News & Highlights

  • March 2020
  • Harvard Business Review

HBR Article: Lessons from Italy’s Response to Coronavirus

In this Harvard Business Review article, Professors Gary Pisano and Raffaella Sadun, in collaboration with Michele Zanini from the Management Lab, discuss some of the key takeaways from Italy’s experience, looking particularly at how authorities in Lombardy and Veneto, two neighboring Italian regions, handled the outbreak and saw vastly different results.
  • September-December 2019
  • Events

Off-Campus Information Sessions on the HBS MBA Program

Throughout the fall of 2019, the ERC co-organized MBA Admissions Events in London and Paris and visited school fairs in Milan and Warsaw. These presentations were designed for prospective applicants to learn more about the MBA program, student life, curriculum, admissions, and funding. Plans are already in the works to organize future presentations in the next coming months in several more cities around the continent.
  • September 2019
  • Working Knowledge

Cold Call Podcast: At, Innovation Means Constant Failure

In this podcast, Professor Stefan Thomke discusses the subject of a new Harvard Business School case study, co-authored by Daniela Beyersdorfer of the ERC. Professor Thomke explains how past experience and intuition can be misleading when launching a new product, service, or process. Instead, embrace a culture where testing, experimentation, and even failure are at the heart of what they do.

New Research on the Region

  • 2020
  • Working Paper

Dignity, Inequality, and the Populist Backlash: Lessons from America and Europe for a Sustainable Globalization

The greatest challenge to the sustainability of our current era of globalization comes from within the United States. The United States is at the center of global system. No single country has played a larger role in creating—and then cheerleading for—this era of global capitalism than has the United States. Yet most Americans have come to reject globalization: according to some polls, as few as forty percent of U.S. citizens believe that globalization is a force for good. As developing countries around the world came enthusiastically to embrace globalization, global capitalism began to face its fiercest critics in the developed world. What can be done to restore the legitimacy of global capitalism within a country that, perhaps paradoxically, continues to embrace its national model of capitalism? We must discern the lessons from the parts of the developed world where the backlash is also profound—France, for example—and where it has been more muted—such as Germany. Resolving these challenges has taken on an even greater urgency in the midst of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The American fiscal policy response has reproduced some of the American system’s inherent failings and allowed for the emergence of mass unemployment, while the German fiscal policy response has preserved both the stability of firms and employment patterns. Now more than ever we should examine how to cultivate the legitimacy of the system in the eyes of its citizens.

  • May 2020
  • Teaching Material

Bayer Crop Science

By: David E. Bell, Michael Norris and Mel Martin

  • May 2020
  • Teaching Material

Danone: Changing the Food System

By: David E. Bell, Federica Gabrieli, Daniela Beyersdorfer, Amy Klopfenstein and Aldo Sesia

This teaching note serves as a supplement to “Danone: Changing the Food System?” HBS 520-053.

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