Mo Wang

Why silly distractions at work can actually be good for you

Positive interventions that distract us from difficult tasks actually help to reduce our stress levels, according to new research co-authored by Mo Wang, Associate Dean for Research and Lanzillotti-McKethan Eminent Scholar.  The research, conducted by an international team of researchers, shows that short positive interventions, such as watching a funny YouTube video, can help you to overcome daily demands like dealing with annoying emails or the tasks you dread.  Read

  • Positive interventions that distract us from difficult tasks actually help to reduce our stress levels, according to new research co-authored by Mo Wang, Associate Dean for Research and Lanzillotti-McKethan Eminent Scholar.

     

    Mo Wang

    Why silly distractions at work can actually be good for you

    Newswise
  • Where, when and how we work may never return to pre-pandemic norms. Artificial intelligence and demographic shifts will reshape our careers. And we’ll need to tend to ourselves and each other to ward off burnout and grow as workers and leaders. That’s what we heard when we asked for advice and predictions from University of Florida management faculty — the country’s top management department in publications per capita in a 2021 Texas A&M/University of Georgia research productivity ranking.

    The faculty’s shift toward envisioning the long-term impact of pandemic-era disruptions is a natural extension of their research, says Warrington College of Business Dean Saby Mitra, who calls their work “very applicable to people’s daily lives.”

     

    Brian Swider, Joyce Bono, Klodiana Lanaj and Mo Wang.

    The Future of Work

    UF Research
  • A paper by Cordell Eminent Scholar Jay Ritter, Ph.D. student Minmo Gahng and alumnus Donghang Zhang informs this story about how blank-check vehicles are running out of time to close mergers, costing sponsors dearly. Given that SPACs offer no benefits to most investors either, they may have little reason to stick around.

    Jay Ritter and Minmo Gahng

    SPAC sponsors used to win at investors’ expense. Now both are losing.

    The Wall Street Journal
  • IPOs this year slowed to a trickle after banner years in 2020 and 2021, when companies pushed through the pandemic and took advantage of an emerging world of remote work and play and an economy flush with government-backed funds.

    Data compiled by Jay Ritter, an IPO expert and Cordell Eminent Scholar, shows there were 123 tech IPOs last year, compared with an average of 38 a year between 2010 and 2020.

    Jay Ritter

    Tech’s reality check: How the industry lost $7.4 trillion in one year

    CNBC
  • “Trump has a decision to make: Does he start to use Twitter again, or does he use Trump Media sites exclusively for getting his message out?” says Jay Ritter, Cordell Eminent Scholar. “Trump Media would be worth more if he uses it exclusively, but he is likely to reach a larger audience with Twitter.”

    Trump’s Twitter reinstatement comes just ahead of a pivotal Digital World shareholder vote on Nov. 22 that, if successful, would allow the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) to extend the deadline for its merger with Trump Media by a year and keep the deal alive.

    Jay Ritter

    What Donald Trump's Twitter reinstatement means for TRUTH Social

    Time
Eight men line up for a photo with the three men in the center holding a large check for $12,000.

Fire Neural Network wins UF AI Days Pitch Competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Fire Neural Network rose to the top of the business ideas presented at the inaugural UF AI Days Pitch Competition. Fire Neural Network uses AI to quickly and accurately locate lightning-initiated wildfires, reducing detection times from 24 hours to 40 seconds and locating ignition points within 40 meters instead of kilometers. The company is made up of CEO Dr. Istvan Kereszy, COO Tamas Kereszy, Economics and Marketing

Priyanka Pahuja in front of a cherry blossom tree in bloom

International Student Spotlight: Priyanka Pahuja

Priyanka Pahuja is an international student, here from Pakistan to study in the MS Marketing Program at UF. Q: What is your background? Pahuja: “I was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. I’m the only girl child and have 2 elder brothers, so I’ve always been pampered. I got married last year to my best friend of 7 years and he continues the tradition of spoiling me to the fullest.

Bronze statue of an alligator on top of a globe with trees in the background and the UF MBA logo on top.

UF MBA ranks in Poets & Quants’ top 10 best online MBA programs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida’s MBA program has been named among the top 10 online MBA programs in the nation by Poets & Quants, a publication focused on business education reporting and insights. With a No. 10 ranking among the best online MBA programs in the nation on Poets & Quants’ 2023 list, UF MBA’s pioneering program has added another accolade to its reputation as one of the