News & Highlights

  • October 2017
  • Events

European Advisory Board Meeting, London

HBS’ regional advisory boards are made up of local leaders from business, academia, and government, many of them HBS alumni, and provide invaluable counsel and support for our research and other student and alumni facing activities in the regions. Hosted by the Faculty Chair for Europe Prof. Ramon Casadesus-Masanell, the most recent annual meeting of our European Advisory board focused on how to connect the School to Europe in a way that serves our research and educational objectives, while providing value to the region. It featured updates on the school’s activities by Angela Crispi—HBS Executive Dean for Administration, Katie Lapp—Harvard University Executive Vice President, Vincent Dessain—ERC Executive Director, Prof. Lynn S. Paine—Senior Associate Dean for International Development, and Prof. Bharat N. Anand—Senior Associate Dean for HBX.
  • August 2017
  • Working Knowledge

HBS Working Knowledge, Cold Call Podcast: “Does Le Pliage Help or Hurt the Longchamp Luxury Brand?”

In this podcast, Prof. Jill J. Avery discusses the subject of a new Harvard Business School case study, co-authored by Tonia Labruyère and Daniela Beyersdorfer of the ERC. Longchamp’s Le Pliage is one of the fashion world’s most successful products, a cultural icon across the globe. But managing the low-priced, nylon handbag is challenging as Longchamp tries to move its brand upmarket into higher-priced, luxury leather goods. Prof. Avery discusses the balancing act of cherishing the heritage of an established brand against the need to look forward and grow in the face of a rapidly changing industry.
  • August 2017
  • MBA Experience

MBA Voices: A German Student’s HBS Experience—Interview with Stefan Schmidt, MBA 2018

MBA Voices is the Harvard Business School admissions blog. A collection of community perspectives, the blog provides prospective students with insight into life at HBS. In this interview, German student Stefan Schmidt, MBA 2018, explains the most mind-blowing insights he learned during his first year at HBS and shares three pieces of advice for prospective German students.

New Research on the Region

  • July 2018
  • Case

Ce Soir-Là, Ils n'Arrivent Plus Un par Un, Mais par Vagues: Coping with the Surge of Trauma Patients at L'Hôpital Universitaire La Pitié Salpêtrière—Friday, November 13, 2015

By: Herman B. "Dutch" Leonard, Emilie Billaud and Arnold M. Howitt

On November 13, 2015, Dr. Marie Borel, Dr. Emmanuelle Dolla, Dr. Frédéric Le Saché, and Prof. Mathieu Raux were the doctors in charge of the trauma center at L’Hôpital de la Pitié Salpêtrière in Paris, where dozens of wounded and dying patients, most with severe gunshot wounds from military grade firearms, arrived in waves after a series of terrorist attacks across the city. The doctors had trained for a mass-casualty event but had never envisioned the magnitude of what they now saw. This case describes how they rapidly expanded the critical care capacity available so as to be able to handle the unexpectedly large number of patients arriving at their doors.

  • July 2018
  • Teaching Material

Hilti (A): Fleet Management?

This Teaching Note accompanies the case HBS No. 718-419, “Hilti (A): Fleet Management.” It provides guidelines for class discussion, as well as a board plan and transcripts of the associated videos, Hilti Fleet Management Video Supplements. The associated case explores the strategic decision-making process of premium power tools manufacturer Hilti in 1999, when the company was considering implementing a fleet management system in the construction industry. Fleet management would involve a shift from selling power tools to leasing them as a service. For Hilti, it represented an entirely new business model, which would substantially differentiate the company from its competitors. While fleet management had the potential to significantly improve the customer experience, Hilti was already a successful firm under its extant model and had to decide whether the restructuring of its business model was worth the risk.

  • June 2018
  • Article
  • American Economic Review

Will a Five-Minute Discussion Change Your Mind? A Countrywide Experiment on Voter Choice in France

This paper provides the first estimate of the effect of door-to-door canvassing on actual electoral outcomes, via a countrywide experiment embedded in François Hollande's campaign in the 2012 French presidential election. While existing experiments randomized door-to-door visits at the individual level, the scale of this campaign (five million doors knocked) enabled randomization by precinct, the level at which vote shares are recorded administratively. Visits did not affect turnout but increased Hollande's vote share in the first round and accounted for one-fourth of his victory margin in the second. Visits' impact persisted in later elections, suggesting a lasting persuasion effect.

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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
Executive Assistant
Federica Gabrieli
Research Assistant
Mette Hjortshoej
Research Assistant
Tonia Labruyere
Research Associate
Emer Moloney
Research Associate
Jan Pianca
Assistant Director, Educational Programs
Oksana Sichi
Manager of Administration
Francois-Lucien Vulliermet
Research Associate