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Who Will Measure Up to These Two Remarkable Leaders?

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 00:00
We lost two great company leaders this month: John Bogle of Vanguard Group and Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines. James Heskett discusses what made them so extraordinary and asks which other CEOs are in the same league.by James Heskett9119James L. Heskett6842What Do You Think?

New Research and Ideas, January 29, 2019

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 00:00
Is a Medicare program reducing hospital readmissions? ... Product recalls hamstring company innovation ... Barriers to business-related sustainability.Dina Gerdeman9118First Look

'Green Bonds' May Be Our Best Bet for Environmental Damage Control

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 00:00
The popularity of green bonds as a way to finance environmentally friendly projects is on the upswing, say Malcolm Baker and George Serafeim.by Michael Blanding9120Malcolm P. Baker10639George Serafeim15705Research & Ideas

Forget Cash. Here are Better Ways to Motivate Employees

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 00:00
In today's tight job market, employers must focus on how to attract and keep top talent. Giving away stacks of money may not always be the best incentive, warns Ashley Whillans.by Dina Gerdeman9093Ashley V. Whillans943704Research & Ideas

Marketplace Scalability and Strategic Use of Platform Investment

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 00:00
One well-known feature of marketplace platforms like Airbnb and eBay is their scalability. This paper identifies the strategic trade-off and implications for scalability when a platform provides services to existing and potential sellers that help reduce their fixed costs of running the business. Timing this investment is an important consideration for maximizing marketplace scalability.by Jin Li, Gary P. Pisano, and Feng Zhu9117Working Paper Summaries

Sports: Lessons for Managers

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 00:00
When people look to illustrate a great business idea or accomplishment, a sports metaphor usually isn't far away. Why Harvard Business School researchers look for teaching gold on the playing fields of the world.by Sean Silverthorne9112Sharpening Your Skills

New Research and Ideas, January 22, 2019

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 00:00
Can a large business innovate like a nimble startup? ... Lying on a job application can boost self-competence ... A look at Kodak's comeback.Dina Gerdeman9115First Look

Corporate Sustainability: A Strategy?

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 00:00
Between 2012 and 2017, companies within most industries adopted an increasingly similar set of sustainability practices. This study examines the interplay between common and strategic practices.by Ioannis Ioannou and George Serafeim9116George Serafeim15705Working Paper Summaries

Why Business Should Support Employees Who are Caregivers

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 00:00
Shifting demographics are causing more and more workers to serve as caregivers to family and friends—but employers seem hardly to notice the trend. Joseph Fullerand Manjari Raman discuss why companies should help.by Danielle Kost9114Joseph B. Fuller123284Research & Ideas

What Football Firings Teach Managers About Staying Relevant

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 00:00
Many executives are confident they can retain their skills over time. Experience shows they are wrong. Just look at the National Football League's "Black Monday" for proof, says Boris Groysberg.by Boris Groysberg, Evan M.S. Hecht, and Abhijit Naik9111Boris Groysberg10650Research & Ideas

New Research and Ideas, January 15, 2019

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 00:00
A look at second-tier stock exchanges ... Bank helps customers in default ... How the FDA guides approval of new medical devices.Dina Gerdeman9109First Look

The Creation and Evolution of Entrepreneurial Public Markets

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 00:00
This analysis by Shai Bernstein, Abhishek Dev, and Josh Lerner shows that stock exchanges in countries with better shareholder protection allowed younger and less profitable companies to raise more capital. These markets alone cannot boost entrepreneurial activity but need enabling institutions.by Shai Bernstein, Abhishek Dev, and Josh Lerner9113Josh Lerner9961Working Paper Summaries

These 4 CEOs Created a New Standard of Leadership

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 00:00
At the height of the 2008 financial crisis, these four corporate leaders stepped forward—and changed how we think of leadership forever, says Bill George.by Bill George9110Op-Ed

Can Miguel McKelvey Build the ‘Culture Operating System’ at WeWork?

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 00:00
Re: Jeffrey F. Rayport9102Jeffrey F. Rayport6536Cold Call Podcast

The UK Needs a Bold Competitive Strategy to Survive Brexit

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 00:00
There is little doubt that the United Kingdom’s separation from Europe will reduce its competitiveness for the foreseeable future, argue Michael Porter and Christian Ketels. Here's what can be done about it.by Michael Blanding9108Michael E. Porter6532Research & Ideas

New Research and Ideas, January 8, 2019

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 00:00
Cost-savings strategies in cardiac cath labs ... Colombian company considers development deal ... How to repair Israel’s tarnished image.Dina Gerdeman9104First Look

The Better Way to Forecast the Future

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 00:00
We can forecast hurricane paths with great certainty, yet many businesses can't predict a supply chain snafu just around the corner. Yael Grushka-Cockayne says crowdsourcing can help.by Roberta Holland9105Yael Grushka-Cockayne263650Research & Ideas

The Digital Commons: Tragedy or Opportunity? A Reflection on the 50th Anniversary of Hardin’s Tragedy of the Commons

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 00:00
On the 50th anniversary of Garrett Hardin’s “The Tragedy of the Commons,” this article considers the benefits and potential downsides of the digital commons, which emerged well after Hardin wrote his seminal article.by Frank Nagle9107Frank Nagle566431Working Paper Summaries

Everyone Knows Innovation is Essential to Business Success—Except Board Directors

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 00:00
In a recent survey of 5,000 board members, innovation was not ranked high on their list of priorities. What are they not seeing? ask Boris Groysberg and Yo-Jud Cheng.by Michael Blanding9101J. Yo-Jud Cheng701518Research & Ideas

Financing the Response to Climate Change: The Pricing and Ownership of US Green Bonds

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 00:00
Green bonds are used for environmentally friendly purposes like renewable energy. Complementing previous research, this paper explores the US corporate and municipal green bond and shows that a subset of investors is willing to give up some return to hold green bonds.by Malcolm Baker, Daniel Bergstresser, George Serafeim, and Jeffrey Wurgler9103Malcolm P. Baker10639George Serafeim15705Working Paper Summaries