Pete Mcgraw

Marketing and psychology professor Peter McGraw was featured on an episode of the Second City Works podcast “Getting to Yes, And,” for his research on what makes things funny and the consequences of humor. In the episode, Dr. McGraw talks about the difference between humor and comedy, the history of modern humor research, and the implications comedy has in everyday life, including in advertising, business activities, politics, and personal relationships.

Dr. McGraw also discusses the book he co-authored, The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny, and the Benign Violation Theory, the idea that humor occurs when there is the right balance of something seeming threatening and safe simultaneously. “Getting to Yes, And” is a weekly podcast on Chicago’s WGN Radio and features interviews with visionaries, authors, and leaders who, like Dr. McGraw, operate at the intersection of creativity and commerce. Listen to Dr. McGraw’s interview here.


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Dr. Johnson's research reveals four lessons for making organizations more inclusive

Sept. 13, 2017

Stefanie Johnson, Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and Information Analytics, interviewed 11 CEOs who have made a public commitment to diversity about how they are creating more diverse workforces. Her findings, published in Harvard Business Review, include four key lessons making organizations more diverse and inclusive.Read more »
Christina Lacerenza
Dr. Christina Lacerenza named 2017 Chancellor’s postdoctoral fellows

June 8, 2017

Dr. Christina Lacerenza has received a 2017 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship. Christina will be joining the Management and Entrepreneurship program at Leeds, exploring effective leadership methods as it relates to speech and gender. Visit the postdoctoral affairs program to learn more about Christina and the other postdoctoral fellows.Read more »
Bart de Langhe research
Assistant Professor Bart de Langhe examines the pitfalls of linear thinking in a nonlinear world

April 19, 2017

Decades of research in cognitive psychology show that the human mind struggles to understand nonlinear relationships—that is, relationships between two factors in which a change in one factor does not correspond with constant change in the other. In business, there are many highly nonlinear relationships. To avoid costly misjudgments, it’s important to recognize when they’re in play.Read more »
The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone
The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone

March 13, 2017

People believe that they know way more than they actually do. This assertion is the focus of new research from Professor Philp Fernbach of the Leeds School of Business and Steve Sloman, Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences at Brown University. “We all suffer, to a greater or lesser... Read more »
Stefanie Johnson, Assistant Professor
Dr. Stefanie Johnson Comments on Workplace Diversity through Technology in The Economist

Feb. 21, 2017

Blind recruiting is the practice of removing personally identifiable information from applicants, and it’s gaining popularity in HR departments. Dr. Stephanie Johnson talks with The Economist to examine discrimination in the workplace and software technologies that promise to remove gender and ethnic bias from the hiring process.Read more »