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B’Well B’School

A group of health and wellness enthusiasts launch a brand new HBS student club Now more than ever, focusing on health and wellness has become a staple for staying sane in our new day-to-day.  As many elements of our lives continue to change, we have noticed a pull towards healthy living, whether through at-home workouts,…

An Interview with Dean Srikant Datar
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An Interview with Dean Srikant Datar

Ahead of his upcoming move into the Dean’s House, Dean Datar takes some time to talk to the Harbus. Israt Tarin (MBA ’22) and Raseem Farook (MBA ’21) report. On January 1 this year, Srikant Datar was appointed the 11th Dean of the Harvard Business School in the school’s 112 year history, replacing Nitin Nohria,…

HBS Students Win First Racial Justice Competition
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HBS Students Win First Racial Justice Competition

Team JEDI talks to Ziana Kotadia (MBA ’22) about the role of businesses in achieving racial equity. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, among numerous others, triggered an unprecedented national movement for racial justice. While systemic racism has plagued American history for decades and is yet to be dismantled, individuals and…

Honoring Holocaust Survivors at HBS
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Honoring Holocaust Survivors at HBS

Samara Sone-Blank reports on the first time in recent memory when HBS commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day. January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day that commemorates the genocide of Jewish people that took place at the hands of the German Nazis and their collaborators from 1939 to 1945. Although Jews were the major…

From the Editor’s Desk
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From the Editor’s Desk

Diversity Is a Source of Strength The process of wrapping up the edition of this issue transported me to the words I wrote for the October issue of 2020 to introduce myself as the then-new Women Leadership Editor: The stories we read, we listen to, we tell, inevitably shape our understanding of the world. Storytelling,…

From the Editor’s Desk
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From the Editor’s Desk

Meet Your New Topic Editors! I am constantly amazed by how fast our time at HBS goes by. This month marks my first anniversary with the Harbus and true to form, we are excited to welcome the new crop of Topic Editors who will add investigative, thought-provoking, and well-rounded stories to our pages in the…

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Reflections on the Virtual Reciprocity Ring Experience

Raseem Farook (MBA ’21) reports on the first (and hopefully only) edition of Virtual RC START. My favorite event from RC START last year was the Reciprocity Ring. As noted by Gabriel Ellsworth (MBA ‘20) in his article, “RCs Learn to Give and Take,” Harbus, September 2019, this guided collaboration exercise teaches its participants to…

The Harbus Culture Flash
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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 teamed up with ArtRoom to host the Sheila Del Bosque Trio on March 2 for a night of jazz, refreshments, and conversation in…

Towards a More Representative Media Landscape
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Towards a More Representative Media Landscape

Upoma Dutta (MBA ’21) talks with Brickson Diamond and Sarah Harden (MBAs ’99) about their efforts to advance the diversity and inclusion agenda in the U.S. media industry. For many RCs, one of the most remarkable experiences on campus last semester was listening first-hand to civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson in the newly created ISDL…

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

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…

Not Your Ordinary Furniture Store: Jordan’s Furniture
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Not Your Ordinary Furniture Store: Jordan’s Furniture

RC students embark on an excursion to New England’s 101-year-old furniture company. Jiyoon Han (MBA ’21) reports. Professor Michael Toffel and 20 Required Curriculum (RC) students embarked on a Technology and Operations Management (TOM) field trip to Jordan’s Furniture in Reading on October 3, 2019. Jordan’s Furniture is a furniture retailer founded 101 years ago…

From the Editors’ Desk
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From the Editors’ Desk

C’est le provisoire qui dure (“it’s the makeshift that lasts”). Nestled near the end of the case that RCs were assigned for Friday’s BGIE class, this adage was a thought-provoking highlight amidst a dense and challenging account of Bretton Woods and the liberal world order spanning 15½ pages (plus 14 exhibits—ECs, don’t you miss BGIE?)….

Dealing with Anxiety
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Dealing with Anxiety

Recently two former CEOs of large multinational companies (one British and one American) were talking about the most serious mental health problems that exist in the large American and British universities they each chair. Surprisingly the challenge on both sides of the Atlantic and echoed at two university chair meetings they had just attended was…

How Blockchain Is Powering Up the Energy Industry
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How Blockchain Is Powering Up the Energy Industry

Ever since Thomas Edison flipped the switch on the world’s first permanent power station in 1882, energy has flowed in a single direction: from large-scale, centralized generators out to homes and businesses. For a long time, this hub-spoke model made the most sense. Large cities consume a lot of power, and it’s far cheaper to…

Dear Harby
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Dear Harby

This month, as Dear Harby is enjoying a well-deserved October break amid the dunes of Cabo with her counterparts from the Law (Dear Torty), Design (Dear Artsy), and Divinity (Dear God) schools, we wanted to pass along a bit of Harbus humor history. Eleven years ago, one enterprising HBS student set out to examine life…

What’s It Like to be an #HBSintern?
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What’s It Like to be an #HBSintern?

For ECs returning back to campus after a long summer away from the HBS bubble, the first days have been filled with catching up on friends’ stories of travels, treks and internships. As usual, we have been awed and inspired by the range of our classmates’ professional interests and experiences over the past few months….

From the Editors’ Desk: Take Charge of Your Harvard Experience
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From the Editors’ Desk: Take Charge of Your Harvard Experience

There’s something truly special about autumn at Harvard Business School: the electricity in the incoming class, the warm familiarity in section reunions, a campus community overflowing with energy and optimism. For the returning editors and staff writers at The Harbus, just over eight months from graduation, it’s a time of both excitement and undeniable nostalgia….

Machine Learning: Making the Machines Work For You
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Machine Learning: Making the Machines Work For You

Machine learning is already a big part of modern life. Machine learning algorithms work in Google’s search results, Spotify’s music recommendations, and Uber’s ride-sharing matches. The use of the technology will accelerate as companies find new applications in finance, health, energy, manufacturing and other sectors. Machine learning brings great opportunities for new businesses, but poses…

Social Impact and Fintech: The Prodigy Finance Story
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Social Impact and Fintech: The Prodigy Finance Story

Creating a global company with social impact at its heart doesn’t happen overnight. But, as Prodigy Finance demonstrates, it can definitely happen within a matter of years. Cameron Stevens, like any recently-accepted INSEAD candidate, was looking forward to his MBA experience in France. And, like most other grad students, began looking for the financing needed…

Building on Success of Tinder Gold, Accounting Unit Offers New 2019 SIP, “Maximizing Value Through Swiping Right”
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Building on Success of Tinder Gold, Accounting Unit Offers New 2019 SIP, “Maximizing Value Through Swiping Right”

Morgan Hall – After the successful launch of Short Intensive Programs (SIPs) this past January, and recognizing the potential that premium dating app subscriptions hold, this week the Accounting Unit announced its latest 2019 SIP offering, “Maximizing Value Through Swiping Right.” “In the true spirit of capitalism, we want to help students build the strongest…

“Need-Based Fellowship” Brings Adult Humor and Social Commentary to Boston’s Theatre District
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“Need-Based Fellowship” Brings Adult Humor and Social Commentary to Boston’s Theatre District

This weekend, the 45th annual HBS Show, Harvard Business School’s long-running satirical look at life on campus, opened to raucous applause, adoring crowds, and maybe even some kudos for taking up the mantle of the #MeToo movement. This year’s show, entitled “The Need-Based Fellowship of the Ring” and (very) loosely based on The Lord of…

Administration Apologizes for Icarus Screening Never Meant to Bring Actual Culture to Campus
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Administration Apologizes for Icarus Screening Never Meant to Bring Actual Culture to Campus

Chao Hall – The HBS administration apologized this week for what it termed a “severe lapse in judgment” after a screening of the Academy Award-winning documentary Icarus stimulated honest conversation and genuine interest in geopolitical issues among the student body.   “We never intended for this to happen,” remarked administration spokeswoman Phyllis Dean in a…

Student Association Launches Flake, HBS’s Official Lifestyle Magazine
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Student Association Launches Flake, HBS’s Official Lifestyle Magazine

Boston, MA – In response to student demand for more media offerings that reflect life at HBS, today the Harvard Business School Student Association (SA) announced the launch of Flake, a magazine aimed squarely at the central theme of HBS life. “We noticed that if there’s one defining characteristic of students at HBS, it’s that…

Craving Authentic Chinese Food? Try RICEPO
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Craving Authentic Chinese Food? Try RICEPO

Many of us, dorm residents, don’t realize how privileged we are to be able to sleep, learn and dine without stepping outside at all. If it were not for FGI, it would theoretically be possible to go through the entire RC year without seeing the open-air (!) After all, we are already supposed to go…

Admitted Students Welcome: Round 1 Admits Visit Campus
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Admitted Students Welcome: Round 1 Admits Visit Campus

On Thursday February 1st, while many RCs were raring to devote a job search day either to skiing in Colorado or to an equally exhilarating interview for that elusive summer internship, hundreds of Class of 2020 Round 1 admits descended upon the HBS campus for Admitted Students’ Weekend (ASW). The visitors encompassed 316 admits, 82…

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