Perils known and knowable: understanding illegal labor risk in fashion supply chains

Can brands claim ignorance of illegal supply chain subcontracting? Research suggests the answer is no In Brief: Western product brands often claim that they can’t know when intermediaries send production orders to contractors with illegal working conditions. Research from an international team suggests otherwise. From their analysis, the drivers of such actions are definable and can…

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Day science, night science: Understanding the nature of scientific discovery and creativity

Any working scientist (and I know quite a few) will tell you that this model of the scientific method bears only a conceptual resemblance to how science plays out in real life. Indeed, François Jacob (who shared the 1965 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine with André Lwoff and Jacques Monod) developed a much more accurate representation…

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Better early than late: how leader handoffs affect innovation projects

New research from Stanford looks at the impact changing leaders has in bringing new ideas to market In Brief: New research from a team at Stanford examines the impact that leadership handoffs have on innovation projects. The team concluded that early-stage handoffs are the optimal option. When these are not possible, multiple handoffs of more…

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In 2018, California mandated women join public boards. New research starts to analyze what happened next.

In Brief: In 2018, California became the first U.S. state to mandate women on the boards of the state’s publicly-held companies. A team of researchers examined the market’s reaction to the mandate, generally negative. It also examined the challenges firms faced in complying with the law, concluding that mandates without efforts to increase candidate pool…

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