The Harvard Africa Business Club will be hosting its Annual Africa Business Conference-“Africa Inc. -A New Frontier for Business”-on March 8-9th. Started only four years ago, the conference has gained a reputation in Africa and abroad, as a premier event for delving into the multifaceted challenges and opportunities of African business. As an exciting addition,… Continue reading Africa Inc-
“As Keynes said, ‘In the long run we are all dead,’ so we should pay attention to the short-term costs and challenges.” So concluded Myoung-Ho Shin, Vice President, Asian Development Bank at the Asia Business Conference recently hosted by HBS. Other panelists discussing China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) echoed similar concerns about… Continue reading WTO Entry Risks Social Upheaval in China
After fifteen years of torturous negotiations, China finally became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in December 2001. In a keynote speech delivered as part of the recent HBS Asia Business Conference, Charlene Barshefsky, former US Trade Representative, outlined her views on the significance and implications of China’s WTO accession.As U.S. Trade Representative… Continue reading Charlene Barshefsky Outlines China's Formidable Future
Many point to external factors as the primary causes of Africa’s problems, especially European colonialism. While it is true that colonialism contributed its fair share to Africa’s woes, its legacy has long been used as an excuse by African governments to cover up the true problem: their own corruption and ineptitude. Instead of dismantling the… Continue reading Africa's Lack of Leadership
Three practitioners presented their perspectives on the venture capital and private equity industry in Asia on the Asia Business Conference panel “Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship.” Andy Goldfarb, Senior Managing Director at JAFCO and HBS alumnus, started by providing a overall perspective on doing business in Asia. JAFCO, a leading Japanese private equity firm, has $750… Continue reading Asian Venture Capital and Private Equity
The critical issue of work/life balance was a common thread that ran through a majority of the panel discussions at the 11th Annual Dynamic Women in Business Conference. Is it possible for a woman to maintain equilibrium when faced with the numerous disparate roles and responsibilities that lie at the intersection of work, family, community,… Continue reading Moderator's Perspective: Achieving Work/Life Balance
The HBS case study curriculum stresses that it challenges its students with real world situations every day. On December 5, the HBS community had the opportunity to hear from an individual who has just faced one of the most extraordinary situations ever to befall world business. The events of September 11. Bob Scott, the President… Continue reading Leadership in a Crisis: How One Firm Survived
Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis last week called on members of the HBS community not to let the nation be so consumed with the war on terrorism that it ignores “fundamental domestic challenges”-like the need to extend health care coverage to 43 million Americans who are uninsured.“If we’re serious about creating a society in this… Continue reading Dukakis Urges Students Not To Forget 'Domestic Challenges'
The European Club’s Second Annual European Business Conference whirled into full swing this past weekend attracting top business executives and luminary speakers from Europe to the HBS campus. After a late night of dancing at Harvard Ball’s “A Night in Vienna,” 450 students gathered early Saturday morning to hear Guillaume Hannezo, CFO of Vivendi-Universal, kick-off… Continue reading European Business Leaders Optimistic About Future
Second-year international students are reaching out to help their first-year colleagues with how to survive at HBS as a non-native English speaker. The advice will come at a lunchtime panel session tomorrow at noon in Aldrich 110. The panel is being sponsored by the SA Senate, with support from the Education representatives and the International… Continue reading What's Hot This Week
My husband, our 2-year-old daughter and I moved from San Francisco to Boston in December 2000. Making a decision to move from a city like San Francisco will, more often than not, elicit questions from friends and family, like `Are you sure?’, `Is there some way you can change your mind?’ and `Are you crazy?’.… Continue reading A Place for Families at HBS
On June 28, the University announced the establishment of a new interdisciplinary Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness (ISC), based at HBS and directed by Prof. Michael E. Porter M.B.A. ’71, Ph.D. ’73. In keeping with Porter’s broad research agenda, which has influenced scholars and practitioners in governments, companies, and other institutions around the globe, the… Continue reading Will He be Adding Another Force?
Think `Nicaragua’ and what springs to mind? A tin-pot republic, a crumbling economy, oppressive security and a muzzled press? The harrowing images that flashed across our TV screens in the 1980s as dubious US interventions stoked the fires of civil war? A small group of HBSers recently traveled to Nicaragua for 10 days and found… Continue reading Nicaragua
If you were lucky enough to have been present at the Kennedy School of Government’s ARCO Forum last Wednesday night, you were privy to a wonderful treat! Congressman Harold E. Ford, Jr. (D-Tennessee), the second youngest member of the United States House of Representatives, delivered a dynamic public address before a diverse crowd of students,… Continue reading Congressman Harold E. Ford, Jr.: The Next Big Thing
How many times have you pretended to be someone you weren’t? Keep in mind, we’ve just gone through Hell Week where I had to convince various people that I was interested in investment banking while running numbers on the “industry-standard” financial calculator programmed into my Visor. FYI – having to use a stylus to punch… Continue reading Latina Beauty Queen
January 7,Sunday (First Contact)Hollywood Trek started off Sunday morning with Pho Brunch, a high-tech mixer with some of L.A.’s media elite. Intrepid Trekkers Matthias Mahr ’02 and Jeff Chochinov ’02 hobnobbed with the media moguls of tomorrow while slurping on some delicious lemon-grass soup. Later that afternoon, the bulk of the Trekkers began to arrive… Continue reading Star Trek: HBS visits Hollywood