Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

ShotSpotter: A Gunfire Detection Business Looks for a New Market

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 00:00
8574Mitchell B. Weiss183463Cold Call Podcast

Meet the Oddball Entrepreneurs Who Invented Green Businesses

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
History is full of green entrepreneurs who were often treated by contemporaries as crazy. In the new book, "Profits and Sustainability: A History of Green Entrepreneurship," Geoffrey Jones chronicles the pioneers of sustainability dating back to the 19th century.by Sean Silverthorne8614Geoffrey G. Jones24276Book

First Look at New Research and Ideas, June 20

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 00:00
Should governments nudge? ... A new model for describing bubbles ... Exceptional management practices in India.Sean Silverthorne8650John Beshears8943Robin Greenwood136446Shashank Shah750488First Look

Conversational Peers and Idea Generation: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 00:00
To develop a theory of innovator capability, Sharique Hasan and Rembrand Koning extend existing research linking personality and creativity to take into account the social nature of idea generation. Using data from an experiment embedded in a bootcamp for aspiring entrepreneurs, results show that better ideas are generated by “open” innovators exposed to extroverted peers.by Sharique Hasan and Rembrand Koning8657Rembrand M. Koning876389Working Paper Summaries

Learning to Manage: A Field Experiment in the Indian Startup Ecosystem

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 00:00
This study of 100 high-growth startups in India finds that founder-executives can learn how to improve their management style from their peers at other firms.by Aaron Chatterji, Solene Delecourt, Sharique Hasan, and Rembrand Koning8656Rembrand M. Koning876389Working Paper Summaries

Amazon, Whole Foods Deal a Big Win for Consumers

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 00:00
What does Amazon's $14 billion deal for Whole Foods say about the future of retail? Harvard Business School professors Jose Alvarez and Len Schlesinger see good times for consumers.by Jose Alvarez and Len Schlesinger8654Jose B. Alvarez527239Leonard A. Schlesinger6548Research & Ideas

Minimizing Justified Envy in School Choice: The Design of New Orleans' OneApp

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 00:00
Alvin E. Roth and colleagues compare data from New Orleans and Boston in order to review designs and algorithms for better school assignment systems.by Atila Abdulkadiroglu, Yeon-Koo Che, Parag A. Pathak, Alvin E. Roth, and Oliver Tercieux8648Alvin E. Roth6594Working Paper Summaries

Expressive Voting and Its Cost: Evidence from Runoffs with Two or Three Candidates

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 00:00
Vincent Pons and Clémence Tricaud highlight the motivations and consequences of citizens voting for lower-ranked candidates in elections held under plurality rule.by Vincent Pons and Clémence Tricaud8649Vincent Pons736825Working Paper Summaries

Why Global Investments Are Still a Good Bet

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:00
International markets often move together, so does a global investment portfolio even make sense any more? Luis Viceira sees plenty of advantages in looking beyond home markets.by Michael Blanding8616Luis M. Viceira6604Research & Ideas

First Look at New Research and Ideas, June 13

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:00
Focus on a few growth metrics ... Immigrants and ingenuity ... How important is ‘detailing’ to medical sales?Sean Silverthorne8646Tom Nicholas337264Leonard A. Schlesinger6548Doug J. Chung643341First Look

How an African History Scholar Became a Modern Righter of Wrongs

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 00:00
A scholar of colonial-era African history, Caroline M. Elkins had dramatic success turning prior knowledge into real-world action—namely, with a groundbreaking lawsuit against the British government, which revealed a chillingly bureaucratic process for destroying evidence of torture.by Carmen Nobel8591Caroline M. Elkins937841Research & Ideas

First Look at New Research and Ideas: June 6, 2017

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 00:00
VCs with daughters are more likely to hire female partners ... Streamlining the US patent office ... Should the CEO also be chief strategist?Sean Silverthorne8637First Look

Cellophane, the New Visuality, and the Creation of Self-Service Food Retailing

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 00:00
Offering a visual perception of freshness, the expansion of cellophane packaging material dramatically altered how consumers understood food quality. Ai Hisano examines the importance of cellophane as “scientific” and “modern” in the early- to mid-20th-century United States.by Ai Hisano8642Ai Hisano873866Working Paper Summaries

Building India’s First $100 Billion Company

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 00:00
8580Sunil Gupta261323Cold Call Podcast

Stock Price Synchronicity and Material Sustainability Information

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 00:00
Jody Grewal, Clarissa Hauptmann, and George Serafeim seek to understand the characteristics of emerging accounting standards for sustainability information. Given that a large number of institutional investors seek sustainability data and have committed to using it, it is increasingly important to develop a robust accounting infrastructure for the reporting of such information.by Jody Grewal, Clarissa Hauptmann, and George Serafeim8636George Serafeim15705Jyothika Grewal740405Working Paper Summaries

Can Amazon Do What Walmart Couldn’t: Stop the Wheel of Retailing?

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 00:00
Walmart couldn't do it. Now it's Amazon's turn to break the theory of the "wheel of retailing." Can Amazon succeed? Is the wheel model even a helpful concept anymore? James Heskett asks.by James Heskett8633What Do You Think?

10 Harvard Business School Research Stories That Will Make Your Mouth Water

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 00:00
The food industry is under intense study at Harvard Business School. This story sampler looks at issues including restaurant marketing, chefs as CEOs, and the business of food science.by Sean Silverthorne8631Ramon Casadesus-Masanell24279David E. Bell6422Michael I. Norton326229Ai Hisano873866Nancy F. Koehn6493Anat Keinan417571Gary P. Pisano6530Nikolaos Trichakis602177Uma R. Karmarkar588196Clayton M. Christensen6437Sharpening Your Skills

Lessons Unlearned? Corporate Debt in Emerging Markets

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 00:00
Emerging markets are contending with a worrisome slowdown in economic growth accompanied by the build-up of corporate debt. Understanding this and other potential vulnerabilities requires knowing more about the state of emerging market corporate balance sheets, the drivers of debt accumulation, and the effects of both on the macroeconomy, according to this paper by Laura Alfaro and colleagues.by Laura Alfaro, Gonzalo Asis, Anusha Chari, and Ugo Panizza8632Laura Alfaro6629Working Paper Summaries

First Look at New Research and Ideas, May 30

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 00:00
Advice for those seeking advice ... Should CEOs become social activists? ... What companies don’t know about location.Sean Silverthorne8630Juan Alcacer178197Hayley Blunden743120Alison Wood Brooks684820Leslie K. John589473Francesca Gino271812Michael W. Toffel386263First Look

Digital Labor Markets and Global Talent Flows

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
Digital labor markets are Internet-based platforms connecting workers worldwide with companies seeking to have tasks completed. This paper by John Horton, William R. Kerr, and Christopher Stanton describes the markets, evaluates their rise and global span, and reviews academic studies of how they function. It includes cases to suggest the range of ways in which digital capabilities extend access to talent over long distances.by John Horton, William R. Kerr, and Christopher Stanton8629William R. Kerr337265Christopher T. Stanton602452Working Paper Summaries