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Google is unhappy with its performance on diversity—83% of its engineers are men. The New York Times that reports half of Google’s 49,000 employees have attended workshops “based on an emerging field of research in social psychology known as unconscious bias. These are the hidden, reflexive preferences that shape most people’s worldviews, and that can profoundly affect how welcoming and open a workplace is to different people and ideas.” The company hopes that increasing diversity will enhance creativity.

Yale Insights interviewed Google’s head of human resources, Laszlo Bock ’99, about the skillsets the company looks for in hiring around the world.

9:24 AM - 25 Sep 14
Erin Meyer — Globalization means that people from different countries are working together more and more. In her research, INSEAD’s Erin Meyer examines the cultural differences that can trip up global business relationships—and proposes methods for avoiding problems. Read More
Joel Klein — The highly visible chancellor of the New York City Public Schools from 2002 to 2011, Joel Klein recently returned to the private sector as the CEO of News Corporation's education division, Amplify. Klein talked with Yale Insights about applying his approach to leadership in a new role. View Video
Matthew Spiegel & Heather E. Tookes — The initial public offering (IPO) market recently saw its busiest week since 2001. A new study by Yale School of Management professors Matthew Spiegel and Heather Tookes reveals how these and other IPOs affect rival firms over time. Read More
Florian Ederer — Somehow ice and cold water have become the social media phenomenon of the summer. Millions of people have shivered and screamed while dumping buckets of ice over their own heads, and a medical charity has tens of millions of dollars raised as a result. Yale Insights spoke with Yale economist Florian Ederer to try to make sense of all of this. Read More
William Nordhaus — Modeling the economic consequences of climate change is difficult, uncertain work. In addition, any result is sure to be subjected to political attack. For decades, Yale's William Nordhaus has been developing models that can inform policy decisions. View Video
Amy Wrzesniewski — Laboratory experiments have suggested that, counterintuitively, having both an internal motivation for completing a task and an external reward makes performance weaker. A study by Yale SOM’s Amy Wrzesniewski tested this idea in the real world, by examining how the motivations of West Point cadets affected their performance. The results have strong implications for how leaders can get the best performance from their organizations. View Video
Amy Wrzesniewski & Barry Schwartz — What kinds of motives are most conducive to success? In a New York Times op-ed, Professor Amy Wrzesniewski and coauthor Barry Schwartz discuss their research looking at the motives of new West Point cadets and how they relate to success as Army officers. Read More
Carolyn Everson — Will the rising tide of mobile ad spending lift all media-company boats? Or will only the shrewd and the quick be able to capitalize on the trend toward more media consumption on mobile? Facebook’s Carolyn Everson describes how the company has made itself mobile-first. View Video
Nancy Pfund & Daniel Gross & Stuart Patterson & Rosemary Ripley — Green tech investors want to put their money behind firms with the potential to disrupt their industries and bring both positive environmental impacts and financial success. But what’s disruptive is by its nature unprecedented and unpredictable. How do investors assess the potential of a green technology company? Read More
Marian Chertow & Shawn Heath & Rich Kidd & Manuel Gomez Pena — Sustainability leaders often have to interact with a wide range of stakeholders with varied interests and incentives. They need to figure out the best way to engage, communicate, prioritize, and implement—in other words, to persuade. According to a panel of sustainability executives, that can mean sidestepping the language and baggage of sustainability entirely. Read More
Gina Rosselli Boswell — The theoretical possibilities for big data are limitless, but putting so much information to good use requires big thinking. Unilever’s Gina Boswell explains the principles that the global company uses to effectively mine its data troves. View Video