Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

Women Receive Harsher Punishment at Work Than Men

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 00:00
Women caught in misconduct were 20 percent more likely to be fired and 30 percent less likely to find new employment in the financial services industry, reports new research by Mark Egan and colleagues.by Michael Blanding9079Mark L. Egan774513Research & Ideas

Free Trade Needs Nurturing—and Other Lessons from History

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 00:00
Global free trade is not the natural order of things, so it needs to be carefully tended to and maintained. Sophus Reinert and Dante Roscini discuss trade over time and what history teaches.by Staff9087Dante Roscini100370Sophus A. Reinert603179Research & Ideas

New Research and Ideas, December 11, 2018

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 00:00
Platforms compete in UK betting industry ... Oral history sheds light on corruption ... Startup considers risks vs. rewards of new technology.Dina Gerdeman9089First Look

Platform Competition: Betfair and the U.K. Market for Sports Betting

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 00:00
Since the early 2000s, online betting exchanges have had a new relationship with customers relative to traditional bookmakers, providing a platform to match individuals willing to lay and back the same outcome. This study shows how exchanges’ platform design choices have major implications for their likelihood of success.by Ramon Casadesus-Masanell and Neil Campbell9090Ramon Casadesus-Masanell24279Working Paper Summaries

Oral History and Writing the Business History of Emerging Markets

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 00:00
Oral history is a valuable resource to explore how businesses developed and functioned in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, regions with a growing share of global economic activity and the majority of the world’s population. While oral history is not uncritical, it provides openings for opinions, voices, and judgements on events on which there was often silence.by Geoffrey Jones and Rachael Comunale9088Geoffrey G. Jones24276Working Paper Summaries

Honda Created a Civic for Very Light Jets. How High Will It Fly?

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 00:00
Re: Gary P. Pisano9086Gary P. Pisano6530Cold Call Podcast

Why Managers Should Reveal Their Failures

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 00:00
If you want to get your messages through to employees, be ready to confess your own management shortcomings, counsels Alison Wood Brooks.by Dina Gerdeman9081Alison Wood Brooks684820Research & Ideas

The Salary Taboo: Privacy Norms and the Diffusion of Information

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 00:00
Barriers to the diffusion of salary information have implications for a wide range of labor market phenomena. This study of employees of a real organization shows that individuals significantly misinterpret their peers’ salaries, partly due to pervasive preferences for concealing own salary, and a potentially strategic decision of high earners to withhold their personal information.by Zoë B. Cullen and Ricardo Perez-Truglia9085Zoe B. Cullen879471Working Paper Summaries

New Research and Ideas, December 4, 2018

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 00:00
Work-from-anywhere policies work—sometimes ... Hello? Who’s listening to earnings calls? ... The risk of doing business overseas.Dina Gerdeman9082First Look

Work from Anywhere or Co-locate? Autonomy versus Learning Effects at the United States Patent Office

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 00:00
Managers often ask whether worker productivity rises or falls with work-from-anywhere (WFA) policies. This study of a real firm presents robust econometric evidence that WFA regimes can have positive effects on net worker output, especially for experienced hires working interdependently. For new hires, however, colocation is often needed to facilitate their learning.by Prithwiraj Choudhury, Cirrus Foroughi, and Barbara Larson9084Cirrus Foroughi779180Prithwiraj Choudhury327154Working Paper Summaries

How Companies Can Increase Market Rewards for Sustainability Efforts

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00
There is a connection between public sentiment about a company and how the market rewards its corporate social performance, according to George Serafeim.by Rachel Layne9083George Serafeim15705Research & Ideas

What’s the Best Administrative Approach to Climate Change?

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 00:00
Addressing climate change is a massive undertaking for global society, involving local, national, and multinational entities. James Heskett asks how such an effort should be managed from an administrative perspective.by James Heskett9080James L. Heskett6842What Do You Think?

On Target: Rethinking the Retail Website

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 00:00
Target is one big-brand retailer that seems to have survived and even thrived in the apocalyptic retail landscape. What's its secret? Srikant Datar discusses the company's rigorous focus on data.by Dina Gerdeman9078Srikant M. Datar6443HBS Case

Make Your Employees Feel Psychologically Safe

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00
To do their best work, people need to feel secure and safe in their workplace. In a new book, Amy C. Edmondson details how companies can develop psychological safety.by Martha Lagace9076Amy C. Edmondson6451Book

Demand Estimation in Models of Imperfect Competition

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00
The study shows how knowledge about firm behavior can be modeled to better predict demand. Research by Alexander MacKay and Nathan H. Millerby Alexander MacKay and Nathan H. Miller9077Alexander J. MacKay879788Working Paper Summaries

New Research and Ideas, November 20, 2018

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 00:00
A promising revenue model for US health care ... Peer pressure in credit policies ... Pro hockey team gets philanthropic.Dina Gerdeman9072First Look

Reverse the Curse of the Top-5

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 00:00
Scholars and those who evaluate them for promotion can overweight publications ranked in a discipline’s five top journals. This paper explains the origins of journal rankings, the errors and distortions when journal rankings are used to evaluate faculty research, how they inhibit innovative research on emerging practice issues, and possible reforms to reduce their perverse incentives.by Robert S. Kaplan9075Robert S. Kaplan6487Working Paper Summaries

Building a Nonprofit Marketplace to Feed America

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 00:00
Re: Scott Duke Kominers9074Scott Duke Kominers500905Cold Call Podcast

Lazy Prices

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 00:00
The most comprehensive information windows that firms provide to the markets—in the form of their mandated annual and quarterly filings—have changed dramatically over time, becoming significantly longer and more complex. When firms break from their routine phrasing and content, this action contains rich information for future firm stock returns and outcomes.by Lauren Cohen, Christopher J. Malloy, and Quoc Nguyen9073Lauren H. Cohen340063Christopher J. Malloy444656Working Paper Summaries

E-Santa: Is Retail Ready for Digital Christmas?

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 00:00
The retail industry is in such a spin over multichannel strategy, mall closings, and big brand shutterings, to name a few pressures, that even Santa can't keep track of it all. Here is recent Harvard Business School research on digital trends shaping how we shop.by Sean Silverthorne8860Sharpening Your Skills