Business & Economics
Researchers who study elder abuse have long believed that when older adults face loneliness or relationship problems, they are more likely to fall victim to monetary scams and exploitation. Now, a team of researchers at USC has collected longitudinal data showing that an increase in interpersonal dysfunction, defined as loneliness or dissatisfaction with relationships, predicts subsequent vulnerability to financial exploitation. The results were just published in the journal Aging & Mental Health. The study offers insight into how to counteract common financial scams that target older adults.
- Aging & Mental Health
- NIH/National Institute on Aging, Elder Justice Foundation
Researchers at Iowa State University found significantly different state tax rates affect where new businesses set up shop near state lines and that property taxes have the greatest adverse effect since new businesses may pay property taxes even if they are not generating any revenue.
- Small Business Economics
Research into psychology and organizations has mostly concluded that the presence of positive emotions among team members generally improves performance across a range of occupations. But happiness and excitement may be overrated, at least where performance is concerned, suggests new research from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Using pairs of cancer surgeons as their focus, researchers found that only tension and the lack of it had a significant impact on how well people worked together. And the way to achieve that more chilled-out feeling was for two surgeons to experience at least one previous surgery together where things went very well.
- Academy of Management Discoveries
- German Research Foundation
A new study in the Annals of Family Medicine examines usage data from a provincial electronic consultation (eConsult) service in Ontario, Canada, which facilitates rapid and secure communications between primary care physicians and subspecialists. Findings suggest that eConsult is highly generalizable and can be scaled up without sacrificing effectiveness. It may also reduce unnecessary specialty referrals, saving the patient and health system time and money.
- The Annals of Family Medicine
Insider threats are one of the top security concerns facing large organizations. Current and former employees, business partners, contractors—anyone with the right level of access to a company’s data—can pose a threat. The incidence of insider threats has increased in recent years, at a significant cost to companies. Jingrui He, associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been awarded a three-year, $200,000 grant from the C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute for a new project that seeks to detect and predict insider threats.
- C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute
High prices may not deter wealthy people from buying unsustainable goods – instead, they might actually trigger those in the upper class to buy these products, according to a new Penn State study.
- Journal of Marketing Research
- Carolan Institute for Research