News & Highlights

  • 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.
  • September 2018
  • HBS Working Knowledge

HBS Working Knowledge, Cold Call Podcast: “Should US Companies Still Care About the Paris Climate Change Agreement?”

In this podcast, Professor Vincent Pons discusses the subject of a new Harvard Business School case study, supported by Elena Corsi and Vincent Dessain of the Europe Research Center. American President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change just over a year ago. What does that mean for the role of United States companies and business leaders in confronting climate change challenges? Professor Pons looks at the historical debate and what the road ahead looks like for the role of business in improving the environment.

New Research on the Region

  • February 2019
  • Case

Schneider Electric: Opening Up to External Innovation

Schneider Electric competes in tough but stable markets around energy management, automation, and control of infrastructures ranging from homes to production plants. New technologies and new approaches to serving markets are challenging the status quo. To take advantage of these changes, the company has been experimenting with different organizational structures to take advantage of these radical innovations. The case describes the challenges facing the company as well as the latest iteration of structures and systems. In particular, the company has put together “Innovation at the Edge,” which includes tools ranging from corporate venture capital to corporate accelerator. Managers at Schneider Electric have to evaluate whether these tools are enough to fulfill the needs of the company, how to fully take advantage of them, and how to further adapt them.

  • January 2019
  • Case

SoundCloud: Subscription Streaming?

By: Ashish Nanda, Eric Van den Steen, Andy Wu, Jeffrey Boyar and Bonnie Bennett Slater

Established in 2007, by early 2014 SoundCloud already boasted the second largest number of active music listeners among all streaming services and was recognized as the go-to platform for new artists. Yet, its founders were questioning the robustness of the firm’s current focus on serving as a lab for emerging musical artists. They were wondering if the firm should instead enter the booming mainstream music streaming market.

  • December 2018
  • Case

Bord Bia: Strategically Growing Irish Exports

By: Jose B. Alvarez, Forest L. Reinhardt and Emer Moloney

Agriculture was Ireland’s largest indigenous industry. Its agri-food sector was export-driven, with almost 90% of production exported. Bord Bia was the Irish government agency charged with the promotion, trade development and marketing of the Irish food, drink and horticulture industry. Bord Bia's CEO, Tara McCarthy, was shaping the government agency's new strategy amid a volatile socio-political environment (with Brexit and other cross-border trade issues) and in light of consumer trends in the macro food and drink industry.

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Paris Staff

Vincent Dessain
Executive Director
Daniela Beyersdorfer
Associate Director, Research and Administration
Emilie Billaud
Assistant Director
Elena Corsi
Assistant Director
Pietro De Agostini
Project Coordinator
Federica Gabrieli
Research Associate
Mette Hjortshoej
Research Assistant
Tonia Labruyere
Research Associate
Emer Moloney
Senior Researcher
Jan Pianca
Assistant Director, Educational Programs
Oksana Sichi
Manager of Administration