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Is burnout the best business model?

Christina Maslach, professor emerita, psychology | September 2, 2015

By Christina Maslach and Cristina Banks In the recent New York Times article “Inside Amazon,” Amazon claims that its culture is peculiar. Actually, it is peculiarly American. There is a long history, in many U.S. workplaces, of carving business success out of the dedication and self-sacrifice of workers. As practiced, this model reflects the philosophy of American … Continue reading »

Avoiding the traps of big data

Ikhlaq Sidhu, Chief Scientist and Founding Director, Sutardja Center | October 22, 2013

By now it’s well known that Target Corporation (Target) “knew a teen girl was pregnant before her father did.” Not only was the story told many times over in the New York Times, but it also became one of the lead examples illustrating the intrinsic value of “big data.” A bit creepy, yes, but basically … Continue reading »

Overinterpreting short-term market movements: The S&P U.S. Treasury rating downgrade threat

Brad DeLong, Brad DeLong | April 19, 2011

James Fallows asks a question: Today’s (Needless) Hysteria: the S&P Panic: I agree with Clive Crook’s puzzlement about the S&P downgrade “bombshell” today: S&P adduces no new information that I can see. Competent ratings of opaque instruments such as, oh, mortgage-backed securities would be very useful to investors (not that ratings agencies troubled to provide … Continue reading »