Research Forum

  • Spring 2014
  • Forum Report

Business for Social Impact

The Forum convened more than 100 practitioners and academics to discuss the global role of business in creating social change. The report captures output from the conference sessions and reflections from participants.

Featured Research

  • 2019
  • Harvard Business Review

The Dual-Purpose Playbook

by Julie Battilana, Anne-Claire Pache, Metin Sengul & Marissa Kimsey
  • 2018
  • Harvard Business Review

The New CEO Activists

by Aaron K. Chatterji and Michael W. Toffel
  • Jan—Feb 2015
  • Harvard Business Review 93, No. 1/2

The Truth About CSR

by V. Kasturi Rangan, Lisa Chase & Sohel Karim
  • Jul 2013
  • Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 14-005

How the Zebra Got Its Stripes: Imprinting of Individuals & Hybrid Social Ventures

by & Julie Battilana
  • Summer 2012
  • Stanford Social Innovation Review

In Search of the Hybrid Ideal

by Julie Battilana, Matthew Lee, John Walker & Cheryl Dorsey
  • Apr 2012
  • Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 12-088

Why Every Company Needs a CSR Strategy & How to Build It

by V. Kasturi Rangan, Lisa Chase & Sohel Karim
  • Jun 2011
  • Harvard Business Review 89, No. 6

Segmenting the Base of the Pyramid

by V. Kasturi Rangan, Michael Chu & Djorjiji Petkosk
  • Jan—Feb 2011
  • Harvard Business Review 89, Nos. 1—2

Creating Shared Value

by Michael E. Porter & Mark R. Kramer
  • 2010
  • John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

One Report: Integrated Reporting for a Sustainable Strategy

by Robert G. Eccles & Michael P. Kzrus
  • Mar 2009
  • Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 09-101

Corporate Social Entrepreneurship

by James E. Austin & Ezequiel Reficco
  • Jun 2008
  • Development Outreach

Business & Poverty: Opening Markets to the Poor

by Djordjija B. Petkoski, V. Kasturi Rangan & William S. Laufer
  • Winter—Spring 2007
  • Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization

Commercial Returns at the Base of the Pyramid

  • 2007
  • John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Business Solutions for the Global Poor: Creating Social & Economic Value

by V. Kasturi Rangan, John A. Quelch, Gustavo Herrero & Brooke Barton
  • First Quarter, Winter 2006
  • Directors & Boards 3, No. 4

Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy & Boards of Directors

  • 2005
  • The Accountable Corporation. Vol. 2

Corporate Social Entrepreneurship: A New Vision for CSR

by James E. Austin, Herman B. Leonard, Ezequiel Reficco & Jane Wei-Skillern
  • Oct 2004
  • Social Enterprise Faculty Seminar Series: Harvard Business Publishing

Strategic Alliances: The Power of Partnering Between Nonprofits & Businesses

  • May—Jun 1999
  • Harvard Business Review 77, No. 3

From Spare Change to Real Change: The Social Sector as Beta Site for Business Innovation

Reprinted in Harvard Business Review on Innovation, Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2001.

Classic Cases

  • 2019
  • Case

Global Sourcing at Nike

by Nien-he Hsieh, Michael W. Toffel, and Olivia Hull
Subjects covered include: Sourcing; Factory Conditions; Corporate Social Responsibility and Impact
  • 2016
  • Case

Greening Walmart: Progress and Controversy

by Rebecca Henderson and James Weber
Subjects covered include: Sustainability; Organizational Change and Adaptation
  • 2015
  • Case

Nestle's Creating Shared Value Strategy

by Michael E. Porter, Mark R. Kramer, Kerry Herman, and Sara McAra
Subjects covered include: Shared Value; Environmental Sustainability; Strategy
  • 2010
  • Case

B Lab: Building a New Sector of the Economy

by Christopher Marquis, Andrew Klaber & Bobbi Thomason
Subjects covered include: entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and social responsibility.
  • 2010
  • Case

Bridge International Academies: A School in a Box

by V. Kasturi Rangan & Katharine Lee
Subjects covered include: entrepreneurship, franchises, social enterprise, and strategic planning.
  • 2010
  • Case

Grameen Danone Foods Ltd., a Social Business

by V. Kasturi Rangan & Katharine Lee
Subjects covered include: distribution, entrepreneurship, sales, social responsibility, and supply chain management.
  • 2009
  • Case

Gilead Sciences, Inc.: Access Program

by V. Kasturi Rangan & Katharine Lee
Subjects covered include: competitive strategy, distribution, emerging markets, intellectual capital, and sales.
  • 2009
  • Case

PNC Financial: Grow Up Great

by Christopher Marquis, V. Kasturi Rangan, & Alison Comings
Subjects covered include: community relations, leadership, and partners.
  • 2008
  • Case

Banco Compartamos: Life after the IPO

by Michael Chu & Regina Garcia Cuellar
Subjects covered include: developing countries and microfinance.
  • 2007
  • Case

Farmacias Similares: Private & Public Health Care for the Base of the Pyramid in Mexico

by Michael Chu & Regina Garcia Cuellar
Subjects covered include: health care policy and social enterprise.
  • 2007

Manila Water Company

Subjects covered include: customer service, infrastructure, privatization, and social responsibility.
  • 2005
  • Case

Unilever in India: Hindustan Lever's Project Shakti—Marketing FMCG to the Rural Consumer

by V. Kasturi Rangan & Rohithari Rajan
Subjects covered include: consumer marketing, innovation, and target markets.
  • 2004
  • Case

Timberland: Commerce & Justice

by James E. Austin, Herman B. Leonard & James W. Quinn
Subjects covered include: business models, globalization, innovation, partnerships, and philanthropies.
  • 2003
  • Case

Sustainable Development at Shell (A)

by Jane Wei-Skillern
Subjects covered include: business ethics, entrepreneurship, globalization, innovation, leadership, multinational corporations, social enterprise, and strategy formulation.
  • 2002
  • Case

Starbucks & Conservation International

by James E. Austin & Cate Reavis
Subjects covered include: environmental protection, purchasing, social responsibility, and strategic alliances.