Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

The Impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on Internet Interconnection

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 00:00
While many countries consider implementing their own versions of privacy and data protection regulations, there are concerns about whether such regulations may negatively impact the growth of the internet and reduce technology firms’ incentives in operating and innovating. Results of this study suggest limited effects of such regulations on the internet layer.by Ran Zhuo, Bradley Huffaker, KC Claffy, and Shane Greenstein9394Shane M. Greenstein718917Working Paper Summaries

China-based Fuyao Glass Considers Manufacturing in the US

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 00:00
Re: Willy C. Shih9392Willy C. Shih194874Cold Call Podcast

Lessons for Retailers from the Rebirth of Indie Bookstores

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 00:00
Independent bookstores are resurging. Their strategies offer lessons for many disrupted industries to compete against Amazon and other digital retailers, says Ryan Raffaelli.by Michael Blanding9393Ryan L. Raffaelli257292Research & Ideas

6 Traits That Set Top Business Leaders Apart

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 00:00
What do the best leaders do differently? Harvard Business School faculty members highlight the leadership skills and qualities that separate good from great.by Danielle Kost9387Joseph L. Badaracco6415Rosabeth M. Kanter6486Chester A. Huber139259Joseph B. Fuller123284Leonard A. Schlesinger6548Rebecca M. Henderson12345Research & Ideas

The Business Case for Becoming a Jack-of-All-Trades

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 00:00
New research by Frank Nagle and Florenta Teodoridis shows that a jack-of-all-trades may be better equipped than a specialist to jump on novel knowledge.by Michael Blanding9391Frank Nagle566431Research & Ideas

Engineering Serendipity: The Role of Cognitive Similarity in Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Production

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 00:00
By creating opportunities for cross-disciplinary scientists to meet and talk as part of a natural field experiment, this study analyzes and finds evidence for a systematic relationship between knowledge sharing and knowledge production in the sciences.by Jacqueline N. Lane, Ina Ganguli, Patrick Gaule, Eva C. Guinan, and Karim R. Lakhani9390Karim R. Lakhani240491Working Paper Summaries

Do Private Equity Buyouts Get a Bad Rap?

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 00:00
Elizabeth Warren calls them Wall Street "looting," but a recent study by Josh Lerner and colleagues shows private equity buyouts have both good and bad impacts.by Michael Blanding9388Josh Lerner9961Research & Ideas

Managerial Recognition as an Incentive for Innovation Platform Engagement: A Field Experiment and Interview Study at NASA

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 00:00
What gets workers to go the extra mile in creative problem solving? A field experiment and interviews with NASA employees finds that employees respond to managerial appreciation above other incentives.by Jana Gallus, Olivia S. Jung, and Karim R. Lakhani9389Karim R. Lakhani240491Working Paper Summaries

Rethinking Business Strategy in the Age of AI

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 00:00
For the first time in 100 years, new technologies such as artificial intelligence are causing firms to rethink their competitive strategy and organizational structure, say Marco Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani, authors of the new book Competing in the Age of AI.by Dina Gerdeman9386Marco Iansiti6482Karim R. Lakhani240491Book

NFL Head Coaches Are Getting Younger. What Can Organizations Learn?

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 00:00
Football team owners are hiring younger head coaches, hoping to unleash innovation and fresh thinking. How's that working out? Research by Boris Groysberg and colleagues.by Boris Groysberg, Evan M.S. Hecht, and Abhijit Naik9385Boris Groysberg10650Research & Ideas

Can Capitalism Be Fixed by Making Companies More Just?

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 00:00
Re: Ethan C. Rouen, Charles C.Y. Wang9383Ethan C. Rouen953217Charles C.Y. Wang651677Cold Call Podcast

From Know-It-Alls to Learn-It-Alls: Executive Development in the Era of Self-Refining Algorithms, Collaborative Filtering and Wearable Computing

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 00:00
The authors examine the future of executive education on a technological and cultural landscape that is imminent but different to the one we are accustomed to.by Mihnea Moldoveanu and Das Narayandas9384Das Narayandas6521Mihnea C. Moldoveanu10609Working Paper Summaries

The Future of Executive Development: The CLO’s Compass and The Executive Programs Designer’s Guide

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 00:00
This paper guides providers as well as chief learning officers and chief talent officers who want to chart effective routes through the emerging landscape of executive development.by Mihnea Moldoveanu and Das Narayandas9382Das Narayandas6521Mihnea C. Moldoveanu10609Working Paper Summaries

Motivate Your High Performers to Share Their Knowledge

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 00:00
Companies are sitting on a largely untapped resource to improve employee performance, says HBS professor Christopher Stanton—the knowledge of their co-workers.by Michael Blanding9381Christopher T. Stanton602452Research & Ideas

Medicare for All or Public Option: Can Either Heal Health Care?

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 00:00
A public insurance option could use its scale to hold prices down, but only if the approach avoids the financing gimmicks that are undermining Medicare, say Regina E. Herzlinger and James Wallace.by Regina E. Herzlinger and James Wallace9371Regina E. Herzlinger6476Op-Ed

Why Not Open America's Doors to All the World’s Talent?

Wed, 01/01/2020 - 00:00
The United States limits the number of skilled workers allowed to immigrate to the country. Is it time to expand the H-1B visa program? James Heskett asks.by James Heskett9380James L. Heskett6842William R. Kerr337265What Do You Think?

Read Our Most Popular Research Stories of 2019

Sun, 12/29/2019 - 00:00
Here are the most-read stories published by Harvard Business School Working Knowledge in 2019. Now it's your turn: What will be the biggest stories—the most significant business trends—of 2020?by Sean Silverthorne9379Research & Ideas

Tech Clusters

Sat, 12/28/2019 - 00:00
This paper reviews what constitutes a tech cluster, how they function internally, and the degree to which policy makers can purposefully foster them.by William R. Kerr and Frederic Robert-Nicoud9378William R. Kerr337265Working Paper Summaries

6 Skills That Wise Companies Harness for World-Changing Innovation

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 00:00
What does it take to truly change the world? In The Wise Company, Hirotaka Takeuchi shares the practices that help leading companies turn knowledge into lasting breakthroughs.by Kristen Senz9376Hirotaka Takeuchi6563Book

Under Pressure, Oxxo Rethinks the Convenience Store

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 00:00
Re: Tatiana Sandino9374Tatiana Sandino10699Cold Call Podcast