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Mary Barra and the GM Recall Crisis, Part II

In Part I of this blog series, we talked about the importance of early verbal responses to a crisis as an acknowledgement. When the leader recognizes the situation and even apologizes for the negative impact on stakeholders, stakeholders perceive it as a firm’s willingness to take corrective action and is correlated with a leader and […]

Mary Barra and the GM Crisis, Part I

A few years ago a colleague and I conducted research that disturbingly revealed that the announcement of the appointment of a female CEO provokes significantly more negative investor reaction relative to the announcement of the appointment of a male CEO.  At the time, we argued that the status differences accorded to men and women, and […]

What is a Crisis? Part II

In Part I of this blog What is a crisis? I introduced the definition of crisis according to   The Institute for Crisis Management as any problem or disruption that triggers negative stakeholder reaction and that could impact the organization’s financial strength and ability to do what it does. This can apply to businesses, educational institutions, […]

What is a Crisis? Part I

What is a crisis? More specifically, what is a crisis in a business context?  The Institute for Crisis Management defines crisis as any problem or disruption that triggers negative stakeholder reaction and that could impact the organization’s financial strength and ability to do what it does. This can apply to businesses, educational institutions, cities, governments, […]

Defining the “All” in Can Women Have it All?

There have been some interesting perspectives in my Community of WE (Women Executives) discussion groups on both Facebook and Linkedin on the topic of Can Women Have it All? The comments have spanned everything from “Yes, look at Marissa Meyer, the new Yahoo! CEO who just had a baby” to “Are they expected to want […]

The Parent Trap

by Katherine Murphy, graduate student, Darden School of Business Marissa Mayer was recently announced as Yahoo’s new CEO. Yahoo selected the tech savvy former Google employee to take the reins of the struggling company. However, in the wake of this new hire, the press has focused on her pregnancy announcement over her strategic planning. It […]

Can Women Have It All?

Society must change and come to value those who put family ahead of work just as much as those who put work ahead of family.

A Sudden Departure

I am a member of the Mount Zion First African Baptist Church in Charlottesville, and a faculty member of the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia.  Both affiliations are relevant to a set of unusual circumstances I experienced this weekend.  On Sunday I enthusiastically attended church service.  On this day my enthusiasm was […]

How to Fix the Economy

Consider everyone’s ideas (rich, poor, black, white, business leaders, senate leaders), regardless of variety of values (conservative, liberal, Christian, non-Christian).