Leadership in Crisis: What Good Looks Like
Commentary, Politics

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…

Tax Shield Is Capitalist Brainwashing
Commentary

Tax Shield Is Capitalist Brainwashing

Taxes are valuable for shareholders’ and lenders’ pockets. Neglecting the importance of the public role in a company’s balance sheet is not a political ideology, it is an intellectual flaw. To those who need to keep revising for the final exams, here is what tax shield, a major FIN2 concept, actually is. A company is…

Why Comedy Thrives during Crisis
Entertainment, Media

Why Comedy Thrives during Crisis

Upoma Dutta (MBA ’21) talks with Claire Friedman (MBA ’14) about the role of comedy in our self-quarantined lives. Early on in the semester, RCs took away several lessons on macroeconomics from the BGIE cases touching on the topic of the U.S. Great Depression of the 1930s. However, the Great Depression—similar to any all-encompassing crisis—also…

Naya Studio: Stop Consuming, Start Creating
Entrepreneurship

Naya Studio: Stop Consuming, Start Creating

A digital platform enables anyone, anywhere to turn their idea into a unique and meaningful furniture through connection, collaboration, and creativity. Tell us more about your background and what inspired you to be an entrepreneur.  We have always had ideas for products (such as clothing, furniture, houses and lighting) that we wanted to make but…

All about Taking It in Your Stride
Entrepreneurship

All about Taking It in Your Stride

Asha Tanwar (MBA ’21) talks to Tess Michaels (MBA ’20) about her start-up journey. In today’s volatile markets, many businesses and individuals are experiencing a cash flow problem. For a business owner, it can be difficult to accurately forecast demand and revenue and hence whether or not the business would be able to meet its…

Student Sustainability Efforts Pick Up Steam
Club Corner

Student Sustainability Efforts Pick Up Steam

Increased student interest in sustainability brings more attention and energy to campus initiatives. Student interest in sustainability, waste, water, food, and energy topics has led to an increase in related clubs, initiatives, conferences, and action around campus. In 2021, over one-third of incoming RC students indicated that they were “interested in a career that relates…

COVID-19 Becomes Our Real-Time Case Study
Campus News

COVID-19 Becomes Our Real-Time Case Study

Tanishq Bhalla (MBA ’21) applies classroom lessons to reflect on the effects COVID-19 has had thus far on HBS and the global economy.   What started as a mild inconvenience to a select group of RC students bound for FGI in China escalated within three weeks to a campus-wide shutdown and global pandemic. COVID-19 has shaken…

Illustrations from a Harvard Dorm Room
Print Edition

Illustrations from a Harvard Dorm Room

Josephine Tan (MBA ’21) gives us her take on the RC year through her drawings. I have always found it easier to express myself with drawings than with words. According to my mum, I picked up my first pen when I was two and I have been marking surfaces and getting my hands full of…

Love in the Time of Corona
April Fools

Love in the Time of Corona

Chapter 1: The Flame, Ignited You see before you an old man, burdened and weathered by the myriad small hardships and crises of life. Such is the destiny of those who toil with their hands to harvest the Earth’s bounty. But I have not always been this way. I want to tell you a story…

April Fools

Jana Kierstead Claims She Does Not Control US Department of State

Students protest after Administration permits the United States government to flag all countries as Level 4 risk. The United States of America issued a rare Global Level 4 health advisory, asking citizens to “come home immediately.” The Government advised, “Have a travel plan that does not rely on the U.S. Government for assistance,” which is…

Class of 2020’s Diplomas to Be Available Only in Blockchain Format
April Fools

Class of 2020’s Diplomas to Be Available Only in Blockchain Format

Faculty says decision aligns with new all-virtual strategy. As HBS students have watched most of what they know and love about the HBS experience—such as classes, section events, Shad workout classes, and graduation—move from the physical world to the virtual world, ECs recently learned that, in lieu of distributing paper diplomas, the administration will simply…

April Fools

Selected Restaurant Associates Yelp Reviews, Republished

“10/10. Big fan. I’ve been going to this place since it opened. Great for a quick snack, sit-down meal, or even special occasions. The curtains make it seem fancy, but it’s really more of a neighborhood gem. Case in point: seems like I run into someone I know every time I go!” -Jantastic4@hotmail.com Sept 2019…

April Fools

Dean Deems Harby Essential Services

ISDL coaches will be repurposed to make memes. In a bold move that dazzled his admirers and detractors alike, Dean Nohria announced that he would be invoking the Defensive Humor Production Act of 2020. As an ever increasing number of bored students exhaust the finite supply of #coronamemes on the internet, the Dean is looking…

April Fools

Six-Month Dean Search Ends with New Hire

Introducing Nitin Nohria. After an exhaustive six-month search, the HBS Dean Search Advisory Committee  announced Friday the successor to Dean Nitin Nohria: Nitin Nohria. “Honestly, his resume just stood out,” said search committee member Professor Matt Weinzierl. “We used blind resumes, of course, to remove any bias we may have had, so we didn’t realize…

Trump Invokes Defense Production Act
April Fools

Trump Invokes Defense Production Act

POTUS orders Harvard Business Publishing to manufacture toilet paper. Chafing under pressure from a desperate public, President Donald J. Trump invoked the Defense Production Act on Tuesday, giving himself sweeping new authority to direct the production of American firms during times of national emergency. In his very first order, he commanded Harvard Business Publishing (HBP)…

Authentic!?
Commentary, Kevin Sharer

Authentic!?

In his monthly column for the Harbus, Professor Kevin W. Sharer shares his thoughts on the issues facing HBS students. A very successful CEO of a respected and large global brand shared four ideas with the top 500 executives at their annual leadership gathering. This meeting is the key leadership leverage opportunity for the CEO,…

Why Capitalists Should Root for Bernie
Politics

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…

Securing Our Beloved Internet
Technology

Securing Our Beloved Internet

Umang Sota (MBA ’21) reports on the lessons in cybersecurity and entrepreneurship through the story of cybersecurity startup Zscaler. The enterprise technology landscape has seen dramatic shifts over the last five years, including increasing permeation of the Cloud, an expanding IoT network, adoption of BYOD (Bring your own device), flexibility around remote work and burgeoning…

humanID: Reclaiming the Web for Humans
Technology

humanID: Reclaiming the Web for Humans

A nonprofit co-founded by Bastian Purrer (MBA ’20) is giving real humans real digital IDs; Shuyao Kong (MBA ’20) reports. We have all been there. Upon downloading a new app, we are prompted with two registration options: “Sign up with Facebook” or “Sign up with Google.” Most people would choose either one of them because,…

Legacy That Is Truly Yours
Entrepreneurship

Legacy That Is Truly Yours

Umang Sota (MBA ’21) talks with Khaled Kteily (HKS MPP ’16) about his male fertility start-up Legacy. There are few things in life that are more precious than having a family and having children. Of course, having children is important for the continuation of the human race. But on a personal level, for people who…

Harvard India Conference 2020 Discusses “India: Foresight”
Club Corner

Harvard India Conference 2020 Discusses “India: Foresight”

Held across two days, and jointly hosted by the students of the Kennedy School and the Business School, India Conference saw the participation from 800 guests and over 100 speakers. At a time when India is facing many burning questions on its social and economic future, leading experts from business, politics, media and social sectors…

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