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Business Ethics Professor Challenges Current Corporate Culture

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Diane Swanson's challenges the current corporate culture in a new book "Embedding CSR into Corporate Culture: Challenging the Executive Mind."

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'Microsoft Should Try to Implement Layoffs as Quickly as Possible'

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Study Finds Why Some Firms Are “Named and Shamed” by Activists

A new study of the anti-sweatshop campaigns of the 1990s reveals which companies are most likely to become targets of anti-corporate activists.

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Greedy CEOS Bad for Business

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The pursuit of extreme wealth by top managers can lead to lower performance and loss of shareholder value, a new study finds. But, a powerful board or long CEO tenure can moderate the impact.

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Growing Demand for Climate-Proof Financial Products among Universities

In a move that reflects a growing demand among universities to make socially responsible, sustainable investment choices, Humboldt State University’s charitable foundation has already adopted a the policy to strictly limit its holdings in companies directly or indirectly involved in fossil fuels. Now, through its “Humboldt Investment Pledge,” The HSU Advancement Foundation is urging other universities to do more to clean up their investments.

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How Incentive Gaming May Have Played a Role in the VA Wait Time Controversy

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According to a recent CNN report, the FBI has opened a criminal investigation of the Veterans Affairs Department. Among other allegations, an internal audit of the department revealed that supervisors ordered workers to falsify computer records to show that veterans were waiting less for doctor and hospital appointments than they actually were. These supervisors got bonuses partly by reporting low wait times, according to the news report. This is a classic example of incentive gaming, says a business strategy professor at Washington University in St. Louis’ Olin Business School.

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Stock Prognosticators

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The study by University of Iowa researchers suggests Yahoo’s finance message boards can predict stock price movements. It also found more than two-thirds of the comments had nothing to do with finance.

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Hospital Rankings for Heart Failure Readmissions Are Not Affected by Patient’s Socioeconomic Status

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Mount Sinai study shows the socioeconomic status of congestive heart failure patients does not influence hospital rankings for heart failure readmissions.

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UIC Labor Historian Receives National Award

Sidney Hillman Foundation’s Sol Stetin Award is presented to a scholar who has contributed to greater public knowledge of the labor movement and working people in America.

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Online Retailers Have Clear Advantage by Not Collecting Sales Tax

Two independent studies use two very different approaches to reach the same conclusion: some online retailers really do have an advantage over traditional brick-and-mortar stores.

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