Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

The High Cost of the Slow COVID Vaccine Rollout

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 00:00
Aggressive investment in COVID-19 vaccine production earlier on could have saved lives and prevented $700 billion in global economic losses, says research by Scott Duke Kominers and colleagues.by Michael Blanding9759Research & Ideas

Deregulation, Market Power, and Prices: Evidence from the Electricity Sector

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 00:00
Efforts to deregulate the US electricity sector beginning in the 1990s included market-based prices and restructuring measures to introduce competition. This paper argues that electricity prices increased after deregulation because of the presence of market power.by Alexander MacKay and Ignacia Mercadal9763Working Paper Summaries

Population Interference in Panel Experiments

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 00:00
In panel experiments, units are exposed to different interventions over time. This article introduces a unifying framework for studying panel experiments with population interference, in which a treatment assigned to one experimental unit affects another experimental unit's outcome. Findings have implications for fields as diverse as education, economics, and public health.by Iavor I. Bojinov, Kevin Wu Han, and Guillaume Basse9762Working Paper Summaries

Men Are Key to Realizing Equality for Women

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 00:00
Gender equity offers a new source of competitive advantage. In Glass Half-Broken, Colleen Ammerman and Boris Groysberg provides advice for companies working toward parity.by Kristen Senz9757Book

How Teams Work: Lessons from the Pandemic

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 00:00
How will COVID-19 change collaboration? Leslie Perlow and Ashley Whillans explore the tactics that helped and hindered newly remote teams in 2020.by Kristen Senz9754Research & Ideas

Currency Hedging in Emerging Markets: Managing Cash Flow Exposure

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 00:00
Economies with less liquid foreign exchange derivative markets offer firms fewer options to hedge their currency risk. Given the limitations of natural hedging, these firms are more exposed to systemic risk.by Laura Alfaro, Mauricio Calani, and Liliana Varela9755Working Paper Summaries

The World Management Survey at 18: Lessons and the Way Forward

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 00:00
With a dataset of 13,000 firms and 4,000 schools and hospitals spanning more than 35 countries, the World Management Survey provides a systematic measure of management practices used in organizations. This paper gives an overview of lessons learned and a management policy toolkit for policymakers.by Daniela Scur, Raffaella Sadun, John Van Reenen, Renata Lemos, and Nicholas Bloom9756Working Paper Summaries

Disrupting the Waste Industry with Technology

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 00:00
9752Cold Call Podcast

Why Can’t More Leaders Teach?

Mon, 04/05/2021 - 00:00
If the best leaders tend to be great teachers, why do some successful executives struggle to share their knowledge? What does this shortcoming say about their leadership? asks James Heskett.by James Heskett9753What Do You Think?

Salary Negotiations: A Catch-22 for Women

Fri, 04/02/2021 - 00:00
Too assertive or too nice? New research from Julian Zlatev probes the lose-lose dynamics that penalize women in negotiations and perpetuate gender inequity.by Kristen Senz9751Research & Ideas

Commuting Hurts Productivity and Your Best Talent Suffers Most

Tue, 03/30/2021 - 00:00
Companies that prize innovation should keep employees out of soul-crushing transit, even after the COVID-19 pandemic, suggests new research by Andy Wu.by Lane Lambert9748Research & Ideas

Kidney Exchange: An Operations Perspective

Tue, 03/30/2021 - 00:00
Kidney exchange has become a standard form of transplantation in the United States and a few other countries in part because of exchange process improvements. However, much more needs to be done: There are still many more patients in need of transplants than can be saved.by Itai Ashlagi and Alvin E. Roth9750Working Paper Summaries

Steer Clear of the Blind Spots That Derail Experiments

Thu, 03/25/2021 - 00:00
Companies are testing everything from website features to compensation strategies, but five common mistakes might keep them from reaching meaningful conclusions, says Michael Luca.by Danielle Kost9747Research & Ideas

Managing Future Growth at an Innovative Workforce Education Startup

Tue, 03/23/2021 - 00:00
9745Cold Call Podcast

Succeeding in the New Work-from-Anywhere World

Tue, 03/23/2021 - 00:00
Remote work is here to stay. Tsedal Neeley's Remote Work Revolution offers business leaders a blueprint for navigating the virtual workplace.by Michael Blanding9746Book

How to Learn from the Big Mistake You Almost Make

Mon, 03/22/2021 - 00:00
A brush with disaster can lead to important innovations, but only if employees have the psychological safety to reflect on these close calls, says research by Amy C. Edmondson and colleagues.by Kristen Senz9744Research & Ideas

Assessing the Strength of Network Effects in Social Network Platforms

Fri, 03/19/2021 - 00:00
Network-specific traits such as the degree of clustering and the prevalence of multihoming all influence the strength and competitive impact of network effects. However, network size alone is often misleading, and network effects should be examined on a case-by-case basis.by Marco Iansiti9742Working Paper Summaries

Consuming Contests: Outcome Uncertainty and Spectator Demand for Contest-based Entertainment

Wed, 03/17/2021 - 00:00
Analysis of Australian Football League data shows that the uncertainty of game outcomes has a large, positive causal effect on stadium attendance. These findings show how competitive balance is important for contest designers in general and sports leagues in particular.by Patrick J. Ferguson and Karim R. Lakhani9741Working Paper Summaries

Beyond Pajamas: Sizing Up the Pandemic Shopper

Wed, 03/17/2021 - 00:00
COVID-19 forced many shoppers to make their first online purchases. But will these customers stick around? Research by Ayelet Israeli, Eva Ascarza, and colleague.by Ayelet Israeli, Eva Ascarza, and Laura Castrillo9743Research & Ideas

Fairness or Control: What Determines Elected Local Leaders’ Support for Hosting Refugees in Their Community?

Mon, 03/15/2021 - 00:00
Local politicians are not adamantly opposed to setting up host sites for refugees in their municipalities. However, they want a fair process to ensure that interaction between refugees and residents is limited, gradual, and mediated. Most importantly, local politicians want to control those interactions.by Kristin Fabbe, Eleni Kyrkopoulou, Konstantinos Matakos, and Asli Unan9740Working Paper Summaries