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The Pleasure of Guilt

Amid celebration and merriness, holidays have a certain facility for inspiring feelings of guilt: did I eat too much food? Did I find the right gifts and give them to the right people? Did I meet...

October 28, 2014

The Value of Transgression

Martin was presenting on his position as Executive Creative Director at Scratch, a “creative SWAT Team” within Viacom that formed when he and some colleagues decided to, again, break convention....

October 27, 2014

A Behavioral Scientist’s Guide to Gift-Giving

Holidays and birthdays and anniversaries, in good times and in bad, in service of custom or in order to strengthen social bonds—the act of giving gifts is diverse in its motivations. But regardless...

October 15, 2014

John Pepper Jr. on Leadership through Listening

“They had a sparkle in their eyes,” Pepper said of the recruiters. “That’s what I remember.” So he held off and tried business. More than fifty years later, law school still waits. Pepper’s career...

October 12, 2014

Finding the Perfect Strategy For 'Freemium' Business Models

Professors Vineet Kumar, Clarence Lee and Sunil Gupta  have been working on understanding the economic dynamics of  freemium pricing  by looking at customer behavior...

October 1, 2014

Can’t Finish What You Started?

Undergraduates at work on a computer are interrupted every two minutes by instant messages, email, social media, or some other distraction from the vast field of possibilities. Smartphones present...

September 10, 2014
Research, Marketing

Sharing Is Caring. And Profitable.

Secrets are a kind of currency. Few people know the formula for Coca-Cola, the algorithm that drives Google searches, or the precise logistics behind an Amazon delivery. Firms pull value — they...

August 14, 2014
Research, Marketing

The Green Marketer’s Dilemma

Ben & Jerry’s in Vermont, Stonyfield Farm in New Hampshire, Patagonia in California—until recently, environmentally sustainable, or “green,” business comprised only a handful of countercultural...

July 25, 2014

Should the Winner Take All?

Dominant teams in soccer get the home-field advantage. But do winners always score significant benefits and gain control of better resources, leading to even more wins? Are the underdogs doomed?...

May 21, 2014

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