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649 EpisodesProduced by Harvard Business Review

A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management from Harvard Business Review.

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648: How Companies Get Creativity Right (and Wrong)

September 18th, 2018

Beth Comstock, the first female vice chair at General Electric, thinks companies large and small often approach innovation the wrong way. They either try to throw money at the problem before it has a clear market, misall…

647: How Alibaba Is Leading Digital Innovation in China

September 11th, 2018

Ming Zeng, the chief strategy officer at Alibaba, talks about how the China-based e-commerce company was able to create the biggest online shopping site in the world. He credits Alibaba’s retail and distribution juggerna…

646: The Science Behind Sleep and High Performance

September 4th, 2018

Marc Effron, president of the Talent Strategy Group, looked at the scientific literature behind high performance at work and identified eight steps we can all take to get an edge. Among those steps is taking care of your…

645: Understanding Digital Strategy

August 28th, 2018

Sunil Gupta, a professor at Harvard Business School, argues that many companies are still doing digital strategy wrong. Their leaders think of "going digital" as either a way to cut costs or to attract customers with a f…

644: Managing Someone Who's Too Collaborative

August 21st, 2018

Rebecca Shambaugh, a leadership coach, says being too collaborative can actually hold you back at work. Instead of showing how well you build consensus and work with others, it can look like indecision or failure to prio…

643: Networking Myths Dispelled

August 14th, 2018

David Burkus, a professor at Oral Roberts University and author of the book “Friend of a Friend,” explains common misconceptions about networking. First, trading business cards at a networking event doesn’t mean you’re a…

642: Designing AI to Make Decisions

August 10th, 2018

Kathryn Hume, VP of integrate.ai, discusses the current boundaries between artificially intelligent machines, and humans. While the power of A.I. can conjure up some of our darkest fears, she says the reality is that the…

641: Why Opening Up at Work Is Harder for Minorities

August 7th, 2018

Katherine Phillips, a professor at Columbia Business School, discusses research showing that African-Americans are often reluctant to tell their white colleagues about their personal lives — and that it hurts their caree…

640: Learning from GE's Stumbles

July 31st, 2018

Roger Martin, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, offers two main reasons General Electric has lost its competitiveness. GE’s stock has been removed from the Dow Jones Industrial Avera…

639: Turning Purpose Into Performance

July 24th, 2018

Gerry Anderson, the CEO of DTE Energy, and Robert Quinn and Anjan Thakor, professors at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the Olin Business School at Washington University, respectively, discuss ho…
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