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Business, Know Thyself – and Your Customers and Competitors
JULY 16, 2014

What's your company's business model? It's a question that too often stumps even top executives. Having a detailed map of your company's core model and differentiators is critical no matter your job. But even that's not enough. Michigan Ross Professor Ray Reilly explains why this exercise should include business model maps of customers, suppliers, and even competitors. Reilly makes it a key part of the Ross Executive Education Program Business Acumen for High-Potential Executives.
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The Gender Trading Gap
JULY 9, 2014

You've heard of the gender pay gap, but what about the gender trading gap? Michigan Ross Professors M.P. Narayanan and Nejat Seyuhn analyzed insider stock trades among male and female executives. Read what they found about how each gender fared in their returns.
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Professors and the Public Debate
JULY 8, 2014

How and when should academics enter the public debate over controversial issues like climate change and GMOs? Michigan Ross Professor Andrew Hoffman is studying why academics often remain silent and how they can boost participation. Read why he thinks it's important for professors to inform the public debate.
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Leanwashing: How do Food and Beverage Companies Talk About Obesity?
JUNE 26, 2014

What's a bigger factor in obesity — diet or lack of exercise? Could messaging from food and beverage companies be a factor? New research by Professor Aneel Karnani explores how messaging affects obesity. Read what his analysis found.
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Wall Street Analysts Unearth Company Information Beyond the Conference Call
JUNE 18, 2014

How beholden to management conference calls are Wall Street analysts? New research from Michigan Ross Professor Reuven Lehavy sheds new light on the role of analysts in capital markets and how they do their homework. Read more to learn what Lehavy found when he compared analyst reports with conference call transcripts.
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Timing the Market on Stock Buybacks
JUNE 16, 2014

Companies repurchase their own stock for a variety of reasons, but when and at what price do they buy? Can they time the market? Read what new research by Michigan Ross Professor Amy Dittmar discovered about the kind of returns companies get on buybacks and how it sheds new light on what had been an open question in finance.
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Negotiate from the Inside Out
JUNE 9, 2014

A common thought in negotiation is that in order to win, a person has to play a certain role, or act like the title after their name. But Michigan Ross Professor Shirli Kopelman shows that being yourself in negotiations can drive better results and strengthen relationships. Read how in her new Harvard Business Review blog post. Kopelman is the author of the recently published book, Negotiating Genuinely: Being Yourself in Business.
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Market Responses to Environmental Disclosures
JUNE 9, 2014

Companies are under increasing pressure to disclose sustainability efforts and results, both from shareholders and regulators. But how does the market respond? Michigan Ross Professor Tom Lyon, in this Conference Board Director Note, shows market rewards and penalties aren't always cut and dried for superior environmental performance, while poor performance is usually penalized. Read more to find out why.
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Invigorating the Workplace Though Connections
MAY 28, 2014

Ever feel invigorated after an interaction with a co-worker — energized and confident to take on a challenge? That feeling, and the benefits it brings, are real and companies need to do more to create these high-quality connections. Read what Michigan Ross Professor Jane Dutton has found about the tangible value of these connections, and what you and your organization can do to foster them. Dutton makes the case for these connections in a chapter in the new book, How to be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact, that she edited with fellow Michigan Ross Professor Gretchen Spreitzer.
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The New Global Landscape: Where Do You Fit In?
MAY 15, 2014

The economic engine of Asia has shifted into a new gear – one that has profound implications for your business. If you're not thinking about how to adapt your strategy to deal with it, you risk being left by the side of the road, says Michigan Ross Professor Linda Y.C. Lim. Read Lim's take on the dynamics of this shift and what it means for business strategy. Lim brings her expertise in global business strategy to the Michigan Ross Executive Program.
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