Have you answered a work email during an important family event? Or taken a call from your boss while on vacation? According to behavioral scientist and Harvard Business School professor Ashley Whillans, “always-on” work culture is not only ruining our personal well-being — but our work, as well. She shares which bad habits are stopping us from getting what we need out of our free time and three practical steps for setting boundaries that stick.
Read more: Three Rules for Better Work-Life Balance
In honor of Latinx / Hispanic Heritage Month, we sat down with Latin American staff across the School to discuss their time at HBS and what this month means to them.
Read more: Latinx / Hispanic Heritage Month: A Q+A with Staff at HBS
For many companies, returning to the office has felt like a rollercoaster of worry, excitement, and uncertainty. Members of the Harvard Business School’s Tsedal Neeley, Joe Fuller, Lakshmi Ramarajan, Prithwiraj Choudhury, and Jeffrey Polzer offer advice to help managers restore calm.
Read more: Reunited and It Feels (Not) So Good: Tips for Managing a Rocky Return
Harvard Business School Professor Dr. Richard Tedlow’s books on Tom Watson of IBM and Andy Grove of Intel were Business Week selections as outstanding. His newest book, on Charismatic Leadership, profiles the likes of Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Oprah. On this Walker Webcast, host Willy Walker sits down with Tedlow for an in-depth discussion on leadership, vision, and what makes our generation’s greatest business minds tick.
Read more: What Jobs, Musk & Oprah Have In Common? | with Harvard Business School Historian
The discrepancy comes down to changes in spending habits. When the pandemic struck in early 2020, and lockdowns were ordered across America, consumers dramatically decreased their spending on some things, such as transport and entertainment, and increased it on others, such as food. But because the cpi was still being estimated based on a basket of goods and services set in December 2019, these shifts were not immediately reflected in inflation statistics. Using credit- and debit-card data from Opportunity Insights, a research group, Alberto Cavallo of Harvard Business School has constructed a new “covid cpi” that incorporates up-to-date weights from the spending data on each category. He estimates that between April 2020 and February 2021, monthly year-on-year inflation was underestimated by about 0.5 percentage points.
Read more: What’s Wrong with America’s Consumer-Price Index?
Organizational behavior professors Julie Battilana of Harvard Business School and Tiziana Casciaro of the Rotman School of Management offer leaders (and followers) such a reframing in their new book, Power, for All: How It Really Works and Why It’s Everyone’s Business. They do it by tapping power dependence theory, a branch of social exchange theory that was developed starting in the 1960s by Richard Emerson, then a sociologist at the University of Cincinnati.
Read more: A Transactional Approach to Power
Much more needs to be done to improve access to finance and to scale these companies and to measure their social impact. That is where executive education comes in. A business school course can support social entrepreneurship so that it can generate sufficient economic impact and ensure its survival. “Social challenges represent some of the most difficult problems for leaders and require cutting edge management tools — just like other industries,” says Rob Zeaske, director of Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative.
Read more: Executive Education Courses in Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Leadership
Arthur Brooks is an economist who for 10 years ran the American Enterprise Institute, one of the most influential conservative think tanks in the world. He has come to believe there is only one weapon that can defeat our extreme political polarization: love. Is Brooks a fool for thinking this — and are you perhaps his kind of fool?
Read more: How Can We Break Our Addiction to Contempt?
Firms are using surveillance technology to control employees working from home, rather than for compliance purposes, said J.S. Nelson, a visiting associate professor at Harvard Business School who specialises in management practices, compliance and surveillance.
Read more: EU Rules Governing Artificial Intelligence Will Put Compliance Obligations on Facial Recognition Regtech
Team owners think they need marquee names or slick stadiums to prosper, but research by Karim Lakhani and Patrick Ferguson suggests that fans want something far simpler: suspense.
Read more: What Actually Draws Sports Fans to Games? It’s Not Star Athletes.