Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

How Transparency into Internal and External Responsibility Initiatives Influences Consumer Choice

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 00:00
Three studies by Ryan W. Buell and Basak Kalkanci examine how firms can use transparency into social and environmental responsibility initiatives to differentiate themselves in the consumer market.by Ryan W. Buell and Basak Kalkanci9239Ryan W. Buell320524Working Paper Summaries

Israel Turns 70: Does it Need a Rebrand?

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 00:00
Re: Elie Ofek9234Elie Ofek13407Cold Call Podcast

Political Influence and Merger Antitrust Reviews

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 00:00
This paper uses a large sample of U.S. mergers between 1998 and 2010 to study how political connections help firms obtain favorable antitrust regulatory outcomes for mergers. Given that antitrust regulators are subject to congressional oversight, the authors predict and find evidence that outcomes systematically favor firms that are constituents of politicians serving on judiciary committees.by Mihir N. Mehta, Suraj Srinivasan, and Wanli Zhao9238Suraj Srinivasan10700Working Paper Summaries

Memory and Representativeness

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 00:00
In this study, we explore the foundations of individuals’ probabilistic judgments, looking to better understand the sources of systematic errors.by Pedro Bordalo, Katherine Baldiga Coffman, Nicola Gennaioli, Frederik Schwerter, and Andrei Shleifer9237Katherine B. Coffman879706Working Paper Summaries

US Antitrust Law and Policy in Historical Perspective

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 00:00
This article chronicles the United States judiciary’s shifting interpretations of antitrust law and policy over the past 125 years.by Laura Phillips Sawyer9231Laura Phillips Sawyer693127Working Paper Summaries

Is There a Distinctive West Coast Style of Management?

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 00:00
James Heskett suggests that West Coast companies and universities have invented their own style of management to take advantage of hyperchange in the market. Is a manager just a manager, or does geography matter? What do you think?by James Heskett9233James L. Heskett6842What Do You Think?

Labor Market Shocks and the Demand for Trade Protection: Evidence from Online Surveys

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 00:00
Rafael Di Tella and Dani Rodrik study how people’s opinions about trade protectionism and compensatory financial transfers change when presented with six different types of shocks, all of which have the same effect on local labor markets.by Rafael Di Tella and Dani Rodrik9232Rafael M. Di Tella6448Working Paper Summaries

Investor Lawsuits Against Auditors Are Falling, and That's Bad News for Capital Markets

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 00:00
It's becoming more difficult for investors to sue corporate auditors, which can weaken trust in US capital markets, says Suraj Srinivasan.by Martha Lagace9224Suraj Srinivasan10700Research & Ideas