- 16 Feb 2017
- Cold Call Podcast
Growing up in the heart of the Confederacy, Maggie Lena Walker started work as a laundress at age 9. At 16, she was working as a teacher and learning accounting. Eventually she lead the Independent of Order of St. Luke and founded a bank, a newspaper, and a retail store, creating jobs and opportunities for many women and other African Americans. Professor Tony Mayo discusses Walker’s remarkable legacy of firsts. Open for comment; 0 Comment(s) posted.
- 12 Feb 2016
Upgrading domestic skills is far more relevant to the future of American workers than potential job losses through expanded trade with other Pacific-rim nations, say Joe Fuller and Matt Sigelman. Open for comment; Comment(s) posted.
- 09 Sep 2015
- Research & Ideas
In the new case study “Honeywell and the Great Recession,” Sandra Sucher and Susan Winterberg explore employer tradeoffs when a downturn hits: conducting layoffs vs. orchestrating furloughs. Plus: Video interviews with Honeywell CEO Dave Cote. Open for comment; Comment(s) posted.
- 16 Sep 2014
- 31 May 2011
- Research & Ideas
The recent natural disaster in Japan brought to light the fragile nature of the global supply chain. Professor Willy Shih discusses how companies should be thinking about their supply-chain strategy now. Closed for comment; 16 Comment(s) posted.
- 11 Aug 2010
- Working Paper Summaries
The Influence of Prior Industry Affiliation on Framing in Nascent Industries: The Evolution of Digital Cameras
Firms entering a new product market face tremendous ambiguity and competitive uncertainty, particularly when the new market is sparked by radical technological change. Potential customers have little or no experience with products, and during this period of turbulence, firms experiment with alternative product configurations, functions, and technologies. By studying the emergence of the consumer mass market for digital cameras, Carlson School of Management professor Mary J. Benner and HBS professor Mary Tripsas explore what factors influence a firm's initial introduction of product features during the nascent stage of a product market, and how the process of convergence on a standard set of features unfolds. In particular, they assess how a firm's prior industry affiliation influences its conceptualization of the product. Key concepts include: The authors used a dataset that includes the entry date and features of almost every camera in the history of the U.S. consumer digital camera industry from its inception in 1991 through 2006. Results suggest that firms from the same prior industry shared similar beliefs about what features (such as optical zoom) would be valued, as reflected in their concurrent introduction of features. Firms were likely to imitate the behavior of firms from the same prior industry, as opposed to that of firms from different prior industries, in introducing some but not all features. Finally, as a firm's experience with a particular feature increased, the influence of prior industry decreased. Closed for comment; 0 Comment(s) posted.
- 31 Oct 2006
- HBS Case
In a new Harvard Business School case, Professor Lynn Paine and her colleagues explore the nature of corporate governance systems by studying Japanese electronics components maker Sumida Corp. CEO Shigeyuki Yawata looks to create a governance structure that would be transparent to investors and stakeholders worldwide. Closed for comment; 0 Comment(s) posted.
- 19 Nov 2001
- Research & Ideas
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alfred D. Chandler Jr. examines the development of two pivotal industries in post-World War II America—the consumer electronics and computer industries. Closed for comment; 0 Comment(s) posted.