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.


John Lynch
Does money buy happiness? Research has an answer.

March 29, 2018

Recent research by renowned faculty member, John Lynch was featured in the Journal of Consumer Research. The research examines the potential relationship between financial and overall wellbeing. The research tapped into the correlation of the role of finances in a person’s wellbeing using consumer financial narratives alongside large-scale surveys and... Read more »
Jeff York
Leeds research shows entrepreneurs key to bridging the gap on combatting climate

March 9, 2018

New research from Leeds professor, Jeff York shows that entrepreneurs are best positioned to combat climate change by delivering products or services that both sides of the political aisle support. Entrepreneurial businesses can deliver solutions using both economic and community responsibility logic to satisfy cultural barriers between political parties. Read... Read more »
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Leeds focus on teaching business ethics and sustainability highlighted in the Economist

Jan. 22, 2018

Business has to be good and that now carries value and legitimacy. Leeds is committed to educating good business leaders by emphasizing business ethics, diversity and sustainability in courses and being a leader among business schools in this space. Leeds Center for Education on Social Responsibility was featured for its... Read more »
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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 »