The Parlor Room

The Parlor Room

Join host and Harvard Business School Online Creative Director Chris Linnane as he sits down with HBS faculty to discuss business education in a way that’s both entertaining and insightful. The Parlor Room is your key to breaking down academic theory without sacrificing depth—all while gaining practical takeaways for navigating the business world.

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July 9, 2024 58 mins
Today, we’re sharing a special episode of Think Big, Buy Small, a new podcast from our friends at Harvard Business School. Think Big, Buy Small explores an innovative approach to entrepreneurship: acquisition entrepreneurship, with conversations exploring how to buy your own business, be your own boss, and get the financial benefits of your efforts through the approach of entrepreneurship through acquisition—like this episode, wh...
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In The Parlor Room's season one finale, host Chris Linnane shares his favorite questions and answers from his conversations with Harvard Business School faculty, including Mihir Desai, Mike Wheeler, Jill Avery, Nien-hê Hsieh, Jeff Bussgang, Joshua Margolis, Forest Reinhardt, and Linda Hill. Tune in for their insights into finance, conflict management, branding, ethics, sustainability, and leadership. Catch up on Season 1 of The Pa...
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In our second special episode featuring season one bonus content, host Chris Linnane shares exclusive, unaired clips from his conversations with Harvard Business School faculty members. Tune in for insights from Linda Hill on leadership's imperatives and developing contextual intelligence, Mihir Desai on making finance more accessible, Forest Reinhardt on learning through the case method, and Joshua Margolis on using real-world ex...
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In the first of two special episodes featuring season one bonus content, host Chris Linnane shares exclusive, unaired clips from his conversations with Harvard Business School faculty members. Tune in to hear from Mike Wheeler on negotiation, Jill Avery on branding, Jeff Bussgang on entrepreneurship, and Nien-hê Hsieh on ethics and artificial intelligence. Catch up on Season 1 of The Parlor Room: Mike Wheeler on the Jazz of Negot...
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Great leadership requires being both a value creator and a game changer. In this episode of The Parlor Room, host Chris Linnane sits down with HBS Professor Linda Hill to explore what that means through the lens of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine development. They also discuss the paradoxes of management and the three roles leaders must play to innovate and meet customers' needs in the digital age. GUEST Linda Hill, Wallace Brett Donham...
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How can businesses navigate the complexities of climate change? Host Chris Linnane and Harvard Business School Professor Forest Reinhardt delve into that question in this episode. They discuss the tragedy of the commons, explore the challenges of creating and selling a carbon-neutral beer, and answer listener questions about what responsibilities companies have to transition to sustainable practices. GUEST Forest Reinhardt, John D...
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Host Chris Linnane welcomes Harvard Business School Professor Joshua Margolis to The Parlor Room for an engaging conversation about organizational leadership. They discuss how to develop yourself as a leader by examining the story of Rakefet Russak-Aminoach, the former CEO of Bank Leumidive. They then dive into how Levi Strauss & Co. CEO Chip Bergh inspired and engaged employees to implement organizational change and drive performa...
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Harvard Business School Professor Nien-hê Hsieh joins host Chris Linnane in The Parlor Room to discuss preserving work's human element with the proliferation of artificial intelligence and how Theranos' story imparts vital lessons about ethical decision-making and investing. GUEST Nien-hê Hsieh, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration RESOURCES Professor Hsieh's HBS Online course, Leadership, Ethics, and Corporate Acco...
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This week on The Parlor Room, Harvard Business School Senior Lecturer Jeff Bussgang, a former entrepreneur turned venture capitalist, joins host Chris Linnane to discuss the rise of generative AI, why experimentation is vital to finding product-market fit, and how to raise venture capital successfully. He also goes over how to come up with good business ideas and critiques some of Chris's in real time. GUEST Jeff Bussgang, Senior ...
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What can you learn about brand portfolio strategy from Marriott's $13.3 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts? Harvard Business School Senior Lecturer Jill Avery joins host Chris Linnane in The Parlor Room to answer that question and discuss how Marriott overcame the challenge of managing its robust 30-brand portfolio. GUEST Jill Avery, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, C. Roland Christensen Distinguished Mana...
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October 30, 2023 22 mins
In this episode of The Parlor Room, Harvard Business School Professor Mike Wheeler speaks with host Chris Linnane about how negotiation's improvisational nature makes it much like jazz. He also shares stories about a former president's photo and the acquisition of a television system to illustrate strategies for succeeding at the bargaining table. GUEST Mike Wheeler, MBA Class of 1952 Professor of Management Practice, Retired RES...
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In this debut episode of The Parlor Room, host and Harvard Business School Online Creative Director Chris Linnane sits down with HBS Professor Mihir Desai to discuss how Apple's financial model contributes to its success and illustrates a critical lesson about risk management. GUEST Mihir Desai, Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance, Harvard Business School RESOURCES Professor Desai's HBS Online course, Leading with Finance...
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October 4, 2023 1 min
Harvard Business School Online is excited to introduce The Parlor Room, a new podcast featuring entertaining, insightful conversations with HBS professors that demystify vital business concepts and provide practical takeaways for your career. Follow HBS Online LinkedIn Facebook Instagram TikTok X
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