Students in a California district are learning math using lessons that emphasize collaboration and multiple ways to reach correct answers. During a recent lesson, students were presented with the "cupcake challenge" -- a lesson in which groups of students worked together to determine how many children six cupcakes could serve if each child received a fourth of a cupcake.
When an internal investigation becomes necessary, it's important to do it right, write Tim Mohr and Nidhi Rao. Among the common mistakes they see companies make: not picking the right people for the investigative team, not properly preserving and analyzing evidence, and not handling interviews correctly.
The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board's Accounting and Auditing Policy Committee has released two exposure drafts intended to clarify and ensure consistent application of standards relating to accounting for asbestos cleanup costs at federal facilities.
While the executive and the legislative branches of the government discuss regulatory reform for the financial industry, the judicial branch is issuing influential rulings that often go against Wall Street executives. "Judges have lifetime appointments and are freer to act on their conscience than regulators," said Charles Elson, chairman of the corporate-governance center at the University of Delaware.
Business are able to gather volumes of data about their operations and customers, but the key question now is what to do with it all, write two IBM executives. Modern analytics can help companies improve HR, risk assessment and customer service, they argue.