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Changes in Payment, Practice Are Paving the Road to Further Physician Discontent


Timothy Hoff

In the following post, D’Amore-McKim School of Business Professor Timothy Hoff explains the impact of the changing payment landscape for healthcare professionals and how their task-heavy job roles are having a negative effect on worker happiness, increasing burnout, and creating new issues in the sphere.

From Modern Healthcare:

We live in challenging times for physicians, who are required to do things that are wearing them out and making them feel bad about their jobs.

Surveys showing large percentages of doctors burned out, dissatisfied with their work or regretting their career choice point to something deeply psychological that is happening to many doctors—something that should make all of us very concerned. Read more…


Strategic Extremes: Trump’s Negotiating Style 

Edward Wertheim

Edward Wertheim

In the following post, D’Amore-McKim School of Business Associate Professor Edward Wertheim examines the unique and sometimes extreme negotiating style of President Donald Trump.

Most politicians make a great effort to present a public persona that highlights characteristics they feel are viewed positively in their culture. Other characteristics, some of which may be critical to being a successful politician, are hidden behind a “mask.” President Trump is not a traditional politician; he exhibits traits and behaviors most others would try to hide. While he seems to relish displaying his public persona, his actions (including his Twitter posts) present a window through the “mask” (assuming there is one in this case).

For instance, his negotiation style is easy to understand, because we have his ghost-written book, The Art of the Deal, and we have his many public actions. While most negotiations take place behind the scenes, Trump seems to prefer to do at least some of his negotiating in public, which is different from how most other politicians and business people act. Read more…


The state of women’s advancement: where we are and where we need to go

Students attending the 2017 Spring Career Fair at Northeastern University

Students attending the 2017 Spring Career Fair at Northeastern University

Women continue to encounter obstacles when it comes to pay equity, representation in organizational and policy decision making, and gender stereotypes.

We asked Management and Organizational Development Associate Professor Jamie Ladge, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Professor Kimberly Eddleston, and Associate Professor Alicia Sasser Modestino from the Northeastern School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs about these obstacles and possible solutions as they prepare for The State of Women’s Advancement Symposium on March 3, 2017.

The following Q&A with these professors briefly covers topics that were discussed at the symposium, which was live-streamed on March 3. Watch the videos: Panel 1, Panel 2, Panel 3

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Who Benefits When the Boss Treats Followers Differently?


Parker Ellen

In the following post, D’Amore-McKim School of Business Assistant Professor of Management and Organizational Development Parker Ellen examines how the types of relationships that leaders form can impact employee attitude and behavior.

Relationships are a fundamental aspect of work, and few relationships are more important than those between leaders and their followers. Decades ago, the prevailing thought was that leaders operated with a consistent style and treated all followers similarly. We now recognize that leaders tend to develop relationships of differing quality with individual followers within their workgroup. Additionally, we now understand that employees often perceive that leaders treat members of the workgroup differently, regardless of the leader’s intent. Read more…