Ideas Made to Matter Behavioral Science

The cultural psychology behind mask-wearing

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New research from MIT Sloan assistant professor Jackson Lu shows a link between collectivistic cultures and higher rates of mask usage.

May 20, 2021
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Ideas Made to Matter Research

2 MIT Sloan professors named to top 40-under-40 list

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Professors David Rand and Basima Tewfik research workplace topics such as imposter syndrome, and societal issues such as fighting online information.

May 13, 2021
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Ideas Made to Matter Artificial Intelligence

The hidden work created by artificial intelligence programs

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Successful and ethical artificial intelligence programs take into account behind-the-scenes ‘repair work’ and ‘ghost workers.’

May 4, 2021
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Ideas Made to Matter Leadership

What’s keeping East Asians from leadership in US firms?

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American focus on assertiveness may hold East Asians back from corporate leadership.

May 3, 2021
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Ideas Made to Matter Diversity

From professional sports, 3 diversity insights

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A workshop taught by two MIT Sloan experts explores race and gender in sports, drawing insights for diversity efforts in business management.

Apr 29, 2021
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Ideas Made to Matter Innovation

3 ways digital initiatives create value

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Firms that embrace digital innovation can see value from operations, customers, and becoming a go-to destination in an ecosystem. Kaiser Permanente is one standout.

Apr 15, 2021
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Ideas Made to Matter Coronavirus

Report details COVID-19’s impact on the digital economy

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MIT research about the pandemic looks at economic fallout, the impact of government interventions, digital technology, and fighting misinformation.

Apr 1, 2021
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Ideas Made to Matter Hiring

A new barrier to diverse hiring in tech

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How “repugnant market” concerns can cause even well-intentioned firms to fail in workforce diversification efforts.

Mar 31, 2021
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Ideas Made to Matter Coronavirus

Study: Emphasizing vaccine acceptance could boost immunization rates

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Public messaging emphasizing that others are getting a COVID-19 vaccine is one effective way to overcome vaccine hesitancy, according to a new study.

Mar 8, 2021
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Ideas Made to Matter Labor

Cash-on-hand can raise worker productivity

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A new working paper details an average 6.2% boost in productivity when workers were paid earlier in a project.

Mar 2, 2021
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