Research Partnership

  • May 2014
  • Report

The Brink of Renewal: A Business Leader’s Guide to Progress in America’s Schools

Harvard Business School, together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and The Boston Consulting Group, is bringing business and education leaders together to better understand how they can collaborate to transform America’s PK-12 education system. This report focuses on the current state of U.S. PK-12 education. It highlights the converging trends that make this a special, promising moment in education reform.

Featured Research

  • 2013
  • Harvard Business Publishing Note No. 313-104

Note on Charter Schools

by John J-H Kim, Geoff Marietta, & Annie Wheeler
Subjects covered include: education and industry.
  • Jan 2010
  • Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 10-057

Investing in Improvement: Strategy & Resource Allocation in Public School Districts

by Stacey Childress
  • 2010
  • Harvard Education Press

Transforming Public Education: Cases in Education Entrepreneurship

by Stacey Childress
  • 2009
  • Harvard Education Press

Leading for Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Montgomery County Public Schools

by Stacey M. Childress, Denis P. Doyle, & David A. Thomas, with a foreword by David Gergen
  • 2007
  • Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press

Managing School Districts for High Performance: Cases in Public Education Leadership

by Stacey Childress, Richard F. Elmore, Allen S. Grossman & Susan Moore Johnson
  • Nov 2006
  • Harvard Business Publishing

Note on U.S. Public Education Finance (B): Expenditures

by Stig Leschly & Stacey Childress
Subjects covered include: entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurship, financial analysis, government policy, leadership, and models.
  • Nov 2006
  • Harvard Business Review 84, No. 11

How to Manage Urban School Districts

by Stacey Childress, Richard Elmore, & Allen S. Grossman
  • Oct 2006
  • Harvard Business Publishing

Note on Student Outcomes in U.S. Public Education

by Stig Leschly & Stacey Childress
Subjects covered include: entrepreneurship and social enterprise.
  • Oct 2006
  • Harvard Business Publishing

Note on U.S. Public Education Finance (A): Revenues

by Stig Leschly & Stacey Childress
Subjects covered include: entrepreneurial finance, financial analysis, government policy, and models.
  • Sep 2005
  • Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 06-004

Promoting a Management Revolution in Public Education

by Stacey Childress, Richard Elmore & Allen S. Grossman
  • Nov 2004
  • Harvard Business Publishing

Note on the PELP Coherence Framework

by Stacey Childress, Richard Elmore, Allen S. Grossman & Caroline King
Subjects covered include: implementing strategy and improving performance.
  • Nov 2003
  • Harvard Business Publishing

Note on School Choice in U.S. Public Education

by Stig Leschly
Subjects covered include: government policy.
  • Jul 2003
  • Harvard Business Publishing

Note on Organized Labor in U.S. Public Education

by Stig Leschly
Subjects covered include: labor unions.

Classic Cases

  • 2013
  • Case

Career Pathways, Performance Pay, & Peer-review Promotion in Baltimore City Public Schools

by Susan Moore Johnson, John J-H Kim, Geoff Marietta, S. Elisabeth Faller & James Noonan
  • 2011
  • Case

Meeting New Challenges at the Aldine Independent School District

by Stacey Childress, Allen S. Grossman & Caroline King
Subjects covered include: leadership, performance management, strategic alignment, and strategy.
  • 2011
  • Case

Baltimore City Public Schools: Implementing Bounded Autonomy

by Allen S. Grossman, Susan Moore Johnson, & Elisha Brookover
Subjects covered include: organizational change and organizational culture.
  • 2009
  • Case

Taking Human Resources Seriously in Minneapolis

by Susan Moore Johnson & Geoff Marietta
Subjects covered include: change management, education and industry, human resource management, implementing strategy, organizational culture, and organizational learning.
  • 2009
  • Case

Investing in Early Learning as Economic Development at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank

by Stacey Childress & Geoff Marietta
Subjects covered include: children & youth, cost analysis, demand analysis, economic development, economics, entrepreneurship, and nonprofit organizations.
  • 2008
  • Case

A Problem-Solving Approach to Designing & Implementing a Strategy to Improve Performance

by Stacey Childress & Geoff Marietta
Subjects covered include: continuous improvement and problem solving.
  • 2008
  • Case

Focusing on Results at the New York City Department of Education

by Stacey Childress & Tonika Cheek Clayton
Subjects covered include: implementing strategy, organizational learning, and price differentiation.
  • 2008
  • Case

Pursuing Educational Equity at San Francisco Unified School District

by Stacey Childress & Robert Peterkin
Subjects covered include: implementing strategy, improving performance, and resource management.
  • 2007

Compensation Reform at Denver Public Schools

by Allen S. Grossman, Nancy Dean Beaulieu, Susan Moore Johnson & Jennifer M. Suesse
Subjects covered include: accountability, compensation, leadership, organizational change, and unionization.
  • 2007
  • Case

Managing the Chicago Public Schools

by Richard Elmore, Allen S. Grossman & Caroline King
Subjects covered include: change management, improving performance, price differentiation, strategic alignment, and strategy.
  • 2007
  • Case

St. HOPE Academy: The Expansion Decision

by Stacey Childress & Alison Berkley Wagonfeld
Subjects covered include: business growth and entrepreneurship.
  • 2006
  • Case

Long Beach Unified School District (A): Change That Leads to Improvement (1992—2002)

by James E. Austin, Robert B. Schwartz, & Jennifer M. Suesse
Subjects covered include: change management, corporate governance, leadership, organizational change, and succession planning.
  • 2006
  • Case

Frederick Douglass Charter School: The Renewal Decision

by Stacey Childress & Debbie Kozar
Subjects covered include: accountability, corporate governance, entrepreneurship, leadership, performance appraisals, social enterprise.
  • 2006
  • Case

Race, Accountability & the Achievement Gap (A)

by Karen L. Mapp, David A. Thomas & Tonika Cheek Clayton
Subjects covered include: accountability, African Americans, diversity, Hispanic Americans, minority and ethnic groups, and organizational structure.
  • 2006
  • Case

Wireless Generation

by Stacey Childress
Subjects covered include: product development and strategy.
  • 2005
  • Case

Learning to Manage with Data in Duval County Public Schools: Lake Shore Middle School (A)

by Allen S. Grossman, James P. Honan, & Caroline King
Subjects covered include: decision making, leadership, and performance measurement.
  • 2005
  • Case

Teach for America 2005

by Stacey Childress
Subjects covered include: entrepreneurship and strategic planning.
  • 2004
  • Case

Aligning Resources to Improve Student Achievement: San Diego City Schools (A)

by James P. Honan, Stacey Childress, & Caroline King
Subjects covered include: change management, implementing strategy, leadership, and resource management.
  • 2004
  • Case

KIPP National (A)

by Stig Leschly
Subjects covered include: business ethics, entrepreneurship, expansion, leadership, and social enterprise.