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…

HBS Launches Student-Wide Survey on MBA Rankings
Campus News, Featured, Features

HBS Launches Student-Wide Survey on MBA Rankings

Raseem Farook (MBA ’21) talks to the marketing and admissions teams at HBS to understand their perspective on business-school rankings. MBA rankings have become increasingly important to business-school applicants over the last few years, as they help them compare different MBA programs. Finishing on top of these rankings sends a strong signal to the applicant…

Startup Corner: Bringing Ramen to Boston
Entrepreneurship

Startup Corner: Bringing Ramen to Boston

Poorvi Vijay (MBA ’21) talks with Yasu Sasago (MBA ’20) about the startup that he and Masato Nakamura (MBA ’20) are developing. Tell us about your journey of how you thought about starting a business while studying at HBS. When I came to HBS, I knew that I wanted to try something entrepreneurial. But I…

Corporate Purpose?
Commentary, Kevin Sharer

Corporate Purpose?

Fortune magazine reported that on August 19, 2019, the Business Roundtable announced a new purpose for the corporation. Why did this 300-word, not particularly specific (and certainly not binding on anyone) declaration receive such widespread attention? Why should HBS students care? What might it mean for business and society? In short, is this a big…

A Guide to Boston for New RCs
Advice, Campus News

A Guide to Boston for New RCs

Emily Batt (MBA ’20) gives us a primer for exploring the city. According to an old adage, Mark Twain once remarked, In New York they ask, “How much is he worth?” In Philadelphia, “Who were his parents?” And in Boston they ask, “How much does he know?” Whether apocryphal or not, Boston’s emphasis on learning…

The Future of Heroic Hong Kong
Business, Commentary, Politics, Society

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…

The Show Goes On: The Resurgence of Broadway in the Modern Era
Entertainment, Media

The Show Goes On: The Resurgence of Broadway in the Modern Era

Upoma Dutta (MBA ’21) talks with Raphael Roesler (MBA ’18) about what’s next for the industry. “I’m past patiently waitin’. I’m passionately smashin’ every expectation. Every action’s an act of creation! I’m laughin’ in the face of casualties and sorrow. For the first time, I’m thinkin’ past tomorrow.” — Lyrics from Hamilton: An American Musical…

Remaking Capitalism: The Work of Our Generation
Business, Commentary, Featured, Features, Politics, Society

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…

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

From the Editor’s Desk

Towards Deeper Conversations It strikes me that a common thread weaves through this issue: we need to have better conversations to build better relationships. In “All of Us Can Break the Cycle of Hatred” (in the print edition only), Professor Arthur Brooks and the Dalai Lama share their thoughts on “the appropriate way to disagree…

LeverEdge-ing Our Collective Power
Entrepreneurship

LeverEdge-ing Our Collective Power

LeverEdge, the brainchild of two HBS students, is continuing to disrupt the world of student loans. Asha Tanwar (MBA ’21) reports. With approximately $1.6 trillion in total debt outstanding and almost $9 billion of new student loans taken out in the last academic year in the United States, LeverEdge is uniquely positioned to capitalize on…

Welcome from Your Student Association Co-Presidents
Featured, Features

Welcome from Your Student Association Co-Presidents

Gaby Goldstein (MBA ’20) and Connor Cash (MBA ’20) share their thoughts on the beginning of this new school year. Welcome Class of 2021 and welcome back ECs! We are Gaby Santana Goldstein and Connor Cash. Together we are your Student Association Co-Presidents for this year. This past week has been a great moment to…

Admit’s LinkedIn Post Announcing HBS Acceptance Fails to Secure 100 Likes; Admissions Decision Under Review
Humor

Admit’s LinkedIn Post Announcing HBS Acceptance Fails to Secure 100 Likes; Admissions Decision Under Review

The perils of social media and university admissions … After a failed LinkedIn humble-brag announcing his HBS acceptance, admit Michael O’Connolly may not be Boston-bound after all. O’Connolly, 27, thought he’d done everything right. A self-described “risk-taker” who has “always done things my own way,” he followed in his father’s footsteps to attend Princeton before…

Advice, Humor

HBS to Replace PE Bro Intake with AI, Starting with Class of 2022

The shocking announcement simultaneously impacts PE and tech bros globally. In a shock announcement that has left associates worldwide concerned, the HBS Admissions Office announced that starting with the upcoming admissions rounds, they will no longer be admitting students from the investment banking and private equity industries. Instead, classes will introduce the software “BuysideBot,” which…

RCs Learn to Give and Take
Campus News, Featured, Features

RCs Learn to Give and Take

This year’s START featured a new addition: Reciprocity Rings. Gabriel Ellsworth (MBA ’20) reports. On the second day of their MBA journey, the Class of 2021 learned a lesson that should serve them well throughout their two years at HBS and beyond: request and offer help often. They tried their hands at doing just that…

Reimagining Capitalism
Featured, Features, Interview

Reimagining Capitalism

Rethinking firms and their role in society: Ryo Takahashi (MBA ’20) talks with Professor Rebecca M. Henderson. It has been a commonly held belief that the purpose of firms is to maximize shareholder value. This notion of shareholder primacy resonates with many business leaders’ understanding of their fiduciary duties, and with our norms of how…

Adapting to Your New World
Advice, Featured, Features, On Campus, Print Edition

Adapting to Your New World

In his monthly column for the Harbus, Professor Kevin W. Sharer shares his thoughts on the issues facing HBS students. May comes again as we celebrate, encourage, and recognize another 900 or so new HBS graduates. This is a singular honor, privilege, and accomplishment that will always reflect credit upon you and set you apart….

Klarman’s First HBS Show Impresses
Campus News, On Campus, Opinion

Klarman’s First HBS Show Impresses

HBS Executive Education’s Nathaniel Koven reviews No Clue. The 46th HBS Show, No Clue: The Case You Can’t Prepare For, was always going to go down in HBS history as the first theatrical production in the recently-completed Klarman Hall, but what a smashing first it was. This production, which ran April 8–10, was an unalloyed…

From the Editors’ Desk: From HBS to the World Beyond
On Campus, Print Edition

From the Editors’ Desk: From HBS to the World Beyond

This month, RCs head towards their internship summers, while ECs go forth into “the real world.” The near-term fates of these two classes are starkly different. How can one editors’ note be meaningful for both of them? Perhaps a modified version of the all-too-familiar (to us) Mary Oliver question can be illuminating. Tell us, what…

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