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SEPTEMBER 5, 2017

Manage Your Ego - and More Advice for MBA Students 

This Financial Times article provides tips for making the most out of business school from leading professors, including Michael Morris and Columbia Business School's Lead course faculty team. Read the full article 


APRIL 4, 2017

Very Superstitious 

The Columbia Daily Spectator interviews Michael Morris about managerial mystique, superstitious learning, anticipatory socialization, and the role of rituals in success. Read the full article 


SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

First Ever Re-Orientation Event

Michael Morris led the inaugural Re-Orientation event for second year students at Columbia Business School. The event featured experiential games, talks from successful alumni, and awards. Read the full article


SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

Market Metaphors Can Lead Investors Astray

Michael Morris discusses metaphors in market commentary, and the impact language can have on investor attitudes. Read the full article 


JUNE 30, 2016

How Culture Shapes Our Behavior

Asian Scientist Magazine explores how our cultural identity shapes our lives and attitudes, siting research by Cheng Chi-Ying and Michael Morris. Read the full article

NOVEMBER 12, 2015

Copenhagen Business School: Meetings Across Mindsets Conference

In November 2015, Michael Morris spoke at Copenhagen Business School's Meetings Across Mindsets Conference. Michael discussed negotiating across cultural contexts. Learn more about the conference


JANUARY 5, 2015

Gov. Snyder to Talk Cultural Change at Inauguration

In an article discussing cultural change within the State of Michigan, Michael Morris comments on the possibility for a leader to shift the culture of an organization, state, and even a religion. Read the full article


DECEMBER 17, 2014

4 Reasons to Kill the Office Holiday Party - and One Reason to Save It

Julia Kirby of Harvard Business Review sites "Do People Mix at Mixers?", a paper by Paul Ingram and Michal Morris. Read the full article


SEPTEMBER 23, 2012

Reminders from Home Interfere with Learning New Languages

Research by Shu Zhang and Michael Morris indicates that cultural icons of home interfere with the ability to speak a new language.

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NOVEMBER 12, 2012

Obama Turns to Behavioral Scientists

After Obama's re-election, Benedict Carey of the NYTimes explores the role a team of Behavioral Scientists played in the election process. By applying well-researched concepts backed by empirical evidence, Michael Morris and the other members of the "Dream Team" proposed a number of small behavioral changes with big results.

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OCTOBER 15-17, 2012

NeuroLeadership Institute

In October 2012, Michael Morris spoke at the annual NeuroLeadership Institute Summit in NYC. Along with a panel of business executives, Michael discussed the mental skills needed by modern leaders including agility, resilience, communication, collaboration, and metacognition.

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2012

How to Change a Culture 

In the Boston Globe's "Ideas" section, Leon Neyfakh explores the concept of how to change a culture. Drawing on research conducted by Michael Morris, Neyfakh makes suggestions for how organizations can evolve.

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SEPTEMBER 10, 2012


Collaboration Across Cultures


In a recent Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes paper, Michael Morris, Shira Mor and Roy Chua (Harvard) looked at how leaders can improve collaboration across cultures. Their findings were featured in HQ Asia.


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OCTOBER, 2011

The Characteristics of a Great Leader

Inc. Magazine describes the findings in "Managerial Mystique: Magical Thinking in Judgments of Managers' Vision, Charisma, and Magnetism," a study by Maia Young, Michael W. Morris, and Vicki M. Scherwin. Read the full article


SEPTEMBER 27, 2011

Negotiating Gender Roles 

In a Journal of Personality and Social Psychology paper, Michael Morris and Emily Amanatullah (UT Austin) find that women are better at negotiating for others than for themselves, due to the potential of social backlash for being self-assertive. Their findings were featured on the websites of Forbes, Financial Times, CBS News, The Globe and Mail, and Vault.

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JULY 15, 2011

Managerial Mystique 

Science Daily and Inc. Magazine highlight research by Michael Morris, Maia Young (UCLA) and Vicki Scherwin (CSU Long Beach), which suggests that successful leaders are often attributed mystique and charisma through "magical thinking."

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MAY 4, 2011

Teaching Social Intelligence in B-schools

Michael discusses the Program on Social Intelligence curriculum in a Wall Street Journal article on the rise of 'soft skills' courses in business schools.


APRIL 11, 2011

Metaphors in the Stock Market

In an op-ed on metaphors, NYTimes columnist David Brooks cites research by Michael and colleagues Oliver Sheldon, Daniel Ames and Maia Young that stock market commentators change the type of metaphors used to describe market behavior, depending on price trend direction.

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FEBRUARY 2, 2011

Exploring Eastern and Western Creativity

Michael discusses the influence of bicultural identity on creativity in an interview for AsianLife Magazine.


JUNE 30, 2010

Cultural Differences in Blame

Featured in the Japan Times Online, Professor Michael Morris's research on U.S. and Japanese media coverage of corporate scandals shows differences in the public's direction of blame and responsibility: Americans tend to blame those most closely linked to the event; the Japanese public holds an organization's leader or figurehead responsible. Read the full article


FEBRUARY 4, 2010

Language and the Brain

Professor Michael Morris's research on how language impacts behavior, particularly stock market metaphors and investor confidence, is highlighted in the February 2010 issue of Eureka, the Times of London's monthly science magazine. Read the full article or jump directly to Professor Morris's mention on page 3.


OCTOBER 23, 2007

For Love and a Little Money

The NYTimes explores that some retirees have found that being paid something for doing volunteer work can be good for both the organization and for themselves. Michael Morris comments on the impact of external incentive systems on enjoyment of an activity. Read the full article