News & Highlights

  • March 2019
  • Working Knowledge

HBS Working Knowledge: “The Ferrari Way”

In this article, Professor Stefan Thomke discusses the subject of a new Harvard Business School case study, supported by Elena Corsi of the Europe Research Center. Ferrari is among the world's most powerful brands but how the company operates has remained mysterious. This article explores the inner workings of the company - the Ferrari Way - from the way it designs, produces, and markets its cars, to how its leadership team is driving future growth. Central to Ferrari's strategy is its response to disruptive changes in the automotive industry and their impact on the company's products and brand.
  • January 2019
  • MBA Curriculum

The Global Classroom: Student Immersion in London, Oxford, and Paris

As part of the elective curriculum within the MBA program, students have the opportunity in their second year to enroll in an Immersive Field Course – or “IFC.” These courses are driven by faculty research and industry connections, and provide students with an opportunity to get out of the classroom and put the skills they have learned to practice in the field. Typically, about 200 students participate in IFCs annually. In January 2019, Professor Michael Luca from the Harvard Business School’s Negotiation, Organizations, and Markets Unit led a group of students to London, Oxford, and Paris for 10 days. Students were split into groups and worked with real clients from the UK government to design interventions inspired by behavioral science. This trip also included site visits and panel discussions with industry experts.
  • November 2018
  • Events

ERC Roundtable Discussion with Professor William Kerr in Paris

In November 2018, Professor William Kerr from the Harvard Business School’s General Management Unit came to Paris to present his book “The Gift of Global Talent: How Migration Shapes Business, Economy & Society.” Talent is to a knowledge-based economy what oil and steel were to an industrial-based one—its most important asset. Examining popular ideas that have taken hold and synthesizing rigorous research across fields such as entrepreneurship and innovation, regional advantage, and economic policy, Professor Kerr gave voice to data and ideas that should drive the next wave of immigration policy and business practice.

New Research on the Region

  • March 2019
  • Case

Profits, Politics, and Pipelines: Europe, Russia, and the Challenge of Nord Stream 2 (A)

By: Rawi Abdelal, Galit Goldstein, Cressida Arkwright and Khilola Zakhidova

Proposed in 2012, Nord Stream 2 was a pipeline project that aimed to bring natural gas directly from Russia to Europe beneath the Baltic Sea. Gazprom, an energy company with deep ties to the Russian state, hoped to manage the project in association with a consortium of European companies. The pipeline appeared to be a rational investment for these companies, many of whom had working relationships with Gazprom. However, some European voices argued that the project went against the European Union’s security and foreign policy goals. Nord Stream 2 would allow Gazprom to bypass Ukraine as a gas transit country, threatening Ukraine’s economy and energy security. The European Union attempted to influence the project through new, supranational regulations meant to uphold transparency and competition in European gas markets. The beginning of the Ukraine crisis in 2014 significantly upped the stakes for Nord Stream 2, as some began to question Europe’s ability to meaningfully take action in the face of kinetic provocation. It was unclear whether pro- or anti-Nord Stream 2 actors would emerge successful, in a battle of wills that would have resonating consequences for Russia’s economy, the European Union’s legitimacy, and the emerging multipolar world order at large.

  • March 2019
  • Teaching Material

Profits, Politics, and Pipelines: Europe, Russia, and the Challenge of Nord Stream 2 (B)

By: Rawi Abdelal, Galit Goldstein, Cressida Arkwright and Khilola Zakhidova

Nord Stream 2, a pipeline project that aimed to bring natural gas directly from Russia to Europe beneath the Baltic Sea, was a critical project for Gazprom, an energy company with deep ties to the Russian state. Proposed in 2012, contention around Nord Stream 2 intensified into the end of the Obama era and the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency. As European-Russian relations grew more complex in the wake of the 2014 Ukraine crisis, assassination attempts and apparent state-sponsored online information operations activities, Nord Stream 2’s opponents asserted that the pipeline represented Russia’s increasing influence over European affairs. However, the project maintained support both in the private sector and in key European Union member states. At a critical juncture in Nord Stream 2’s development, the EU’s legal capacity to exert influence over the energy sector came into question, while the Trump administration threatened to sanction European companies involved with the pipeline. Questions swirled around Nord Stream 2 going into 2019: had the pipeline illuminated cracks in the transatlantic relationship and the European Union as an institution? Was Nord Stream 2 a rational investment, or a political project? Would Nord Stream 2 ultimately be completed as planned?

  • 2019
  • Book

Disciples of the State?: Religion and State-Building in the Former Ottoman World

As the Ottoman Empire crumbled, the Middle East and Balkans became the site of contestation and cooperation between the traditional forces of religion and the emergent machine of the sovereign state. Yet such strategic interaction rarely yielded a decisive victory for either the secular state or for religion. By tracing how state-builders engaged religious institutions, elites, and attachments, this book problematizes the divergent religion-state power configurations that have developed. There are two central arguments. First, states carved out more sovereign space in places like Greece and Turkey, where religious elites were integral to early centralizing reform processes. Second, region-wide structural constraints on the types of linkages that states were able to build with religion have generated long-term repercussions. Fatefully, both state policies that seek to facilitate equality through the recognition of religious difference and state policies that seek to eradicate such difference have contributed to failures of liberal democratic consolidation.

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