News & Highlights

  • December 2021
  • HBS Alumni Bulletin

Leadership in the Digital Age

Earlier this year, the Europe Research Center hosted two virtual roundtable discussions on the pressing issues that accompany digital transformation. These were part of a global series of conversations led by Professor Linda Hill to explore how leadership had evolved in the 21st century and produce research, case studies, and courses based on that knowledge to educate a new generation of executives. In this article, Professor Hill discusses the takeaways from her discussions with the global business community.
  • December 2021
  • Managing The Future of Work Podcast

Professor Hubert Joly on Humanizing the Profit Motive

In this podcast, Professor Hubert Joly discusses the evolution of his views on management, his book, The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism, and the role of business in society. As former Chairman and CEO of Best Buy, Professor Joly faced the ruthless competition of retail electronics. In the course of leading a dramatic turnaround in the company’s performance, he proved that purpose, respect, encouragement, and autonomy could boost the bottom line.
  • June 2021
  • Cold Call Podcast

IKEA Navigates the Future While Staying True to its Culture

In this podcast, Professors Juan Alcacer and Cynthia A. Montgomery discuss the subject of a new Harvard Business case study - “Which IKEA Do We Want?” - supported by Emilie Billaud and Vincent Dessain of the Europe Research Center. After years of success in providing quality furniture at affordable prices, Swedish furniture maker IKEA is challenged by the rise of online shopping and changing consumer behavior, plus the arrival of a new leader. The company's top executives know they had to step out of their comfort zones and embrace new strategic initiatives to stay relevant. But which initiatives will best enable IKEA to evolve while staying true to the company’s core values?

New Research on the Region

  • January 2022
  • Case

Walmart Goes Global (A)

  • 2021
  • Working Paper

Scared Straight? Threat and Assimilation of Refugees in Germany

By: Philipp Jaschke, Sulin Sardoschau and Marco Tabellini

This paper studies the effects of threat on convergence to local culture and on economic assimilation of refugees, exploiting plausibly exogenous variation in their allocation across German regions between 2013 and 2016. We combine novel survey data on cultural preferences and economic outcomes of refugees with corresponding information on locals, and construct a threat index that integrates contemporaneous and historical variables. On average, refugees assimilate both culturally and economically. However, while refugees assigned to more hostile regions converge to local culture more quickly, they do not exhibit faster economic assimilation. We provide evidence consistent with the hypothesis that refugees exert more assimilation effort in response to local threat, but fail to successfully integrate because of higher discrimination by locals in more hostile regions.

  • December 2021
  • Case

Danish Crown: Feeding the Future

By: David E. Bell, Damien P. McLoughlin, Daniela Beyersdorfer and Mette Fuglsang Hjortshoej

Danish Crown, one of the world’s largest exporters of pork meat and one of Europe’s tops five producers of beef, faced increasing headwinds in 2021, making CEO Jais Valeur feel like the core of the meat business was under attack. As a cooperative and prominent player in Denmark’s high-standard agriculture sector, the company had particular responsibilities and constraints including a high labor and production cost and strict regulatory environment. More recently growing concerns over climate change had led to increasing criticism of the environmental impacts of livestock production. Consumers in Denmark and worldwide were turning away from meat, for its climate impact but also for concerns about animal welfare and their own health. The case discusses these industry trends and describes Danish Crown’s efforts to respond by transitioning to a more sustainable company, with several initiatives and investments underway to meet its ambitious carbon reduction targets. Valeur was convinced that sustainability leadership was the only way to keep its customers, add value to commodity parts of the business, and earn the “license” to keep operating in the future. However, the more the company publicized its efforts, the more it got under attack from environmental activists for alleged “greenwashing”. Just like many of its peers, Danish Crown’s management team needed to devise a strategy that would allow for its survival despite the growing adverse trends.

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Paris Staff

Vincent Dessain
Executive Director
Daniela Beyersdorfer
Senior Associate Director, Research and Administration
Emilie Billaud
Assistant Director
Elena Corsi
Assistant Director
Federica Gabrieli
Research Associate
Tonia Labruyere
Research Associate
Emer Moloney
Senior Researcher
Jan Pianca
Associate Director, Educational Programs
Oksana Sichi
Assistant Director, Administration