A Cornucopia of Book Reviews!

November 28, 2014 by

Looking for holiday gift ideas or just a good read to relax with over the long weekend? We’ve provided you with three insightful book reviews to sink your teeth into.

80140100838090LSaru Jayaraman. Behind the Kitchen Door. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press/ILR Press, 2013. 208 pp. ISBN 978-0-8014-7951-9. $15.95 (Paperback).

Read the review by Janice Fine of Rutgers University, published in the October 2014 issue of ILR Review:

Behind the Kitchen Door is a powerful exposé of the labor practices of the contemporary restaurant industry intended to make the case that the treatment of workers is at least as instrumental to theILR_72ppiRGB_powerpoint goals of the burgeoning sustainable food movement as free-range chickens, grass-fed cows, or organic, locally sourced, non-GMO produce. Written by Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY), which is the organization that emerged in the aftermath of the tragic deaths of 73 workers at the iconic Windows on the World restaurant on 9/11, the book is a trove of information about industry structure and employment practices.

9781780323091Órla Ryan. Chocolate Nations: Living and Dying for Cocoa in West Africa. London and New York: Zed Books, 2011. 182 pp. ISBN 978-184813-005-0. $14.95 (Paperback).

Franklin Obeng-Odoom of the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia published his review in Review of Radical Radical Political Economics.

This book is interesting, but strange. It is hard to dismiss, but difficult to call a masterpiece. The RRPE_v46_72ppiRGB_powerpointbook talks about two countries without being comparative, but in a way that helps comparative studies and thinking. This is a book about the raw material that is used to produce the chocolate you have been eating, about the fair trade you have been supporting, and about how the output of smallholder farmers acts as steroids for the economies of entire nations.

9781442208742_p0_v2_s260x420Wallach, Jennifer Jensen. How America Eats: A Social History of U.S. Food and Culture. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc, 2013. 240 pp. ISBN-13: 978-1442232188. $24.95 (paperback list).

13122087Bobrow-Strain, Aaron. White Bread: A Social History of the Store-bought Loaf. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2012. 257 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0807044780. $17.00 (paperback list).

Kim K. McKeage of Hamline University wrote a review of both of these books, which appeared in the Journal of Macromarketing.

From the titles, we get a hint that How America Eats: A Social History of U.S. Food and Culture and JMMK_new C1 template.inddWhite Bread: A Social History of the Store-bought Loaf occupy opposite ends of a spectrum. Both are social histories, and both are concerned with food, but one is a wide-ranging history of all things food related, while the other focuses on one item – commercial white bread. How America Eats is a rather impersonal account, while White Bread is embedded in the author’s own experiences and ethos. The differences in perspective, though, provide what turn out to be remarkably similar insights into American food history.

Happy reading!

Happy Thanksgiving from Management INK!

November 27, 2014 by

pumpkin-pie-1372787-mHappy Thanksgiving! In celebration of this American holiday, we’re happy to share some Thanksgiving Facts for all to digest!

  • Thanksgiving first became a holiday in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday. (United States Census Bureau)
  • Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clicking noise. (University of Illinois)
  • 424 million turkeys were forecasted to be raised in the United States in 2014. (United States Census Bureau)
  • 856 million pounds of cranberries and 2.4 billion pounds of sweet potatoes were forecasted to be produced in the U.S. in 2014 (USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service)
  • Sarah Josepha Hale, author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday by lobbying a campaign through the women’s magazine she edited and sending letters to politicians. (The Washington Post)

Bon appétit!

What Can Yesterday’s Throwaways Tell Us About Sociocultural Branding?

November 26, 2014 by

trash-473333-mOne man’s trash is another man’s treasure seems to have been the case with Robert Opie, founder of Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising in London. Opie’s museum houses a multitude of everyday artifacts dating as far back as the Victorian era through recent history. In their article entitled “Throwaway History: Brand Ephemera and Consumer Culture” published in Journal of Macromarketing, Michael Heller and Aidan Kelly analyzed the collections at the museum and found that while the exhibits consisted mainly of low involvement brands, they none-the-less illustrated the evolution of British society.

The abstract:

In this article, we consider how brand artifacts and ephemera can be used to understand social and cultural JMMK_new C1 template.inddhistory. We present an analysis of the Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising in London and examine the collection of exhibits. Our analysis reveals that the museum is predominantly a collection of low involvement brands that reflect important developments in British society and culture over the past 150 years. We begin with a historiography of brands in Britain from 1800 – 1980 drawn primarily from the field of business history. We then analyze the exhibits of the museum and its collections, considering the predominance of low involvement brands in the collection and the relationship between the museum and its corporate sponsors. Finally, we evaluate brands as sociocultural phenomena and explore what the exhibits at the museum imply for contemporary brand management theory. We conclude that low involvement brands have been neglected within brand management research and that our collective throwaway history of brands and packaging are rich sources for understanding society and culture.

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Read the December Issue of Family Business Review Free for 30 Days!

November 25, 2014 by

[We’re pleased to welcome Family Business Review editor Pramodita Sharma of the University of Vermont.]

The December 2014 issue of Family Business Review presents research from FBR_C1_revised authors color.inddColombia, Germany, Taiwan,and USA focused on various aspects of finance pertaining to family enterprises. Topics studied include financing and investment choices of family firms, dividend policies, post IPO performance. The editorial discusses the challenges and opportunities of publishing finance focused research in management journals such as Family Business Review, and vice versa. It is our hope that this important issue will help build further inroads in the important disciplinary interface between finance and family business studies.

You can read the December issue of Family Business Review free for the next 30 days! The lead article entitled “Family Involvement and Post-IPO Investment Policy” was authored by Bharat A. Jain and Yingying Shao, both of Towson University.

The abstract:

Drawing from agency theory and socioemotional wealth considerations, we evaluate the extent post-IPO investment policy choices and their economic consequences differ for family firms relative to nonfamily firms. Our results suggest that family firms underinvest in post-IPO liquidity, total investment spending, and R&D expenditures, relative to similar non-family firms. On the other hand, family firms overinvest in capital spending and underinvest in acquisition spending relative to nonfamily firms with dispersed but not concentrated ownership structures. Furthermore, while increases in R&D spending decrease shareholder value in family firms, the reverse is the case with acquisition spending.

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How Do Working-Times and Their Effects Vary Across Countries?

November 24, 2014 by

business-graphics-1428647-m[We’re pleased to welcome Peter Berg of the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. Dr. Berg served as guest editor alongside Gerhard Bosch and Jean Charest on ILR Review‘s Special Issue on International Comparisons of Working Time.]

Working time arrangements have become another source of inequality in American society. The once standard 8-hour day and 40-hour workweek that emerged and reigned throughout much of the 20th century have given way to an increasing variety of working-time arrangements. Flexible schedules, in which hours can vary daily or weekly, and nonstandard work arrangements, such as fixed term, on-call, temporary, or part-time, are widely used at the workplace. While professionals and the highly skilled ILR_72ppiRGB_powerpointworkers may have some control over the flexibility in their working time, the vast majority of Americans have little or no control. In non-union workplaces, the employer decides the work schedule, and it is common for low wage workers to work under zero-hour contracts that make no guarantees of weekly working hours and require employees to work on very short notice with unpredictable schedules. These types of zero-hour contracts not only make it difficult to plan one’s family life but make it difficult to count on a reliable income.

This special issue highlights the diversity of working time arrangements internationally. The introductory article establishes a framework for analyzing the diversity of working time across countries, whereas the other articles demonstrate empirically the effects of different working time arrangements across a variety of institutional environments. This special issue makes clear the significant behavioral and economic impacts of working time arrangements such as forms of short and long part-time work, 35-hour workweeks, and working time accounts. Moreover, it shows the importance of national policies and employee voice in ensuring that working time arrangements balance the interests of employers and employees.

You can read the entire Special Issue on International Comparisons of Working Time from ILR Review for free for the next 30 days by clicking here! Want to stay up to date on all the latest news and research from ILR Review? Click here to sign up for e-alerts!

How Does Message Framing Influence Hotel Guests’ Participation in Linen Reuse Programs?

November 21, 2014 by

hotel-towels-253366-mAAA estimates that this Thanksgiving there will be 37.29 million Americans traveling fifty miles or more from home. As many Americans fill hotels across the country, there’s a good chance they’ll find a message in their rooms encouraging them to participate in the hotel’s linen reuse program. But how can hotels increase guest participation in this program? A recent study published in Cornell Hospitality Quarterly entitled “The Influence of Message Framing on Hotel Guests’ Linen-Reuse Intentions” found that the use of appropriate message framing could have a higher rate of success.

The abstract:

Hotels have attempted numerous approaches to encourage guests to participate in linen-reuse programs. One of the most promising methods is to cqx coveruse appropriate message framing. A study of 427 travelers to Charleston, South Carolina, examined the participants’ opinion of how they would respond to various message frames. A comparison of the messages that are framed as gains versus those framed as losses found that the guests generally responded to a message framed as avoiding a loss, in this case, one that said “don’t miss out.” However, the study also found that mentioning the destination city by name effectively trumped the loss framing. Particularly for first-time travelers, specifically mentioning Charleston in the message increased the respondents’ opinion that they would be likely to participate in a linen-reuse program. The destination name had less effect for returning travelers, who did, however, respond to the “don’t miss out” message.

You can read “The Influence of Message Framing on Hotel Guests’ Linen-Reuse Intentions” from Cornell Hospitality Quarterly for free by clicking here. Want to get all the latest news and research from Cornell Hospitality Quarterly? Click here to sign up for e-alerts!

Towards Organizational Flexicurity?

November 20, 2014 by

[We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Andreas Kornelakis of the School of Business, Management and Economics at the University of Sussex. Dr. Kornelakis’s article entitled “Balancing Flexibility With Security in Organizations? Exploring the Links Between Flexicurity and Human Resource Development” appeared in the December issue of Human Resource Development Review.]

When it comes to public policy on lifelong learning and employability the HRDR_72ppiRGB_powerpointdiscussions are –more often than not- disconnected from practices at the level of organizations. Vice versa, current trends in organizational practices ignore the potential synergies with external policies such as the welfare state and other labour market institutions. How do we conceptualize the links between the two realms and what is the role that organizations may play in balancing flexibility with security? Andreas Kornelakis discusses these issues in his article “Balancing Flexibility with Security in Organizations? Exploring the links between Flexicurity and Human Resource Development” published in the Human Resource Development Review.

The abstract:

Recent scholarship in the Human Resource Development (HRD) field considered how practice might respond to contemporary issues facing organizations, such as the emergence of the knowledge economy, and the need for lifelong learning and organizational flexibility. A similar set of challenges have pre-occupied European policymakers, with a notable debate on how to increase flexibility in Europe. The article reviews the theoretical debate on flexibility, and the related policy of “Flexicurity” that aspires to balance flexibility with employment security at the national level. The article argues that the challenges that both nations and organizations face should not be seen as mutually exclusive. Instead, it suggests that labor policy and workplace practice can be mutually enhancing and calls for a research agenda on “organizational Flexicurity.” The article suggests that HRD scholars are best placed to advance such an agenda, as career development and learning lies at the heart of those issues.

You can read “Balancing Flexibility With Security in Organizations? Exploring the Links Between Flexicurity and Human Resource Development” from Human Resource Development Review for free by clicking here! Like what you read? Click here to sign up for e-alerts from Human Resource Development Review and get all the latest news and research sent directly to your inbox!

280956Andreas Kornelakis is a lecturer in human resource management at the Department of Business and Management, University of Sussex. He received a PhD degree from the London School of Economics. He is a member of the British Sociological Association, the British Universities Industrial Relations Association, and the European Group for Organizational Studies. His research interests include labor markets, labor relations, and political economy in comparative perspective. His work has been published at the European Journal of Industrial Relations, Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research, and Work Employment and Society.

The Inaugural Annual Review Issue of Small Group Research is Now Online!

November 19, 2014 by

SGR_72ppiRGB_powerpoint[We’re pleased to welcome Joann Keyton of North Carolina State University and co-editor of Small Group Research.]

Small Group Research is excited to announce that its inaugural Annual Review Issue is now online! The December 2014 issue of Small Group Research presents analytical reviews of group and team literature. Proposals were competitively reviewed for selection; each accepted proposal then went through the normal development, review and revision process. We are pleased to share the articles in this first Annual Review Issue:

A Review and Critique of Partner Effect Research in Small Groups by Jennifer Ervin and Joseph A. Bonito

Faultlines and Subgroups: A Meta-Review and Measurement Guide by Bertolt Meyer, Andreas Glenz, Mirko Antino, Ramón Rico, and Vicente González-Romá

A Conceptual Review of Emergent State Measurement: Current Problems, Future Solutions by Chris W. Coultas, Tripp Driskell, C. Shawn Burke, and Eduardo Salas

An Interactive Input–Process–Output Model of Social Influence in Decision-Making Groups by Charles Pavitt

Team Reflexivity as an Antidote to Team Information-Processing Failures by Michaéla C. Schippers, Amy C. Edmondson, and Michael A. West

You can read this issue free for the next 30 days by clicking here. Articles have been selected for the 2015 annual review issue. The call for papers for the 2016 Annual Review Issue can be found by clicking here.

Small Group Research, peer-reviewed and published bi-monthly, is an international and interdisciplinary journal presenting research, theoretical advancements, and empirically supported applications with respect to all types of small groups. Small Group Research, a leader in the field, addresses and connects three vital areas of study: the psychology of small groups, communication within small groups, and organizational behavior of small groups.

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user-avatar-pic.phpAaron Brower, Co-Editor, has served as the provost and vice chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Extension since 2012. He is concurrently holding the post of Special Assistant to the UW System President for new educational strategies. Prior to his current posting, Brower served as the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Professor of Social Work, Integrated Liberal Studies, and Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis also at UW-Madison.

thumbnail.phpJoann Keyton, Co-Editor, is Professor of Communication at North Carolina State University. In addition to publications in scholarly journals and edited collections, she has published three textbooks for courses in group communication, research methods, and organizational culture in addition to co-editing an organizational communication case book. Keyton was editor of the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Volumes 31-33, and the founding editor of Communication Currents, Volumes 1-5. She is a founder and vice-chair of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research.

SGSB-0044-Lindred_Greer-RT_2Lindy Greer, Associate Editor, is Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her work focuses on the impact of team composition on intragroup conflict and team performance. She has a particular interest in how teams are composed in terms of power, status, and leadership structures, and when and why particular forms of team composition may fuel power struggles and conflicts within organizational teams. Her research appears in academic journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Science.

Charles Samuelson, Associate Editor, is Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor at Texas A and M University. His research interests include social dilemmas and management of common-pool resources, computer-mediated communication in work groups, conflict management in multi-party environmental disputes, and behavioral decision making. His work has appeared in such publications as The Oxford Handbook of Environmental and Conservation Psychology, Risk Analysis, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

meyerBertolt Meyer, Associate Editor, is a senior research associate in social and business psychology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He earned a PhD in organizational and social psychology and an MS in psychology from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. He conducts research and consults in the areas of team diversity, leadership, and quantitative methods.

Is There a Spike in Crime on NFL Game Days?

November 18, 2014 by

football-531240-mSan Francisco Police were out in force February 3, 2013. Having witnessed chaos after the Giants won the World Series months before, authorities were concerned about the response 49ers fans would have to their team playing in the Super Bowl. Fortunately, disappointed fans created only minor problems. Baltimore police, on the other hand, were less fortunate as Raven’s fans rioted in the street, overturned cars and even looted. So just how common is crime in a team’s home city on pro-football game days? Authors David E. Kalist and Daniel Y. Lee explored this topic in their article “The National Football League: Does Crime Increase on Game Day?” from Journal of Sports Economics.

This article investigates the effects of National Football League (NFL) games on JSE__.inddcrime. Using a panel data set that includes daily crime incidences in eight large cities with NFL teams, we examine how various measurements of criminal activities change on game day compared with nongame days. Our findings from both ordinary least squares and negative binomial regressions indicate that NFL home games are associated with a 2.6% increase in total crimes, while financially motivated crimes such as larceny and motor vehicle theft increase by 4.1% and 6.7%, respectively, on game days. However, we observe that play-off games are associated with a decrease in financially motivated crimes. The effects of game time (afternoon vs. evening) and upset wins and losses on crime are also considered.

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The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science Celebrates 50 Years!

November 17, 2014 by

fireworks-3-872452-mThe Journal of Applied Behavioral Science is celebrating its 50th Anniversary! Since 1965, The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science has continually broken ground in its exploration of group dynamics, organization development, and social change. The journal has provided scholars the best in research, theory, and methodology, while also informing professionals and clients of issues in group and organizational dynamics.

Editor William A. Pasmore wrote in his introduction to the Fiftieth Anniversary Special Issue:

Every issue of Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences (JABS) is special, and all special issues are, of course, very special. That makes this 50th year anniversary JABS_v50_72ppiRGB_powerpointspecial issue very, very special indeed. For the past half century, JABS has been the voice of scholars with a concern for the practical significance of their work and for practitioners who have the courage to put their ideas through the test of rigorous research. Born of the need to have an outlet for groundbreaking work in the areas of organizational and societal transformation, the National Training Laboratories (NTL) commissioned the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences to be the voice of its members and others who participated in this quest. Since then, JABS has retained its fundamental purpose and focus, although its tenor has evolved and continues to do so.

In honor of this momentous milestone, you can read the the Fiftieth Anniversary Special Issue of The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science free for the next 30 days! Click here to view the Table of Contents. Want to know about all the research and news like this from The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science? Click here to sign up for e-alerts!


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