News & Highlights

  • June 2016
  • Events

HBS Faculty Immersion in Munich and Nuremberg, Germany

In June 2016, a group of 14 HBS faculty members travelled to Munich and Nuremberg, Germany, to visit a rich variety of small, medium-and large sized companies of different industries, both for top-level management discussions and tours of manufacturing, labs, and showroom facilities. The program included visits to Airbus Defense and Space, movie-camera maker ARRI, household appliance maker BSH Hausgeräte, media company Hubert Burda, premium car manufacturer BMW, global conglomerate Siemens, pencil maker Faber-Castell, sportswear maker Adidas, reinsurer Munich RE, the IVV Fraunhofer research Institute, and biotech company MorphoSys, among others.
  • June 2016
  • Events

HBS Research Symposium with Dean Nitin Nohria in Munich, Germany

The symposium, hosted by Dean Nitin Nohria, was the kick-off event for a week long faculty immersion during which a group of HBS professors visited several companies in Bavaria. It brought together Harvard Business School faculty and German leaders from business, government, and academia. The event featured several presentations, including a discussion on competitiveness by HBS professors Jan Rivkin, STRAT, and Willy Shih, TOM, a discussion on digitalization with HBS Professor Sunil Gupta, MKT, and two panel sessions on globalization and on the management of innovation, moderated by HBS Professors Claudia Steinwender, STRAT, and Ariel Stern, TOM.

New Research on the Region

  • September 2016
  • Case

Generali: Paving the Way for CEE Expansion

By: Dante Roscini and Emer Maloney

Generali was one of Italy’s largest companies and one of Europe’s largest insurers and had for decades been at the center of the web of cross-shareholding that has characterized the opaque brand of old Italian capitalism. This bred sub-par returns while serving to strengthen a small group of shareholders. Under new CEO Mario Greco and his vision of a “revolution of simplicity, discipline and focus” the company underwent a successful turnaround. One of Greco’s most urgent tasks was to remove uncertainty surrounding the company’s majority stake in a joint venture in Central and Eastern Europe, which it had used as a vehicle for expansion in the region.

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Vincent Dessain
Executive Director, Harvard Business School Europe Research Center
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Emer Moloney
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