation has found ways to improve cost and quality performance.