Tag Archives: Incentives and Motivation

The difference between IBEE and a “typical” HBS class: learning in progress

By AdP “What’s the lesson?” A classmate and I asked each other after a recent IBEE class… “What’s the one thing we should take away from this discussion?” At HBS, we often read complex cases which result in clear learnings as a result of the class discussion, in which our professor guides us through a […]

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Why landlords and tenants will lead energy efficiency in commercial real estate, not service companies

By Y. C. If one looks at the 30 year cost of a commercial building, it’s easy to observe that it is a good deal to invest in a building’s energy efficiency. 30 Year Cost of a Commercial Building However, the process is not quite smooth. The problem is not about technology or about needing […]

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Low Hanging Fruit to Close the Energy Efficiency Gap

By Nathan B. Our case on Groom Energy referenced the “energy efficiency gap”–cost effective investments in products and services already on the market that would reduce energy usage. A primary reason these NPV-positive investments aren’t being made is because of misaligned incentives between the party who must make the capital investment, typically a building owner, […]

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Community Sustainability Harvard GreenCampus.

By Sachin Desai Hello IBEE Class, It was great seeing you all today.  It’s fitting to have this great session just after yesterday’s Earth Day!  If the best at Harvard don’t act on climate change and other environmental challenges, future IBEE classes may have to be held underwater.  I learned a lot from this course and […]

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Short-termism and the Time Horizon Problem

By Rick Kjellberg Much is already written about how the incessant pace of the quarterly earnings cycle has created excessive emphasis on short-term results to the detriment of companies’ long-term sustainability and growth. While chasing earnings, most corporate executives have simply complained about the process, but some have earned prison sentences after ‘borrowing’ tomorrow’s receivables […]

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Prevention of deforestation must happen at the local level

By Anonymous Rain forests are invaluable sources of biodiversity and are irreplaceable as an absorber of CO2.  The deforestation rate in places like Brazil, Congo, and Indonesia has alarmed environmentalists for decades.  Despite international efforts, a forest area larger than California is still burned down every year, and deforestation drives global warming by representing more […]

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Waste-to-Power Plants in China – A high risk of environmental failure

By Geoff Finger In Horsholm, Denmark, waste incinerators provide up to 80% of heat and 20% of required electricity. Countries like Denmark – Germany is the most kindred example – have capitalized on effective recycling programs and progressive voters to implement clean and effectively regulated waste to power incinerators. However, the adaptation of the incinerators […]

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How do we mitigate the “distraction” factor?

By Anonymous Cook Composites and Polymer’s option to take their waste rinse styrene and turn it into a concrete coating would have been a profitable business for them with a decent return.  However, the company chose not to pursue the concrete coating product because their sales force was not incented to sell a low margin […]

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A Wasted Opportunity: The need to find new ways to align incentives between behavior and waste disposal cost

By David Snider The Sound Group China case identified the massive waste disposal challenges posed by the confluence of increasing affluence, urbanization and population growth in China. The country is faced with tradeoffs between fundamental impairment to the environment and increasingly higher costs of waste disposal. Complicating the strategic decisions for Sound Group’s composting business […]

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In Designing its Policy for Waste Removal, China Should Look to Europe

By Lauren Burrows As China struggles to deal with rapid urbanization and removal of increasing levels of municipal solid waste (“MSW”), it should look to Europe as its model. Because Europe has historically been space constrained and has not had the flexibility to build more landfills “out of sight and out of mind,” as has […]

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