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Tips on unpaid caregiving for family without losing yourself

2019-03-04T14:04:44-06:00March 4th, 2019|

There are more than 330,000 family caregivers providing about 300 million hours of unpaid work — in Utah alone, according to data from the AARP. With numbers like that, it's increasingly likely that each of us will end up as an unpaid caregiver at some point. With that in mind Debra Scammon, of the Master of Healthcare Administration program, provided some tips on how [...]

Criticizing public companies for “short-termism” is nonsense, according to Barron’s

2018-10-08T22:28:28-06:00October 8th, 2018|

"Companies with publicly traded shares invest proportionately far more than privately held businesses. The difference is particularly stark when comparing spending on research and development," according to an article in Barron's, which cites research by Elena Patel, an assistant professor of Finance at the David Eccles School of Business.  

The way you phrase questions may determine the honesty of answers

2018-08-31T11:11:33-06:00August 30th, 2018|

If a prospective employer asked "Do you ever use work time for personal email or social media?" it would be easy to answer no. But what if they instead said "You use work time for personal email, right?" The different phrasing makes it much easier to admit that you've checked Instagram while on the clock. Eccles School Assistant Professor of Marketing Eric Van Epps [...]

Does pay transparency make for happier employees? It’s unclear

2018-08-16T16:20:46-06:00August 16th, 2018|

Pay transparency may make for happier employees, but there is also the chance it could spark jealousy among colleagues and make it harder for companies to hire and retain workers. As it stands there is not comprehensive research on how pay transparency impacts employees, according to Todd Zenger, presidential professor of strategy and strategic leadership at the David Eccles School of Business. Zenger weighed [...]

There may be such a thing as a stupid question, according to science

2018-07-30T14:06:37-06:00July 11th, 2018|

If you ask a question, you expect a truthful response. But it turns out that how you ask and phrase the question can have a huge effect on how much truth the respondent is willing to reveal, according to new research by Eric VanEpps, an assistant professor of Marketing at the David Eccles School of Business. VanEpps explains the phenomenon in an op-ed in [...]

Voluntary financial disclosures can prove powerful for activist investors

2018-04-13T08:25:29-06:00April 13th, 2018|

Activist investors always face the challenge of convincing other shareholders that their agenda will actually increase the value of the targeted firm. To combat the issue, they often release public disclosures in hopes of persuading others. Eccles School Assistant Professor of Accounting Jordan Schoenfeld recently analyzed these disclosures — and their consequences. Check out his findings in The CLS Blue Sky Blog, the Columbia [...]

Irrational humans cause issues for Rational Markets Theory

2018-04-04T21:13:24-06:00April 4th, 2018|

Human behavior can be an odd thing, and it's something that can drastically affect important parts of our lives, including our economy. "Even markets with some rational participants can behave irrationally. Speculation can move prices around for irrational reasons, and rational traders often either can’t or won’t bother to correct them," according to a Bloomberg article that cites the research of Matthew Ringgenberg, associate [...]

Eccles School professor on how to stop falling for fake expertise

2018-03-07T13:45:49-06:00March 7th, 2018|

We've all been in a meeting with that loud person who somehow manages to overshadow everyone else — even if they don't really know what they are talking about. These "proxies of expertise" often end up taking the lion's share of attention in a given meeting, and can lead to poor decision making and negative side effects, says Bryan Bonner, Management professor at the [...]

Why well-reasoned theories are more important than crunched numbers

2018-02-07T13:03:29-06:00January 22nd, 2018|

Creating a new and viable business strategy requires seeing the world in new ways, and asking novel questions that lead to fresh insights, according to Todd Zenger, chair and presidential professor of strategy and strategic leadership here at the David Eccles School of Business. Zenger contends that even the most sophisticated algorithms or data sets cannot generate this type of outlook. Zenger makes the [...]

Uber selling its leasing business to get an advantage over Lyft

2018-02-27T16:53:56-06:00January 2nd, 2018|

Uber's leasing business never really took off, and now the ride-sharing company has sold off that piece of the business in an attempt to become more competitive with rival Lyft. “The large losses they incurred were not unexpected because they don’t have the data to put together a leasing business," Mark Jansen, assistant professor of Finance at the David Eccles School of Business told [...]

What’s in a name? A lot of money, Eccles School research shows

2018-02-27T16:50:16-06:00December 22nd, 2017|

A rose called any other name may smell as sweet, but it's stock might not be worth as much if it's a company. Professor Mike Cooper, the A. Blaine Huntsman Presidential Chair in Finance at the Eccles School, co-wrote a paper that looks at stock-price increases after a name change to reflect a current trend. Cooper's paper looked at adding .com during the tech [...]

How to recognize and eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace

2018-02-27T16:56:46-06:00December 19th, 2017|

Everyone can agree on egregious sexual harassment, but what about its more subtle forms? Increasing recognition and eliminating uncertainty are key to ending sexual harassment in the workplace, according to Kristina Diekmann, David Eccles Professor of Business Ethics here at the Eccles School. Diekmann and others shared tips on ending workplace harassment in this month's Utah Business.

It might be time to change the conversation surrounding vaccination

2017-12-20T11:38:04-06:00December 7th, 2017|

Focusing on individual liberty and purity may be the way to change the minds of those who choose not to vaccinate their children, new research shows. A paper by Jesse Graham — George S. Eccles Professor of Business Ethics here at the David Eccles School of Business — and co-authors suggests that reframing the conversation around the anti-vaxxer movement might change more minds than [...]

Eccles School faculty weighs in on Trump’s visit to Asia

2018-02-27T17:00:18-06:00November 29th, 2017|

Lee Boam spent years as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service before becoming an assistant professor at the David Eccles School of Business. That expertise has led Chinese news outlet the Epoch Times to turn to Boam for analysis of President Donald Trump's recent visit to Asia. Read the interview by visiting the Epoch Times. The article is in Chinese, but you can [...]

Utah company defying the odds with four generations of family ownership

2018-02-27T17:06:39-06:00November 28th, 2017|

The odds of a family business surviving into a fourth generation are long, but one Utah business has managed to keep the company rolling for more than 100 years. Less than 10 percent of  businesses like this will have that kind of longevity, David Eccles Professor Bill Schulze told The Salt Lake Tribune. Read the full history of the company — and excellent commentary [...]

Deseret News: Professor Elizabeth Tashjian talks bankruptcy

2018-02-27T17:01:48-06:00October 24th, 2017|

Finance Professor Elizabeth Tashjian spoke with the Deseret News about bankruptcy filings after Utah company VidAngel filed for Chapter 11. The company censors expletives and other content some viewers find offensive from films and television shows for customers to watch at home. Read the full article in the Deseret News.

How prices are determined in ‘dark’ financial markets

2017-12-20T11:22:22-06:00October 16th, 2017|

The arguments behind abolishing decentralized markets as envisaged by the European Securities and Markets Authority, or ESMA, in the new Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, MIFID II, rules may not be valid. Contrary to intuition, decentralized trading of financial instruments may not stand in the way of effective aggregation of information and price formation. That is the conclusion of research by professors Elena Asparouhova of [...]

“Not your grandmother’s county anymore,” according to Gochnour

2017-12-20T11:40:10-06:00October 4th, 2017|

Utah County's population is expected to swell to 1.6 million by 2065. And that means now is the time to plan for smart growth, according to Natalie Gochnour, director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute here at the David Eccles School of Business. “It’s not your grandmother’s county anymore. It’s not your grandfather’s county anymore," she told the crowd at the Utah Valley [...]

Eccles school professor on pay transparency in Wall Street Journal

2017-12-20T11:41:02-06:00August 16th, 2017|

Should your company allow employees to see what everyone else in the company is paid? It may seem like a good idea on first glance, but the issue is much more nuanced, according to Eccles School faculty Todd Zenger. While proponents say pay transparency can motivate employees and close the gender wage gap, it can also have the opposite effect. Read Zenger's take in [...]

Finance Professor Michael Cooper in New York Times

2018-02-27T17:05:17-06:00July 19th, 2017|

Investors to know they have pay fees to invest their money, but it's always better when you get to keep as much of your money as possible. David Eccles School of Business Finance Professor Michael Cooper spoke with The New York Times about his research on the disparity between high-cost and low-cost funds and the impact their fees have on returns. Read the full [...]

Changing convictions after taking a moral stance could cost you

2018-02-27T17:09:10-06:00June 26th, 2017|

Business leaders or politicians who make decisions based on moral grounds rather than pragmatic ones may face fiercer repercussions if they later change their minds. New research by Tamar Kreps, an assistant professor of Management at the David Eccles School of Business, shows that moralizers who later change their minds are seen as more hypocritical than those who make decisions based purely on economics. [...]