Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

Sports: Lessons for Managers

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 00:00
When people look to illustrate a great business idea or accomplishment, a sports metaphor usually isn't far away. Why Harvard Business School researchers look for teaching gold on the playing fields of the world.by Sean Silverthorne9112Sharpening Your Skills

Corporate Sustainability: A Strategy?

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 00:00
Between 2012 and 2017, companies within most industries adopted an increasingly similar set of sustainability practices. This study examines the interplay between common and strategic practices.by Ioannis Ioannou and George Serafeim9116George Serafeim15705Working Paper Summaries

Why Business Should Support Employees Who are Caregivers

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 00:00
Shifting demographics are causing more and more workers to serve as caregivers to family and friends—but employers seem hardly to notice the trend. Joseph Fullerand Manjari Raman discuss why companies should help.by Danielle Kost9114Joseph B. Fuller123284Research & Ideas

What Football Firings Teach Managers About Staying Relevant

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 00:00
Many executives are confident they can retain their skills over time. Experience shows they are wrong. Just look at the National Football League's "Black Monday" for proof, says Boris Groysberg.by Boris Groysberg, Evan M.S. Hecht, and Abhijit Naik9111Boris Groysberg10650Research & Ideas

New Research and Ideas, January 15, 2019

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 00:00
A look at second-tier stock exchanges ... Bank helps customers in default ... How the FDA guides approval of new medical devices.Dina Gerdeman9109First Look

The Creation and Evolution of Entrepreneurial Public Markets

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 00:00
This analysis by Shai Bernstein, Abhishek Dev, and Josh Lerner shows that stock exchanges in countries with better shareholder protection allowed younger and less profitable companies to raise more capital. These markets alone cannot boost entrepreneurial activity but need enabling institutions.by Shai Bernstein, Abhishek Dev, and Josh Lerner9113Josh Lerner9961Working Paper Summaries

These 4 CEOs Created a New Standard of Leadership

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 00:00
At the height of the 2008 financial crisis, these four corporate leaders stepped forward—and changed how we think of leadership forever, says Bill George.by Bill George9110Op-Ed

Can Miguel McKelvey Build the ‘Culture Operating System’ at WeWork?

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 00:00
Re: Jeffrey F. Rayport9102Jeffrey F. Rayport6536Cold Call Podcast

The UK Needs a Bold Competitive Strategy to Survive Brexit

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 00:00
There is little doubt that the United Kingdom’s separation from Europe will reduce its competitiveness for the foreseeable future, argue Michael Porter and Christian Ketels. Here's what can be done about it.by Michael Blanding9108Michael E. Porter6532Research & Ideas

New Research and Ideas, January 8, 2019

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 00:00
Cost-savings strategies in cardiac cath labs ... Colombian company considers development deal ... How to repair Israel’s tarnished image.Dina Gerdeman9104First Look

The Better Way to Forecast the Future

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 00:00
We can forecast hurricane paths with great certainty, yet many businesses can't predict a supply chain snafu just around the corner. Yael Grushka-Cockayne says crowdsourcing can help.by Roberta Holland9105Yael Grushka-Cockayne263650Research & Ideas

The Digital Commons: Tragedy or Opportunity? A Reflection on the 50th Anniversary of Hardin’s Tragedy of the Commons

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 00:00
On the 50th anniversary of Garrett Hardin’s “The Tragedy of the Commons,” this article considers the benefits and potential downsides of the digital commons, which emerged well after Hardin wrote his seminal article.by Frank Nagle9107Frank Nagle566431Working Paper Summaries

Everyone Knows Innovation is Essential to Business Success—Except Board Directors

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 00:00
In a recent survey of 5,000 board members, innovation was not ranked high on their list of priorities. What are they not seeing? ask Boris Groysberg and Yo-Jud Cheng.by Michael Blanding9101J. Yo-Jud Cheng701518Research & Ideas

Financing the Response to Climate Change: The Pricing and Ownership of US Green Bonds

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 00:00
Green bonds are used for environmentally friendly purposes like renewable energy. Complementing previous research, this paper explores the US corporate and municipal green bond and shows that a subset of investors is willing to give up some return to hold green bonds.by Malcolm Baker, Daniel Bergstresser, George Serafeim, and Jeffrey Wurgler9103Malcolm P. Baker10639George Serafeim15705Working Paper Summaries

Do We Need an Artificial Intelligence Czar?

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 00:00
Artificial intelligence technologies could create more economic opportunity than entire industries. But AI poses threats as well and US political leaders seem unaware of potential consequences. Do we need an AI czar? asks James Heskett.by James Heskett9100James L. Heskett6842What Do You Think?

Team Learning Capabilities: A Meso Model of Sustained Innovation and Superior Firm Performance

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 00:00
This paper by my C. Edmondson and colleagues focuses on the critical role of work teams, arguing that managers must leverage the knowledge generated by teams to support innovation and strategic change.by Jean-François Harvey, Henrik Bresman, and Amy C. Edmondson9099Amy C. Edmondson6451Working Paper Summaries

Most Popular Stories and Research Papers of 2018

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 00:00
The most-read stories on Harvard Business School Working Knowledge in 2018 included topics as wide-ranging as the children of working moms, downsides of the open office, and work unhappiness. What do you think were the most powerful business trends of the year?by Sean Silverthorne9095Research & Ideas

Using Fintech to Disrupt Eastern Bank from Within

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 00:00
Re: Karen Mills9096Karen Mills123725Cold Call Podcast

Near Year, New Habits

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 00:00
You are resolved to turn over a new leaf in 2019. Maybe become a better boss or crank up the productivity. What are the best ways to put these good intentions into practice?by Sean Silverthorne8861Sharpening Your Skills

Find and Replace: R&D Investment Following the Erosion of Existing Products

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 00:00
This study by Joshua Krieger and colleagues sheds light on how product outcomes shape the direction of innovation and markets for technology.by Joshua Krieger, Xuelin Li, and Richard T. Thakor9097Joshua Lev Krieger951435Working Paper Summaries