Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

New Research and Ideas, December 12, 2017

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 00:00
When Donald Trump comes knocking ... How important to success is an entrepreneur's personality? ... A new theory on what motivates us at work.Sean Silverthorne8795First Look

'Don’t Show Up Empty-handed' and Other Tips for Finding the Right Job at a Startup

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:00
Jeffrey Bussgang's new book, "StartUpLand," is an essential guide for finding work at a startup.by Sean Silverthorne8751Jeffrey Bussgang108987Book

The Use and Misuse of Patent Data: Issues for Corporate Finance and Beyond

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:00
Corporate finance researchers who analyze patent data are at risk of making highly predictable errors. The problem arises from dramatic changes in the direction and location of technological innovation (and patenting practice) over recent decades. This paper by Josh Lerner and Amit Seruexplains the pitfalls and suggests practical steps for avoiding them.by Josh Lerner and Amit Seru8796Working Paper Summaries

Does Time Pressure Help or Hinder Creativity at Work?

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:00
Re: Teresa M. Amabile8794Teresa M. Amabile6409Cold Call Podcast

Is It Time To Break Up Amazon, Apple, Facebook, or Google?

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:00
The US government has in recent years been reluctant to pursue antitrust measures against dominant competitors, but that could change in 2018. James Heskett asks: Are tech's Big 4 killing the competition?by James Heskett8666James L. Heskett6842What Do You Think?

Trials and Terminations: Learning from Competitors' R&D Failures

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:00
When companies terminate R&D projects, it has ripple effects on the project selection decisions of rival firms and the broader competitive environment. Examining firm responses to others’ failures, this paper introduces a new model of R&D investment decisions, and empirically investigates when knowledge generated by rivals directly enters specific project investment decisions.by Joshua Lev Krieger8790Joshua Lev Krieger951435Working Paper Summaries

Does Financial Misconduct Affect the Future Compensation of Alumni Managers?

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:00
Analyzing data from an executive search firm, this paper explains how former employees who are free from wrongdoing still pay a price in stigma after incidents of corporate financial misconduct. The finding is potentially disquieting for all managers, because it suggests that one’s human capital can be impaired even long after one moves on and suggests the need for developing a human capital strategy for reacting to misconduct of past employers.by Boris Groysberg, Eric Lin, and George Serafeim8791George Serafeim15705Boris Groysberg10650Working Paper Summaries

What We've Learned from 101 Entrepreneurs in Emerging Markets

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 00:00
Harvard Business School’s project exploring the evolution of business leadership in emerging economies has reached an important milestone. Project leaders Geoffrey Jones and Tarun Khanna discuss what's been learned from the Creating Emerging Markets project so far.by Sean Silverthorne8789Geoffrey G. Jones24276Tarun Khanna6491Cheng Gao660517Erica Salvaj1031536Research & Ideas

First Look at New Research and Ideas, December 5, 2017

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 00:00
Working for a wrongdoing company could hurt your future earnings ... Does Financial Misconduct Affect the Future Compensation of Alumni Managers? ... How a competitor's failure affects product plans of other players.Sean Silverthorne8788First Look

How to Succeed in Business (According to a 15th Century Trade Merchant)

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 00:00
Does a 15th-century merchant have something to teach leaders about the proper ways to conduct business? Sophus Reinert, Dante Roscini, and Robert Fredona discuss the first English translation of "The Book of the Art of Trade."by Julia Hanna8748Sophus A. Reinert603179Dante Roscini100370Research & Ideas

Beware the Lasting Impression of a 'Temporary' Selfie

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 00:00
Some social media apps promise to delete your messages after they are read. The problem: The memory of your uninhibited behavior lingers. Research by Leslie K. John and colleagues.by Rachel Layne8780Leslie K. John589473Research & Ideas

First Look at New Research and Ideas, November 21, 2017

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 00:00
Employers pay too much attention to degrees ... A health care provider ponders new markets.Sean Silverthorne8782First Look

How Independent Bookstores Have Thrived in Spite of Amazon.com

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 00:00
A few years ago, Ryan Raffaelli set out to discover how independent bookstores have managed to survive and even thrive in spite of Amazon and other online retailers. His initial findings reveal how much consumers still value community and personal contact.by Carmen Nobel (video by Amelia Kunhardt)8778Ryan L. Raffaelli257292Research & Ideas

Equity Concerns Are Narrowly Framed

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 00:00
Research by Christine L. Exley and Judd B. Kessler finds that individuals tend to differentiate in their concerns about fairness along specific dimensions, especially time and money, and are much more worried about fairness in one (time) than the other (money). These attitudes may help explain a seemingly wide variety of phenomena.by Christine L. Exley and Judd B. Kessler8783Christine L. Exley774060Working Paper Summaries

Language and Globalization: The Mandate to Speak English at Rakuten

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 00:00
Re: Tsedal Neeley8732Tsedal Neeley438575Cold Call Podcast

How Does a Social Startup Decide to Commercialize? It May Depend on the Founder's Gender

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 00:00
How does the founder of a social venture decide to create a "hybrid" business rather than a traditional nonprofit organization? The decision has a lot to do with the founder’s gender, according to new research by Stefan Dimitriadis, Matthew Lee, Lakshmi Ramarajan, and Julie Battilana.Re: Lakshmi Ramarajan, Julie Battilana8739Lakshmi Ramarajan496799Julie Battilana382192Research & Ideas

New Research and Ideas: November 14, 2017

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 00:00
Watching violent crimes...Attracting truthful customer reviews...Approving medical devicesRe: Ariel D. Stern, Benjamin G. Edelman8779Ariel D. Stern735581Benjamin G. Edelman417579First Look

Want to Be Happier? Spend Some Money on Avoiding Household Chores

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 00:00
Buying our way out of the negative moments in the day is an important key to happiness, according to research by Ashley V. Whillans, Michael I. Norton, Elizabeth W. Dunn, Paul Smeets, and Rene Bekkers.Re: Ashley V. Whillans, Michael I. Norton8715Ashley V. Whillans943704Michael I. Norton326229Research & Ideas

Intermediation in the Supply of Agricultural Products in Developing Economies

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:00
This paper develops insights into the structural drivers of farmer and supply chain profitability in emerging market supply chains, then studies the impact of an e-intermediary (i.e., a digitally-enabled new supply channel) on this profitability. Results provide a more balanced perspective on the value of e-intermediation compared to the generally positive view that is advanced by case studies.by Kris Johnson Ferreira, Joel Goh, and Ehsan Valavi8777Kris Johnson Ferreira773347Joel Goh731200Ehsan Valavi994443Working Paper Summaries

Handgun Waiting Periods Prevent Hundreds of Homicides Each Year

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 00:00
Waiting-period laws reduce gun-related homicides by 17 percent and gun-related suicides by 6 percent, according to a study by Deepak Malhotra, Michael Luca, and Christopher Poliquin.Re: Multiple Faculty8766Michael Luca602417Deepak Malhotra189290Christopher William Poliquin664096Research & Ideas