News & Highlights

  • October 2016
  • Alumni News

Why This Harvard Business School Graduate is Designing Tours of Cuba

HBS graduate, Chad Olin (MBA 2016), takes the road less traveled and starts Cuba based tour company, Cuba Candela. Chad's tour offerings fill a void where other tour companies have not ventured.

New Research on the Region

  • February 2017
  • Teaching Material


Paez, an Argentine start-up fashion brand, sold traditional alpargatas, a sleepy category that suddenly woke up when TOMS, a U.S. company, appropriated the traditional alpargata design, covered it with fashionable colors and prints, and tied it to a social cause. Paez’s founders were keenly aware of the present and future challenges they faced due to the resources and capabilities of their well-capitalized and marketing-savvy competitor. How could a small brand compete against a company that had captured the hearts and minds of consumers? Which brand positioning concept should Paez choose to best capture consumers’ attention and interest and compete against TOMS? How would the choice of positioning affect the rollout of Paez’s distribution strategy and its product line strategy? Teaching Note for HBS No. 316-085.

  • January 2017
  • Teaching Material

Bridj and the Business of Urban Mobility (B): A New Model in Kansas City

By: Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Jonathan Cohen

In late 2016, Bridj was expanding its digital platform to help address urban mobility problems faced by cities across the country and the world. Its founder and CEO, Matt George, weighed up several possible strategies for growth as he aimed to responsibly build the company. George continued to engage with key stakeholders, and had decided to work in partnerships with Kansas City and Ford to expand Bridj's reach to the midwest. This B case on Bridj allows for a discussion of the company's new options given its public-private partnership with Kansas City, and provides additional examples of how George's strategy to engage with key stakeholders has helped Bridj to grow.

  • 2017
  • Book

Managing Risk in Reinsurance: From City Fires to Global Warming

By: Niels Viggo Hauter and Geoffrey Jones

This is the first book to provide a comprehensive history of the reinsurance industry from the nineteenth century to the present day. Reinsurance developed at the fringe of financial services and, for most of its existence, was largely unnoticed outside the expert community. However more recently public and professional sensitivity towards managing risks has increased. This book traces the global development of reinsurance and explores how the nature of risk itself has changed over time. It highlights key aspects that have shaped the evolving industry, including shifts in risk engineering and risk management, the development of actuarial science, and the impact of changes in political and regulatory contexts. The authors point to the special role reinsurers have played in the capitalist system. As the industry developed, it had a vested interest in preventing excessive risks, while also providing complex societies with a mechanism to limit the damage that natural and other catastrophes inflicted. This has led reinsurers, once a very secretive industry, to take increasingly public stances on the risk of human-induced climate change and the need to take urgent action to contain it.

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