Holding the baby: parental leave, career prospects, and well-being

Parental leave policies are designed to achieve a number of objectives. They can promote wellbeing, encourage women’s return to work, avoid adverse career impact, and benefit the overall economy. But to achieve optimal results which mix of job protection and cash benefits works best?

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Values driven change: Transforming institutional practices from the bottom up

A small group of would-be entrepreneurs have succeeded, where many have failed, in reducing the hold of the Sicilian Mafia on a range of businesses in Italy. Antonino Vaccaro and Guido Palazzo investigate the group’s initiative Addiopizzo, and discover a powerful five step approach for implementing institutional and cultural transformation.

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The anatomy of a deal: VC decision making, the inside story

Investment decisions in the venture capital industry inevitably take place behind closed doors, and despite limited research their mechanics remain a mystery. But now, with unprecedented access to real time deal information, Jeffrey S. Petty and Marc Gruber are able to provide new insights into the venture capital decision making process.

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The management detectives: an evidence based approach to investigating management problems

When chemists do drug development they tend not to rely on hunches. Fortunately for the unwell, they prefer the more scientific approach of clinical trials. Yet, when managers tackle business related dilemmas they seem happy to trust to gut feelings and intuition.

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The real value of producing close to demand: CDF calculator presentation

OpLab, Laboratory in the Operations Department at HEC Lausanne, has developed a tool to calculate the real value of producing close to demand. And if it were cheaper to “reshore”?

Watch this video by Suzanne de Treville, Professor of Operations Management and OpLab’s Director.

 Video: 10 min

The CDF tool is freely available as a public service: cdf-oplab.unil.ch