01 Mar 2010


Faculty Research Online

HBS Working Knowledge offers a first look at new thinking from HBS faculty. Read the complete articles summarized below by visiting their Web links.

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Can Entrepreneurs Drive People Movers to Success?

Call them next-generation driverless taxis or people movers, the age of personal rapid transport is just around the bend. Could PRT change the face of public transportation in cities and smaller communities? Assistant Professor Benjamin Edelman weighs the benefits and opportunities for entrepreneurs and for society. “Right now, the field is wide open,” he says. See http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/6333.html.

Tracks of My Tears: Reconstructing Digital Music

Record labels have depended on album sales to boost profits. But in the digital music era, consumers prefer single songs over music “bundles.” The result? It is time for the industry to rethink its products and prices, writes Associate Professor Anita Elberse. See http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/6312.html.

India Transformed? Insights from the Firm Level 1988–2005

Between 1986 and 2005, Indian growth dispelled the idea that something about the “nature of India” made rapid growth difficult. Broad-ranging reforms in the mid-1980s and early 1990s deregulated legal barriers to entry into many industries and greatly reduced barriers to trade. Associate Professor Laura Alfaro and a colleague analyze the evolution of India’s industrial firms after the reforms. See http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/6310.html.

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