A Year's Worth of Research on How to Get Ahead

Researchers in the fields of business, economics, and psychology maintained their relentless pursuit of knowledge in 2011, discovering, among other things, that a joke can get you a raise and that it’s OK to mimic your customers. In my search during the past year for statistics to publish in HBR’s Daily Stat newsletter, I found a few memorable pieces of research-based advice on how to get ahead in an unforgiving world:

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