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Ryutaro Sasa, Sloan Fellow 2021, explains why he quit TV to run the family manufacturing business
By Mel Bradman
Each piece of academic research starts with a burning question, a problem to solve, a mystery to unravel. Why do we behave like we do, how can we run our organisations better, and what if we could fix bigger problems too?
We present The Why Podcast, a new weekly podcast series touching on a wide range of issues that LBS faculty have dedicated their time to exploring recently. In each half-hour episode, they discuss what made them want to explore a topic, how they went about it and what the implications are for business people.
Take half an hour to listen and you’ll come away with food for thought and some great actionable tips – and for a deeper dive, follow the links to the full papers or books.
Julian Birkinshaw, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, analyses how managerial behaviour changed over the pandemic and suggests ways to reskill for the hybrid office. Read the paper.
Dana Kanze, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour, sheds light on the gap between how companies say they want their staff to behave and what the reality is on the ground. Read the paper.
Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics, suggests that targeting the process of ageing might ultimately be more valuable than trying to eradicate age-related diseases. Read the paper.
Bryan Stroube, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, investigates how misconduct is reported in the Chicago Police Department. Read the paper.
Ena Inesi, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour, discusses her research findings on how indirect reciprocity works within power hierarchies. Read the paper.
Simona Botti, Professor of Marketing, examines the decisions we make around healthcare options we have. Read the paper.
Randall Peterson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Academic Director of the Leadership Institute, discusses the six ways a board can fail and how to set yours up to succeed. Buy the book.
Laura Giurge, Research Associate of Organisational Behaviour, suggests how to optimise your email etiquette for less stress and greater wellbeing. Read the paper.