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Harvard Business School professors discuss and debate current events that sit at the crossroads of business and culture. Youngme Moon, Mihir Desai, and Felix Oberholzer-Gee engage in a spirited discussion on a range of topics torn from the headlines — from Facebook, to free trade, to the #MeToo movement. Informed by their unique expertise as professors at one of the world’s leading business schools, their takes are always surprising, unconventional, and insightful.
 
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Youngme, Mihir, Felix, Rebecca, and Rawi share the stories they will be watching this summer, before doing a mega-round of recommendations for things to read, watch, listen, and do. Each week, the hosts give their recommendations for reading, watching, and more. Here are This Week’s Picks: After Hours T-Shirts (by Moon Girl Landing) @timotechanut (…
 
Mihir, Rawi, and Felix debate whether or not the U.S. pays too much attention to Russia, a relatively small economy without important trade relations. They also try to make sense of YOLO (you only live once). Are we becoming too narcissistic? Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: “Dustland” (The Killers) “The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn…
 
Rawi and Mihir discuss Naomi Osaka’s departure from the French Open and the G7’s effort to cooperate on corporate taxation. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: “Loki“ International Spy Museum and Spyscape Dwight Garner’s Garner’s Quotations You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for fut…
 
Youngme and Felix invite their friend and bestselling author, Harvard Business School professor Mike Norton, to discuss the old habits and new rituals we have formed over the past year, during the pandemic. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: Pique (an app to spur curiosity) “Inside Baseball” (an episode from the podcast, The Uncertain …
 
Youngme, Mihir, and Felix share their shopping habits and the retail trends they’re keeping an eye on. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: S’more Recipe (Epicurious.com) Herb Gardens Shabaka Hutchings (jazz artist) You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardaf…
 
Youngme and Felix invite their friend and celebrated author, consultant, and Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei, to discuss the challenges of bringing true diversity and inclusion into the workplace. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: Scribble (a virtual collaborative whiteboard) The Man Who Sold His Skin (movie) Rad Power …
 
Youngme, Mihir, and Felix debate whether it makes sense to raise the capital gains tax. They also discuss how companies can create better and more creative competitive strategies – the topic of Felix’s new book, Better Simpler Strategy. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: Better Simpler Strategy (Felix Oberholzer-Gee) Making Great Strat…
 
Is Danone an example of failed stakeholder capitalism? Why did Zynga acquire Chartboost? Rebecca, Rawi, and Felix discuss earnings and the recent performance of Crocs, Danone, PayPal, HelloFresh, BP, and Zynga. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: Max Richter (composer) “Super Natural Simple” (by Heidi Swanson) Ponzu You can visit our we…
 
Will President Biden’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent in the next decade make a real difference? Rebecca, Rawi, and Felix discuss the parts of the plan that are most likely to be implemented and how U.S. climate change policy will influence global efforts to slow climate change. Plus, they debate why the idea for a European socc…
 
Youngme, Mihir, and Felix invite their friend and negotiations expert, Harvard Business School professor Deepak Malhotra, to discuss the art of negotiation, as well as his new science fiction novel, The Peacemaker’s Code. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: The Peacemaker’s Code (Deepak Malhotra) The Spy and the Traitor (Ben Macintyre) …
 
Is the newsletter platform Substack the new media wunderkind or a flash in the pan? What can we learn from the failed effort to unionize Amazon workers in Alabama? Rebecca, Mihir, and Felix debate how Substack might change news consumption and competition for talented writers. Plus, they examine why the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union…
 
Rawi, Rebecca, and Mihir discuss how and why CEOs are speaking out on politics and what China’s digital renminbi means for economics and politics. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: Fela Kuti Line of Duty (Amazon Prime) Will in the World (Stephen Greenblatt) You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comment…
 
Youngme, Mihir, and Felix discuss the future of food delivery, ghost kitchens, virtual restaurant brands, and more. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: Ice Cream Makers My Mister (Netflix) Nomadland (Jessica Bruder) You can visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvarda…
 
Youngme, Mihir, and Felix discuss the wellness trends they love, hate, and aren’t quite sure about – from the fitness wars to touchless spas and more. Plus, they share their personal wellness habits and hacks. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: Counterpart (Amazon Prime Video) The Bureau (Amazon Prime Video) Klara and the Sun (Kazuo Is…
 
Youngme, Mihir, and Felix discuss the hype surrounding NFTs (non-fungible tokens). They also dig into recent music industry trends and what they mean for the future of Spotify and other streaming players. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: Counterpart (Amazon Prime Video) The Bureau (Amazon Prime Video) Klara and the Sun (Kazuo Ishigur…
 
Why did the Covid-19 recession affect women disproportionately and what can we do about it? Plus, what might Oprah’s recent interview with Harry and Meghan tell us about the future of the monarchy? Rebecca, Rawi, and Mihir discuss the impacts of the pandemic recession on women and why the Harry and Meghan interview was so mesmerizing. Recent picks,…
 
Should businesses require their employees to get vaccinated before they can return to work? Rebecca, Mihir, Rawi, and Felix debate the pros and cons of mandatory vaccinations. They also discuss why the energy market in Texas failed during a recent winter storm and how best to encourage investments in infrastructure resilience. Recent picks, and rec…
 
Does the U.S. economy need more help right now, and is the latest stimulus package well designed for the moment? Plus, Brexit has fully arrived – what happens next? Felix, Rawi, and Mihir discuss the new $1.9 trillion stimulus package in the U.S. and the departure of the UK from the European Union. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: “T…
 
Youngme, Mihir, Felix, and Rawi discuss whether companies should allow employees to work from home permanently. They also debate whether it’s possible for small players to compete against the giant internet platforms. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: Give Directly (charity) Minari (movie) Whereabouts: A novel (Jhumpa Lahiri) You can …
 
Youngme, Mihir, and Felix discuss companies they’re keeping an eye on, including fintech lender Affirm, outdoor clothing brand Patagonia, social media app Clubhouse, and one that may surprise you. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: Lupin (Netflix) Call My Agent (Netflix) Made Me Smile (subreddit) Oddly Satisfying (subreddit) Laderach G…
 
What are Jeff Bezos’s most significant accomplishments at Amazon? What’s troubling about the business that he built? Rebecca, Rawi, and Felix look back at Jeff Bezos’s career. They also discuss the proposal to increase the federal minimum wage in the U.S. to $15. Would we really see more unemployment? Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites:…
 
Youngme, Mihir, and Rawi discuss Tesla as the competition gets heated in the electric vehicle market. They also discuss how to make sense of the bitcoin craze. Recent picks, and recommended reading/websites: KenKen founder documentary (New Yorker documentary) Spelling Bee (New York Times puzzle) Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of itself (Hulu) Apollonia Poi…
 
Youngme, Mihir, and Rawi share their thoughts on how a group of individual investors went head-to-head with Wall Street hedge funds, pushing up GameStop’s stock price and raising questions for the entire financial industry. Visit our website at HarvardAfterHours.com. Email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com.…
 
Is Google so successful because it excels at building incredibly smart products? Or is it dominant in many markets because it stifles innovation and abuses its market power, as several antitrust lawsuits allege? Rebecca, Mihir, and Felix discuss the merits of recent antitrust actions against the search giant. They also debate the promise of smart c…
 
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