From Downing Street to Harvard Business School: Former British Cabinet Minister Tessa Jowell DBE, reflects on her experiences at HBS

  At the end of President Donald Trump’s first week in the White House, Deputy-Editor-in-Chief Pippa Lamb caught up with British politician the Baroness Tessa Jowell of Brixton DBE, former British Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Minister for the London 2012 Olympics, and cabinet minister under both the Blair and Brown governments… Continue reading From Downing Street to Harvard Business School: Former British Cabinet Minister Tessa Jowell DBE, reflects on her experiences at HBS

HBS to DBS: Larry Culp’s General Management Journey

“If you were the CEO of an airline, could you be as engaging with the baggage handlers as you are in the boardroom?” – Larry Culp The case method, which is used across all HBS classes, places students in the tough position of the decision maker. Often operating from the perspective of the CEO, students challenge… Continue reading HBS to DBS: Larry Culp’s General Management Journey

Student Loan Refinancing

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From The Harvard University Employees Credit Union What Is Student Loan Refinancing? 6 Fundamentals Everyone Should Know If student loans are making you feel overwhelmed, you’re not alone. An estimated 44 million graduates across America owe a combined $1.3 trillion in student loans, and the average 2016 graduate will leave school with $37,172 in debt.… Continue reading Student Loan Refinancing

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The Politics of Free Speech

A group of friends sits safely in an apartment overlooking The Charles river. It’s a week until one of the most divisive elections in US history. The HBS MBA students are from all over the world, different ethnicities, different nationalities and backgrounds. The discussion that follows is illuminating. The candidates and their statements are hotly… Continue reading The Politics of Free Speech

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What Might Have Been: First 100 days of Hillary

After the election results are finalized and the Champagne bottles are recycled, the Clinton campaign’s transition team will accelerate immediately. Every donor, public official, political thinker, and surrogate will be jockeying for senior positions, and favors will start being called in. But awaiting our next president is a divided American electorate whose collective trust in… Continue reading What Might Have Been: First 100 days of Hillary

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The Trump Card

HBS Students React to Shock Election Result As the world reels from the shocking result of the US 2016 Presidential Election, HBS students have written to The Harbus with their reflections. The mood on campus this morning is somber and perplexed, no one expected this. Sitting in class on Monday morning only three people raised… Continue reading The Trump Card

A Teachable Moment

Every once in a while something happens in the business world that compels us to stop, take notice, reflect, and learn. Enron’s collapse, the financial crisis, the VW diesel emission scandal, and BP’s Macondo oil well explosion come to mind. The Wells Fargo reputation implosion unfolding now is another example, and it is full of… Continue reading A Teachable Moment

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How to Rule Like a Woman

If there is one rule to rule like a woman, it is that there is none. Stateswomen around the world have shattered the glass ceiling in more ways, where both an Iron hand and a nurturing approach have been effective. The term “stateswoman” entered popular press lexicon in 1960 when Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the Prime… Continue reading How to Rule Like a Woman

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Missed Connections Near 02163

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I saw you in an Aldrich alcove (south side, bottom floor) drinking Peet’s Coffee at 5:30AM last Monday morning. Not many people are up that early. You must’ve been saving the spot for your discussion group. I knew you were a thoughtful soul. I popped by and asked if I could sit down. You said… Continue reading Missed Connections Near 02163

Trump, Brexit and Political Overhaul: It’s about time we build Government-as-a-Service

  Can we just take a minute to talk about what happened this summer? I was surprised (and disappointed) when Britain voted to leave the European Union. How could more than 17 million people decide to take the risk of quitting the world’s largest common market, potentially compromising their own future? Having lived and studied… Continue reading Trump, Brexit and Political Overhaul: It’s about time we build Government-as-a-Service

To Buy or Not to Buy a Section Fleece

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A month into your first year at HBS, you will receive a note from the Student Association in all caps, prompting you to “Order your section fleece today” followed by an endless stream of exclamation points. This email will use all available marketing tactics we have been so well-taught in the Required Curriculum to suck… Continue reading To Buy or Not to Buy a Section Fleece

Trump, Brexit and Political Overhaul

    It’s about time we build Government-as-a-Service Can we just take a minute to talk about what happened this summer? I was surprised (and disappointed) when Britain voted to leave the European Union. How could more than 17 million people decide to take the risk of quitting the world’s largest common market, potentially compromising… Continue reading Trump, Brexit and Political Overhaul

Protecting the American Innovation Ecosystem

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As he was driving to meet a schoolmate acquaintance with an intense and deep experience base in politico-military affairs, he wondered what to talk about. They had met a few times, had friends in common, but no deep shared experiences or obvious common interests. Maybe the meeting was about fundraising given the new person’s position.… Continue reading Protecting the American Innovation Ecosystem

Brexit – A Geopolitical Perspective

The nail in the coffin for “Great” Britain? On June 23rd, the British people will vote in a national referendum and will answer the following question; “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave?” Whilst a seemingly straightforward question, if the British people vote through simple majority to exit the EU (dubbed… Continue reading Brexit – A Geopolitical Perspective

How to Expedite the Garland Nomination

Since President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court on March 16th to fill the seat left by the sudden death of Antonin Scalia, Republican legislators have summarily refused to consider the nominee.  Unprecedentedly, they have said that the current president should not fill the Supreme Court vacancy, but that the decision should… Continue reading How to Expedite the Garland Nomination

HBO’s Silicon Valley: Lessons from the Writer’s Room on Leading Successful, Engaged Business Teams

What could HBO’s Silicon Valley possibly teach you about running a venture? More than you might think. During a recent talk at the Harvard i-lab, Dan Lyons, author of the recent book Disrupted and a staff writer for the show, shared some behind the scenes insights on the process involved in setting a vision for… Continue reading HBO’s Silicon Valley: Lessons from the Writer’s Room on Leading Successful, Engaged Business Teams

The Breakfast Club

Eight Students Sit Down with Dean Nohria to Discuss HBS’s Place in the World One of the most powerful men in the business world doesn’t work in the private sector. His name is Nitin Nohria, and as Dean of one of most powerful institutions in the capitalist ecosystem, his stewardship affects hundreds directly as students… Continue reading The Breakfast Club

Social Impact And Balancing Social Value With Financial Value

Why investing in Education is so frustrating for the Impact investor When I was young, my family would often visit my paternal grandparents’ home in rural Kisumu, Kenya. On one of our visits, I remember pestering my mother to let me start a school in our home, after seeing how bad the local rural district… Continue reading Social Impact And Balancing Social Value With Financial Value

A CEO’s Career: Interview with Ellen Kullman, former CEO of DuPont

Ellen Kullman, chairman and chief executive officer of DuPont Co., poses for a photograph following a Bloomberg Television interview on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. World leaders, influential executives, bankers and policy makers attend the 43rd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the five day event runs from Jan. 23-27. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Many HBS students dream of breaking into the C-Suite, but how does one get there? Careers in general management are highly sought-after as they offer broad management training and preparation for senior roles. To learn more about this path, I sat down with Ellen Kullman, former CEO of DuPont and board member of General Motors.… Continue reading A CEO’s Career: Interview with Ellen Kullman, former CEO of DuPont

Campus Doorman – Simplifying #LifeatHBS

New HBS start-up aims to provide convenience to moving-in experiences at campuses nationwide. The Harbus sits down with Pete Rispoli (NB), an ex-Marine, to discuss the start-up that he has been working on since he first came to HBS. Having lived abroad in various locales throughout his military career, Pete understands the pains of relocating… Continue reading Campus Doorman – Simplifying #LifeatHBS

Ratings Reveal Outgoing ECs’ Favorite Courses

The Harbus recently asked HBS’s class of 2016 to rate their second year courses and share their favorite instructors. We will continue to collect responses and will publish final results before the class of 2017 completes final course registration. Favorite Instructors Responding students cited a wide range of HBS faculty as their favorites—30 earned accolades,… Continue reading Ratings Reveal Outgoing ECs’ Favorite Courses

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The Physics of Love at Harvard Business School

Ex-Military Physicist creates new HBS dating service. The Harbus heard murmurs of DatingHub, a new HBS-centric dating service, that has been gaining notoriety among the student population. We sent our intrepid reporter, Vipul Chhajer (HBS ’16), to investigate and interview the creator of this service, Asaf Lifshitz (HBS ’16). The following conversation has been edited… Continue reading The Physics of Love at Harvard Business School

Put your data analysis skills to the test – take part in the Datathon for Diabetes

Diabetes is a global pandemic. Characterized by chronic high blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) due to the body’s failure to produce enough insulin, diabetes affects over 9% of the population in the US alone, and of those people, approximately 25% are undiagnosed.  More alarmingly so, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that 415 million people have… Continue reading Put your data analysis skills to the test – take part in the Datathon for Diabetes

It’s Legal but is it Right?

Google the phrase “do the right thing” to see the many ways in which this mantra is intrinsic to American and other healthy cultures.   At HBS this message is paramount. It goes without saying that we all want to be successful in life and business, always in ways that are rewarding, legal, honest, and honorable.… Continue reading It’s Legal but is it Right?

A Path Less Traveled: HBS Graduate Runs for Mayor of Baltimore

According to Harvard Business School’s recruiting statistics, the most sought out industries by HBS graduates are financial services and consulting, together consistently drawing in over half of the school’s graduating classes. The class of 2015 statistics support that narrative, with 31% of graduates entering financial services and 24% joining a consulting firm. Contrast that with… Continue reading A Path Less Traveled: HBS Graduate Runs for Mayor of Baltimore

From HBS to Y Combinator: Life lessons from Qasar Younis, COO Y Combinator

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Lucy Wang, HBS Class of 2017, interviewed Qasar Younis, COO of Y Combinator, on his route to becoming an entrepreneur and the lessons he learned along the way. Lesson 1: Just Do It “If you are a student at HBS, do it [entrepreneurship] now. You won’t have a chance like this, where you have time and… Continue reading From HBS to Y Combinator: Life lessons from Qasar Younis, COO Y Combinator

3G’s Next Target: General Mills or Mondelez?

Hardly a year has passed since the Kraft-Heinz mega-merger and there’s already word on the street that 3G could be on the lookout for its next yummy CPG target.  What’s on the menu?  The smart money has narrowed the field down to two options: General Mills and Mondelez. Food industry experts say it will take… Continue reading 3G’s Next Target: General Mills or Mondelez?

In conversation with Jody Miller: Alternate paths to the top (and why “leaning-in” might not be enough)

Jody Greenstone Miller is a thought leader on the future of work and the Co-Founder and CEO of Business Talent Group (BTG), the leading global marketplace for top independent consultants and executives interested in project-based work. BTG was recently named to Inc. Magazine’s prestigious list of the 5000 fastest-growing companies in America and to the… Continue reading In conversation with Jody Miller: Alternate paths to the top (and why “leaning-in” might not be enough)