The Rocky Road to Passion – A Harvard Business Case Discussion

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Harvard Business Case studies are world famous and here is your chance to take a seat in a (virtual) classroom with fellow GABC members to read, analyze, discuss and engage on a brand new Business Case: “The Rocky Road of Passion” (by JON M. JACHIMOWICZ and FRANCESCA GINO). The case will be presented by Jon Jachimowicz, assistant professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. Jon’s research focuses on employees’ passion for their work and this case describes the rise, setbacks and re-orientation along a colorful career path of someone who rose quickly to leadership roles, but where along the way, something went wrong.

Date: Tuesday, May 4th
Time: 6:30 to 7:30PM (+ networking afterwards for those who would like to stay on)
Platform: Zoom Meeting (link will be share upon registration
Cost: free (members) | $10 (non-members)

This event is part of the “Career Development” series organized by the GABC Young Professionals and open to all members. Non-members can join for a fee.

Please note the following guidelines:

  • the business case may NOT be shared with others
  • discussion is 100% confidential
  • this event will NOT be recorded

When you have registered, you will receive a 10-page business case together with a few questions. Please make sure you read the case in advance, and answer the questions in preparation for the case discussion. Note that the case discussion will be interactive, so be prepared to engage in this class – as it is done in the dynamic and immersive learning environment of the Harvard Business School Case Method which builds the students’ communication, listening, analysis and leadership skills. Here is an example of what to expect.


Members and Non-members register via the Link below
(if you are not sure about your membership status, please let us know in your registration)


About Prof. Jon Jachimowicz

Jon Jachimowicz is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School, where he teaches the Leadership and Organizational Behavior course (LEAD) in the Required Curriculum. Professor Jachimowicz’s research focuses on two topics. First, he studies employees’ passion for their work, highlighting that passion is an attribute that varies over time. As a result, employees can pursue their passion, fall out of passion, and learn how to maintain their passion. In addition, his research highlights that passion manifests in observable behaviors which are readily perceived by others who react to those who express passion. Second, he studies economic inequality, exploring how disparities in income are perceived, and how they influence individuals’ emotions and behaviors. He particularly focuses on how those at the bottom of the income distribution can be supported to attain more favorable long-term outcomes. In exploring both topics, Professor Jachimowicz takes an interdisciplinary approach, leveraging theory from social psychology, behavioral economics, sociology, and organizational behavior, and conducts field experiments in collaboration with companies, local government, and NGOs.

Professor Jachimowicz received a Ph.D. in Management from Columbia Business School, an M.Phil. in Innovation, Strategy, and Organization from the University of Cambridge, and an M.A. in Psychology and Management from the University of St Andrews. His work has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Human Behaviour, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Originally from Cologne, Germany, Jon has been named in 2020 to the coveted Forbes 30 unter 30 and Capital Top 40 unter 40 lists.