A new report from Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter and co-author Katherine Gehl looks at the country’s dysfunctional political system through the lens of business competition to find practical, effective ways to improve how politics serves what should be its most important customers: average voters.
Cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier, a fellow with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, discusses what consumers can do to protect themselves from government and corporate surveillance.
Study says that female M.B.A. students may downplay their career ambitions if they sense doing otherwise will harm their marriage prospects.
Harvard Business School M.B.A. students dig deep into texts of the Roman Empire to unearth lessons about leadership today.
New HBS research finds that avoiding a toxic employee realizes twice the savings of hiring a superstar.
A new Harvard Business School case study digs into the mystery and motives behind Beyoncé’s surprise 2013 album release.
Christine Yano, Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies, explains the global phenomenon of the mysterious, ubiquitous icon.
Harvard Business School course focuses on case studies of black business leaders and their challenges.
Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei takes leave from classroom to reform the workplace culture at Uber.
Author and scholar Bethany Moreton examines the success of the discount retail chain Walmart and its Christian corporate ethos.
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The Baker Library has mounted a show chronicling the history of the Polaroid Corp. and the career of its avant-garde founder, Edwin H. Land.
Cathy O'Neil, Ph.D. '99, talks about her new book "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy” and the quiet dangers of big data.
This week, Harvard Business School celebrated 50 years of women in its M.B.A. program with a summit that drew hundreds of the School’s female graduates to campus. But as a new alumni survey demonstrates — and as speakers like “Lean In” author Sheryl Sandberg acknowledged — women still have a long way to go to in the working world.
Google chairman Eric Schmidt talks about innovation and leadership in the digital age at the Harvard Kennedy School.
New research by one Harvard scholar implies that happiness can be found by spending money on others. Michael Norton, assistant professor of business administration in the marketing unit at the Harvard Business School (HBS), conducted a series of studies with his colleagues Elizabeth Dunn and Lara Aknin at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
The session “Paper or Plastic: Re-Inventing Shelf Life in the Supermarket Landscape” looked at how architects — with their skills in three-dimensional conceptualization — can address a host of design challenges, including ones that might sit on shelves in the local supermarket.
A recent HKS and HBS working paper studies the art of leveraging the truth to gain the upper hand in negotiations.
HBS Professor Joseph Badaracco trains students for the complexities of the business world by examining great works of literature.
New research finds that being funny can boost your status at work.
Max Bazerman, a leadership and applied behavioral psychology expert at HKS and HBS, writes that successful leaders must seek out what they don’t know to overcome the human tendency to turn a blind eye to unethical behavior.
Exhibition at Harvard Business School’s Baker Library celebrates the rich career of one of the School’s most influential faculty members, Georges Doriot.
New research from Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino suggests that by supporting “constructive nonconformity” at work, organizations can improve employee engagement.
A group of college undergraduates from around the country took part in a weeklong summer program at Harvard Business School in June designed to help them explore the business school environment through the HBS case method.
Harvard Business School students gathered Tuesday evening to kick off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first class of female M.B.A.s. But as Barnard College President Debora Spar reminded the group, women at the top of the ladder still face hurdles — including their impossible demands on themselves.
Harvard Business School researchers find that to motivate workers more effectively, present higher pay as a gift.
A recent Harvard Business School survey on U.S. competitiveness looks at how business is engaged with helping boost K-12 public education and whether these efforts are effective.
A panel of experts at Harvard Law School explored how the Internet and social media are redefining the traditional sports business model.
General Electric’s decision to move its headquarters to Boston is seen as a boon to the region, fueled in part by area’s intellectual strengths.
It is the best of times, and it is the worst of times. At Harvard’s fourth National Symposium on the Advancement of Women in Science, it was clear why female scientists need to keep meeting like this.
The manager of iconic Manchester United, the recent topic of a Harvard Business School case that examined his famous career and the keys to his effective brand of leadership, visited Harvard this fall to engage with HBS students in the classroom.
A classic Harvard Business School case about the Apple creation myth gets a Japanese manga-style comic-book reboot.
Harvard Business School’s disruptive innovation guru Clayton Christensen uses crowdsourcing to accelerate the evolution of his latest theory on corporate investment decisions.
Harvard Business School professor Nancy Koehn weighs in on the importance and the future of the sharing economy.
As the New England Patriots get ready to compete in their fifth consecutive AFC championship, Harvard Business School professor Carl Kester considers the leadership and organizational management skills of the team’s head coach, Bill Belichick.
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day brought powerful business minds to campus.
On the surface, one might argue, it looks like the business world is headed in a decidedly socially conscious direction. Coffee giant Starbucks supports fair prices for its coffee growers. Wal-Mart, the department store dynasty, has instituted a number of measures to lighten its environmental footprint. Companies everywhere tout their eco-friendly products and packaging, and public awareness and support for such trends continue to grow.
Melinda Gates is likely the happiest woman alive. That is, if a recent study, co-conducted by a Harvard Business School (HBS) scholar, is any indication — it shows that people who spend money on others are happier than those who spend it on themselves.
Approximately half of the 886 graduating HBS students took the professors’ comments seriously enough to sign a managerial version of the Hippocratic oath.
Experts in print, television, and the social media look at the troubled present of news, and peer ahead at its future.
Eighty years ago, the idea that workers were purely rational beings motivated solely by money dominated American business. But a famous study known as the Hawthorne Experiments, led by two men at Harvard Business School, helped to found the human relations movement.
Harvard Business School just sent all 900 first-year M.B.A. students into the field to solve real-world problems in emerging markets from Buenos Aires to Mumbai, in the most ambitious element of an experimental new course. HBS, pioneer of the celebrated case-study method, is working to craft a business education model for the 21st century.
New research co-authored by Harvard Business School’s Michael I. Norton finds that dividing airplane passengers into first class and economy cabins fosters more incidents of air rage.
Harvard Business School Professor Teresa Amabile compares much of work life to running on a treadmill. People try to keep up with the demands of meetings, email, interruptions, deadlines, all while trying to be more productive and creative, she says, yet on many days they seem to make no progress at all, especially in creative endeavors. Amabile suggests the answer is to do less.
To gain some understanding of why the Boston Red Sox succeeded so well, the Gazette spoke to Jeffrey T. Polzer, the Harvard Business School UPS Foundation Professor of Human Resource Management, about aspects of team chemistry that separate champions from cellar dwellers in sports and business.
To most of us, negotiation is a way of getting happily to the end of a problem. As in: Who’s going to do the dishes tonight? Let’s talk.
It’s harder for entrepreneurial women to raise startup capital, but speakers on a Harvard Business School panel say there are paths through the maze.
Gordon Jones, director of the new Harvard Innovation Lab, has ideas on how to foster an entrepreneurial mentality at the country’s oldest university.