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Rocket-tunity: Can Private Firms Turn a Profit in Space?

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 00:00
Private rocket companies are competing to be the first to send paying tourists into space, perhaps even this year. Matthew Weinzierl lays out the strategic roadmap to the stars.by Scott Wallask9142Matthew C. Weinzierl496493Research & Ideas

Relative Performance Transparency: Effects on Sustainable Choices

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 00:00
This paper discusses experiments involving more than 7,000 participants to shed light on how information and its presentation regarding sustainable performance can be a tool for enhancing sustainable choices in practice.by Ryan W. Buell, Shwetha Mariadassou, and Yanchong Zheng9143Ryan W. Buell320524Working Paper Summaries

New Research and Ideas, February 19, 2019

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 00:00
These CEO types are more productive ... Does revising make it better? ... Rewards spur more productivity.Sean Silverthorne9140First Look

Diagnostic Bubbles

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00
This paper generates insights into the structure of asset price bubbles by modeling beliefs from fundamental psychological assumptions, and combining this with standard neoclassical mechanisms, such as learning from prices and speculation.by Pedro Bordalo, Nicola Gennaioli, Spencer Yongwook Kwon, and Andrei Shleifer9144Andrei Shleifer13527Working Paper Summaries

What’s Really Disrupting Business? It’s Not Technology

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00
Technology doesn't drive disruption—customers do. In a new book, marketing professor Thales Teixeira argues that successful disruptors are faster to spot and serve emerging customer needs than larger competitors.by Danielle Kost9138Thales S. Teixeira522373Book

The Delicious History of Hershey Chocolate

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 00:00
Re: Nancy F. Koehn9139Nancy F. Koehn6493Cold Call Podcast

New Research and Ideas, February 12, 2019

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 00:00
Don't shoot the messenger! ... How to address worker distress ... From script to big screen.Dina Gerdeman9136First Look

The Business of Saving the Planet

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00
Putting their operations in harmony with the environment might be the single largest challenge faced by organizations today. Here is the latest research around building sustainability into business processes and management practices.by Sean Silverthorne9137Research & Ideas

Gender Stereotypes in Deliberation and Team Decisions

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00
Professional success requires the ability to contribute ideas, and receive credit for them. This paper explores gender differences in how men and women communicate and reward each other in team decision-making problems. We find that women are recognized less often for their contributions in male-typed domains.by Katherine B. Coffman, Clio Bryant Flikkema, and Olga Shurchkov9132Katherine B. Coffman879706Working Paper Summaries


Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00
The IBM PC was the first computer platform to be open by choice and not because of financial constraints. Initially, this openness kept IBM competitive. But IBM’s control over two strategic bottlenecks— standards embedded in the Basic Input Output System, and system integration and manufacturing of the computer itself—turned out to be weak.by Carliss Y. Baldwin9134Carliss Y. Baldwin6417Working Paper Summaries

Platform Systems vs. Step Processes—The Value of Options and the Power of Modularity

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 00:00
This paper compares the value structure of platform systems and step processes, finding that step processes reward technical integration, unified governance, risk aversion, and the use of direct authority. Platform systems by contrast reward modularity, distributed governance, risk taking, and autonomous decision-making.by Carliss Y. Baldwin9133Carliss Y. Baldwin6417Working Paper Summaries

Immigrant Networking and Collaboration: Survey Evidence from CIC

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 00:00
This study compares U.S.-born and immigrant entrepreneurs’ use of networking opportunities provided by CIC, the former Cambridge Innovation Center. Research by Sari Pekkala Kerr and William R. Kerr.by Sari Pekkala Kerr and William R. Kerr9131William R. Kerr337265Working Paper Summaries

How Big Companies Can Out Run Disruption

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 00:00
Large companies can be easy targets for disruption, but Gary Pisano says there are steps that can keep them ahead of the innovation curve. Rule 1: Don't emulate startup cultures.by Martha Lagace9135Gary P. Pisano6530Research & Ideas

Does Public Ownership and Accountability Increase Diversity? Evidence from IPOs

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 00:00
Going public has no effect on workforce diversity, according to this study comparing changes in firms’ ownership type with longitudinal data on employment.by Rembrand Koning and John-Paul Ferguson9130Rembrand M. Koning876389Working Paper Summaries

Stereotypes and Belief Updating

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 00:00
Increasing evidence demonstrates that stereotyped beliefs drive key economic decisions. This paper shows the significant role of self-stereotyping in predicting beliefs about one’s own ability.by Katherine B. Coffman, Manuela Collis, and Leena Kulkarni9128Working Paper Summaries

New Research and Ideas, February 5, 2019

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 00:00
Women get fewer rewards for ideas in male domains ... Puerto Rico attempts to bounce back ... A global perspective on the future of higher education.Dina Gerdeman9124First Look

Understanding and Overcoming Roadblocks to Environmental Sustainability. Past Roads and Future Prospects

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 00:00
At a summer 2018 Harvard Business School conference, historians, scholars, and business professionals debated barriers and opportunities for business and environmental sustainability.by Ann-Kristin Bergquist, Shawn A. Cole, John Ehrenfeld, Andrew A. King, and Auden Schendler9127Shawn A. Cole340064Working Paper Summaries

Green Businesses Are Incredibly Difficult to Make Profitable. Try It Anyway

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 00:00
Making a business successful is a challenge in itself, but making a green business profitable is an even harder journey. For society's sake, entrepreneurs must be prepared to make that journey, says Geoffrey Jones.by Dina Gerdeman9122Geoffrey G. Jones24276Book

How Wegmans Became a Leader in Improving Food Safety

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 00:00
Re: Ray A. Goldberg9121Ray A. Goldberg12285Cold Call Podcast

Understanding Different Approaches to Benefit-Based Taxation

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 00:00
Robert Scherf and Matthew C. Weinzierl demonstrate the appeal of benefit-based taxation—where taxes align with benefits from state activities.by Robert Scherf and Matthew C. Weinzierl9123Matthew C. Weinzierl496493Working Paper Summaries