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The Transformation of Microsoft

In early 2015, Microsoft CFO Amy Hood and the rest of the senior leadership team faced a fundamental choice. Was the company ready to invest in …

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Airbnb benefits local economies. But mainly in white neighborhoods, study finds.

Airbnb frequently touts its economic impact in “diverse” neighborhoods, saying guests spend money locally and boost businesses in areas where tourism is not already prevalent.<p>But a new Purdue University study found that white neighborhoods – not their black or Latino counterparts – are the ones …

Hospitality

Channeled Attention and Stable Errors

by Tristan Gagnon-Bartsch, Matthew Rabin, and Joshua Schwartzstein<p>Overview — As humans we are surprisingly good at neglecting unexpected information …

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United States

Trump’s Protectionist Threat to Latin America | by Laura Alfaro, et al

WASHINGTON, DC – Despite many dire predictions, the ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China has not resulted in a global economic …

Economics

How Strong Leadership Helped Save The Thai Soccer Team

Listen<p>Nancy Koehn | How Strong Leadership Helped Save The Thai Soccer Team<p>The entrapment and rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from a …

Leadership

New Research and Ideas, July 10, 2018

• forthcoming<br>• Journal of Financial Economics<p>By: Di Maggio, Marco, Francesco Franzoni, Amir Kermani, and Carlo Sommavilla<p>Abstract—This paper shows that …

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BBC World Service - World Business Report, How Will Europe Respond to UK Brexit Proposal?

Listen now<p>You must enable JavaScript to play content<p>How Will Europe Respond to UK Brexit Proposal?<p>World Business Report<p>Attention now turns to Europe for its response to the UK's new Brexit proposal. We get the views of Ilja Nothangel, of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and further …

The Harvard MBAs Trying To Upend Stock API Investing

Alpha Vantage co-founders Olivier Porte (left) and Steve Zheng. Courtesy photoIt’s not that Y-Combinator hates MBAs. The Silicon Valley-based …

Startups

The Real Problem With Stock Buybacks

Many critics say buybacks crimp investment. But the real problem is that they transfer wealth from shareholders to executives, two professors say.<p>By<p>Jesse M. Fried and<p>Charles C.Y. Wang<p>There is a problem with share buybacks—but it isn’t the one many critics and legislators are obsessed with.<p>Some …

Investing

Overcoming the Challenges of Selling Brand New Technology (Hey, Need a 3-D Printer?)

Selling technology that is new to the market involves tricky tradeoffs around prospect targeting, channels, and tactics. Frank Cespedes makes the …

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The Unintended Effects of Open Office Space

Associate Professor Ethan Bernstein's new study uses wearable technology to unearth some important new discoveries about open office architecture.<p>As …

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CEO Activism Will Only Get More Ubiquitous

Continuing our conversation of CEO activism and speaking out on controversial issues with Aaron Chatterji, associate professor at Duke University’s …

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The Main Drivers of CEO Activism

Aaron ChatterjiIt seems like CEO activism is such a constant in the news that researchers Aaron Chatterji and Michael Toffel are finding new material …

Leadership

Independent Streak: Against the odds, small book stores are on the rise

By Gina Beavers - Jul 5, 2018<p>Raven Used Books. Photo:Gina Beavers<p>Raven Books in Northampton is the quintessential New England used bookstore. Winding …

Books

Henry Kissinger's Lessons for Business Negotiators

Henry Kissinger's negotiations with world leaders helped shape the geography, public policy, and laws that mark the 21st century world. A new book,</i> …

Management

Buying the Verdict

by Lauren H. Cohen and Umit G. Gurun<p>Overview — This paper documents systematic evidence that firms engage in specialized, locally targeted …

Targeted Advertising

China’s new $15bn tech fund emulates SoftBank’s Vision Fund

THE story of China Merchants Group began in the 1870s. After its defeats in the Opium wars, the Qing government tried to learn from the West by …

China

Facebook

Faculty News, In the News | WGBH: Boston Public Radio | 03 Jul 2018<p>What George Washington Can Teach Us On July 4<p>Re: Nancy Koehn<p>Managing an employee …

George Washington

How to Manage an Employee Who’s Having a Personal Crisis

We all have life events that distract us from work from time to time — an ailing family member, a divorce, the death of a friend. You can’t expect someone to be at their best at such times. But as a manager what <i>can</i> you expect? How can you support the person to take care of themselves emotionally …

Financial Services

New Research and Ideas, July 3, 2018

• forthcoming<br>• IMF Economic Review<p>By: Alfaro, Laura, and Fabio Kanczuk<p>Abstract—In the past decade, foreign participation in local-currency bond markets …

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Faculty Summer Reading Recommendations

Harvard Business School faculty members share their summer reading lists, pulling from the worlds of technology, history, and fiction to inform their …

Books

Should CEO Satya Nadella Cancel Microsoft’s Contract with ICE?

Microsoft employees are putting heat on CEO Satya Nadella to cancel its contract with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. What would …

Satya Nadella

For the first time ever, a study finds out what CEOs actually do

CEO time has never been studied in this kind of detail.<br>Read More

CEOs

Independent Movie Theaters Can Survive the Rise of Streaming

Independent cinemas aren’t doomed. The resurgence of the indie bookstore can help us understand why. Quick refresh: <b>You’ve Got Mail</b> is a rom-comedy of …

Tom Hanks

The madness of executives’ obsessive time management | Financial Times

I don’t know exactly how the world’s best-known business professor and the dean of Harvard Business School spend their days.<p>I do know Michael Porter …

Michael Porter

Corporate Tax Cuts Don't Increase Middle Class Incomes

New research by Ethan Rouen and colleagues suggests that corporate tax cuts contribute to income inequality.<p>In the worlds of economic theory and …

Economics

Planning every minute of your workday can backfire — here's what the most successful leaders do instead

A Harvard Business School study of how CEOs manage their time has yielded some fascinating findings.<p>Michael Porter, a University Professor at Harvard, based at Harvard Business School, and Nitin Norhia, dean of Harvard Business School, began collecting data in 2006 and have just published an …

Time Management

The IRS Can Save American Health Care

Letting workers spend pretax dollars on insurance would do a lot—without requiring Congress to act.<p>Health care is fast becoming an unsustainable expense for American families. This year the total cost of insurance for the typical family of four eclipsed $28,000, according to the Milliman Medical …

Health Care

How A Shared Passion For Travel Built This $43 Million Fashion Brand

An unlikely pair of friends, Leigh Rawdon had just finished a Harvard MBA when she met Emily Meyer, a fashion designer. The two had little in common, except a shared love of travel. Combining their passion with business and design experience, Rawdon and Meyer joined forces to create Tea Collection, …

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