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Management Faculty in the News

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business’s distinguished faculty members regularly provide thought leadership through various media outlets. They share research insights and commentary on business news.

  • What I Learned About the ‘Gig Economy’ from 24 Lyft Drivers

    An article by Jason Schloetzer: Digital “gig economy” platforms such as Lyft, Upwork and Uber continue to make waves in the press, partly because these platforms represent the changing nature of work. With the rate of new jobless claims reaching their lowest level since the early 1970s, one must wonder whether the ability of the unemployed to engage the gig economy is helping bridge the gap between unemployment and full employment.


  • Civility at Work Helps Everyone Get Ahead,

    An op-ed by Christine Porath: At the beginning of my career, I scored what I thought was my dream job, helping launch a sports academy. I soon discovered that I had walked into a work culture where bullying, rudeness and other forms of incivility ran rampant. This experience eventually led me to study the costs of incivility—any rude, disrespectful or insensitive behavior that people feel runs counter to the norms of their workplace.


  • What We Can Learn About Donald Trump the Leader from Trump the Developer

    "Trump is bold, imaginative, and when he dreams, he dreams big," said Robert Bies, professor of management at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. "That has always helped him in development. He knows how to sell. He knows the whole stagecraft of leadership. He knows the message is in how you frame it. That’s how he got elected. Now he has to put it into policy and practice. Now it is a problem to solve."


  • Isolate Toxic Employees to Reduce Their Negative Effects

    An article by Christine Porath: A seemingly small act of rudeness can ripple across communities, affecting people in our network with whom we may or may not interact directly. The odds of this negative effect increase if an employee has a pattern of toxic actions, which I define as enduring, recurring set of negative judgments, feelings, and behavioral intentions towards another person. This is why it’s crucial that employees and managers recognize and deal with toxic employees as swiftly as possible. Often the only way to reduce the effect of toxic people on others is to isolate them.


  • A Trip to the Slopes--and Time Off to Use It? Cool Noncash Benefits Your Employees Will Love

    If you switch from cash to noncash bonuses, keep in mind that employees may react adversely to your change. Robert J. Bies, a professor of management at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and co-author of Getting Even: The Truth About Workplace Revenge--and How to Stop It, says even if noncash bonuses retain the same dollar value as cash bonuses, the announcement of a switch could be perceived as negative news. "Employees form 'psychological contracts' that have to do with expectations and entitlements tied to their job's status, respect, salary, and bonuses," he says. Generational differences can also be tricky to navigate: For people over 40 with bill-paying commitments, cash recognition isn't merely preferred--it's a must.


  • What Would Hillary’s Win Signify For Women?

    An op-ed by Catherine Tinsley, professor of management and director of the Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Institute: Over the past few weeks, I have heard the same question over and over: what will it mean for women if Hillary Clinton is elected? To me, the question isn’t, “what do the election results mean?” but “what do they say about the United States?”


  • Give Your Team More-Effective Positive Feedback

    An op-ed by Christine Porath, associate professor of management: Research shows that one of the best ways to help employees thrive is to give them feedback. It’s one of the primary levers leaders have to increase a sense of learning and vitality. Giving your direct reports regular updates on personal performance, as well as on how the business is doing, helps them feel valued. Negative or directive feedback provides guidance, leading people to become, over time, more certain about their behavior and more confident in their competence.


  • Samsung Will Stop Making the Galaxy Note 7

    Apple had endured criticism for not bringing such innovations to the iPhone. But its caution now looks wise, said John Cui, an assistant professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.


  • Chancellor Kaya Henderson and the Future of D.C. Public Schools

    Robert Bies, professor of management, discussed the tenure and legacy of Kaya Henderson, former chancellor of D.C. Public Schools, on WJLA’s “News Talk” program.