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…

Perspectives: Engaging with and Embracing Differences at HBS & Beyond
On Campus, Student Club

Perspectives: Engaging with and Embracing Differences at HBS & Beyond

Join us on November 13 in Klarman for the Campus-Wide Discussion. Can you respect, and perhaps even love, those who have fundamentally different views from you? Today, we’re living in a time of heightened polarization, when people are not engaging constructively with those who differ from themselves. The result is tribal politics, ideological siloing, and…

Stepping into the Fast-Paced World of High-Frequency Trading
Entrepreneurship

Stepping into the Fast-Paced World of High-Frequency Trading

Asha Tanwar (MBA ’21) talks to Ronan Ryan, President of the start-up exchange, The Investors Exchange (IEX), about creating a fairer stock market, starring in Michael Lewis’ book Flash Boys, and why he does not recommend starting a business straight after school. I am delighted when Ronan Ryan confirms that he has managed to fit…

HBS Rugby Season Kicking into Gear
Club Corner

HBS Rugby Season Kicking into Gear

HBS Rugby is gearing up for another action-packed season. The HBS Rugby team is gearing up for another barn-storming year. After powering into the finals of Wharton’s Hogfest tournament in September and overpowering local club side Maccabi RFC in October, the team is hard at work teaching the “Yanks” to stop throwing the ball forward…

HBS ECs Explore Pittsburgh
Campus News

HBS ECs Explore Pittsburgh

Students converge on Pittsburgh and realize there’s much more to see than coal, steel, and bridges. Brian Linville (MBA ’20), Frankie Costa (MBA ’20), and Eric Levine (MBA ’20) report. Harvard Business School has a long tradition of “Treks,” structured trips organized by students who come from the destinations, and alumni often count them among…

China and Japan: Facing the Past and Forging the Future
Featured, Features

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…

Life at HBS, as a Partner
Partners at HBS

Life at HBS, as a Partner

Azra Noormohamed (RC Partner) shares her personal story. With the incoming MBA Class of 2021, we have experienced an arrival of another “class of its own.” Partners (a.k.a. wives, husbands, fiancés, girlfriends, boyfriends) of HBS students every year take a leap of faith, uprooting themselves from their homes or places with which they are familiar…

Innovation: Is It Only for Startups?
Entrepreneurship, Start Ups

Innovation: Is It Only for Startups?

Umang Sota (MBA ’21) examines entrepreneurial efforts at large companies. Almost ubiquitously, words like “Innovation” and “The Next Big Thing” are associated with startups. VC firms are competing every day to get a sliver of potentially the next Uber or the next Google. Up-and-coming talent and even the long-time industry veterans are happy to work…

HBS Alumni Leaders Organize 9/20 “Global Climate Strike” Rally at HBS
Environment, Outside the Bubble

HBS Alumni Leaders Organize 9/20 “Global Climate Strike” Rally at HBS

Roger Shamel (MBA ’74) explains why some HBS alumni are worried about climate change, and why you might worry too. “Leaders making a difference” is the hoped-for outcome of the Harvard Business School mission, “To educate leaders who make a difference in the world.” And perhaps no greater difference is needed today than the difference…

The Three Graces for MBAs Today
Commentary, Featured, Kevin Sharer

The Three Graces for MBAs Today

In his monthly column for the Harbus, Professor Kevin W. Sharer shares his thoughts on the issues facing HBS students. The Three Graces is a famous marble neoclassical sculpture executed by the Italian artist Antonio Canova in the early 19th century. The graces are meant to represent the three daughters of Zeus, who personified mythological…

A Day in the Life of a Cabaret Music Director
Club Corner, Commentary

A Day in the Life of a Cabaret Music Director

Akash Gupta (MBA ’20), Music Director, discusses his thoughts about Cabaret and what we can expect to see this year. The Cabaret auditions are tonight, and I’m experiencing the sort of nervous excitement that Adam Levine must have felt before every episode of The Voice. For the next three hours, I’ll be listening to the…

RC TOM Field Trip: Witnessing the Amazon Magic!
Campus News

RC TOM Field Trip: Witnessing the Amazon Magic!

Harsha Mulchandani (MBA ’21) reports on a fulfilling visit to the Amazon Fulfillment Center. On Friday, October 4, a group of RCs visited an Amazon Fulfillment Center (FC) to witness how Amazon makes magic happen. While it had been a long week for the RCs with the TOM Quiz (yes, the first midterm exam!) and…

Accu-Reggie’s Weather Forecast for October
Humor

Accu-Reggie’s Weather Forecast for October

Reggie Smith (MBA ’20) tells us what to expect this month. October is the great transition month in New England. The last warmth of summer melts away, while the first frost of winter arrives. Our campus will be overcome with beautiful fall foliage as the leaves change their colors. Of course, all this means one…

Card Wars
Humor

Card Wars

When Chase introduced a metal version of its credit card in 2016, the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the card was a ground-breaking innovation in consumer credit payments. “It does exactly the same thing as my old card—just heavier,” said Marcus Peabody, RC. “Whenever I’m out to dinner with friends and I drop my card on the…

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