Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

How Charitable Organizations Can Thwart Excuses for Not Giving

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 00:00
Charitable organizations provide all kinds of reasons for donors to give—but sometimes their messaging does just the opposite, shows research by Christine Exley.Re: Christine L. Exley8746Christine L. Exley774060Research & Ideas

Games of Threats

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 00:00
The Shapley value is the most widely studied solution concept of cooperative game theory, with applications including cost allocation, fair division, and voting. Elon Kohlberg and Abraham Neyman extend the Shapley value solution beyond coalitional games to “games of threats,” which arise in applications that combine competitive and cooperative considerations.by Elon Kohlberg and Abraham Neyman8761Elon Kohlberg6494Working Paper Summaries

How Economic Clusters Drive Globalization

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:00
Historical research by Valeria Giacomin shows that industrial clusters, often cited in explaining local economic growth, have had a much wider impact, especially in developing countries.Re: Valeria  Giacomin8743Valeria  Giacomin945309Research & Ideas

First Look at New Research and Ideas, October 17, 2017

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 00:00
Beware the lasting impression of a temporary selfie ... Competing against Cannes, Sundance, and Toronto film festivals ... Should a leading game developer sell out?Re: Multiple Faculty8762Rohit Deshpande6447Leslie K. John589473Jeffrey F. Rayport6536First Look

Founders With a Hands-on Management Style Grow Stronger Companies

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 00:00
New research by Rembrand Koning says the best-performing startups are those where the founder is hands-on with people management.Re: Rembrand M. Koning8675Rembrand M. Koning876389Research & Ideas

Healthy Business? Managerial Education and Management in Healthcare

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 00:00
This study by Raffaella Sadun and colleagues shows that a hospital’s proximity to a university supplying joint business and clinical education is associated with a higher management practice score and better clinical outcomes.by Nicholas Bloom, Raffaella Sadun, Renata Lemos, and John Van Reenen8760Raffaella Sadun541712Working Paper Summaries

Shopping for Confirmation: How Disconfirming Feedback Shapes Social Networks

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 00:00
Managers who use feedback processes often assume that employees will respond to them with dutiful efforts to improve. This study by Paul Green, Jr., Francesca Gino, and Bradley Staats finds that negative feedback instead causes employees to reshape their networks in order to shore up their professional and personal identity. This reshaping lowers performance—a result at odds with the goal of performance feedback.by Paul Green, Jr., Francesca Gino, and Bradley Staats8759Working Paper Summaries

Telemundo: The Fastest Growing TV Network in the United States

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 00:00
Re: Henry W. McGee8753Henry W. McGee61618Cold Call Podcast

The Decline of Big-Bank Lending to Small Business: Dynamic Impacts on Local Credit and Labor Markets

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 00:00
Between 2008 and 2014, the Top 4 banks sharply decreased their lending to small business.Samuel G. Hanson and colleagues examine the lasting economic consequences of this contraction.by Brian S. Chen, Samuel G. Hanson, and Jeremy C. Stein8758Samuel G. Hanson333598Working Paper Summaries

The House Wants to Squelch Voices of ‘Small’ Shareholders. Research Shows Those Voices Matter.

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 00:00
Firm managers frequently seek to exclude investor proposals that ultimately win support from the majority of the firm’s shareholders, according to new research by Eugene F. Soltes, Suraj Srinivasan, and Rajesh Vijayaraghavan.Re: Eugene F. Soltes, Suraj Srinivasan8724Eugene F. Soltes541710Suraj Srinivasan10700Research & Ideas

Crime and Violence: Desensitization in Victims to Watching Criminal Events

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 00:00
Findings from an experiment by Rafael Di Tella and colleagues show that victims of crimes become desensitized to violence in biological and cognitive ways. These results may help explain a troubling contradiction in Latin America: rising crime along with decreasing public concern about it.by Rafael Di Tella, Lucia Freira, Ramiro H. Gálvez, Ernesto Schargrodsky, Diego Shalom, and Mariano Sigman8757Rafael M. Di Tella6448Working Paper Summaries

First Look at New Research and Ideas, October 10, 2017

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 00:00
Measuring sales the right way ... Does crime desensitize victims? ... Innovation in a 100-year-old medical devices giant .Re: Multiple Faculty8756Frank V. Cespedes126057Michael Beer6421Raffaella Sadun541712Rebecca M. Henderson12345Rafael M. Di Tella6448First Look

Fearing Fox News, Democratic-leaning Companies Delayed Negative Announcements

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 00:00
Jonas Heese and Vishal P. Baloria explore strategies used by companies to reduce the risk of potentially negative press, focusing on Fox News and the 2000 presidential election.by Jen Deaderick8720Jonas Heese740159Research & Ideas

Marry Rich, Poor Girl: Investigating the Effects of Sex Selection on Intrahousehold Outcomes in India

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 00:00
This study by Reshmaan Hussam examines the unintended consequences in India of sex selection technology on the marriage market and the bargaining power of surviving women. It finds women in regions exposed to ultrasound face poorer matches and outcomes in marriage.by Reshmaan Hussam8754Reshmaan Hussam952941Working Paper Summaries

Habit Formation and Rational Addiction: A Field Experiment in Handwashing

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 00:00
This study in rural West Bengal considers the role of habituation in an essential but unpopular preventive health behavior: handwashing with soap. The study finds that frontloading both financial and social incentives facilitates habituation, and agents internalize this habitual nature. Findings help guide the design of optimal incentives to increase the adoption of positive habits.by Reshmaan Hussam, Atonu Rabbani, Giovanni Reggiani, and Natalia Rigol8755Reshmaan Hussam952941Working Paper Summaries

How to Promote Home Delivery of Prescription Drugs? Give Employees a 'Nudge'

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 00:00
Re: John Beshears8730John Beshears8943Cold Call Podcast

Five Leaders Forged in Crisis, and What We Can Learn From Them

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:00
Business historian Nancy Koehn outlines the leadership skills of five people forged in crisis: Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Shackleton, Frederick Douglass, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Rachel Carson.Re: Nancy F. Koehn8700Nancy F. Koehn6493Book

First Look at Research and Ideas, October 3, 2017

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 00:00
How management feedback can backfire ... Hospitals that overbill as a financial strategy ... Using artificial intelligence to gauge human intelligence.by Sean Silverthorne8747Ethan S. Bernstein17441Francesca Gino271812Jonas Heese740159Paul D. McKinnon766017First Look

When Exit is an Option: Effects of Indiscriminate Violence on Attitudes Among Syrian Refugees in Turkey

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 00:00
Kristin Fabbe and colleagues examine the attitudes of civilians displaced by violence in a conflict where the strategic logic was not to control people but to remove them.by Kristin Fabbe, Chad Hazlett, and Tolga Sinmazdemir8752Kristin E. Fabbe772456Working Paper Summaries

7 Effective Ways to Lead Teams

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 00:00
Managers of teams require communications skills, organizational capabilities, and a knack for judging how people might work together. Research from Harvard Business School investigates the challenges of team leadership.Re: Multiple Faculty8711Francesca Gino271812Amy C. Edmondson6451Vincent Pons736825Sharpening Your Skills