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Richard Alba

Questioning the Narrative of the Majority-Minority Society

“The argument of this book,” writes Richard Alba, “is not that whites will retain a numerical majority status, although I do not rule out such a possibility, but rather that mainstream expansion, which brings about a melding involving many whites, non-whites, and Hispanics, holds out the prospect of a new kind of societal majority.”

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Couple wearing facemasks

‘Misery Index’ Reveals COVID-19 Impact on American Lives

To better understand the breadth and depth of the pandemic’s impact on American lives, Kyla Thomas and her peers worked with colleagues at the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research to develop an index of “pandemic misery.”

5 months ago
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Martha Newsom

Martha Newson on Identity Fusion

Martha Newson, linked to the universities of Oxford and Kent, describes how fans of football often fuse their own identities into a tightly bonded group (even as they retain their individuality).

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Ethics word cloud by Teodoraturovic

Why Don’t Multi-National Initiatives Always Work Equally in All Locations?

The enterprise had experienced governance issues in some territories and efforts to roll out a global ethical conduct program proved less effective in certain parts of the world than in others. This could not just be ascribed to local execution or lack thereof, so I became intrigued to understand and explain this.

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Olivier Sibony

Olivier Sibony on Decision-Making

In the context of human action, management professor at HEC Paris and former McKinsey senior partner Olivier Sibony defines “noise” as the unwanted variability in human judgment.

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Dunbar number in graphic form

Robin Dunbar Explains Why His ‘Number’ Still Counts

Exactly 30 years ago, Robin Dunbar was pondering a graph of primate group sizes plotted against the size of their brains: the larger the brain, the larger the group size. I was curious to know what group size this relationship might predict for humans. The number his calculations gave was 150.

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