Professor's Perspective

Cursed Movies? No. Confirmation Bias? Probably.

Why the singular of “data” is not “anecdote.” Many have heard of the “cursed” movies: Poltergeist I, II, and III, The Exorcist and others that brought misfortune and even death to those who worked on them. But is this the work of the supernatural, or confirmation bias? […]

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Medicine and Disease

Air Dryers vs Paper Towels

Which hand drying method is the best, air or paper towel? The answer is more complicated than you might think – but do wash your hands. […]

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Professor's Perspective

Gender Diversity Can Breed Success

A study found that venture capital firms tend to have homogeneous management teams, which seems to lead to lower success rates than teams with gender diversity. […]

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Professor's Perspective

Is Rain To Blame for Low Sales?

Is rain to blame for low sales? Be wary of leaders who look to average external factors for slumping numbers and exhibit the “fundamental attribution error” […]

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The Quackery of “Food Sensitivity” Tests

IgG antibodies are a measure of exposure, not a measure of something that makes you sick or makes you feel ill. That’s it. Nothing more. So why are companies trying to sell “food sensitivity” tests, claiming to pinpoint which foods contribute to skin issues, food intolerance, joint pain, fatigue, and more? […]

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Culture Fit vs. Authenticity: When Being Yourself Collides with Organizational Values

Culture Fit vs. Authenticity: “Authenticity is the holy grail of diversity efforts: “Bring your whole self to work.” Yet adaptation to the preferences and norms of others is at the core of cultural intelligence. How do we give people the safety to be themselves while also expecting flexibility as a “team player”? And when are an organization’s values unifying and when do they squelch diversity and innovation? […]

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