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Cold Call distills Harvard Business School's legendary case studies into podcast form. Hosted by Brian Kenny, the podcast airs every two weeks and features Harvard Business School faculty discussing cases they've written and the lessons they impart.

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Cold Call distills Harvard Business School's legendary case studies into podcast form. Hosted by Brian Kenny, the podcast airs every two weeks and features Harvard Business School faculty discussing cases they've written and the lessons they impart.

    Growing a Manufacturing Company with a Social Mission

    Growing a Manufacturing Company with a Social Mission

    Nehemiah Manufacturing turned a social mission to hire convicted felons into a competitive advantage, with decreased turnover and higher staff loyalty. Harvard Business School professor Michael Chu discusses the challenges and opportunities of combining profit with social impact in his case, “Nehemiah Mfg. Co.: Providing a Second Chance.”

    • 23 min
    Can Entrepreneurs Make Mobile Voting Easy and Secure?

    Can Entrepreneurs Make Mobile Voting Easy and Secure?

    Making voting more accessible through technology could allow more people to take part in elections. But it also poses critical downsides, if the product fails or there are security failures. Harvard Business School professor Mitchell Weiss debates the risks, rewards, and business models for mobile voting in his case study on “Voatz.”

    • 21 min
    Employee Performance vs. Company Values: A Manager’s Dilemma

    Employee Performance vs. Company Values: A Manager’s Dilemma

    As we celebrate the five-year anniversary of Cold Call, we welcome a special guest, Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria to discuss the classic case, “Rob Parson at Morgan Stanley.” The case poses a complex dilemma: should Morgan Stanley promote a high performer who lacks interpersonal skills and brushes off company values? More subtly, the case also encourages reflection about the accountability of managers in an employee’s performance.

    • 24 min
    Is Happiness at Work Really Attainable?

    Is Happiness at Work Really Attainable?

    Simón Cohen, founder of Henco Logistics, transformed a small Mexican logistics company into a major player within the industry. Cohen credits the firm’s focus on employee happiness as the key ingredient to its success -- an approach he developed following a personal crisis. But can that approach endure through Henco’s rapid growth, leadership transition, and changing employee expectations?

    • 28 min
    How to Launch a New Biosciences Product: Start Small or Dive in?

    How to Launch a New Biosciences Product: Start Small or Dive in?

    C16 Biosciences wants to replace palm oil, a major contributor to deforestation and climate change, with a lab-grown substitute. Should the synthetic biology startup start small in the personal care market or dive into booming lab-grown food market?

    • 21 min
    Testing New Contact Tracing Approaches in a Pandemic

    Testing New Contact Tracing Approaches in a Pandemic

    Singapore officials added a nationwide, Bluetooth-based contact tracing program called TraceTogether to their suite of Covid-19-fighting strategies, which already included human-led tracing. The new digital program’s success would rely on mitigating privacy issues. Would Singaporeans adopt TraceTogether? As Singapore’s government opened up the technology to the world, would you? Harvard Business School professor Mitch Weiss discusses his new case, “TraceTogether.”

    • 12 min

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Andrew Mbuya Kenya ,

Great way of catching up with Prof’s

I sat in class and went through a number of these cases. Great listening to them once more, and of course the Prof’s.

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