These days, you may have noticed dishonest leaders in
business, politics, sports, and other fields. The cause may be
a sign of the times: “us-versus-them” conflicts fuel zero-sum
thinking that can make people more accepting of lying leaders,
according to an Academy of Management Perspectives
Women seeking funds for their new businesses run up against
“third party bias” among investors who are more likely to
withhold support because they tend to believe that other
investors prefer ventures led by men, according to an
Academy of Management Journal article. The biased
investors recognize that ventures that gain wider financial
support are more likely to succeed.
Many organizations take a dim view of hiring impoverished
people, while management researchers frequently describe the
dark side of employing such workers. But AOM scholars reveal a
brighter picture. With training and support, as well as
freedom to shape their work to align with their own beliefs,
values, and knowledge, and their communities’ needs, women in
Indian slums can become more effective teachers and create
more social impact.
An Academy of Management Discoveries article shows
how the populist backlash against globalism and international
migration affected highly-skilled resident foreigners who had
not envisioned permanent relocation.
A positive self-concept—what you think and value about
yourself—can help people do good work in their lives and their
jobs. AOM scholars take that notion a step further. Two
studies show that when people receive positive narrative
feedback from others in their lives, their self-concept
expands, often lifting their thoughts about themselves beyond
AOM scholars find that proactive team members who are not
responsible, organized, and hardworking (conscientious) can
undermine their teammates, harming their team’s ability to
coordinate and perform well.
While spending on leadership development programs has
skyrocketed in the past decade, few executives seem to know
whether the programs are effective. AOM scholars conducted a
focus group of business school professors responsible for
leadership development programs and interviewed managers to
determine how stakeholders justify the value of such programs
in their organizations. The scholars'
Academy of Management Learning & Education
article reveals four distinct perspectives.