The Harbus Culture Flash
Student Association

The Harbus Culture Flash

A pocket-sized run-down of some of the best in Arts and Culture happening at HBS, at Harvard, and around town this month. 1)      From the Student Association (SA): The SA is teaming up with the Arts Society to bring HBS to the Boston Ballet on December 4 for its performance of The Nutcracker….

Dear Harby
Humor

Dear Harby

Dear Harby, My discussion group mate and I are having an intense disagreement, and I think your FIN1 and BGIE expertise could help us a lot here. He doesn’t think becoming a billionaire is worth it, because “you can’t buy anything with a billion dollars.” I said he could buy a small country with a…

Fourth Annual Cabaret Sells Out Four Shows
Club Corner

Fourth Annual Cabaret Sells Out Four Shows

The HBS Show Club doubled capacity from previous years to meet rising demand. On November 20 and 21, the HBS Cabaret performed four sold-out shows (two back-to-back shows each evening) to the tune of this year’s theme: “Places I’d Rather Be.” The HBS Show Club, the parent organization of the Cabaret, worked with the host…

When Country Roads Become the Classroom
Campus News

When Country Roads Become the Classroom

Cases conversations and lectures can only take us so far: we need to go out into the world and see it for ourselves. Over Veterans’ Day Weekend, a group of 20 HBS and HKS students did just that on a trip to West Virginia. Picture this: a first-year public policy student raises his hand, inquiring…

Governor Newsom Needs a Plan
Kevin Sharer, Politics

Governor Newsom Needs a Plan

In his monthly column for the Harbus, Professor Kevin W. Sharer shares his thoughts on the issues facing HBS students. California is America’s most populous state, the world’s seventh largest economy, a region of boundless diversity and riches, and the home of Hollywood and Silicon Valley—it is not called the Golden State without reason. California…

A Reflection on the SA’s Perspectives Event
Student Association

A Reflection on the SA’s Perspectives Event

The HBS community learned about engaging with and embracing differences at HBS and beyond. “Actually taking the time to listen intently to viewpoints that are not commonly held by the HBS community has great value. However, the Perspectives event was so much more than that. Arthur Brooks and Jan Rivkin challenged the audience not just…

Fashion Forward
Entrepreneurship

Fashion Forward

Asha Tanwar (MBA ’21) explores the concept of sustainability in fashion. It is a fact widely acknowledged that certain characteristics of the fast fashion industry, in its current form, are harming our planet. But few people know that fashion-related waste is the second-largest polluter in the world, after the oil industry. One person who is…

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…

From the Editor’s Desk
Campus News

From the Editor’s Desk

Learning and Responsibility Spoiler alert for our RC readers: EC year feels very different from RC year. Okay, that’s perhaps not much of a spoiler; you have probably heard it by now. But I would like to share a bit about how it feels different. I am conscious of the difference because, like many ECs,…

The Power of Business in the Energy Transition
Campus News

The Power of Business in the Energy Transition

Over 350 students and professionals attended the 16th Annual Energy Symposium to discuss the role of businesses in transitioning to a lower-carbon future. How do countries and companies work to achieve their carbon reduction goals? Is a Green New Deal necessary to transform the United States economy? These were just a few of the questions…

Software Engineer in the East Coast
Partners at HBS

Software Engineer in the East Coast

Randy Li (RC Partner) shares his personal story with Anja Do (RC Partner). I first met Randy and Joy at a dinner gathering at the home of my husband’s sectionmate Emil Veltchev (Section B) and his wife Hannah. Joy, truly living up to her name, is a petite lady with enormous energy and enthusiasm, and…

Problem Solving: HBS Alumni Making a Difference
Campus News

Problem Solving: HBS Alumni Making a Difference

Harsha Mulchandani (MBA ’21) reports on the project looking at alumni contributions with a broader lens. A clip of Gordon Gekko proudly announcing, “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works,” in a recent FIN class got me thinking. It’s not uncommon to use greed as a synonym for…

Can China Lead? A Nation at an Inflection Point
Interview

Can China Lead? A Nation at an Inflection Point

Ryo Takahashi (MBA ’20) speaks with Harvard Professor William Kirby. As U.S.-China trade tensions rise and the world watches the demonstrations in Hong Kong unfold, the question of China’s role in the world has once again come to the forefront of public debate. Harvard Business School Professor William Kirby, who is the former Dean of…

EC Class to Submit Mandatory FIELD Reflections following Weekend Trips
Humor

EC Class to Submit Mandatory FIELD Reflections following Weekend Trips

In a bold revamp of the Elective Curriculum, the HBS Student Academic Committee has decided that starting in the spring semester, FIELD reflections will be mandatory following every weekend trip that EC students undertake. Students who travel everywhere from Stowe to Sweden will now be required to submit reflections on their personal journeys as they…

The Changing Fan in Sports
Entertainment, Media

The Changing Fan in Sports

John Geagea (MBA ’21) examines how fan engagement is changing and what sports teams can do about it. In 2018, Disney reported a loss of 2 million subscribers to its ESPN service. This was the latest in a precipitous fall in subscribers from a peak of 100 million in 2010 down to 86 million, a…

Is Rugby Related to Sumo?
Alumni, Club Corner

Is Rugby Related to Sumo?

Michael Rush (MBA ’72) recounts the early history of HBS rugby and the alumni’s recent “Japan Trek” for the World Rugby Cup. The HBS rugby tradition was founded in 1963 through the organization of an intrepid Scot, Jim Johnstone (MBA ’65). Various tours to the Bahamas and other island venues during the 1970s instilled an…

From Qatar Summers to Boston Winters
Partners at HBS

From Qatar Summers to Boston Winters

Haneen Hindi (RC Partner) shares her personal story with Anja Do (RC Partner). My friendship with Haneen began with a blender. True story, and I will get there! When we left Singapore for Boston, we figured we would not bring any electric appliances because the voltage is different and so none of it would work…

A Brave New World: Tech Ethics Course Encourages Students to Mull the Implications of New Technologies
Campus News, Interview

A Brave New World: Tech Ethics Course Encourages Students to Mull the Implications of New Technologies

Ryo Takahashi (MBA ’20) speaks with Professor Michael Sandel. Bracing for a Brave New World Scenes of genetic selection in Gattaca (1997), the telescreen surveillance state depicted in Orwell’s 1984 (1948), and the apprehension of criminals before they commit a crime as depicted in Minority Report (2002) may seem like distant dystopian science fiction. Until…

The Case for Optimism
Campus News, Kevin Sharer

The Case for Optimism

This may seem a strange time to make a case for optimism. There are so many serious issues in the United States and the wider world. It is hard to know where to start. Here is a partial list of the challenges: endless wars in the Middle East; an increasingly totalitarian China; climate change; racism;…

The Warmth of Ramen
Entrepreneurship, Reviews

The Warmth of Ramen

Bringing people and cultures together with Yasu & Masa’s ramen: Tannya Cai (MBA ’21) reports. It was a cold, rainy day. On October 27, in 90 minutes, over 50 bowls of ramen were served by Yasu & Masa’s, a new startup founded by Yasu Sasago (MBA ’20) and Masato Nakamura (MBA ’20). A company focused…

Inside the Podcast Boom: It’s Just Getting Started
Entertainment, Media

Inside the Podcast Boom: It’s Just Getting Started

Upoma Dutta (MBA ’21) talks with Jen Sargent (MBA ’05) about what’s fueling the exponential growth of the podcast industry. Over the last few years, podcasting has gone mainstream: 32% of Americans over the age of 12 listen to podcasts monthly, up from 17% in 2015, according to the latest report from market-research firm Edison….

Rob Parson at Morgan Stanley
Partners at HBS

Rob Parson at Morgan Stanley

RC Partners attend the Partners Case Night, a hidden tradition at HBS. Anja Do reports. The Partners Case Night, albeit unknown to many MBA students and the Harvard Business School (HBS) community in general, is one of the key highlights for RC Partners in the Fall semester. I was fortunate to be invited to participate…

Social Theory at HBS: McGinnis’ Two FOs
Alumni

Social Theory at HBS: McGinnis’ Two FOs

Patrick McGinnis (MBA ’04), writing just before his graduation in 2004, defined FOMO for the HBS campus—and the world. [Editor’s note: To complement this month’s article by Michael Deliakis, we are delighted to reprint the piece that began it all. McGinnis published this article in the Harbus in May 2004. Although some of the Harvard…

Help, I’m a FOMO Sapiens!
On Campus

Help, I’m a FOMO Sapiens!

Patrick J. McGinnis (MBA ’04), who created the term FOMO while a student at HBS, helps Michael Deliakis (MBA ’20) understand and overcome FOMO. It was titled “Social Theory at HBS: McGinnis’ Two FOs” and printed in the Humor section of the Harbus in May 2004. Fast forward 15 years: today, the terms FOMO and…

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…

No Cases, No Section Discussion, No Aldrich: Meet ISDL
Student Club

No Cases, No Section Discussion, No Aldrich: Meet ISDL

HBS makes major investment in the Required Curriculum. No cases. No section discussion. No Aldrich. No, we’re not talking about a totally different MBA program. We’re talking about ISDL, the artist formerly known as Field Foundations. HBS students likely have long been familiar with our mission: we educate leaders who make a difference in the…

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