News & Highlights

  • November 2022
  • Deep Purpose Podcast

Deep Purpose: A Conversation with Unilever CEO Alan Jope

In this series of podcasts, Professor Ranjay Gulati has captivating conversations with top global CEOs, describing how the pursuit of purpose guides them to achieve performance gains, social benefits, and personal bests. Each episode explores how a revolutionary “Deep Purpose” approach to business can deliver game-changing results for companies and society alike. In this feature, Professor Gulati sits down with Alan Jope of Unilever to talk about the company’s historical commitment to doing good. This approach has not been without controversy. But Jope says it is both the right and smart thing to do.
  • November 2022
  • Cold Call Podcast

Marie Curie: A Case Study in Breaking Barriers

In this podcast, Professor Robert Simons discusses how Marie Curie rose to scientific fame despite poverty and gender barriers in his case, “Marie Curie: Changing the World.” Marie Curie, born Maria Sklodowska from a poor family in Poland, rose to the pinnacle of scientific fame in the early years of the twentieth century, winning the Nobel Prize twice in the fields of physics and chemistry. At the time women were simply not accepted in scientific fields so Curie had to overcome enormous obstacles in order to earn a doctorate at the Sorbonne and perform her pathbreaking research on radioactive materials. How did she plan her time and navigate her life choices to leave a lasting impact on the world?
  • October 2022
  • Event

HBS European Alumni Summit: “Re.Invent Leadership for a sustainable future”

The HBS Club of France, in collaboration with the ERC, hosted an insightful two-day alumni summit in Paris, France. The program featured a dynamic mix of inspiring CEOs, entrepreneurs, thinkers, and influencers from all over Europe, including Solvay CEO Ilham Kadri, who was introduced to the audience by ERC Executive Director Vincent Dessain. Professor Brian Trelstad and Professor Gunnar Trumbull also flew in from the U.S. to take the stage. It was a unique opportunity for our alumni to come together, build connections, and share their thoughts on how to reinvent their leadership approaches for a sustainable future.

New Research on the Region

  • 2022
  • Working Paper

Between Human Dignity and Security: Identifying Citizen and Elite Preferences and Concerns over Refugee Reception

By: Kristin Fabbe, Eleni Kyrkopoulou and Mara Vidali

Under what conditions do citizens and elites support the creation of migrant and refugee hosting facilities in their area, and what types of facilities do they prefer? What types of concerns underlay these preferences and how do they differ by ideology and elite status? This paper examines these questions in the case of Greece—a country heavily impacted by the 2015 refugee crisis—using a nationally representative survey of 5,916 Greek citizens and a complementary survey of Greek elites. We first use a conjoint experiment to elicit preferences regarding refugee reception policies and then conduct text analysis to examine how citizens and elites frame their “expressions of concern” when asked to qualitatively describe the conditions under which they would be willing to accept an asylum-seeker hosting facility in their municipality. Our results show that there is not only aggregate popular and elite support for the “securitization” of asylum seeker resettlement facilities, but also critical axes of polarization regarding the importance of asylumseekers’ human dignity and the extent to which migration is considered a security issue. These axes of polarization are more pronounced among citizens than elites.

  • November 2022
  • Case

Chêne Bleu: Caught in the Trade Tariff Crossfire

By: Dante Roscini, Elena Corsi and Daniela Beyersdorfer

A French wine estate faced a 25% tariff on its U.S. exports following a multi-decade-long EU-U.S. trade dispute in the aerospace industry.

  • November 2022
  • Teaching Material

Driving Decarbonization at BMW - Teaching Note

Teaching note in support of the case "Driving Decarbonization at BMW" (HBS No. 123-008)

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