Ramani Ramakrishnan and Ben Guam. (Photo Credit: Ryerson University)
Outdoor music festivals are energizing. The sun, the blue sky and the fresh air all feed the energy in the crowd. Soon, everyone is singing along with the band and there are smiles all around. With the music surrounding us, it feels like we have our own personal soundtrack to wrap the moment in. This can be the best of what outdoor festivals have to offer, but what happens when the sound is muffled or the melody is garbled?
Ben Gaum asked himself this question, which is what led him to his research thesis, “Sound Created Form.” The thesis evaluated the acoustics of temporary outdoor music performance facilities. Gaum, a 2010 graduate of Ryerson’s Master of Architecture program, he is also a musician; his passion for music spawned an interest in understanding the acoustic levels in outdoor music festival venues—the . . . → Read More: Outdoor Music Festivals: Clear Acoustics
While consumers may like the convenience that the Internet lends to certain tasks, going online isn’t always the best way to go. As such, a new Canadian study explores the complexities of buying a home—and whether it can be effectively accomplished in cyberspace.
The effectiveness of online real estate tools are examined in a March 2010 study published in The Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, led by Ryerson University professor of marketing Jane Saber and the University of Alberta’s Paul Messinger. The study, entitled “The impact of e-information on residential real estate services: Transaction costs, social embeddedness and market conditions,” surveyed 260 middle class Canadian households and found that, with the surge of online resources available, buyers and sellers will react differently to working with an agent based on whether or not the real estate market is hot. That is, when the market is hot and information can be . . . → Read More: Do-it-Yourself Real Estate: Ryerson University Researchers Explore Buying and Selling Online
In the not-so-distant past, diversity training was often viewed as a politically correct chore for some organizations. However, according to a new study from Ryerson University and York University, executives that associate positive values with diversity training are happier in their careers and more loyal to their companies.
Researchers Charity-Ann Hannan, Wendy Cukier, Margaret Yap and Mark Holmes. (Photo Credit: Ryerson University)
Corporate diversity training incorporates exercises and policies geared towards creating greater understanding of different ethnic backgrounds in order to facilitate collaboration and cooperation in the workplace.
The study, directed by lead author Margaret Yap, found that Canadian managers, professionals and executives who saw diversity training to be beneficial reported greater career satisfaction and commitment to their companies. In fact, these diversity-trained professionals were seven to 14 per cent more satisfied than their counterparts, who did not see value or were not offered diversity training in their . . . → Read More: Diversity Daze: Culturally Attuned Managers More Satisfied with Their Careers