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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.

  • We See Our People Being Directly Threatened

    The combination of threatened business interests and employees who psychologically identify with their job has created the ideal atmosphere for encouraging political activism at work, says Brooks Holtom, a professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., who specializes in organizational behavior and human resource management. “Where their business interests align with political interests, there’s more willingness to participate” on behalf of the companies, he says.

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  • In Celebration of the “F” Word

    An article by Cathy Tinsley, Professor of Management, and Jason Schloetzer, the William and Karen Sonneborn Term Associate Professor of Business Administration: Failure is not a dirty word. Despite our general aversion towards failure, it is a natural part of our life experiences. Yet most people find it difficult to simply acknowledge failure and would almost certainly balk at the idea of respecting failure.

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  • How Rudeness Stops People from Working Together

    An article by Christine Porath: Incivility can fracture a team, destroying collaboration, splintering members’ sense of psychological safety, and hampering team effectiveness. Belittling and demeaning comments, insults, backbiting, and other rude behavior can deflate confidence, sink trust, and erode helpfulness — even for those who aren’t the target of these behaviors.

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  • How Organizations Rid Themselves of Rudeness

    Been rude to someone at work lately? If not, you are in the minority. Christine Porath in her forthcoming book Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace, points out that uncivil, inconsiderate behaviour is widespread and on the rise. Through her own survey research over 18 years, Porath, associate professor of management at Georgetown University, has seen a marked increase in the number of employees who’ve experienced rudeness at work. In 1998, a quarter of people said they were treated disrespectfully at least once a week. By this year, the number had risen to over half.

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  • Fostering Civility in a Time of Disrespect

    Just in time for the season of giving, Christine Porath, a Georgetown University management professor, brings us “Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace” (Grand Central), a slender, but compelling, guide to treating others respectfully and protecting oneself from those who don’t.

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  • The Behavior Making Work Even More Stressful

    Feel as if you’ve been snubbed or dissed by a boss or co-worker lately? It’s probably not your imagination. Workplace rudeness is rampant -- and on the rise, according to Christine Porath, an associate professor of management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

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  • 10 Books on Leadership to Read in 2017

    Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace, by Christine Porath: This Georgetown business school professor's book -- which was recommended more than once -- officially launches on Tuesday, close enough to the new year to make our list. In a world where divisive politics has undermined civil behavior outside the workplace, Christine Porath's book is bound to be particularly resonant within it. Sutton, author of the popular management book "The No A--Hole Rule," called it "a message the whole world needs" in an email to OnLeadership.

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  • Doing Well vs. Doing Good

    An article by Rebecca Hamilton, Michael G. and Robin Psaros Chair of Business Administration, and Debora Thompson, associate professor of marketing: When you are first getting to know someone, are cues about their competence or their morality more important? Extensive research in psychology shows that when we evaluate other people or groups, we care more about morality than we do about competence.

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  • Is Marissa Mayer a Failure?

    "If my broker could do that for me every time, I'd call him a genius," says Michael McDermott, professor of business management at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. "Given a very difficult if not impossible situation, I'd say she did OK."

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  • District’s Charter and Traditional School Principals to Work Together to Solve Problems

    Robert Bies, a Georgetown professor of management who directs the [DCPSL EML] program, said he hopes principals will gain skills that will help boost student achievement in schools across both sectors. While initiatives that bring traditional public schools and charters together often involve top executives, Bies said it is less common to see school leaders meeting directly. “In some cities, traditional public schools and charters don’t get along with each other,” Bies said. “Often the children get lost in this debate.”

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