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Advice for Social Enterprise Field Study Researchers

1) Know where you can add value.Are you best suited for lifting sandbags, grassroots organizing, or high level analysis and strategy? Think about your strengths as a business student and see how they can be applied to the situation. It’s natural to want to do something “hands-on,” however there might be people better able to…

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HBS Appoints New Dean

Jay Light was appointed the new Dean last week. Light, a 35 year veteran of HBS, has been acting Dean since last August. The appointment was greeted enthusiastically by professors, who rose in standing ovation at the announcement. However, students were more cautious (see poll results below and Letters to the Editor on page 2)….

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JetBlue President: Keep Your Seatbelts Securely Fastened

HBS students love JetBlue. Maybe it’s because of their vision? Tele-vision that is. We’ve come to love the JetBlue experience, but the airline is now facing severe turbulence. Last week the Hospitality and Travel Industry Club hosted Dave Barger, president and COO of JetBlue, who shared amazing insight to the development of the airline and…

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Career Perspectives: Hospitality

RC: Noah BrodskyCompany: Four SeasonsWebsite: www.fourseasons.comIndustry: Hospitality: Food & LodgingPosition/Function: Restaurant ManagerLocations: Costa Rica and MauiResponsibilities: Managed the fine dining restaurants and bars So is it really as good as it sounds?Yes! The lifestyle is fantastic. I went to the beach every morning before work, played golf twice a week, and ate lobster and steak…

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Empty Promises: Social Enterprise in the RC Curriculum

This week we opened the course platform and found our second, that’s right, our second, nonprofit case in the required curriculum: Arvadin. Though members of the HBS faculty have written 164 social enterprise cases, RCs have discussed only two in class. For a school that boasts, “We educate leaders who make a difference in this…

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Scenes from Sundance

How do film directors celebrate after screening their film at the Sundance Film Festival? They call Mom. In the Clockwork Caf‚ on Main Street in Park City, Utah, a director tried repeatedly to shoo a friend off the phone so he could make that all- important call. And no wonder. Out of 3,148 submissions, only…

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Dufrense Piece is Welcomed New Addition to Art Collection

Me Lighting Lauren Bacall’s Cigarette in “Written on the Wind”Angela Dufrense2004Oil on canvas63 by 60 inches Last week I found myself sitting in one of the project rooms at Spangler around dusk. The sun had just set and the sky was this amazing blue color that was both dark and bright at the same time….

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"What Happens in Vegas…": Highlights from the Las Vegas Trek

Over Columbus Day weekend, 42 HBS students and partners embarked on the second annual Las Vegas Trek, sponsored by the Hospitality and Travel Industry Club. What follows is an account of the “official” Trek activities; for anything else that might have happened in Las Vegas… well, you will just have to join us next year…

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Peak Performance

Dear Editorial Team, I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about the putting behavioral science to work on the competitive fields of sports and business. As a Psychologist, I have traversed diverse terrain including over a decade of teaching at Dartmouth Medical School while consulting as the Sports Psychologist to a number of…

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Letter from Larry Summers to the Faculty Regarding NBER Remarks

Dear Colleagues: At the request of Professors Grosz, Hammonds, Skocpol, and others, I am making available a transcript of my remarks at the January 14 conference as well as the questions and answers that followed. Although I had intended them as informal and speculative, and was reluctant to reopen wounds, I want to be responsive…

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Asia Business Conference 2005: Adding Value in Asia, From Outsourcing To Innovation

The Asia Business Conference was held last weekend from Friday afternoon, February 18th to Saturday, February 19th at HBS. The annual conference attracted close to 700 MBA students, professionals, and executives, who are interested in where Asia is headed. This year, the theme was “Adding Value in Asia: From Outsourcing to Innovation.” The conference examined…

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The New Look of Polo Ralph Lauren

I could not think of a more fitting way to close out my reign as The Harbus Viewpoints Editor than to interview someone who is starting a new reign of his own. David Lauren, son of Seventh Avenue king Ralph Lauren, is the new man in charge of Polo Ralph Lauren’s marketing, advertising and corporate…

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HBS International Week 2004

As Class of 2006 finished their mid-term exams and Boston was getting ready for World Series, the HBS community enjoyed the International Week 2004 to celebrate the international diversity at school. The week of October 18 started with International Film Festival, where seven award winning films from Canada, Israel, Argentina, France, Iran, Africa and Korea…

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Feel the Inbox Love

One thing that I really missed over the summer, and that I’m really enjoying about being back at HBS, is my increasing popularity. Over the summer, I would get maybe 10-15 emails a day, and I was really starting to feel sad and lonely. Thankfully, now that the EC year has started I’m back up…

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Harvard Schools Unite for Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative

Marshalling the resources of business, government, academia, and civil society to address pressing social challenges in the United States and globally is the goal of a new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative, to be launched on March 4th. The CSR Initiative has been established by the Kennedy School of Government with the goal of working…

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7,999 and Counting-

Last week, Jeff Raikes, group vice president of Productivity and Business Services (PBS) at Microsoft, landed on campus to meet with students and members of the HTNM club. A Nebraska native, Raikes joined Microsoft in 1981 as a product manager in its applications group. What followed was a meteoric rise from product manager, to chief…

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Fall 2003 Career Services Update With Matt Merrick

As the Fall company presentations kicked off last week, suit-clad students milled through the halls of Aldrich considering and re-considering their career options. With the economy not yet yielding clear signs of a job recovery, many students found themselves spending more time jump-starting their job searches than reading their cases, leading many to wonder how…

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New Profit Inc.

Inspirational alums: The Social Enterprise Club recently caught up with Alexander Packard (HBS 1997) to get his perspective on his move from the for-profit to the non-profit sector and the challenges and rewards he has experienced in his transition. Harbus: Can you please tell us about yourself? AP: I graduated from HBS in 1997 (the…

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Kim Clark Speaks at the National Press Club

Last Wednesday February 26th, Dean Kim Clark tackled a seemingly ubiquitous and pervasive business crisis in a presentation before the National Press Club in Washington D.C. titled “Corporate Scandals.” Is it a problem of bad apples, or is it the barrel?, Dean Clark explained that it is a mixture of the structure as well as…

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Building the African Dream

As opportunities for boundless growth continue to diminish in the United States and other developed nations, businesses are learning how to shift their focus to emerging economies. Though Asia, particularly China, has benefited most from this new wave of foreign investment, Africa is beginning to reposition herself to capture some of the benefits of globalization….

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Is Another Economic Slide Around the Corner?

We all have seen brighter days of the U.S. economy than the present (not to mention, on a personal level, those of the current labor market). There is substantial hope that brighter days are to come. In reality, there is a possibility of a longer than expected recuperation period and a deeper economic crisis in…

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Viewpoints: Shades of Gray

I had a strange dream last week. I was sitting in a dingy room at a long table with four of my section-mates. We were trying to solve a murder, and we were getting nowhere. I was convinced someone had the answer, and that everyone was trying to hide something. In fact, I knew a…

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Viewpoints: Musharraf's Vision for Pakistan: L'‚tat c'est Moi

As a Pakistani student, I was intrigued to read the recent article in The Harbus covering Musharraf’s address at the KSG Forum. The authors [Ed Note: also Pakastani] provided a neat summary of Musharraf’s vision for Pakistan in the 21st century and concluded that many of the students who attended the talk walked away with…

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HBS team wins $20,000 in prestigious Goldman Competition

Lisa Diane Bourne (OE), Tjada P. D’Oyen (OD), Sitella A. Glenn (OI) and Panya Lei Yarber (OC) recently won a Goldman-sponsored contest that asked students to examine the challenges facing AOL Time Warner and to devise a strategy for the incoming chief executive, Dick Parsons.The HBS team faced off against teams from Dartmouth and Yale….

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A Bridge Between Hi-Tech and Education:

Cutting edge’ is hardly the traditional view of the non-profit sector. However, this is the aspect that attracted Bob Halperin (HBS MBA 1982) to a career in education. Halperin is responsible for HBS’s custom executive education business at HBS Interactive (HBSi) and was a co-founder of the HBS Social Enterprise Fellowship Program. Halperin has not…

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