Professor Brian Golden
Paying physicians more to get more — or to get less - November 30, 2011
“Understanding and accurately predicting the response of physicians to incentives is essential if governments wish to increase the supply of physician services,” says Prof. Brian Golden, who holds the Sandra Rotman Chair in Health Sector Strategy at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, who wrote the article with Rotman Prof. Doug Hyatt and Rosemary Hannam of the Rotman School's Centre for Health Sector Strategy.
Professor Ramy Elitzur
How smart managers make dumb decisions and why shareholders encourage them - November 14, 2011
From Enron in the United States to Satyam in India, there are plenty of examples of corporate managers lying about their companies’ earnings and ultimately hurting themselves and the businesses they work for. Why do they do it? A limited capacity to see the whole picture – known as “bounded rationality” -- combined with a faulty ethical compass are two big reasons, shows a new study from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
Professor Jacob Hirsh, Professor Chen-Bo Zhong
Drunk, powerful, and in the dark: The Paradox of the Disinhibited - October 13, 2011
Power can lead to great acts of altruism, but also corruptive, unethical behavior. Being intoxicated can lead to a first date, or a bar brawl. And the mask of anonymity can encourage one individual to let a stranger know they have toilet paper stuck to their shoe, while another may post salacious photos online. What is the common thread between these three disparate states?
Professor Lisa Kramer
Fall market jitters a SAD thing suggests paper from Rotman School of Management - October 11, 2011
It’s no surprise to researcher Lisa Kramer that financial market dips and crashes typically happen in the fall. Her most recent study, forthcoming in Social Psychological and Personality Science, shows that people who experience seasonal depression shun financial risk-taking during seasons with diminished daylight but are more willing to accept risk in spring and summer.
Professor Dilip Soman
Wanna save? Keep it simple, says paper from the Rotman School of Management - September 26, 2011
If one savings goal is a good thing, two or more should be great, right? Not really. Those who want to save are more apt to keep socking money away and more of it too, if they have just one goal in mind, shows work done in multiple countries by two researchers at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
Professor Lukasz Pomorski
Is Bigger Better? Size and Performance in Pension Plan Management - September 12, 2011
The health of the pension system is front page news in countries around the world with an ongoing debate on required contribution rates or minimum retirement ages. An equally relevant issue is how efficiently savings invested in pension funds are managed. A paper written by two professors at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management points to economies of scale in pension funds as a powerful tool to increase the wealth accumulated for retirement.
Professor Avi Goldfarb
Online advertising waters down impact of offline ad bans - May 30, 2011
Not allowed to advertise your booze or smokes on a billboard? That's okay. Research shows online advertising works especially well in places with government ad bans.
Professor David Zweig
Employees don't always share well with others, says new paper exposing "knowledge hiding" - May 16, 2011
Why isn't knowledge transfer happening more often in companies spending money on it? Maybe it's because their staff don't always want to share.
Professor Stéphane Côté
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: The Two Sides of Emotional Intelligence - April 25, 2011
People often assume that having good emotional intelligence makes you a better person. Not so, say the authors of a study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Emotional skills can be used for good or for evil—for the betterment of the group or for humiliating your coworkers.
Professor Nina Mazar
Greased Palm Psychology: Collectivism and Bribery - April 05, 2011
Bribery is condemned in most cultures; but it is more common in some countries than in others. Is poverty, political instability, or lax regulation to blame? A new study published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests a surprising contributor: Collectivism.
Professor Claire Tsai, Professor Min Zhao
How do consumers estimate a good time? - March 18, 2011
Consumers estimate they'll spend more time enjoying activities when the tasks are broken down into components, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. But using the same process for an unpleasant event decreases time estimates.
Professor Ole Kristian Hope
Improving financial reporting in private firms’ interest, new study of emerging markets suggests - March 14, 2011
Improved financial reporting at private firms benefits not only potential outside investors but will help the firm make better business decisions for itself too, says a new study.
Professor Andrew Ching
Speedy generic approval may not benefit consumers as much as expected - February 08, 2011
Faster approval times for generic drugs will get them into consumers' hands quicker, but may not make the price any better, a pricing and marketing researcher has found.
Professor Tiziana Casciaro
The Oscar Curse? Study Says that Oscar Win for Best Actress Increases the Risk of Divorce - January 28, 2011
Will Academy Award nominees Nicole Kidman and Annette Bening be at higher risk for a divorce if they win the Oscar for best actress next month? A long line of best actress winners including Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Halle Berry and Kate Winslet experienced the end of their marriages not long after taking home their awards.
Professor Geoffrey Leonardelli
"Vive la difference!" Seeing foreigners as foreign encourages local coworkers to assist them finds a Rotman study - January 11, 2011
Whether it's a company with local and ex-pat employees, countries in need of aid, or the elderly interacting with the young, a new research paper to be published in the journal Psychological Science says recognizing diversity can actually encourage people to help each other instead of sparking conflict.
Professor Partha Mohanrami
CEOs rewarded for wrong kind of growth, Rotman paper finds - January 04, 2011
Growth is good, right? Not always. But compensation committees still tend to reward CEOs when their companies grow due to investments – even though that has been found to hurt long-term shareholder value – rather than only rewarding growth due to improved profitability, says a paper co-authored by a professor at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.