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OM in the News: Quality Problems in Hospital Internship Training
By Barry Render
May 20, 2013
Barry Render explores why limiting work hours of hospital interns leads to more patient errors.
The Leadership Challenge
May 16, 2013
In this introduction to his book, Michael A. Roberto explains that leaders should stay attuned constantly to the social, emotional, and political processes of decision. However, they need to do more than this. They must not simply react passively to the personality clashes and backroom maneuvering that emerges during a decision-making process. Instead, they should actively shape and influence the conditions under which people will interact and deliberate. In short, leaders must “decide how to decide” as they confront complex and ambiguous situations, rather than fixating solely on the intellectual challenge of finding the optimal solution to the organization’s perplexing problems.
Return on Sustainability: The Climate Imperative
By Kevin A. Wilhelm
May 14, 2013
There is incredible profit to be made in the stabilization of our climate, and business leaders who see the situation for the exciting opportunities it holds will benefit from leading the charge.
OM in the News: Modular Construction in New York City
By Barry Render
May 13, 2013
Barry Render discusses the advantages of fixed position layout in building construction.
OM in the News: Replacing the Postal Service With Digitized Mail
By Barry Render
May 8, 2013
Barry Render describes the business model of Outbox, a company that is picking up where the embattled Postal Service leaves off.
OM in the News: Eliminating the Waiting Line at Hotel Check-In
By Barry Render
May 3, 2013
Barry Render explains how hotels are using new technologies to eliminate the front desk check-in line.
Introduction to The Rules of Parenting: A Personal Code for Raising Happy, Confident Children
By Richard Templar
May 1, 2013
When you think about the huge responsibility you have as a parent, it can stop you in your tracks and take your breath away. What you do and say over the years will have a huge influence on whether your child grows up to be screwed up or well balanced. Richard Templar explains that by thinking about it all now, you’ll automatically begin to correct many of your little foibles or bad habits as well as introducing new more helpful ones.
Preface to People Analytics: How Social Sensing Technology Will Transform Business and What It Tells Us about the Future of Work
By Ben Waber
Apr 30, 2013
Ben Waber introduces his book, where he uses data in a series of case studies to illuminate a new kind of people analytics. In particular, he explains how slight changes in behavior, from changing when you take breaks to what lunch tables you sit at, can make you happier, healthier, and more productive.
OM in the News: Productivity Increases Are Driving the Trucking Industry
By Barry Render
Apr 29, 2013
Barry Render explains how lighter weight and smaller packages, better routing and fewer empty trucks on the road have affected trucking productivity.
The Development of a Marketing Research Resource Allocation System and its Challenges
By Frank A. Tillman, Deandra T. Cassone
Apr 25, 2013
Dr. Frank A. Tillman and Dr. Deandra T. Cassone discuss lessons learned in implementing decision science techniques to solve corporate problems.
OM in the News: Wal-Mart’s Disappearing Inventory
By Barry Render
Apr 22, 2013
Barry Render explains that a thinly spread workforce has many consequences.
Return on Sustainability: A Resource to Help You Save Money and the Environment at the Same Time
By Kevin A. Wilhelm, Ruth Lee
Apr 22, 2013
Kevin Wilhelm, the author of Return on Sustainability: How Companies Can Increase Profitability and Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy, discusses his Return on Sustainability (ROS) framework, which is designed to prioritize the financial, brand, ease, and sustainability impacts of each potential action a company may take to improve their "green" efforts.
Introduction to Options
By Guy Cohen
Apr 18, 2013
Guy Cohen explains the six major prerequisites for options trading and the ten steps to follow to start to build a plan.
Featured Article: OM in the News: Human Resource Strategy and the Remote Worker
By Barry Render
Apr 17, 2013
Barry Render considers whether working from home may hinder your chances of getting promoted.
Rule 3 of Parenting: Be Content
By Richard Templar
Apr 16, 2013
Richard Templar explains that your mood is as important as your childrearing strategy and how you live as a family, if not more so.
Introduction to Visual Quantitative Finance
By Michael Lovelady
Apr 15, 2013
This chapter begins with an overview of current investment trends, including shifts in investor attitudes and the emergence of new investment alternatives being driven by the application of quantitative finance.
Rule 2 of Parenting: No One is Perfect
By Richard Templar
Apr 12, 2013
Richard Templar explains that you shouldn’t give yourself too hard a time when you fall a bit short of the standards you set yourself. After all, what kind of an example would it be to your kids if you were unable ever to fail, even a little bit?
Using Decision Science to Improve Product Retention and Deletion
By Frank A. Tillman, Deandra T. Cassone
Apr 10, 2013
Frank A. Tillman and Deandra T. Cassone share a Decision Science method for choosing which products to retain in your product line and which to delete. Don't just flip a coin! Learn how to weight your products according to attributes that identify their importance relative to each other and to your bottom line.
Banks as Bad Guys: How the Banking Industry Went from Respected to Reviled
By Jonathan Macey
Mar 28, 2013
Never in the history of capitalism has there been a decline in reputation as dramatic and precipitous as that of U.S. financial institutions like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. In this article, Jonathan Macey examines the reasons behind the reputational decline of the banking industry.
Isn't Debt-Free the Way to Be?
By Liz Weston
Mar 26, 2013
Some experts tell you that debt-free is the way to be. Unfortunately, this approach may not be realistic, and it can easily backfire. Liz Weston explains that, when used appropriately, debt is not the enemy, but a useful financial tool.

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