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research UPCOMING & ONGOING ��� LAB TO CHANGE BUYER BEHAVIOR The Design Council, a nonpro���t that promotes innovation in business and the public sector, and Warwick Business School���s Behavioural Science Group, both based in the United Kingdom, have partnered to create a behavioral design lab in London. The lab will address social issues through the collaborative design of products, services, and places. Ed Gardiner, who will lead the lab, notes that its efforts will ���combine the latest research in behavioral science with design to physically change the way people think, feel, and behave for the better.��� ��� WALMART CASES Andrew Spicer of the University of South Carolina���s Darla Moore School of Business in Columbia and David Hyatt of the University of Arkansas��� Sam Walton College of Business in Fayetteville have released their three-year Walmart Sustainability Case Project. The two professors have written seven case studies that analyze the retail 58 March/April 2013 BizEd giant���s approach to designing and implementing its corporate sustainability strategy, and they plan to add more cases to the series. The current cases are available for free online at sustainability cases.kenexcloud.org/cases. ��� MANAGING RISKS KPMG International has issued a new report, ���New Light on Old Truths: Consumer Protection and Good Business Sense,��� that calls for banking and investment managers to re-evaluate their core strategies in the face of heightened regulatory zeal over consumer protection in ���nancial services. Bankers and investment managers shouldn���t aim to merely comply with regulations, the report argues, but to manage consumer protection risk as a strategic priority. The report outlines three main areas of focus: restoring trust, increasing transparency, and balancing safety with choice. It���s available at www.kpmg.com/ global under ���Research.��� ��� CSR SCORE REPORT The Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College in New York, New York, has created the CSR-Sustainability Monitor, an analytic framework to evaluate the corporate social responsibility reports issued by national and international corporations. In its launch, the CSR-Sustainability Monitor examined 560 CSR reports, which researchers collected in 2011 and evaluated in 2012. They then gave each report a score out of 100, based on 12 criteria. The tool was developed by Prakash Sethi, a professor of management at Baruch, to give companies a nonregulatory incentive to improve CSR reporting. For information, visit zicklin. baruch.cuny.edu/centers/ weissman/professionals/ publications/sethi-csr-monitor. ��� SURVEY OF TALENT XLRI, a business school in Jamshedpur, India, has announced its plan to conduct a national talent management survey. The survey, which the school began in January, will include feedback from more than 100 Indian companies regarding their best practices in ���nding and keeping highperforming employees. ��� NEW NETWORK FOR INNOVATION The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) has announced the creation of the Innovation Research & Policy Network (IRPN). Sponsored by business technology company ITX Corp. and following the same model as SSRN, IRPN will provide a global online community for research in all areas of innovation and policy studies. The network is available at www.ssrn.com/ irpn/index.html. It launched with 17 e-journals, and subscriptions will be free until July 2013. ��� SURGE IN STARTUPS Babson College of Wellesley, Massachusetts, and Baruch College of New York City have released the most recent Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) U.S. Report. It shows that more than 29 million U.S. adults were starting or running new businesses in 2011, and nearly 40 percent expected to create more than ���ve new jobs in the next ���ve years. The report shows that the U.S. experienced a greater than 60 percent increase in entrepreneurial activity from 2010 to 2011, matching the level recorded in 2005. The report is available at www.babson. edu/Academics/centers/blankcenter/global-research/gem/ Pages/reports.aspx.