News & Highlights

  • July 2015
  • HBS Working Knowledge

A Bank that takes Parmesan as Collateral: The Cheese Stands a Loan

In this article, Prof. Nikolaos Trichakis discusses the subject of a new HBS case study, co-authored by Emer Moloney of the ERC: the Italian regional bank Credito Emiliano, which accepts young Parmigiano-Reggiano as collateral- and then ages it in climate-controlled vaults
  • May 2015
  • Events

Campaign Events with Dean Nitin Nohria in Paris and London

Dean Nitin Nohria travelled to Europe last spring to support the School's campaign. As part of the trip, he visited the ERC to discuss the team's work and gather input on his vision for the school and the importance and relevance of international research. Nitin then hosted a reception and strolling dinner at Pavillon Gabriel in Paris and Old Billingsgate in London for a total of 600 alumni. He was joined by Professor Robert S. Kaplan, Faculty Chair for the HBS Campaign and Senior Associate Dean for External Relations.
  • February 2015
  • HBS News

Award in Global Case Writing Competition

Richard McCracken, Director of the Case Center (formerly known as the European Case Clearing House), came to the ERC offices to present the award winning trophy to Vincent Dessain for the case study "Roche's Acquisition of Genentech" that the ERC co-authored with Finance Professors Carliss Y. Baldwin and Bo Becker.

New Research on the Region

  • March 2016 (Revised March 2016)
  • Case

Lotus F1 Team

By: Stefan Thomke, Nikolaos Trichakis, Jérôme Lenhardt and Daniela Beyersdorfer

Describes the detailed inner workings of a high performance Formula One (F1) racing team. It shows how Lotus F1 Team has been able to battle bigger rivals in a very fast-moving, highly regulated, and ultra-competitive environment, where winning races can come down to split seconds. The case explores all elements of their high performance system: strategy, innovation, leadership, technology, engineering, and operations. Emphasis is placed on the interplay of these elements and how they confer competitive advantage to teams. Management dilemmas that are explored: retention of high performing individuals, response to disruptive technological changes, and regulatory design in competitive environments.

  • February 2016
  • Case

Dinr: My First Start-up (A)

By: Shikhar Ghosh and Kristina Maslauskaite

In May 2012, a young employee at Google's London office, Markus Berger, was thinking whether he should quit his job and go after his dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Berger's idea was to create Dinr, a company that would offer an upscale food ingredient delivery service in London. A customer would choose a recipe on Dinr's website and would receive all premeasured ingredients the same evening at their doorstep. Contrary to many existing similar companies, Dinr would not require a weekly subscription, but would operate one-off orders like other traditional food delivery services. Berger had already carried out an Alpha-test of the service and completed an in-depth survey of potential customers to explore the market. Most of the feedback was positive, which confirmed Berger's intuition about this market opportunity. Berger had found a more experienced co-founder with technical expertise, who was willing to join Dinr part-time and gathered £40,000 of initial capital. Yet, making the decision to leave his corporate job and become an entrepreneur was not easy: was Dinr a good business opportunity? Would it be attractive to outside investors? What were the risks involved?

  • January 2016
  • Case

Models of Endowment Management: King's College, Cambridge

By: David Chambers, Elroy Dimson, Luis M. Viceira and Elena Corsi

One of the University of Cambridge's Colleges evaluates different asset management options for their endowment fund.

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Paris Staff

Vincent Dessain
Executive Director, Harvard Business School Europe Research Center
Daniela Beyersdorfer
Associate Director, Research and Administration
Emilie Billaud
Research Associate and Manager, Reporting and Special Projects
Elena Corsi
Assistant Director
Tonia Junker
Research Assistant
Jerome Lenhardt
Research Associate
Kristina Maslauskaite
Research Associate
Emer Moloney
Research Associate
Jan Pianca
Assistant Director, Educational Programs
Oksana Sichi
Manager of Administration