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Changing young lives through entrepreneurship

Changing young lives through entrepreneurship

When asked why dozens of middle school and high school girls were sitting in a classroom on the Oklahoma State University campus on a hot July morning, one voice rang out loud and clear, “to learn to be girl bosses.”

What's the future of the dreaded performance appraisal

What's the future of the dreaded performance appraisal

For decades researchers have studied the impact of performance appraisals on employees and the organizations they work for. Much of that research shows that traditional approaches to judging a person’s work performance are perceived as less than helpful and often even counterproductive. Oklahoma State University professor Dr. Tom Stone is charting a shift away from the traditional boss as ‘judge and jury’ approach to evaluating performance in newer systems where talent development is the goal.

Hiring a diverse workforce with artificial intelligence

Hiring a diverse workforce with artificial intelligence

How can we remove unconscious biases from hiring practices and ensure a more diverse workforce? According to Oklahoma State University researcher Kimberly Houser, the answer is to address the source of the problem – human decision-making. Her soon-to-be published research shows that using machine decision-making through artificial intelligence (AI) can remove unconscious bias and “noise” from the hiring and promotion process and begin making the workplace reflect a diverse society.

Accounting student and McNair Scholar ready for life's next stage

Accounting student and McNair Scholar ready for life's next stage

A few years ago, when professional sports teams won the Super Bowl or the World Series, a star player would be asked in the tumultuous aftermath what they were going to do now. Of course, it was an advertisement and their response would be, “I’m going to Disney World!” Oklahoma State University graduating senior Chealsea Fernandez could be asked the same thing, only she is spending time post-graduation in a paid internship at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

Victim blaming in the workplace

Victim blaming in the workplace

Why does the victim get blamed for office rudeness, and why does the office bully get away with it? The latest research from a decade-long study of incivility in the workplace by Spears School of Business researcher Dr. Matt Bowler and colleagues shows that supervisors often blame the victims of rude and abusive behavior.

Faking emotions at work: the positive and negative side of workplace acting

Faking emotions at work: the positive and negative side of workplace acting

In many jobs, employees are expected to act happy, or at least friendly, even when they just don’t feel like it. So, it’s not unusual that workers occasionally fake positive feelings, even when the results actually make them feel worse. But research by an Oklahoma State University professor has found that a person can actually feel better by doing the opposite, or faking negative emotions.

School of Entrepreneurship research ranks high internationally

School of Entrepreneurship research ranks high internationally

The Oklahoma State University School of Entrepreneurship is ranked fourth among nearly 500 programs from around the world for research productivity for the past five years. The ranking lists university entrepreneurship programs by their ability to successfully publish research in the discipline’s top journals.