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About Ross Thought in Action

Ross Thought in Action provides content for business leaders, thought leaders, and the media. Ross Thought in Action focuses on research that is clearly applicable to organizations and on compelling editorial features about faculty and ideas. We update this page frequently, and we send an email newsletter to subscribers every other month.


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RESEARCH FOCUS

Mark to (What) Market

Professors Cathy Shakespeare takes on asset securitizations and explores ways that new accounting standards could better quantify these once obscure instruments that now dominate the headlines — and which nobody wants to buy.
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ANALYSIS

Banks of America? Nationalization Gains Momentum :: Video

U.S. banks remain in dire straits despite billions in government aid. Professor Amiyatosh Purnanandam talks about the Swedish model of bank nationalization and rescue, and addresses the implications of nationalizing the big players here.
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TRADE & GEOPOLITICS

A Look at U.S.-China Relations under Obama :: Video

The Chinese government is one of the few that was sad to see President George W. Bush leave office, says leading China expert Kenneth Lieberthal. Future U.S.–China relations likely will hinge on President Barack Obama’s handling of the global recession and climate change.
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CONVERSATION

CEOs on the Hot Seat :: Audio

With corporate earnings crashing, more and more pink slips are targeting execs in top-level
C-suites. Hear from leadership expert Noel Tichy about the recent spate of CEO firings.
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BOOKS

The Services Shift: Seizing the Ultimate Offshore Opportunity

In his new book, Professor Robert Kennedy guides managers through outsourcing and offshoring in the services sector, and explains how best to maximize this accelerating trend.
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Q&A

Pfizer Writes New Prescription for M&As

The drug giant’s recent purchase of Wyeth provides a healthy blueprint for other mergers in a tight credit market, says Professor Erik Gordon.
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RESEARCH FOCUS

Special Workplace Benefits Relieve Stress, Improve Bottom Line

Professors Cindy Schipani and Norman Bishara find that complementary alternative benefits, like flex time and healthcare initiatives, may reduce employee turnover and increase productivity.
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RESEARCH FOCUS

Not Lost in Translation

Advertisers pushing products in bilingual countries tend to focus on how best to turn a phrase. But they should spend more time determining the language that best suits their product, according to research by Professor Aradhna Krishna.
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RESEARCH FOCUS

Rewarding Altruism: Can It Be Effective?

Professor Mario Macis shows which incentives best impact blood donations, and receives a National Science Foundation grant to expand his research. Organizations looking to drive pro-social behavior can take a cue from the findings.
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YOUR TURN

Ask Us a Question

If you have a question or topic you’d like to see addressed in the next issue of Ross Thought in Action, email us at rossthought@umich.edu. We’ll choose one reader-generated topic to be addressed by one or more of our faculty and publish it in the next issue.