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Immersion Experience – Mexico, Grasshoppers and Mescal

Around 50 students escaped the harsh Boston winter for a week in sunny Mexico on HBS’s first Latin American IXP. Under the guidance of Professor Michael Chu, the group visited a number of companies in Oaxaca, Mexico City and Monterrey learning about the challenges that come from doing business in emerging markets. The trip was…

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Andrew Klaber (OH) Joins Young Leaders in Tokyo

Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit Delegates to discuss global financial crisis and scarcity of vital resources Tokyo, November 14, 2008 – Andrew Klaber (JD/MBA ’10) has been selected as one of 160 emerging leaders from 30 countries in the Asia-Pacific region who will gather at the Four Seasons Hotel in Tokyo for the Asia Society’s…

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Bill Gates: The Power of Creative Capitalism & Innovation

Bill Gates, as Emeritus Professor James Cash pointed out in his opening, is well known enough that he no longer needs an introduction. And so Cash brought up on the large overhead a photo Gates rarely seen – his mug shot. A poignant reminder that the richest man in the world is human after all….

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Teaching, Morals and Learning at HBS

An interview with Professor Sandra Sucher, senior lecturer and member of the TOM department at HBS. Professor Sucher talks about her experience in industry, her work as a professor and her particular interest of examining morality and leadership. You had a distinguished career spanning twenty-five years in the corporate world. After years at leadership positions…

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Confessions of an L&V Rep

Looking back over the past year, I am not sure why I opted to be the Leadership and Values (L&V) rep for Section H. I knew it wouldn’t be easy and probably not very popular either. But in the true spirit of “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” I wrote my position paper and…

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Summer Stories-Esther Hsu, Swaziland

“But what is a gooseberry?” A few short weeks earlier I had resorted to old faithful Wikipedia and Google Images before embarking on a mission to build a viable business plan around these little orange berries. Now, our pilot group of rural Swazi farmers, having already committed their precious land to the berries, pondered the…

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Class Day Speech, May 2008

This is an exquisite day. A time that is truly momentous. For almost all of us, it marks receipt of the last degree we will ever earn. It marks the final transition of the mind from preparation to application. It marks a move away from learning about the possible and toward creating it. And so…

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Philanthropy In Our Hands

The afternoon of April 15th saw Hamilton Lounge abuzz with a peculiar group of people: Did the Executive Education program organize a mixer? (Yes it did, but this wasn’t it.) It was, rather, the Harbus Foundation Grant Reception which was the culmination of six months of work by members of the Foundation. The Trustees, Management,…

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Looking Back-The First Graduating Class

Editor’s Note In 1908, the world was vastly different. Henry Ford gave the world the Model T, the Sixteenth (allowing federal income tax) and Seventeenth (requiring direct election of Senators) Amendments to the United States Constitution were adopted, major railroad companies were consolidating and oil was discovered for the first time in Persia. Harvard Business…

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Faculty Profile – Professor David Garvin

The first-year course in Leadership and Corporate Accountability, or LCA, was one of the most memorable and important courses I have had here at HBS. One of the key reasons was the classroom leadership of David Garvin, the C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration. Since joining the faculty in 1979, Professor Garvin has had…

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Alumni Perspective – Mark Fields, MBA '89

Mark Fields is Executive Vice President, Ford Motor Company, and President of the business in North and South America. In this role he has been affecting change in all Ford’s manufacturing, marketing and development operations since October 2005. Prior to this role, Fields served as executive vice president, Ford of Europe and Premier Automotive Group;…

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Student Perspective – Avni Patel (OI)

Happy Birthday Harvard Business School. On this, your 100th birthday, I wish for you the audacity of youth, the confidence of experience and the humility of age. Your 100 years have seen many changes – enterprises grown and faded, technologies come and gone, theories built, torn down and rebuilt again. But one thing has remained…

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The Strenuous Life – A Call for Authentic Living

It is painful for me to think that I might succumb to what Teddy Roosevelt called a “cloistered life which saps the hardy virtues. as it saps the individual; or else.[being] wedded to that base spirit of gain and greed which recognizes in commercialism the be-all and end-all ., instead of realizing that though an…

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Hance Speaks on Innovations in Diabetes Management

Robert (Chip) Hance, President of Abbott Diabetes Care (ADC), addressed a group of MBA students on the topic of diabetes care and the blood glucose monitoring industry, speaking on a number of issues he and his industry face, such as how to balance marketing and R&D investment in a unique medical device space driven not…

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Career Profiles

Name Brendan Whitworth Career Field Prior to HBS United States Marine Corps; United States Department of State Summer Internship PepsiCo, Leadership Development Program (LDP), Dallas, Texas What made leadership development stand out to you during interviews? I have a very strong interest in a general management career track. Considering my background in the military and…

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Students Trek to Trinidad & Tobago, Featured in National Paper

Harvard Business School’s Caribbean Business Club and The Wharton School’s Caribbean Business Initiative Club conducted their sixth annual Caribbean MBA Conference, titled “Regionalization and Economic Diversification – Expanding our Share of the Global Economy.” The Conference was by all accounts a phenomenal success and was even featured in the national newspaper, The Trinidad Guardian. The…

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Reflections on The Visits of Natalie Portman and Alan Patricof

I recently attended two events related to microfinance in developing economies; one focused on debt capital and the other on equity capital. At the close of the evening I left these events with a sense of powerlessness that went beyond the topic of microfinance. In life we come across any number of causes that hope…

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HBS Team Takes 2nd Place at National Energy Finance Competition

From September 27-28, 2007, the HBS Energy Club student team, made up of PJ Deschenes (OG), Tiffany Chang (OD), Cedric Lucas (OB), Sharad Goenka (OE) and Warren Hogarth (OG), took on 15 other business school teams in the 3rd annual National Energy Finance Competition at the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business in Austin,…

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HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL ANNOUNCES FIRST EXECUTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM IN INDIA

New Program Uses 10 years of Harvard’s Research in India to Build Tailored Curriculum BOSTON – September 18, 2007 – Harvard Business School (HBS) in conjunction with the Harvard Business School India Research Center (IRC) today announced plans to offer its first executive education program in India in February 2008. The first-of-its-kind, Building a Global…

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Harbus Foundation turns 10

Q: What do get you when you put $800,000 in the hands of 400 HBS students? A: Ten years of the nation’s only MBA-student run foundation making a difference in the Boston community. Grant recipients are all Boston-area organizations pursuing initiatives related to education, literacy or journalism. Each grantee beat out at least three to…

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Leading and Serving the HBS Student Body

According to Alex Michael and Akram Zaman (SA Co-Presidents ’06), the key to leading the SA is very much similar to the key to maximizing one’s time at HBS: the ability to juggle and compartmentalize. Leading the SA requires the efficient ability to manage many different constituents – students, clubs, alumni, administrators, among others. In…

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The Glass Is Still Half Full

The Asia Business Club sponsored this event, which was the final of the HBS Public Speaking Club’s Outstanding Speaker Series for 2007. Retired Lieutenant General Christman is responsible for representing the Chamber in front of foreign business leaders and government officials. Additionally, he provides strategic leadership on international issues affecting the business community while overseeing…

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Alumni Perspective – Gerald Chertavian, MBA 1992

This marks the first in a series of alumni interviews on Careers in Social Enterprise. Gerald Chertavian’s path thus far has been unique, interesting and inspiring. Starting his career on Wall Street as an officer of the Chemical Banking Corporation, he moved on to become the head of marketing at Transnational Financial Services in London….

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I Think, Ergo I am

A team of Harvard Business School MBA students took home first place in the Seventh Annual Rice Marketing Case Competition on January 28. Roughly 10 schools, the usual suspects, were represented in the Rice Marketing Case Competition that officially started at 9:30pm on Friday, January 27, when cases were distributed to student teams. Final presentations…

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Doing Business in Hollywood

The Hollywood Trek provided participants with an insider’s view of Hollywood, a place that offers challenges and barriers to MBAs. Hollywood has always been an enigmatic world for businesspeople. Bored with the utilitarian halls of investment banks, they aspire to conquer the exciting and mythical entertainment capital of the world. Hollywood is a place of…

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What is Our End of the Deal?

Each New Year brings a great chance for us to think about clean slates and new beginnings, but I am not convinced that we place our expectations properly to assume that all of our hopes for change should be placed here. This semester, we will be taking a look at some of the issues, challenges,…

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Carlos Ghosn: Automotive Turnaround Champion Speaks to HBS Community

Cost cutter, troubleshooter, turnaround artist. These words have all been used to describe Nissan and Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, and when the leader came to Harvard Business School’s campus on Monday, November 27, he went beyond the public image to share inside secrets with the HBS community. The 46-year old Brazilian native of Lebanese descent…

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Are We Ready for Change?

The president of Shell Oil Company and the chairman of Simmons & Company International tackled three fundamental questions from distinctly different perspectives at the 2006 HBS Energy Symposium. The 2006 HBS Energy Symposium opened on October 24 with the daunting aim of answering three fundamental questions: What drives our world? How does our future look?…

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Taking Measure on the Inevitability of Success

EC and KSG Dual Degree student Jonathan Kelly reflects on thechallenging thought that success as individuals is not inevitable and what this means to us as students and to Harvard Business School as an institution. I attended a panel recently where a Harvard Business School faculty member challenged the audience to recognize that our success…

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