April 2014

    • 03 Apr 2014

      Sir Alex Ferguson To Teach In Harvard Business School's Executive Education Programs

      BOSTON— Sir Alex Ferguson, the former manager of Manchester United, the English football (soccer) club, has been appointed to a long-term teaching position in Executive Education by Harvard Business School. His role starts this spring when he will lecture to senior executives from around the world as part of the new “The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports” program. Ferguson recently retired following 26 years of tenure at Manchester United. He is the most successful manager in the history of British football, winning 49 trophies in 39 years. Read more.

    • 01 Apr 2014

      ‘Management by Walking Around’ programs in hospitals may do more harm than good

      BOSTON—Management-By-Walking-Around, a widely adopted technique in hospitals in which senior managers visit the frontlines of their organizations to solicit improvement ideas and resolve issues, has the potential to do more harm than good, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Harvard Business School (HBS). In contrast to evidence that suggests MBWA-type programs improve the safety climate in hospitals, this study finds the effectiveness of these programs depends on how they are approached. “Our research cautions managers against adopting practices just because evidence suggests they are effective in one or a few hospitals. Managers really need to understand what makes practices effective in order to replicate their success,” said co-author Sara Singer, associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at HSPH. Read more.