News & Highlights

  • October 2020
  • Events

Worldwide Week at Harvard

Worldwide Week at Harvard showcases the breadth of Harvard’s global engagement through academic and cultural events with global or international themes. On October 7th-8th, 2020, Harvard broadcasted 24 Hours of Harvard, which featured 24 consecutive hours of around-the-clock and around-the-world events and activities. The ERC contributed by stringing together stories from faculty members, a doctoral graduate, and staff members—showcasing the variety of the Center’s activities in Europe, from supporting faculty members with cases and research work, to supporting students and alumni in career coaching and orientation.
  • August 2020
  • Managing the Future of Work

Unilever’s Workforce Transformation: Hard Truths and Help with Change

In this podcast, Professor Bill Kerr talks to Nick Dalton, Executive Vice President of Business Transformation at Unilever and the protagonist of a new Harvard Business School case study supported by Emilie Billaud and Mette Fuglsang Hjortshøj of the Europe Research Center. Unilever is several years into a company-wide plan to revolutionize its workforce. This vast program includes operational and cultural change across many divisions in more than 100 countries. The effort includes job counseling, retraining, and assistance with career moves—within the company or elsewhere. Dalton discusses what it takes to be transparent about coming changes and work with employees, unions, governments, and others to identify mutually beneficial transitions.
  • June 2020
  • Covid-19 Business Impact Center

Re-Starting Under Uncertainty: Managerial Experiences from Around the World

Professor Raffaella Sadun and the HBS Global Research Centers travelled virtually around the globe and talked with over 50 resilient businesses across a variety of countries and sectors. In her report, “Re-starting under uncertainty”, Professor Sadun explains, “as economies reopen after forced shutdowns caused by COVID-19, managers around the world are faced with a dual challenge: keeping the workforce safe while at the same time preserving business viability in an evolving and volatile market. How should businesses start to design their ‘new normal’ at this time of heightened uncertainty? While we are still far from knowing what constitutes a ‘best practice’, there is already a great deal of experimentation emerging all over the world.”

New Research on the Region

  • December 2020
  • Case

Château Margaux: Serving Up the Third Wine

In fall 2019, Corinne Mentzelopoulos, owner of the famous first-growth Château Margaux, is pondering a series of decisions with respect to the chateau's third wine. Margaux du Château Marguax, as this wine was called, was launched in 2013 with a particular goal in mind and with a well defined go-to-market strategy. Six years later, Mentzolopoulos and her management team were evaluating the wine's performance against the original goal and re-examining the launch choices made. In particular, they were debating whether to raise the wholesale price, and if so by how much; which new countries to enter and which new deals to pursue, given that recent moves with respct to the château's second wine resulted in more production capacity for the third wine; what options were viable to increase third wine production even further (with implications for product quality); and what the best channel arrangements were going forward. Mentzelopoulos was mulling over other issues as well, such as whether to follow recent actions by the other first-growths, how to contend with broader societal trends (e.g., organic food and environmental concerns), and the succession plan for managing the estate when she stepped down. The case allows for rich discussions on adjusting marketing strategy (in particular target market to serve), re-thinking go-to-market plans (in particular pricing and channels), managing a product line, and constructing a brand architecture (with themes around brand dilution).

  • Article
  • Harvard Business Review (website)

Want to See the Future of Digital Health Tools? Look to Germany

By: Ariel Dora Stern, Henrik Matthies, Julia Hagen, Jan B. Brönneke and Jörg F. Debatin

A new law will make it easier to introduce and determine the benefits of new tools. Perhaps its most important provisions are its formalization of “prescribable applications,” which include standard software, SaaS, and mobile as well as browser-based apps, and the creation of the Fast-Track Process, an accelerated regulatory path for companies to take their digital health applications to market. With at least 50 apps currently already in the Fast-Track process and hundreds expected over the coming years from manufacturers worldwide, evaluation studies will create a wealth of data on how digital tools for remote patient care work in practice, which other payers and health systems can learn from. They will also be valuable in convincing health care providers—for whom evidence is of paramount importance—of the value of digital tools, both generally and in particular use cases.

  • October 2020
  • Case

Michael Phelps: 'It's Okay to Not Be Okay'

By: Boris Groysberg, Carin-Isabel Knoop and Michael Norris

In 2020, Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 28 medals in various swimming events, was now retired. As he looked back on his 20+ year athletic career, he considered what had gone into making him the greatest of all time—the highs and lows, successes and struggles. He had lived with mental health issues for much of his life, going public with his struggles in 2015, when he talked about his depression and suicidal thoughts. Mental health was a major focus for Phelps in 2020. He was working on removing the stigma associated with mental health issues, improving access to care, and preventing suicides. But as a professional athlete who was used to the rigor and routine of daily workouts and measurable goals, how could he ensure he was having the greatest possible impact in this new mission?

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