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Study: Board gender diversity reduces environmental suit exposure

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New research finds that firms that have a balance of men and women on their boards can reduce their exposure to environmental lawsuits. The study from the University of Adelaide and published in the Journal of Corporate Finance also found that companies ...

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Want your customers to come back? Try using uncertainty.

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Returning customers are usually better for your business than customers who come only once. So how can you get them to come back? You can try to make a game out of it. A new study from the University of ...

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Business news roundup

Consumer confidence is now at an 18-year high. MARKETWATCH > Southwest Airlines is the latest air carrier to offer free in-flight messaging. CNBC > The richest families got much richer from stocks in 2017. BLOOMBERG > Small businesses whose companies ...

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Business news roundup

The Labor Department reported a new high in job openings, quits, and new hires. CNBC > Income for the middle class is now returning to where it was in 2000. CNN > Find out what 25 things cost 25 years ...

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Business news roundup

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter has lost his office in the pizza chain’s corporate headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. CBS NEWS > FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he has “serious concerns” about Sinclair Broadcast Group’s acquisition of Tribune Media. POLITICO > ...

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Business news roundup

Beer is being rationed in the United Kingdom because of a shortage of carbon dioxide. CNN Money > A CEO who appeared in a viral video supposedly calling police on an 8-year-old girl has stepped down from her company. SAN ...

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Study: Immediate rewards improve motivation

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Your employees’ motivation — or perhaps that of your customers — can be increased by offering immediate rewards, rather than delaying them, according to research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology titled “It’s About Time: Earlier Rewards ...

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Business news roundup

The Federal Reserve increased interest rates Wednesday. NPR > A federal judge decided that AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner should not be stopped. Now Comcast may bid for some film and TV studio assets that Walt Disney Co. already has ...

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Department of Homeland Security to meet with small businesses on road tour

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If your small business does research and development, the Department of Homeland Security may have a contract for you. The department’s Small Business Innovation Research program is about to start the second of four legs of its national road tour to ...

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Study: Corporate social programs may lead employees to dehumanize

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Here’s an unintended result of corporate social responsibility programs: they can lead to workers dehumanizing the people they’re intended to help. That’s according to research by Gareth Craze, a doctoral student at Case Western Reserve University’s Brain, Mind and Consciousness Lab, ...

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