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Management Buzz 05/02

The effectiveness of interim deadlines and the current state of the military's "chain of command"

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Too much employee freedom can grind productivity to a halt, according to a recent study of procrastination by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Dan Ariely. He conducted time and productivity experiments on students, including undergraduates and well-organized, type A personalities from the university's executive education program. The results show that imposing interim deadlines on projects yields the best results.

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