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Organizational Behavior

Doing What You Love Doesn’t Always Pay for Women

New research from Yale SOM’s Adriana Germano shows how the seemingly gender-neutral advice to “follow your passion” helps explain the gender gap in lucrative STEM fields.

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  • U.S. Government Regulators May Be Favoring Their Future Private-Sector Employers

    How does the “revolving door” between government and industry benefit firms? A new study co-authored by Yale SOM’s Ivana Katic finds that firms see a smoother regulatory process in the months before they hire a former regulator, suggesting that they may find favor via the promise of future employment.

    A person pushing through a revolving door decorated with the American flag and dollar signs
  • Reinventing the Way We Work—Again

    The pandemic changed where we work and how we work, how we think about the place of work in our lives and vice versa—all against a backdrop of rapid technological change, economic upheaval, and a reckoning with racism. We talked with Yale SOM's Heidi Brooks about how to have necessary conversations about a new experience of work.

    An illustration of shapes trying to get into an office through holes that are don't match
  • The Dark Side of an Idealized Picture of Nursing

    A new ethnographic study from Yale SOM’s Julia DiBenigno illustrates how a focus by workers on a fantasy version of their job can get in the way of organizational goals.

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  • Why Accountability Needs an Upgrade

    In an excerpt from their new book, Conscious Accountability, Yale SOM’s David Tate and his co-authors Marianne Pantalon and Daryn David argue for looking beyond blame and punishment and embracing a form of accountability based on clear communication and mutual trust.

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  • Smarter Ways to Look Ahead: Research-Based Suggestions for a Better 2023

    We asked faculty from the Yale School of Management to put a scholarly lens on improving our personal and professional lives in the coming year.

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  • How Grammy Wins and Losses Shape Artists’ Creative Trajectories

    Prof. Balázs Kovács and his co-authors found that Grammy winners tend to branch out in new directions afterward—but nominees who don’t win become more creatively cautious.

    Billie Eilish with an armful of trophies at the Grammy Awards in 2020.
  • To Be Happier at Work, Think Flexibly about Your Job—and Yourself

    In a new paper, Yale SOM’s Amy Wrzesniewski and her co-authors find that well-being can be enhanced by pairing a shift in your job mindset with changes in how you think about your own strengths and weaknesses.

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  • Making the ‘Business Case for Diversity’ Can Backfire with Underrepresented Groups

    Many companies say that they are committed to diversity because it boosts firm performance. In a new study, Oriane Georgeac at Yale SOM and Aneeta Rattan at London Business School find that this explanation can have detrimental consequences for the very applicants that companies seek to attract.

    An illustration showing a graph of profits and a group of people of different ethnic backgrounds
  • Religious Nursing Homes Have More Severe Violations of Care Standards than Secular Ones. Why?

    The homes’ strong internal identity means that wrongdoing is less likely to be flagged for an outside regulator’s involvement, allowing problems to worsen, suggests new research co-authored by Yale SOM’s Amandine Ody-Brasier.

    Paramedics outside the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, a nursing home that experienced an early outbreak of COVID-19, on February 29, 2020.
  • What Happens When Couples Disagree about the Meaning of Work?

    In a new study, Prof. Amy Wrzesniewski and her co-author found that having a partner with a different orientation toward their career lowers a person’s chances of reemployment after leaving a job.

    An illustration of two men working at desks in a living room. One is imagining mountain biking; the other is picturing himself working