The Stock Market Value of Human Capital Creation

Authors: Matthias Regier, Ethan Rouen
HBS Working Knowledge, November 3, 2020

Measuring human capital creation is complex but increasingly important to managers for understanding the relationship between employee expenditures and firm performance. This paper develops a strategy to examine aspects of the intangible human capital investment embedded in a firm’s personnel expense.

The New Elements of Digital Transformation

Authors: Didier Bonnet and George Westerman
MITSloan Management Review, November 19, 2020

“The authors revisit their landmark research and address how the competitive advantages offered by digital technology have evolved.”

Four Principles to Ensure Hybrid Work Is Productive Work

Authors: Lynda Gratton
MITSloan Management Review, November 9, 2020

“Organizations have become more flexible about where and when employees work. Now they need to be more intentional about their choices and trade-offs.”

The Hidden Values Driving Strategy

Authors: Philip Meissner and Torsten Wulf
MIT Technology Review, November 10, 2020

“Leaders’ subconscious biases can influence their choices of growth strategies.”

Good Leadership Is an Act of Kindness

Authors: Boris Groysberg, Susan Seligson
HBS Working Knowledge, November 1, 2020

The pandemic has challenged managers as never before, but one powerful leadership strategy is being overlooked, say Boris Groysberg and Susan Seligson: Be kind.

Interpretability in Machin Learning: a Broad Overview

Authors: Owen Shen
The Gradient, November 21, 2020

“This essay provides a broad overview of the sub-field of machine learning interpretability. While not exhaustive, my goal is to review conceptual frameworks, existing research, and future directions.”

Why ESG Investors Are Happy to Settle for Lower Returns

Knowledge@Wharton, November 9, 2020

“If money talks, then investors could surely prod corporations to espouse environmental, social and governance or ESG aspects in how they run their businesses. “Sustainable investing produces positive social impact by making firms greener and by shifting real investment toward green firms,” according to a recent paper titled “Sustainable Investing in Equilibrium,” by finance professors Lubos Pastor at the University of Chicago, and Robert F. Stambaugh and Luke Taylor at Wharton.”

If Pandemic Productivity Is up, Why is Innovation Slowing Down?

Knowledge@Wharton, November 10, 2020

“A new study finds that productivity has remained stable or even increased for many companies that shifted to remote work during the coronavirus pandemic. However, innovation has taken a hit as both leaders and employees feel more distant from each other.”

Eight Lessons on How to Get the Growth You Planned

Authors: Rebecca Doherty, Zak Gaibi, Freek Kelkensberg, and Anna Koivuniemi
McKinsey & Company, November 19, 2020

“Now is not the time to slow down. Growth initiatives are critical for value creation, even survival, throughout an economic cycle. ”

What is servitization and how can it help save the planet?

Authors: Dimitris KaramitsosSenior, Thomas Motmans, Veronica Corno
World Economic Forum, November 10, 2020

“The rising global population and continuous economic growth are driving an increasing demand for energy. Global energy consumption is expected to nearly double by the year 2050, further enhancing the challenge to cope with climate change.”

Why you should apply design thinking to the employee experience

Authors: by Thomas A. Stewart, Patricia O’Connell
Strategy+Business, November 10, 2020

“The tools of talent management — hiring, on-boarding, performance reviews — are changing, some for now, others for good. Teamwork, collaboration, and tacit knowledge-sharing have also been disrupted. The mere fact that many people are separated from friends and colleagues, which can strain their relationships, is a big deal: Affirmative answers to the question “Do you have a best friend at work?” consistently correlate with higher employee retention, better customer metrics, increased productivity, and greater profitability.”

The False Promises of Green Materialism

Authors: Michaela Barnett
Behavioral Scientist, November 18, 2020

“Recently, I’ve been thinking about buying a new pair of shoes. I don’t need new shoes—the pairs I have don’t hurt my feet, aren’t broken, and are sturdy enough to last through Virginia’s comparatively mild winter. But I want new shoes because I think they’ll make me happier—I’ll look better, and won’t that in turn make me feel better about myself? ”