- 23 Mar 2017
- Cold Call Podcast
Is it possible to retain brand value after cutting costs and services dramatically just to stay alive? The airline industry has struggled with this question since deregulation in 1979 in the face of economic downturns, changes in market structure, and shifting clientele. Assistant Professor Susanna Gallani discusses a central lesson from her case study (co-authored with Professor Eva Labro), "RegionFly: Cutting Costs in the Airline Industry." The issue is faced by many companies in many industries: How does a leadership team look past pure survival to regain and even exceed market position. Open for comment; 0 Comment(s) posted.
- 20 Mar 2017
In his recent edited volume Revolutionizing Innovation, Karim Lakhani brings together the latest thinking around open innovation, users, and communities. Open for comment; Comment(s) posted.
- 08 Mar 2017
Intense political conflict, mediated by shared ideals, has always been with us and is profoundly American, a lesson David Moss drives home in his new book, Democracy: A Case Study. The problem: Not all conflict is productive. Open for comment; Comment(s) posted.
- 14 Dec 2016
Iris Bohnet's new book, What Works: Gender Equality by Design, discusses how organizations can leverage findings from behavioral science research to fight gender bias in the workplace—starting with job listings. Open for comment; Comment(s) posted.
- 19 Oct 2016
Do companies really understand the nature of today's digital transformation? Bharat Anand's book The Content Trap offers a new view of digital strategy that shifts the focus from "produce the best content" to "create the best connections." Open for comment; Comment(s) posted.
- 10 Oct 2016
Curious about the motives behind white-collar crime, Eugene Soltes spent seven years interviewing nearly 50 convicted corporate felons, including Bernard Madoff, Allen Stanford, and Dennis Kozlowski. Soltes shares what he learned in his new book, Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal. Open for comment; Comment(s) posted.
- 03 Oct 2016
Clayton M. Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma was a classic text on how companies fail. In a new book, Competing Against Luck, Christensen tackles the opposite challenge: how companies succeed. First lesson, discover what job consumers are hiring your product to do. Open for comment; Comment(s) posted.
- 26 Sep 2016
Companies don’t generally fail because of competition; it’s out-of-touch leadership that kills them. Lead and Disrupt coauthor Michael L. Tushman discusses how companies must continue to invest in their core products while innovating in new areas. Open for comment; Comment(s) posted.
- 06 Sep 2016
In Managing in the Gray, Joseph Badaracco offers managers a five-question framework for facing murky situations and solving tough problems. Open for comment; Comment(s) posted.
- 09 May 2016
How do you organize a project that spans professions, industries, and even nations? A new book by Amy Edmondson and Susan Salter Reynolds describes the approach of 'big teaming' with a case study of a high-profile smart city. Open for comment; Comment(s) posted.
- 25 Apr 2016
In The Three-Box Solution, Vijay Govindarajan adapts an ancient Hindu philosophy to balance a company's often competing realities of past, present, and future. The more we can plan for opportunity, the better the possibility of creating a successful future. Open for comment; Comment(s) posted.
- 04 Apr 2016
In Negotiating the Impossible, Deepak Malhotra outlines key lessons for negotiating sticky situations, with examples that include the Cuban Missile Crisis, disputes in the National Football League and National Hockey League, and several instances of high-stakes deal-making where companies found themselves negotiating against the odds. Open for comment; Comment(s) posted.
- 06 Jan 2016
With little scrutiny from the public, industry experts are quietly rewriting accounting rules to benefit their businesses, says Karthik Ramanna in a new book, Political Standards: Corporate Interest, Ideology, and Leadership in the Shaping of Accounting Rules for the Market Economy. Open for comment; Comment(s) posted.
- 23 Nov 2015
While much has been written about the conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, Jeremy S. Friedman’s Shadow Cold War: The Sino-Soviet Competition for the Third World is the first book to explore in detail the significance of the “Second Cold War” that China and the Soviet Union fought in the shadow of the communist and capitalist struggle. Open for comment; Comment(s) posted.
- 11 Nov 2015
Sir Alex Ferguson, who is an Executive Fellow in Harvard Business School's Executive Education program, may be the most successful professional sports coach of all time. He discusses his management style at Manchester United, and why building a team is less important than building a foundation. PLUS: Book excerpt from Leading. Open for comment; Comment(s) posted.
- 02 Nov 2015
Professor Shane Greenstein is annoyed by “Internet exceptionalism,” the prevalent idea that the Internet defies economic logic, that there’s never been anything like it in business history, and that its impact supersedes everything. In his new book, Greenstein argues that the Internet actually follows classic patterns of economic behavior, detailing the commercial forces that guided the Internet’s path from cool invention to successful innovation. Open for comment; Comment(s) posted.
- 21 Sep 2015
Is there such a thing as a born leader? Probably, but for most people, leadership can be a learned craft, says Robert Steven Kaplan. In his new book, What You Really Need to Lead, Kaplan provides practical advice to executives facing different challenges to illustrate what makes a good leader and how to become one. Tip No. 1: Think and act like an owner. Open for comment; 0 Comment(s) posted.