Alexander Radomsky (MBA/MPP ’22) reports a curated list of ways in which you can help with the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan. The United States military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and the associated humanitarian crisis represent a historical moment for the United States and the 60 countries that have supported the Coalition since the invasion of… Continue reading Help Afghanistan
Pioneering Animal Welfare in the Light of the Law—In Conversation with Katherine Anne Meyer
“Animals do not speak ‘humanese,’ so they rely on people to advocate on their behalf.” Katherine Anne Meyer is a Director of Animal Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School and has over 30 years of animal advocacy experience under her belt. However, this description falls short of fully depicting Meyer’s contribution to our… Continue reading Pioneering Animal Welfare in the Light of the Law—In Conversation with Katherine Anne Meyer
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
Leadership in Crisis: What Good Looks Like
In his monthly column for the Harbus, Professor Kevin W. Sharer shares his thoughts on the issues facing HBS students. To state the obvious, we are in a time of crisis and great uncertainty. We are taking unprecedented steps on the societal, economic and healthcare fronts. Our leaders at the national, state, local and business… Continue reading Leadership in Crisis: What Good Looks Like
Why Capitalists Should Root for Bernie
It’s better to gird for the fight against socialism now than to put it off to another day. The 2020 election is underway, and America’s attention has shifted to the Democratic primaries. After winning the popular vote in Iowa, winning New Hampshire, and dramatically sweeping the field in Nevada, Bernie Sanders appears unstoppable. Like the… Continue reading Why Capitalists Should Root for Bernie
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… Continue reading Governor Newsom Needs a Plan
The Future of Heroic Hong Kong
Hong Kong residents are experiencing unsustainable angst and anxiety because of perceived encroachment by mainland China and unaddressed ambiguity regarding their fate post-2047; Xi Jinping must formally provide clarity to alleviate the situation, and soon. On Wednesday, September 4, 2019, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam decided to permanently withdraw the 2019 Hong Kong extradition… Continue reading The Future of Heroic Hong Kong
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
In Memory of 9/11: The Search for Meaning in Tragedy
Ryo Takahashi (MBA ’20) reflects on the attack. Eighteen years ago, on September 11, which started as an ordinary day with clear blue skies, 19 Al-Qaeda linked hijackers claimed the lives of 2,977 victims, many of whom were expecting an uneventful day at work. On 9/11, I was in middle school in New York. Defying… Continue reading In Memory of 9/11: The Search for Meaning in Tragedy
HBS Elects New SA Co-Presidents
Sana Mohammed (MBA ‘19) and Triston Francis (MBA ‘19) have been elected as the Harvard Business School Student Association Co-Presidents for 2018-2019. The co-presidency, elected at the end of February by the RC year, will begin after spring break. Sana and Triston campaigned under an overarching mission to “foster a more collaborative environment that enables… Continue reading HBS Elects New SA Co-Presidents
The U.S. Economy in 2017: Thanks, Obama?
In 2017, the U.S. economy had a solid year. Unemployment fell to a 17-year low, GDP growth picked up, and the stock market reached record highs. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Trump Administration was quick to take credit for these positive developments. “The President’s economic agenda of lower taxes, less regulation, and more opportunity for all is… Continue reading The U.S. Economy in 2017: Thanks, Obama?
Perspectives, Part One: Five Forces, Politics and Porter & Gehl: “Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America”
Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America If our political system were an industry – the Political Industrial Complex – it would be valued at more than $16 billon. Furthermore, if you include the $3.6 trillion budget allocated by this apparatus at the federal and state level, it’s the biggest industry out there.… Continue reading Perspectives, Part One: Five Forces, Politics and Porter & Gehl: “Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America”
Perspectives, Part Two: Five Forces, Politics and Porter & Gehl: “Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America”
Strategic thinking has been long been part of political analysis. From Thucydides to contemporary military and social science, people have deployed frameworks to understand and build models of prediction since time immemorial. Take the following: “If the dawn of democracy in a given country finds the decision makers divided into two parties, they may wish… Continue reading Perspectives, Part Two: Five Forces, Politics and Porter & Gehl: “Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America”
Jerome Powell, Nominee for Fed Chair, Brings Business Background to Top Economic Post
President Trump has nominated Jerome Powell, member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors since 2012 and former partner of private equity giant The Carlyle Group, as the next Chair of the Fed. The President’s decision to forgo reappointment of current Chair Janet Yellen will make her only the third single-term leader of the Fed… Continue reading Jerome Powell, Nominee for Fed Chair, Brings Business Background to Top Economic Post
A Lifetime of Service: An Interview with Secretary Ray Mabus
Over the course of his career, Ray Mabus (HLS ‘75) has held remarkably diverse, high-level roles in both state and federal government: from first serving as Mississippi State Auditor at the age of 35, to becoming the nation’s youngest governor, to his role as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia—and finally his tenure as Secretary of the… Continue reading A Lifetime of Service: An Interview with Secretary Ray Mabus
How MBAs should face Populism after HBS
Populism is all the rage. One cannot help but hear about it, sought amongst the conversation which makes up polite society. Or even politer society, such as HBS. In the last week of class, the Required Curriculum cohort had been learning about populism. It is something which has been threaded thoughtfully throughout BGIE, or the Business,… Continue reading How MBAs should face Populism after HBS
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
Trump Taps Multiple HBS Alumni for Senior Administration Positions
On January 20, 2017, shortly after being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump formally submitted nominations for his Cabinet members and key senior advisors. Amongst the slate of those nominated to serve in senior administration positions are several notable HBS alumni. In fact, beyond HBS, Harvard as a… Continue reading Trump Taps Multiple HBS Alumni for Senior Administration Positions
Trump Order: Fewer Flags In The HBS Classroom?
Harvard reacts to the implications of President Trump’s Immigration Policies President Donald Trump on Friday 27th January signed an executive order limiting foreign nationals’ admission into America. While the first wave of the order affects citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, due to the ambiguity embedded within the it, the full extent of the order’s scope… Continue reading Trump Order: Fewer Flags In The HBS Classroom?
Open Letter to Dean Nohria
Reflections on the Soul of HBS and a Response to a Trump Victory in the U.S. Election Dear Dean Nohria, I hope this finds you well, but expect that it does not. I’ve spent the last several weeks reflecting on my time at HBS and the role I want to play in the world. My… Continue reading Open Letter to Dean Nohria
Learning from the Trump Phenomenon: How Much of the 2016 Election was a Recall on Harvard?
A pickup truck rolled through Harvard Square on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 9. A man in the truck bed waved a “Make America Great Again!” banner and the passengers yelled at anyone within earshot. Even if you couldn’t make out words, the tone – somewhere between energized and vindictive – was enough. They were… Continue reading Learning from the Trump Phenomenon: How Much of the 2016 Election was a Recall on Harvard?
HBS Culture: A View from the Right
The mood on the Harvard Business School campus last week was incredibly somber. The entire institution appeared to be paralyzed. Undoubtedly, some of this was driven by the fear and uncertainty around what a Trump administration will look like. A substantial portion of the underlying despair was, and still is, driven by disbelief. Disbelief that… Continue reading HBS Culture: A View from the Right
Trump Won. Now What?
Losing sucks, but this election felt markedly different than anything most of us had ever faced. As Americans, we were fighting to define the soul of our country, and the man supported by the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) won the fight. The man that’s been accused of physically assaulting our daughters, mothers and sisters swept… Continue reading Trump Won. Now What?
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
HBS Election Poll
85% of HBS Votes For Clinton, Stark Contrast Against National Mood, More Socially Liberal and Optimistic, Mixed on Wealth Redistribution As the United States debates on who to choose as the next President, the students of Harvard Business School (HBS) have a clear favorite: Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 82% in the… Continue reading HBS Election Poll
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
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