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  • Hidden costs of emotional labor

    Is a smiling flight attendant performing emotional labor? How about the harried mom baking cupcakes for a kindergarten class, or your friend who’s always ready to listen and dispense advice?…

    Caroline Light stands at the blackboard.
  • A conversation on capitalism

    Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban on real-world education, Trump, Warren, and sexual harassment in the front office of his NBA team.

    Mark Cuban and Jeff Flake laughing
  • Hate your open office?

    An article authored by Ethan Bernstein’s attempts to explain why in-person interactions dropped so dramatically in open offices.

    man wearing headphones
  • From the playing field to the boardroom

    Accomplished professional women who were once serious athletes discussed the lessons of sports in the HBS forum “Sports as a Classroom: Women in Sports, Leadership and Empowerment.”

    Five notable Harvard star athlete/alumni discuss women in leadership roles and what they've learned from sports about power at Harvard Business School.
  • The do’s and don’ts of sharing about your children online

    The do’s and don’ts of sharing about your children online, according to a member of the Youth and Media team of researchers at the Berkman Klein Center for the Internet & Society,

    Children on a bench
  • Michael Fabiano wears many hats

    Michael Fabiano wears many hats. Here, he talks about the need for continuing education in our ever-changing media environment, as well as the AP’s strategy vis-à-vis “fake news.”

    Michael Fabiano
  • New interactive website helps chart paths for economic growth

    Harvard Kennedy School researchers launch interactive online tool to aid planners in identifying economic growth strategies.

    Computer screen
  • Taking corporate social responsibility seriously

    Outgoing Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility chair Howell Jackson, the James S. Reid Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, says changing the panel’s focus to developing guidelines can help inform Harvard’s external investment managers, and other interested investors, as they vote on a broad array of shareholder resolutions.

    Howell Jackson
  • Bond rate shift may suggest recession

    An inverted bond yield curve often has been a harbinger of recession, though the odds of one are still only 1 in 3 for this year, Harvard analyst says.

    New York Stock Exchange trader on the floor.
  • The story of how you came to buy that car

    HBS branding expert Jill Avery on the stories that marketers create to get today’s consumers to buy

    Jill Avery holds a toy car and a bottle of Snapple.
  • Social spending on kids yields biggest bang for the buck

    Opportunity Insights, a Harvard-based institute of social scientists and policy analysts, looked at a range of social programs to determine which provided the most bang for the government buck, and spending on children came out on top — particularly in the case of disadvantaged kids.

    Illustration of financial flower being watered
  • A social-networking website for student travelers

    Harvard students Luke Heine and Raphael Rouvinov built a new student travel meet up program, Summer Playbook, to help college students connect with each other all over the world. The app has drawn seed money from Silicon Valley.

    Luke Heine and Raphael Rouvinov in their home office.
  • How African American culture bred business success

    A new book by Georgia professor and new Extension School grad student looks at how African American culture bred business success, and the lessons that this offers today.

    Leon Prieto
  • Going West

    Harvard’s Zittrain speaks at a Palo Alto silicon valley event, describing the University’s role in founding and research vis à vis technological advances – and ethical issues – in the world of computers and the proliferation of tech start-ups.

    Jonathan Zittrain giving a presentation
  • The economist who connected across politics

    Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard, major political adviser, and president emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research, died Tuesday at age 79.

    Faculty portrait of Martin Feldstein
  • Bloomberg extols ‘moral leadership’ at Business School

    Former New York City mayor and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg invokes integrity in the service of country and capitalism during Class Day at Harvard’s 368th Commencement.

    Michael R. Bloomberg speaks at Class Day at Harvard Business School
  • Cities’ wealth gap is growing, too

    Harvard research has found that separation between rich and poor communities has increased during the past 40 years.

    Robert Manduca.
  • Playing by the numbers

    The student-run Harvard Sports Analysis Collective is getting notice in the press and among fans for its empirical analyses of sports questions big and small.

    Villanova players celebrate on the basketball court.
  • Making it big behind the scenes

    Harvard Law School students who want careers in entertainment get to do hands-on legal counseling through the Entertainment Law Clinic and the Recording Artists Project.

    Linda Cole, Brian Price, and Gaia Mattiace.
  • Swimming toward a biotech startup

    Harvard researchers get advice from big fish on how to make their projects a biotech reality at the Guppy Tank event sponsored by Harvard’s Office of Technology Development and LabCentral in Cambridge.

    Daniele Foresti presentation
  • Film shows how doctors can make a difference

    Documentary Night in Klarman Hall kicked off with a panel discussion on a clip from “Bending the Arc,” a film about Partners In Health, the NGO founded in 1987 by Harvard Medical School students Paul Farmer and Jim Yong Kim and social justice and health-care advocate Ophelia Dahl.

    Chan School Dean Michelle Williams, Ophelia Dahl, Paul Farmer and Dean Nitin Nohria
  • High tech is watching you

    In her new book, “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” HBS Professor emerita Shoshana Zuboff outlines her belief that surveillance capitalism is undermining personal autonomy and eroding democracy — and the ways she says society can fight back.

    Eye lit up on digital display screen.
  • How Lehman became Lehman

    Harvard Business School’s Baker Library holds one of the most extensive collections of business and economic history

    Harvard Business School Baker Library Exhibit
  • How to navigate the gender landscape at work

    Stephanie Huckel, senior global program manager of diversity and inclusion at IGT, offered insight and advice during a Faculty of Arts and Sciences Diversity Dialogue titled “Achieving Greater Workplace Equity for LGBTQ Employees.”

    Stephanie Huckel
  • Big Tech’s power growing at runaway speed

    Harvard Kennedy School experts offer views on why the U.S. government continues to grapple with the power of technology and its impact on democracy.

  • A call for a kinder capitalism

    Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D.Mass.) brought his crusade for “moral capitalism” to Harvard, arguing that the recent government shutdown represents capitalism at its least moral.

    Rep. Joe Kennedy
  • Researcher finds Coke’s fingerprints on health policy in China

    Coca-Cola worked through the Chinese branch of a U.S.-based nonprofit to influence anti-obesity measures in China, according to new research by Harvard Professor Susan Greenhalgh.

    Susan Greenhalgh.
  • From Harvard to the IMF

    The International Monetary Fund’s new chief economist, Harvard’s John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics Gita Gopinath, reflects on the tough tasks ahead.

    Gita Gopinath in her Littauer Building office at Harvard.
  • Lurking in your favorite song, the law

    Professor and author Derek Miller discusses the origins and history of copyright law and the goals of the Music Modernization Act.

    Assistant Professor of English Derek Miller
  • Lessons of the last financial crisis

    The last global financial crisis was just beginning when Niall Ferguson published his seminal book “The Ascent of Money” in 2008. He came to the Harvard Kennedy School Wednesday to warn that history could repeat itself.

    Niall Ferguson.