Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

Researchers Use Google Street View to See the Future of Cities

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
Scott Duke Kominers, Nikhil Naik, and colleagues use Google Street View to show how cities are changing and help them improve over time.by Michael Blanding8673Scott Duke Kominers500905Research & Ideas

First Look at New Research and Ideas, August 15, 2017

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:00
You’ll come around ... Is a deeply religious business culture ready for an acquisition? ... How historians should look at emerging marketsSean Silverthorne8701Geoffrey G. Jones24276Jeffrey F. Rayport6536Michael I. Norton326229First Look

Rethinking Measurement of Pay Disparity and Its Relation to Firm Performance

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 00:00
Among this paper’s contributions is evidence that different types of pay disparity matter in different ways to firm employees, and that disparity created by pay that is unrelated to the economics of the firm negatively impacts employee satisfaction, with consequences for firm performance. The paper also gives investors and proxy advisors a roadmap to interpret pay ratios and pay disparity. This roadmap may help regulators and firms to, respectively, mandate and prepare more informative disclosures.by Ethan Rouen8699Working Paper Summaries

Pal's Sudden Service: Taking Fast Food to the Next Level

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 00:00
8575Gary P. Pisano6530Cold Call Podcast

Productivity Tips You Probably Haven't Considered Before

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:00
Want to be more productive at work? These recent studies from Harvard Business School researchers offer tips on everything from organizing work flow to paying attention to the weather.by Sean Silverthorne8693Sharpening Your Skills

The Role of Taxes in the Disconnect Between Corporate Performance and Economic Growth

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 00:00
This paper by Urooj Khan, Suresh Nallareddy, and Ethan Rouen offers evidence of potential issues with the current United States system of taxation on foreign corporate profits. A reduction in the US tax rate and the move to a territorial tax system from a worldwide system could better align economic growth with growth in corporate profits by encouraging firms to invest domestically and repatriate foreign earnings.by Urooj Khan, Suresh Nallareddy, and Ethan Rouen8698Ethan Rouen953217Working Paper Summaries

First Look at Research and Ideas, August 8, 2017

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 00:00
Can Waze navigate its own growth challenges? ... Hospital management practices can help (and hurt) maternal outcomes ... Seeking prestige, Japanese companies perform better on the Nikkei 400 stock index.Sean Silverthorne8696Charles C.Y. Wang651677Mitchell B. Weiss183463Matthew D. Shaffer740568Rory M. McDonald600690First Look

'Be Yourself (Within Reason)' and Other Job Search Survival Tips

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 00:00
In some professions, successful job hunting depends as much on a healthy body and cleared mind as it does on a well-performed interview, says Ethan Rouen.by Sean Silverthorne8694Ethan Rouen953217Research & Ideas

Governance Through Shame and Aspiration: Index Creation and Corporate Behavior in Japan

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 00:00
By exploiting the unique features of Japan’s JPX-Nikkei 400 index, this paper by Akash Chattopadhyay, Matthew D. Shaffer, and Charles C.Y. Wang examines how membership in a stock index serves as a source of prestige that can motivate managers and influence corporate governance norms.by Akash Chattopadhyay, Matthew D. Shaffer, and Charles C.Y. Wang8697Charles C.Y. Wang651677Matthew D. Shaffer740568Working Paper Summaries

Private Equity and Financial Fragility During the Crisis

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 00:00
Examining the activity of almost 500 PE-backed companies during the 2008 financial crisis, this study finds that during a time in which capital formation dropped dramatically, PE-backed companies invested more aggressively than peer companies did. Research by Josh Lerner and colleagues.by Shai Bernstein, Josh Lerner, and Filippo Mezzanotti8692Josh Lerner9961Working Paper Summaries

The Accounting Rookie Job Market: A Practitioner’s Guide

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 00:00
Aimed at accounting PhD students but potentially useful to other new academics and job seekers, Ethan Rouen's essay offers suggestions for the dissertation process and subsequent job search. The writer tries to relieve some of the stress and confusion that inevitably comes with completing a PhD and finding a first academic job.by Ethan Rouen8691Ethan Rouen953217Working Paper Summaries

Machine Learning Methods for Strategy Research

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 00:00
Marketing, logistics, knowledge flow analysis, and other domains have become highly dependent on machine learning methods and tools. Mike Horia Teodorescu provides a survey of these methods and their management applications. Aimed at a broad readership, the article explains tools and concepts in a way that is accessible to non-specialists, including those without a programming background.by Mike Horia Teodorescu8690Mike Horia Teodorescu701044Working Paper Summaries

Why Can’t Organizations Engage Their Employees?

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 00:00
An engaged employee is a difference maker, yet the number of actively disengaged employees far exceeds the number of engaged ones, notes< James Heskett. What do you think is key to firing up the workforce?by James Heskett8662James L. Heskett6842What Do You Think?

First Look at New Research and Ideas, August 1

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 00:00
The surprising consequences of brand flirtation ... Is the Watson strategy working at IBM? ... What managers owe society.Sean Silverthorne8683Francesca Gino271812Michael I. Norton326229Rosabeth M. Kanter6486Nien-he Hsieh24284First Look

Business History, the Great Divergence and the Great Convergence

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 00:00
Among economic historians, the Great Divergence means the rise of the income gap between the West and the Rest since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The more recent Great Convergence is a narrowing of that gap. This paper by Geoffrey Jones integrates a business history perspective into debates surrounding these macro transformations. It calls for greater attention to micro processes that generate productive firms and entrepreneurs.by Geoffrey Jones8689Geoffrey G. Jones24276Working Paper Summaries

In Pursuit of Everyday Creativity

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 00:00
Teresa M. Amabile describes the most compelling research trends around creativity and innovation. It suggests that 1) creative behavior of ordinary individuals is likely to become more important to the development of products and services, and 2) future studies should focus on such creative behavior—and related psychological states and environmental contexts—as it happens.by Teresa M. Amabile8687Teresa M. Amabile6409Working Paper Summaries

It’s Hard to Fix the Family Business Without Offending the Family

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 00:00
Navigating complex relationships and understanding unwritten processes are among the many challenges of of transitioning a family-owned business to the next generation. Len Schlesinger, Michael Raiche, and Roger Zhu discuss the dilemmas of a small Vietnamese restaurant in the case study “Pho Hoa Dorchester.”by Julia Hanna8643Leonard A. Schlesinger6548HBS Case

The Revolution in Advertising: From Don Draper to Big Data

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 00:00
8578John A. Deighton6446Cold Call Podcast

First Look at New Research and Ideas: July 25, 2017

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 00:00
Banning protections on M&A deals...Effectively measuring the patient experience...Considering the efficacy of 'quadratic voting.'Carmen Nobel8680Guhan Subramanian6644Leonard A. Schlesinger6548Scott Duke Kominers500905First Look

People Have an Irrational Need to Complete 'Sets' of Things

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 00:00
People are irrationally motivated to complete arbitrary sets of tasks, donations, or purchases—and organizations can take advantage of that, according to new research by Kate Barasz, Leslie John, Elizabeth Keenan, and Michael Norton.by Carmen Nobel8627Leslie K. John589473Michael I. Norton326229Elizabeth A. Keenan764108Research & Ideas