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On Monday, Elinor Ostrom became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Economics.  The official Nobel press release is viewable here.  Forbes has two excellent articles on Elinor Ostrom’s impact on the world:

  • Why Elinor Ostrom Matters – This article reflects on applications of her studies in cooperative arrangements, also known as “The Commons.”
  • Elinor Ostrom and the Digital Commons – This article observes Elinor Ostrom’s work in relation to internet communities, the open-access movement, digital repositories, and Net Neutrality.
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CNN Money posted “How High-Achieving Women Balance Work and Family” this past Monday. The article features perspectives on work-life balance in high-achievement positions from Sheryl Sandberg (COO, Facebook), Carol Bartz (CEO, Yahoo), and Jean Jackson (Direct-to-Consumer President, Nike).

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One week ago, Forbes.com released its annual World’s 100 Most Powerful Women List. Forbes discusses the ranking method on the report’s front page:

Forbes’ Power Women list isn’t about celebrity or popularity; it’s about influence. Queen Rania of Jordan (No. 76), for instance, is perhaps the most listened-to woman in the Middle East; her Twitter feed has 600,000 followers.

In assembling the list, Forbes looked for women who run countries, big companies or influential nonprofits. Their rankings are a combination of two scores: visibility–by press mentions–and the size of the organization or country these women lead.

Forbes also released a video on why Angela Merkel, Sheila Bair, and Indra Nooyi are at the top of the list.

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Fortune online has two new “10 Most” lists: “10 Most ‘Accountable’ Big Companies” and “10 New Gurus You Should Know.” What I found interesting was that the first guru, BJ Fogg, whose big idea is that “mobile technology will be the most powerful way to influence consumers in the next 15 years” while the first most accountable company was Vodafone–coincodence?

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Today’s Wall Street Journal has a special section on “The 50 Women to Watch 2008” which is also available online.  It’s not a big surprise that the top woman to watch is Sheila Bair, Chairwoman of the FDIC.  The online version has additional features, such as a video of Madeleine Albright speaking about women and leadership.

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I’ve been able to catch up on my blogs today, and wanted to put together some interesting, if topically disparate, posts that I came across:

Web 2.0 applications are coming, going, and denting companies’ reputations. See “Losing Face,” about how British Airways and Virgin Atlantic were dinged by their employee’s posts on Facebook, and then read about how blogging is going (has gone) mainstream in “Oh, Grow Up” from the Economist.

Businessweek‘s Management IQ blog has a post titled “The Gender Pay Gap: Still Alive at the Top, Too” where they quote a recent report saying that women execs make 85% of their male counterparts.

Research from Cornell about the 40-hour workweek was recently released: “Forty Hours Doesn’t Work for Everyone: Examining Employee Preferences for Work Hours”. From the summary:

Current economic conditions have caused many employers to reduce employees’ work hours—a trend that will likely continue if the economy worsens. Yet research on work hours is limited, as most studies in this area have focused on the effects of employees’ working in excess of a 40-hour work week. This report seeks to specifically examine the effect of “hours mismatch,” which is defined as the mismatch between the number of hours the employee desires to work and the actual number of hours worked. Based on a study of 1,032 individuals, the results show that hours mismatch is an important predictor of attitudinal outcomes, including life satisfaction, work-family conflict, job stress, and intent to turn over.

In other news, we have a new president! Merchandise, sporting Obama’s portrait, has been big business, but apparently a nanoscale portrait of our 44th president has been created as well. If you want to learn more about what’s going on during the presidential transition, then go to change.gov, the first-ever American presidential transition website. If you’d like a little sordid history about the 2008 Presidential Campaign, head over to Newsweek, where they’re doing a seven-part series on “Secrets of the 2008 Campaign”. Read all about how both McCain and Obama’s computer networks were hacked, and what you get for a $150,000 shopping spree.

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This week’s edition of Newsweek has a special section titled “Women & Leadership” which features 11 interviews with women in leadership positions.  The list is pretty varied and includes Tyra Banks, Barbara Walters, and Dara Torres.  They have also made available footage featuring Sarah Palin speaking at a form on women in leadership that Newsweek hosted in March 2008.  Topics include then-presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and motherhood’s intersection with politics.

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