Opinion

Klarman’s First HBS Show Impresses
Campus News, On Campus, Opinion

Klarman’s First HBS Show Impresses

HBS Executive Education’s Nathaniel Koven reviews No Clue. The 46th HBS Show, No Clue: The Case You Can’t Prepare For, was always going to go down in HBS history as the first theatrical production in the recently-completed Klarman Hall, but what a smashing first it was. This production, which ran April 8–10, was an unalloyed…

A Couple’s Guide to HBS
Opinion

A Couple’s Guide to HBS

With one semester of HBS under our belt, we can confidently say we’re now experts on #LifeatHBS. We thought it was about time someone asked us to share our words of wisdom with the HBS community. In recognition of Valentine’s day, we wanted to fill you in on some top tips, tricks, and observations to…

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…

Driverless Vehicles and More
Opinion

Driverless Vehicles and More

What traditional sector has experienced more recent change than the automotive industry? Witness the ubiquity of electric vehicles, the explosion of ride-sharing services and the introduction of autonomous vehicles. In fact, flying cars are being tested today and even jet propulsion packs are now for sale. “There are few, if any, longstanding segments of the…

Boston Dreams of Sushi
Opinion, Reviews

Boston Dreams of Sushi

Seeking refuge from the autumnal breeze, I was walking in Boston’s Leather District and, at first, had inadvertently walked past my destination. O Ya, one of Boston’s upscale sushi restaurants, was right on the corner of East Street with a small wooden door that made way into a narrow entrance, as if one were entering…

From the Editors’ Desk: Don’t Boo, Vote
Opinion

From the Editors’ Desk: Don’t Boo, Vote

At campaign rallies and stump speeches, when allusions to political adversaries elicit boos from the audience, Barack Obama routinely turns to his classic response: “Don’t boo. Vote.” The line has assumed new meaning in the 2018 US midterm elections, when partisan animosity and political polarization are as severe as ever. Recent years have been characterized…

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…

RC Feels: what RCs think of HBS so far
On Campus, Opinion

RC Feels: what RCs think of HBS so far

First month into the RC year, we gulped at Cranberry, admired Dell, decreased value of Netflix & chill, went nuts positioning (Planters), climbed Everest, all whilst missing Toby. But what do RCs think of HBS one month in? Through several direct / indirect conversations (and maybe a few Instagram stories), I have come to the…

Africa Is Not a Country
On Campus, Opinion, Outside the Bubble

Africa Is Not a Country

‘What would you do if you were Africa?’ This question said it all to me. I came to HBS excited to learn more about the role of business in a global context. After having worked and lived in a few different countries on the African continent, I expected to meet many classmates from the continent…

From the Editors’ Desk: To the Horizon
On Campus, Opinion

From the Editors’ Desk: To the Horizon

It’s May at Harvard, ostensibly the end of a long Boston winter with the season’s last snowfall still large in the rearview mirror. Warmth and sunshine have arrived at last, just in time for final exams, international travel for FIELD Global Immersion, and Commencement. Students seemingly inevitably find that time here slips away so quickly—from…

Out of Office: HBS Spring Break Treks
Opinion, Travel

Out of Office: HBS Spring Break Treks

What is the best way to spend Spring Break when there is plenty of work to catch up with, internships to find, exhaustion to recover from and when it would be absolutely unreasonable to go on an HBS trek? Going on an HBS trek, of course! That was indeed the decision made this March by…

Practicing Leadership in Corporate Accountability
Campus News, HomePost, Opinion, Print Edition

Practicing Leadership in Corporate Accountability

During RC year, I often wondered why in-class conversations about ethical leadership were so divorced from the rest of the HBS curriculum. Case method discussions, cropped to fit narrow topics to build a foundation of specific technical competencies, are an excellent pedagogical means for most RC topics. Leadership and Corporate Accountability (LCA), in my opinion,…

The Golden State
Kevin Sharer, Opinion, Outside the Bubble

The Golden State

It is the season for the EC to close in on career choices and the RC to lock in internships. The realization is dawning that HBS is actually a twenty month experience that quickly is over. You must have questions. What industry? What functional area? What company? Compensation in the first few years? Experiences of…

From the Editors’ Desk: No More “Lost Einsteins”
Campus News, On Campus, Opinion, Outside the Bubble, Print Edition

From the Editors’ Desk: No More “Lost Einsteins”

For all the attention directed toward startups in an era of record venture capital financing, massive appetite for early-stage investments, and an ever-growing club of VC-backed “unicorns” crossing billion-dollar valuations, entrepreneurial activity by MBAs from leading programs has lagged far behind. Entrepreneurship among recent MBA graduates has reached its lowest level in eight years, falling…

Activist Investors: The Untold Story
Finance, Opinion

Activist Investors: The Untold Story

Ask many HBS students about the perception of activist investors as perpetuated by the RC curriculum, and you’ll hear the words “short-term,” “meddlers,” “aggressive,” and a number of other pejoratives that are neither politically correct nor publishable by the Harbus.  Indeed, many of the cases taught throughout the RC curriculum (across disciplines – FIN, FRC,…

Chasing a Sense of Purpose: In Healthcare, and Beyond
Current Events, Health, Opinion, Outside the Bubble

Chasing a Sense of Purpose: In Healthcare, and Beyond

On a brisk January day in San Francisco, California, 10,000 attendees from more than 450 companies spanning medical devices, healthcare service providers, and pharmaceuticals piled into the heart of the city to attend the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. The days were filled by a rapid fire of ideas in innovation and investing—from how to…

Over-Leveraging America’s Future: Business Leaders Must Do Better
Campus News, Current Events, Opinion, Outside the Bubble

Over-Leveraging America’s Future: Business Leaders Must Do Better

Roaming the halls of Harvard Business School over the past few weeks, you would never know it, but the U.S. Senate just voted on one of the most consequential pieces of legislation of our time. Early Saturday morning, the Senate passed a tax “overhaul” that dramatically lowers corporate tax rates, balloons the federal deficit, reduces…

Restaurant Review: Pagu
Cooking, Opinion

Restaurant Review: Pagu

Fashion is a fickle industry—plaid gives way to paisley, herringbone to houndstooth. But in the spin cycle of styles, the one constant is also the most sumptuous, understated, and versatile. Make no mistake: black is always the new black. From the soft sheen of the plush leather banquettes, to the glossy lacquerware, to the mesmerizing…

Let’s talk about family wealth
On Campus, Opinion, Outside the Bubble

Let’s talk about family wealth

To get into HBS, family money matters. It’s an uncomfortable truth. “At 38 colleges in America,” The New York Times provocatively declared earlier this year, “more students came from the top 1 percent of the income scale than from the entire bottom 60 percent.” Stated another way, a child born into the top 1 percent…

Dear Harby
Humor, On Campus, Opinion, The Harbush

Dear Harby

  Dear Harby, I came in wanted a run-of-the-mill job in general management, but now I seemed to have caught the finance bug from all the company presentations put on by CPD. Should I be an investment banker? -Wondering in One Western Dear Wondering, Lots of people are attracted to Investment Banking. There are the…

Where’s the Leadership?
Alumni, Environment, Opinion

Where’s the Leadership?

Where’s the leadership regarding HBS, business leadership, and climate change? Please consider the quotes on the facing page, many of which will be recognizable, and all understandable, to the Harvard community. Surely the statements by President Faust and Dean Nohria can only be considered sincere, and can only be fulfilled, if the School takes a…

Media Entrepreneurship In A Time Of Polarization
Blogs, Current Events, Entrepreneurship, HomePost, Opinion, Print Edition

Media Entrepreneurship In A Time Of Polarization

People at HBS have always tended to be politically and socially active. Many students speak about a desire to work in the public sector after a successful business career. Others hope to promote change from a position of corporate influence. However, during the 2016 election cycle, the social and political problems in our country began…

DACA And The Economics Of Immigration
Current Events, Featured, HomePost, News, Opinion, Outside the Bubble, Print Edition

DACA And The Economics Of Immigration

President Trump defended his decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as an effort to promote “safe communities, a robust middle class, and economic fairness for all Americans.” In his statement, the President painted his stance as simultaneously shrewd and compassionate. He pointed a finger at roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought…

Manning Didn’t Deserve Rescinded Harvard Visiting Fellowship
Academics, Campus News, Controversy, Current Events, Featured, News, On Campus, Opinion, Outside the Bubble

Manning Didn’t Deserve Rescinded Harvard Visiting Fellowship

Manning Invite Widened the Civilian-Military Divide at Harvard In honoring former US Army Specialist Chelsea Manning by naming her a Visiting Fellow, the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School opened wide a wound that leaders at Harvard have diligently worked to close in recent years: the civilian-military divide. There are few Rorschach Tests more…

Burden Hall Should Not Be Demolished This Soon
Campus News, Controversy, Featured, HomePost, On Campus, Opinion, Print Edition

Burden Hall Should Not Be Demolished This Soon

The Issue Burden Hall was supposed to be demolished after Klarman Hall became fully operational in 2018. Over the Summer of 2017, the administration decided to advance this demolition to mid-October 2017. The student body was not consulted until months after the decision had been taken. The HBS Student Association Senate first came to know…

From the Editors’ Desk
Campus News, Culture, On Campus, Opinion

From the Editors’ Desk

Why are you here? Did you come to Harvard Business School to find your next job, make career contacts, or learn everything the case method can teach you? Did you come to make new friends, travel the world, or just spend a couple of years working out and eating right? Maybe you came to write…

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