Business

As the holiday retail season is officially underway, Haresh Gurnani, Executive Director of Center for Retail Innovation at Wake Forest University School of Business says that many retailers have shifted away from the mindset ‘bricks and mortar vs. online.” “A lot of the conversation happening now is how brick-and-mortar stores are being used as... Read More
A study of 440 workers has found that ethical leadership produces engaged employees who identify more closely with their organization.  It also reduces workplace envy. The research, done on personnel in the Turkish aircraft maintenance industry, was conducted by a team comprised of Turkish and American academics.  It has just been published in the... Read More
It’s a widely held belief in marketing that “the pioneer always wins the war.” Until now, many believed that if a company launched a new product into the market, they were headed for success. Though other companies would follow suit and release similar products, it was thought that latecomers would not do as well as those pioneers. But new... Read More
Dick Jones Communications belongs to a dynamic, global collaboration among independently owned public relations firms. As Worldcom members, our associates are poised to offer strategic analysis of global communications issues.    With the newly launched Worldcom Insights campaign, DJC and its partner agencies in the Americas Region will share... Read More
The Department of Labor is expected to unveil this month new rules on who qualifies for overtime. There is an ongoing question of whether or not after-hours emailing from non-exempt employees should be considered as overtime payment. If this were to pass, employees who respond to e-mails and phone calls after work hours could receive overtime... Read More
Advances in communication technology have made it easier for organizations to connect with their workforce outside of normal work hours. But is that a good thing? In his research, “Hot Buttons and Time Sinks: The Effects of Electronic Communication During Nonwork Time on Emotions and Work-Nonwork Conflict,” published in the Academy of Management... Read More
Working and managing across cultural lines can be tricky, but Amy Wallis, professor of practice at Wake Forest University School of Business, says workplaces benefit when we learn to appreciate difference rather than try to be blind to it. “I think that sometimes, we are socialized to think that if someone is different, we have to pretend that... Read More
What’s the definition of sustainability? A single definition is difficult to nail down, but the Marlboro College Graduate School has created a model that begins to answer this question and strives to provide a framework for what sustainability means from the perspective of business leadership. What they created is called the Sustainability... Read More
When it comes to leaders seeking feedback, not all feedback is created equal: leaders must work to create an environment that not only invites employees to speak up, but also fosters thoughtful, well-formed ideas—feedback that is actually helpful. John Sumanth, Exxon-Calloway Fellow and assistant professor of Organizational Behavior at the Wake... Read More
After four years of college, students getting ready to graduate and enter the workforce feel like they have all the skills necessary to take on the challenges a new career has to offer. Their future employers are likely to think otherwise. That’s what a report released by The Association of American Colleges and Universities has found after... Read More
Salem, VA – Consumer sentiment concerning the Virginia real estate market remains strong, accelerating after a modest dip at the end of 2014. Respondents are split over the direction of mortgage rates in the coming year, leading to an ambiguous impact on the market. Sellers appear concerned about the coming year in Southwest Virginia, potentially... Read More
Unfortunately, there are still those in business who see having a female CFO as a “token.” But a new research study finds that not only does having a female CFO lead a company to more ethical tax decisions, but having female board members is also beneficial—and necessary—for ethical financial decision making. The study examined the associations... Read More