Merging Successfully

When companies merge or go through an acquisition, the lack of a cohesive culture in the newly merged company can “break a deal.” This article develops a terminology that identifies seven cultural cohesive elements common to all organizations.

Creating and Sustaining an Ethical Workplace Culture

Values drive behavior and therefore need to be consciously stated, but they also need to be affirmed by actions.

Strengthening Values Centered Leadership

Business leaders who want to create an ethical work environment should first identify their own core values and commit to practicing them.

The Impact of Empowered Employees on Corporate Value

The global competitive environment is and will become more brutal for corporations this century. Most corporations, however, fail to recognize and empower their most important assets: employees. The hypothesis of this article is that those corporations that truly exhibit employee empowerment through emphasizing meaningful communication, willingness to serve, and common purpose will have statistically more favorable financial and/or investment results than corporations lacking employee empowerment. … [ Read more ]

Does Corporate Social Responsibility Pay Off?

With one rare exception, to date there has been no empirical support for the proposition that this paper tests: Does a reputation for corporate social responsibility protect a firm from financial harm in times of “crisis?” We explore this question using data from the stock market reactions to the Fortune 500 firms following the failure of the 1999 World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ministers to set … [ Read more ]

Telecommuting…Out of sight, out of mind?

Personal and professional issues for those planning to ride the telecommuting wave.