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

  • October 2015
  • Case

OMV Petrom: Investment as Partnership—When It Takes Three to Tango

By: Dante Roscini, Emer Maloney and Daniela Beyersdorfer

Petrom was privatized by the Romanian state in 2004 and acquired by Austrian oil company OMV, with the state retaining a 20.6% stake in the company. The situation was particularly challenging for the foreign investor since the sector in which the company operated was strategic, was regulated by the Romanian state and the company was a key employer and tax payer in a country that was undergoing major structural change. Under OMV and CEO Mariana Gheorghe's leadership, OMV Petrom saw its net profit and sales almost double since 2005, while headcount was reduced by 50%. Gheorghe had negotiated challenges stemming from Petrom's legacy as a state owned company, such as lack of investment, aged assets, operational inefficiency, and bureaucracy while successfully managing the triangular partnership between the acquirer OMV, acquiree OMV Petrom and the Romanian government.

  • September 2015
  • Teaching Material

Sustainability at IKEA Group

Can IKEA Group double its global sales within a decade by expending in emerging markets while implementing on its ambitious sustainability strategy that included focusing on raw material sourcing and suppliers’ production processes? The case focuses on IKEA Group’s efforts to manage the environmental impacts associated with its use of wood, which constituted the majority of its total procurement volume. The company needs to design and deploy a sustainability plan to procure wood to support production processes and stores located throughout the world, especially in the context of the company’s aggressive growth plans.

  • August 2015
  • Teaching Material

Dinr: My First Start-up (B)

By: Shikhar Ghosh and Kristina Maslauskaite

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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 Assistant
Emer Moloney
Research Associate
Jan Pianca
Assistant Director, Educational Programs
Oksana Sichi
Manager of Administration