Andrew Knight was part of the research that prompted businesses to hold meetings where participants actually stand, to better keep an energy and a tight schedule — giving new meaning to the phrase standing meetings. He also conducts research that looks closely at the makeup of entrepreneurial relationships and investment, workplace behaviors (such as what makes a happy worker), team effectiveness, task performance and more.
With his knowledge of workplace and workspace, Knight also has dived into studies around health care, such as the health and safety of active duty U.S. Air Force members, and also is well versed in leadership and diversity issues in business and entrepreneurship. Interesting to note that, in his own workspace, Knight is fond of typing notes and coursework in different spots around his office and can be found standing and writing sections of his research long-hand on his dry-erase board.
It’s possible the Keebler Elves aren’t as happy at work as they seem. Or SpongeBob SquarePants’ dour fast-food colleague Squidward might be a little cheerier than he lets on. New research from Olin Business School shows that people working in customer-facing companies, such as retailers (or cartoon burger joints), tend to be happier at work, while workers for companies further removed — manufacturing, for example (or treehouse cookie factories) — tend to be less happy.
In a concentrated, continuing effort to link Washington University in St. Louis academic research to everyday business practice, the 10th annual Olin Award recognizes an Olin Business School faculty member who joined two University of Pennsylvania professors in crafting a computer model to guide managers who need to forecast behaviors of newly acquired customers.
Chairs provide great support during long meetings, but they may also be holding us back. Standing during meetings boosts the excitement around creative group processes and reduces people’s tendencies to defend their turf, according to a new
Washington University in St. Louis study that used wearable sensors to measure participants’ activity levels.