Much Ado About Squid Game

As Netflix’s newest binge-worthy sensation took over the HBS community (and the world), the Harbus asked K-drama enthusiast HBS Professor Sandra Sucher to weigh in. You mention in your blog that over the last year you have watched more than two dozen Korean shows. What about K-dramas fascinates you? Let me first admit that a… Continue reading Much Ado About Squid Game

HBS Startup Bootcamp

Each year, over a hundred HBS MBA students participate in an immersion program to build on their skills to become an early-stage entrepreneur by starting a venture. Yvonne Ferrier (MBA ’22) talked with five founders-to-be about their venture ideas and aspirations.   2020 was a year described as a pause, standstill or hibernation time, but, in… Continue reading HBS Startup Bootcamp

How Star Women Succeed

Noelia Lombardo Gava (MBA ’22) reports on the EC seminar that focuses on career challenges and opportunities of female protagonists. As we dive into the third edition of this section, it is important to reflect on the amount of single stories we have about female leadership. Single stories told by women all over the world… Continue reading How Star Women Succeed

Making the Right Bets

Upoma Dutta (MBA ’21) speaks with Kevin Mayer (MBA ’90) about the leadership philosophies and self-discoveries connecting his past, present, and future. By many measures, 2020 has so far been an unprecedented year—a year in which even the best-laid plans went awry and even the most grounded of us were pushed off-course. Some experts say… Continue reading Making the Right Bets

HBS Community Engaged and Excited about 2020 Elections

Rebecca Braun (MBA ’21) reports on the concerted efforts by the HBS Community to improve civic engagement and voter turnout in the upcoming presidential election. U.S. voter participation is low by both international and historical standards, and the youth of today are less likely to vote than both the Boomers we mock and our peers… Continue reading HBS Community Engaged and Excited about 2020 Elections

Welcome to the Simulation

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In his inaugural column for the Harbus, Professor Trevor Fetter shares his thoughts on how HBS students can learn crisis leadership by observation in 2020. I first knew Kevin Sharer as the legendary Chief Executive Officer of one of the world’s most important companies. Many of our MBA students first knew him as Professor Kevin… Continue reading Welcome to the Simulation

Thank You, HBS

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In his monthly column for the Harbus, Professor Kevin W. Sharer shares his thoughts on the issues facing HBS students. All things must end and so it is for my days as an HBS faculty member and your correspondent. It has been a wonderful adventure in so many ways, and I want to use this… Continue reading Thank You, HBS

EKTA Whisks Us to South Asia for an Evening of Unity in Diversity

Gabriel Ellsworth (MBA ’20) reviews EKTA, a banquet of South Asian music and dance in Klarman. On Thursday, March 5, students filled Klarman Hall for EKTA, a cultural performance presented by the South Asian Business Association (SABA). They did not know that this would turn out to be the last performance on the Klarman stage… Continue reading EKTA Whisks Us to South Asia for an Evening of Unity in Diversity

One Disruptive Life: Professor Clayton Christensen’s Impact at HBS and around the World

Members of the HBS’ Latter-day Saint Student Association share how the beloved HBS professor inspired them and others to build more principled, integrated, and outwardly focused lives. Note: After careful consideration and in accordance with the new Harvard University guidelines for events and meetings on campus due to COVID-19, the memorial service for Professor Clayton Christensen… Continue reading One Disruptive Life: Professor Clayton Christensen’s Impact at HBS and around the World

Walking along the Belt and Road: New Immersive Field Course Examines China’s Latest Strategic Initiative across Asia

View of Yantian International Container Terminal, Shenzhen, which handles 13 million TEUs annually, is one of China’s most important container terminals.

In January, 44 ECs led by Professor Willy Shih (TOM) and Professor Meg Rithmire (BGIE) traveled across Asia to study globalization and international relations on the ground. Gabriel Ellsworth and Ryo Takahashi (MBAs 2020) report. On January 5, 2020, an arduous undertaking was under way as 44 ECs, two professors, two program managers, and staff… Continue reading Walking along the Belt and Road: New Immersive Field Course Examines China’s Latest Strategic Initiative across Asia

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… Continue reading The Idea that Started It All

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… Continue reading China and Japan: Facing the Past and Forging the Future

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… Continue reading HBS Launches Student-Wide Survey on MBA Rankings

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… Continue reading Remaking Capitalism: The Work of Our Generation

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… Continue reading Welcome from Your Student Association Co-Presidents

RCs Learn to Give and Take

The arrows on this whiteboard connect those offering help to those requesting it.

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… Continue reading RCs Learn to Give and Take

Will your summer internship sponsor your H-1B visa?

If you’re loving your summer internship and the company is a good fit, you might just want to accept a full-time offer with them. You may have even chosen your internship knowing that your company sponsors H-1B visas and is looking for a talent like you. In fact, the best advice is to do just… Continue reading Will your summer internship sponsor your H-1B visa?

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… Continue reading Reimagining Capitalism

From a Dark Moment to Our Finest Hour

Kel Jackson (MBA ’19) reflects on the community’s response to anonymous death threats sent to him and other black HBS students. On an afternoon in late March, an anonymous individual sent death threats to me and several other leaders of the African-American Student Union at HBS (AASU). In addition to direct threats to the recipients… Continue reading From a Dark Moment to Our Finest Hour

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… Continue reading Priorities for 2019: A Conversation with Dean Nohria

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… Continue reading A Conversation with Larry Culp

From the Boardroom to the Stage

“The Need-based Fellowship of the Ring,” HBS Show 2018

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,… Continue reading From the Boardroom to the Stage

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… Continue reading How Well Is HBS Internationalizing?

Q&A with Your New Student Association Co-Presidents

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Gaby: I was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States as a baby. I was raised in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY, an incredibly diverse neighborhood made up primarily of immigrant families from all over the world. My parents are both small business owners serving… Continue reading Q&A with Your New Student Association Co-Presidents

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… Continue reading Reflections from Your SA Co-Presidents

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… Continue reading The MS/MBA Program: Engineering, Design, Business

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… Continue reading In the Face of Unsettling Truths