Connie Wanberg and Michelle Duffy standing between shelves in library

Spring 2023 Research Roundup

Friday, April 21, 2023

Here’s a snapshot of several recently published papers by Carlson School faculty:



Michael Park
Michael Park, '23 PhD
Russell Funk
Associate Professor Russell Funk

Science is Becoming Less Disruptive

Research from Michael Park, ’23 PhD, and Associate Professor Russell Funk made the cover of Nature this year. After analyzing 45 million papers and 3.9 million patents across six decades, the researchers determined science and technology are becoming less disruptive over time as increasingly narrower slices of knowledge are used to develop new work. Their findings received worldwide media attention in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, El País, ChosunBiz, Le Monde, and more.



Connie Wanberg and Michelle Duffy stand in a library aisle by book shelves
Professor Connie Wanberg (left) and Professor Michelle Duffy

How Divorce Impacts Work

Until now, little research had examined how the effects of divorce may spill over at work. Professors Connie Wanberg and Michelle Duffy, along with alum Borbala Csillag, ’21 PhD, published their findings from two studies in Personnel Psychology. On average, divorcing people reported lower health, poorer job performance, and a more negative mood at work, but the researchers also found some gained renewed career motivation.




Shawn Curley
Professor Shawn Curley
De Liu
Professor De Liu

Digital Nudges Encourage More Exercise

Text messages and app alerts could help increase participation in corporate wellness programs.

Published in the Journal of Association of Information Systems, research from Professors Shawn Curley and De Liu examined how these digital nudges impacted reported physical activity in such a program.

They found both motivational text messages and “kudos” (similar to Facebook likes) led to increases in self-reported exercise. While the impact of motivational messages increased over time, the effect of “kudos” didn’t last long term.

Spring 2023 alumni magazine cover

This article appeared in the Spring 2023 alumni magazine

Underpinning growth is innovation and courage.

The Carlson School community shares their leaps of faith and the results.

Spring 2023 table of contents