Episodes
Every company is in the health care business, no matter its industry. So says John Quelch, a professor at both the Harvard Business School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where Quelch has devoted an entire class to the intersection of business and health care called “Consumers, Corporations and Public Health.” The course uses cases on a wide range of subjects, from HealthCare.gov to Royal Caribbean Cruises, to medical marijuana, to dig into issues of corporate strategy,...
Published 02/19/15
Published 02/19/15
Twitter’s Founder, Jack Dorsey, talks about the history of Twitter, the founding of Square, and how he made the transition from programmer to CEO.
Published 02/12/15
Year-Up, a business taking low-income 18 to 24 year olds from poverty to a professional career, seems more relevant than ever with business professionals pushing to fill the middle skills gap. Listen to last year’s interview with 2014 Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award Winner Gerald Chertavian about how Year-Up is teaching young adults middle skills for success in Fortune 500 companies.
Published 02/12/15
HBS alumnus Sir Ronald Cohen, founder of Apax Partners and known as the father of venture capital in Great Britain, sits down with CMO Brian Kenny on The Business to talk about the importance of social impact investing, a new way to link financial incentives directly to social improvements that could change the world and revolutionize the philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors.
Published 02/12/15
HBS Alumni Dan Koh (MBA 2011) and Senior Lecturer Mitch Weiss (MBA 2004) both served as Chief of Staff to the Mayors of Boston. Under the guidance of former Mayor Tom Menino and Mayor Marty Walsh, they learned to lead in the public sector for the greater good, but their path to get there wasn’t always a smooth one.
Published 02/12/15
What books would guests on The Business give as holiday gifts? Listen for what Mitch Weiss, Dan Koh, Nancy Koehn, Max Bazerman, Frank Cespedes, and host Brian Kenny would recommend for the bookworm in your life.
Published 02/12/15
On the 100th Anniversary of explorer Ernest Shakleton’s colossal failure to traverse Antarctica, professor and historian Nancy Koehn explains how Shackleton’s extraordinary crisis leadership ensured the survival of his crew. Listen for story of the Endurance expedition and lessons from the HBS case study.
Published 02/12/15
If you want to know what “collective genius” can look like, watch a Pixar film. Pixar Animation Studios produce the first computer generated (cg) feature film, “Toy Story,” nearly twenty years ago. More blockbusters followed, including “Finding Nemo,” and “Monsters, Inc.” Pixar has thrived because it has never stopped innovating. Our guest on this edition of “The Business” is Harvard Business School Professor Linda Hill, one of the authors of the new book “Collective Genius: The Art and...
Published 02/12/15
Professor Frank Cespedes sits down to talk to Brian Kenny about his new book “Aligning Strategy and Sales: The Choices, Systems, and Behaviors that Drive Effective Selling” and why sales and strategy are so important to business.
Published 02/12/15
Carnegie Corporation co-Chief Investment Officers Kim Lew (MBA 1992) and Meredith Jenkins (MBA 1999) talk about investment with a mission, what it’s like to share a leadership role, and offer advice for women in the HBS class of 2014.
Published 02/12/15
Harvard Business School Professor Ethan Bernstein talks about how, by planting researchers on factory lines in China, he found that giving employees more privacy can increase their productivity – a phenomenon he calls the Transparency Paradox.
Published 02/12/15
When former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg left Bloomberg, Inc. to take office, he handed the reins to Peter Grauer. Grauer talks with The Business about leadership, the anatomy of the company, maintaining its momentum, and how he met the billionaire who changed his life.
Published 02/12/15
Christine Bader, author of The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil talks about what corporate social responsibility really means to big business.
Published 02/12/15
Adrian Wooldridge, management editor and Schumpeter columnist at The Economist magazine, on his new book, The Fourth Revolution: the Global Race to Reinvent the State, written with John Micklethwait. They argue that global financial problems and technological innovation are forcing states to change the way they operate.
Published 02/12/15
A little over 100 years ago, the Chinese empire fell. 2000 years of imperial tradition ended, virtually overnight. After a century of searching for its political and moral core, China is once again poised to become the dominant global power. HBS Professors Bill Kirby, Warren McFarlan and Regina Abrami recently wrote Can China Lead? : Reaching the Limits of Power and Growth. Professor Kirby joins The Business to talk about China's major challenges and whether it will ever fulfill its...
Published 02/12/15
What happens to institutions when technology gives people the power to do everything on their own? Today it is easier than ever for individuals to start businesses, engage in politics, share information and ideas, and disrupt the status quo. Harvard Kennedy School faculty member and author of The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath, talks about why institutions are struggling to keep up, and what they have to do to stay alive.
Published 02/12/15
HBS student and four-time Olympic medalist Angela Ruggiero just got back from the Russian town of Sochi, where she carried the Olympic torch on opening day. A former defenseman for the US women’s ice hockey team, Ruggiero is now a member of the International Olympic Committee and president of the Women’s Sports Foundation. We talked to her about Title IX, the transformative power of athletics, and the future of women’s sports.
Published 02/12/15
HBS Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter on innovation, advanced leadership, and how to make change in an inflexible organization. She also tells Brian why she has no use for the ‘r-word’: Retirement.
Published 02/12/15
You may remember Rick’s Café Americain as the gin joint in the movie Casablanca. For years Rick’s existed only on film. When Kathy Kriger, an American entrepreneur living in Casablanca, decided to bring Rick’s Café to life, she had no idea how hard it would be. In this episode Kriger tells The Business how corruption and lack of connections almost cost her her life-savings, and Harvard Business School professor Karthik Ramanna shares his advice on maintaining integrity in corrupt...
Published 02/12/15
Harvard Business School Professor John Quelch, author of All Business: Why Place Matters More Than Ever in a Global, Virtual World talks about the increasing importance of place in global marketing.
Published 02/12/15
Gerald Chertavian is founder and CEO of Year Up, a one-year professional skill development program for low income young adults. He talks with Brian about why four years of full-time higher education just won't work for a majority of Americans.
Published 02/12/15
World Wildlife Fund President and CEO Carter Roberts talks about why businesses need the planet just as much as the planet needs businesses.
Published 02/12/15
Disaster recovery platform Recovers.org emerged from the wreckage of a tornado that tore through a small town in Western Massachusetts. Co-founder Morgan O'Neill talks with us about creating the platform and HBS Professor Dutch Leonard, an expert in crisis management, talks about the huge need for a tool like this.
Published 02/12/15
What do Jay Z, Harry Potter and Grand Theft Auto have in common? They're hugely successful thanks to blockbuster strategies. HBS professor Anita Elberse is an entertainment industry expert and author of "Blockbusters: Hit Making, Risk Taking and the Big Business of Entertainment." In this episode of The Business she explains how putting a lot of eggs in one basket pays off in the entertainment industry.
Published 02/12/15