News & Highlights

  • October 2016
  • Events

European Advisory Board Meeting, Boston

HBS’ regional advisory boards are made up of local leaders from business, academia, and government, many of them HBS alumni, and provide invaluable counsel and support for our research and other student and alumni facing activities in the regions. The most recent annual meeting of our European Advisory board coincided with HBS’ 6th Biennal International Research Symposium to which over 100 of our global advisory board members were gathering on campus. Board members from all over the world could connect in common parts of the program and were then regrouping per region. Hosted by the Faculty Chair for Europe Professor Ramon Casadesus-Masanell the European meeting focused on how to connect the School to Europe in a way that serves our research and educational objectives, while providing value to the region, and featured updates on the school’s activities by ERC Executive Director Vincent Dessain and HBR Group Publisher Joshua Macht.
  • October 2016
  • Events

Alumni Event with University President Drew G. Faust, Berlin

Speaking at the Deutsches Historisches Museum, University President Drew G. Faust discussed Harvard’s societal role as a modern research university in front of alumni and Harvard supporters in Berlin, Germany. Beyond Faust’s remarks, the event also featured a discussion between Harvard professors. Mary Sarotte ’88, a visiting professor from Germany, led a panel on global migration with Juliette Kayyem ’91, a lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Werner Sollors, an English professor. In addition to the Alumni Association, several Harvard clubs in Germany sponsored the event, including the Harvard Club of Berlin, the Harvard Club of Hamburg, the Harvard Club of Munich, the Harvard Club of Rhein-Main, and the Harvard Club of Rhein-Ruhr.

New Research on the Region

  • December 2016
  • Case

BASF: Co-Creating Innovation (A)

By: V. Kasturi Rangan, Emilie Billaud and Vincent Dessain

In 2016, BASF's Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer reflected on the co-creation innovation program started almost 18 months ago as part of BASF's 150th anniversary celebration. 500 project ideas had been created, of which 100 had already moved to the company's conventional R&D funnel. 34 had been short-listed for further consideration. At least 10, if not more of these projects would receive "landmark" funding running at an average of 1 million Euro each. Beyond selecting the right projects, how could the CEO and CTO ensure that a complex organization such as BASF would encourage such fresh ideas to be developed and nurtured in the future? Was this experiment something that BASF should do again in the future?

  • December 2016
  • Teaching Material

BASF: Co-Creating Innovation (B)

By: V. Kasturi Rangan, Emilie Billaud and Vincent Dessain

  • November 2016
  • Case

Deutsche Bank: Structured Retail Products

By: Boris Vallée and Jérôme Lenhardt

Describes how Deutsche Bank, a leading bank in Europe, is deciding whether or not to launch a new structured retail product in Germany: an auto callable note. Will this product find a market and how does it fit into the bank’s product portfolio? The case investigates how Deutsche Bank manufactures and distributes its structured retail products, and more broadly explores the opportunities and challenges of offering financial products to households. The case also dwells on the scale and scope of business of retail banking in an increasingly regulated environment.

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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
Pietro De Agostini
Executive Assistant
Federica Gabrieli
Research Assistant
Tonia Junker
Research Associate
Jerome Lenhardt
Research Associate
Kristina Maslauskaite
Research Associate
Emer Moloney
Research Associate
Jan Pianca
Assistant Director, Educational Programs
Oksana Sichi
Manager of Administration