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The Idea that Started It All
Entrepreneurship, Featured, Features

The Idea that Started It All

Upoma Dutta (MBA ’21) talks with Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph about his new book and the venture that most thought would never work. How often have you tried to explain a direct-to-consumer subscription model created by HBS alumni, and decided you were better off just calling it “the Netflix of … something?” Rent the Runway—“the…

Dean Nohria on Capitalism & Government
Featured, Features

Dean Nohria on Capitalism & Government

Dean Nitin Nohria offers his perspective on the promise and perils of our market system, touching on the role of corporate and public actors. Tarun Galagali (MBA ’21) sat down with him as a part of an ongoing podcast, Remaking Capitalism, hosted by the Harbus. Two weeks into RC year at HBS, I wrote an…

China and Japan: Facing the Past and Forging the Future
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China and Japan: Facing the Past and Forging the Future

Ryo Takahashi (MBA ’20) speaks with Harvard Professor Ezra Vogel. As China celebrates its 70th National Day, Japan prepares in earnest to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and the United States becomes increasingly protectionist, the coming decade presents unique opportunities and challenges for Sino-Japanese relations. Professor Ezra Vogel at Harvard University is among those who…

The Three Graces for MBAs Today
Commentary, Featured, Kevin Sharer

The Three Graces for MBAs Today

In his monthly column for the Harbus, Professor Kevin W. Sharer shares his thoughts on the issues facing HBS students. The Three Graces is a famous marble neoclassical sculpture executed by the Italian artist Antonio Canova in the early 19th century. The graces are meant to represent the three daughters of Zeus, who personified mythological…

HBS Launches Student-Wide Survey on MBA Rankings
Campus News, Featured, Features

HBS Launches Student-Wide Survey on MBA Rankings

Raseem Farook (MBA ’21) talks to the marketing and admissions teams at HBS to understand their perspective on business-school rankings. MBA rankings have become increasingly important to business-school applicants over the last few years, as they help them compare different MBA programs. Finishing on top of these rankings sends a strong signal to the applicant…

Remaking Capitalism: The Work of Our Generation
Business, Commentary, Featured, Features, Politics, Society

Remaking Capitalism: The Work of Our Generation

Recently, the Business Roundtable released a new definition of the purpose of corporations. Tarun Galagali (MBA ’21) offers his thoughts on how we might use the pledge to go from reimagining capitalism to remaking it. Just about two weeks ago, a consortium of America’s most powerful CEOs signed a commitment to “[modernize] the principles on…

Welcome from Your Student Association Co-Presidents
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Welcome from Your Student Association Co-Presidents

Gaby Goldstein (MBA ’20) and Connor Cash (MBA ’20) share their thoughts on the beginning of this new school year. Welcome Class of 2021 and welcome back ECs! We are Gaby Santana Goldstein and Connor Cash. Together we are your Student Association Co-Presidents for this year. This past week has been a great moment to…

RCs Learn to Give and Take
Campus News, Featured, Features

RCs Learn to Give and Take

This year’s START featured a new addition: Reciprocity Rings. Gabriel Ellsworth (MBA ’20) reports. On the second day of their MBA journey, the Class of 2021 learned a lesson that should serve them well throughout their two years at HBS and beyond: request and offer help often. They tried their hands at doing just that…

Reimagining Capitalism
Featured, Features, Interview

Reimagining Capitalism

Rethinking firms and their role in society: Ryo Takahashi (MBA ’20) talks with Professor Rebecca M. Henderson. It has been a commonly held belief that the purpose of firms is to maximize shareholder value. This notion of shareholder primacy resonates with many business leaders’ understanding of their fiduciary duties, and with our norms of how…

Adapting to Your New World
Advice, Featured, Features, On Campus, Print Edition

Adapting to Your New World

In his monthly column for the Harbus, Professor Kevin W. Sharer shares his thoughts on the issues facing HBS students. May comes again as we celebrate, encourage, and recognize another 900 or so new HBS graduates. This is a singular honor, privilege, and accomplishment that will always reflect credit upon you and set you apart….

Priorities for 2019: A Conversation with Dean Nohria
Featured, Features, Interview

Priorities for 2019: A Conversation with Dean Nohria

The Harbus Co-Editors-in-Chief Takahashi (MBA ’20) and Ellsworth (MBA ’20) met with the Dean to discuss his strategic outlook for the year. The year 2019 will undoubtedly be a big one, with new opportunities and unique challenges. Major global events such as Brexit, the abdication of Japan’s Emperor Akihito, and the Indian general election are…

A Conversation with Larry Culp
Featured, Features, Interview

A Conversation with Larry Culp

Tasnia Huque (MBA ’20) discusses GE, LEAD, and career advice with Culp. Danaher CEO turned HBS LEAD Professor turned conglomerate CEO again—Henry Lawrence “Larry” Culp Jr. (MBA ’90) likely needs no introduction. Currently at the helm of General Electric, Larry is no stranger to running Fortune 500 companies. He is, however, the first outsider to…

From the Boardroom to the Stage
Campus News, Club Corner, Featured, Features, Humor

From the Boardroom to the Stage

HBS Show’s Executive Producer Brooke Biederman (MBA ’19) talks with Executive Director Savannah Greene (MBA ’19) about her directing style, insider details from the rehearsal rooms, and the storied show’s first performance in the new Klarman Hall. “HBS Show is one of our most important traditions. It gives us a chance to laugh at ourselves,…

How Well Is HBS Internationalizing?
Featured, Features

How Well Is HBS Internationalizing?

From journalist Thomas Friedman proclaiming that The World Is Flat to sociologist Anthony Giddens observing that in today’s world, “the local and global have become inextricably intertwined,” thought leaders seem to agree that globalization has brought an unprecedented level of social and economic integration at a dizzying pace. An ever-globalizing world has had implications on…

Reflections from Your SA Co-Presidents
Advice, Campus News, Featured, Features

Reflections from Your SA Co-Presidents

This month, we interviewed Sana Mohammed and Triston Francis to learn about their time as Student Association Co-Presidents and what they’ll be carrying with them as they graduate in just a few months and pass on the torch to the Class of 2020. What surprised you most while serving as SA Co-Presidents? Triston: I was…

The MS/MBA Program: Engineering, Design, Business
Academics, Featured, Features

The MS/MBA Program: Engineering, Design, Business

This academic year, Harvard Business School, along with the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), launched a joint MS/MBA program. Over two years, students earn an MBA and an MS in Engineering Sciences concurrently, focusing on a specialty of their choosing. I feel lucky to be among the other 28 MS/MBA…

In the Face of Unsettling Truths
Current Events, Featured, Features, Outside the Bubble

In the Face of Unsettling Truths

The Harvard admissions trial has shed light on some troubling facts that must be addressed. This October, Lawrence Bacow was inaugurated as the 29th President of Harvard University. In his inaugural address, President Bacow, quoting the theologian Reinhold Neibuhr, urged, “We must always seek the truth in our opponent’s errors, and the errors in our…

The Model Minority Paradox
Current Events, Featured, Features, Opinion, Outside the Bubble

The Model Minority Paradox

Exploring Asian identity and minority politics beyond the SFFA v. Harvard lawsuit On Lee’s first call with his MBA admissions coach, she told him, bluntly, that he’d drawn one of the worst hands for admission to HBS: Asian-American, heterosexual, male, with a background in finance and technology. There were simply far too many people “like…

Lessons to business leaders from Japanese companies: A conversation with HBS Professor Hirotaka Takeuchi
Featured, Features, On Campus

Lessons to business leaders from Japanese companies: A conversation with HBS Professor Hirotaka Takeuchi

For many decades, Japan’s corporate culture has been an enigma to many. Even more puzzling still was how a small, resource-poor nation grew at one point to become the world’s second largest economy. The Harbus met with HBS Professor Hirotaka Takeuchi to demystify what makes Japan unique and what lessons could be drawn. Maintaining a…

Trump, Leadership, and the Problem with Harvard Business School: An Interview with Larry Summers
Alumni, Featured, Features, Interview

Trump, Leadership, and the Problem with Harvard Business School: An Interview with Larry Summers

Our interview with Larry Summers has not quite started according to plan. Half an hour after we are scheduled to meet in Klarman Hall, where Larry is speaking at a conference marking the 10th anniversary of the global financial crisis, he is still deep in conversation with an attendee while your interviewers hover awkwardly in…

11th Annual HBS Charity Fashion Show
Club Corner, Featured, Features

11th Annual HBS Charity Fashion Show

The Retail and Luxury Goods Club successfully hosted their famous Annual Charity Fashion Show on October 25th at Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel.  In the 2018 edition of the longstanding HBS tradition, the Fashion Show featured 35 RC and EC models, showcasing styles from top designers to raise money for the Greater Boston Food Bank. This…

Klarman Hall Opens After Years of Planning
Featured, Features, On Campus

Klarman Hall Opens After Years of Planning

On October 1, the southeastern corner of campus featured a flurry of events as HBS dedicated Klarman Hall, a brand-new venue that brings many new possibilities to the community. But that day was not the first time that an event was held in Klarman; it was the culmination of years of planning. The story of…

Simplifying Complexity
Academics, Featured, Features, Opinion

Simplifying Complexity

Beginnings are a good chance to think about objectives and plans, so let’s review what some of the big ideas here at HBS should be for you. For most of you those include learning to be a leader and critical thinker, meeting new friends, having new experiences, learning about yourself and perhaps positioning yourself for…

MBA Program Launches New Tutorial on Sexual Violence and Harassment
Academics, Featured, Features, On Campus

MBA Program Launches New Tutorial on Sexual Violence and Harassment

Every year, incoming RCs are required to complete a number of tasks on their “Prematriculation Checklist” before they arrive at HBS. This summer, the Class of 2020 had to complete an item not seen in previous years’ checklists: an online tutorial entitled “Sexual Violence and Harassment at HBS.” The purpose of this exercise, according to…

Unpacking the Gift of Global Talent with HBS Professor William Kerr
Academics, Campus News, Featured

Unpacking the Gift of Global Talent with HBS Professor William Kerr

Immigration issues have been at the center of political debate, with the US seemingly becoming more insular and dialing back from the Obama-era policy of limited deportations to Trump’s “zero tolerance regime,” which threatens anyone in the US unlawfully with deportation. In the US, home to an estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants, immigration has become…

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