Thinking through cannabis markets
The relationship between cannabis and society is a long and deeply contested one. Throughout history, cannabis has been associated with everything from health, leisure, and pop culture to criminal and immoral behavior. But beyond the simple debate about whether cannabis is good or bad, the study of cannabis markets needs interdisciplinarity, to know what is required to construct an effective and fair contested market.
Super-acceleration and short-termism in Shanghai
Within the last 30 years, Shanghai has been through a dramatic evolution similar to the one that Paris has experienced for more than a century. This phenomenon has had a considerable impact on both life experience and the business environment. For 5 months, I conducted one-of-a-kind field research on how people in Shanghai experience what can be called “super-acceleration”. This experience, closely tied to a feeling of short-termism, can be defined as the fast expiry of trustable bearings.
Embracing Change with Executive Education in Qatar
This latest Knowledge@HEC Journal is the result of a collaboration with HEC Paris Executive Education team in Qatar on how to embrace change with a pluridisciplinary approach. "As a member of the Qatar Foundation, we have the great pleasure of supporting its mission to nurture the future leaders of Qatar, and contributing to human development nationally, regionally, and internationally", Nils Plambeck, Professor of Strategy and Business Policy, Dean and CEO of Executive Education at HEC Paris in Qatar.
Think, Teach, Act for an Inclusive and Sustainable World!
On 8th November, 15,000 scientists from 184 different countries signed a “warning (letter) to humanity,” urging the global community to tackle problems such as, notably, climate change. It’s the second letter of its kind, sent 25 years after the first such warning was issued in 1992. Unlike 25 years ago, however, today consensus within the scientific community around the urgency of the threat has spread to the political sphere. At the COP23 also held this month, the large majority of world leaders were clear on the need to take action.
When your CV doesn’t interfere with strategic job hopping
Having worked for a prestigious company in the past tends to help in landing another good position. But job-seekers without a stellar CV should not underestimate their chances. A new study of job-matching in the MBA labor market shows that candidates lacking prior employer status can still be successful, depending on the competitiveness of the job.
Envy at work: how organizations can improve productivity
Envy between employees can affect a firm’s performance. In their study, Tomasz Obloj and Todd Zenger investigate what makes us compare ourselves to others at work and what this means for the firm we work for. They find that proximity to those we envy can reduce individual productivity.
Why people make more of an effort to help than you might expect
Whether it is feedback on an ongoing project or a reference letter for a job application, we could all use a little help from time to time. But, when you ask for that help, do you imagine receiving a quick glance, or a close examination of your work and detailed comments? A perfunctory text or a carefully thought-through letter? You might be surprised. A new article shows that we often underestimate the lengths to which others are willing to go when they agree to help us.
Are you utilitizing your communication skills to the maximum?
In any organisation undergoing significant change, communication is key in ensuring the commitment of the workforce to the change. Only if employees understand the planned change and recognise its importance, can they be expected to strive toward its success. In order to broadcast messages of change, corporate communication reaches employees through the usual channels, including speeches, newsletters, the intranet, meetings, or trainings. While employees can learn what the change is about through these channels, it is often not sufficient to secure their buy in and full support. Providing information and sharing expectations is important but it does not necessarily win over hearts and minds.