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HBS Director Stirs Controversy, Vows to “Make HBS Great Again”
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HBS Director Stirs Controversy, Vows to “Make HBS Great Again”

Harvard Business School recently announced its new Director of Admissions, but little attention has been given to the school’s newly appointed Director of Strategy, Eric Drumpf. Drumpf’s radical plan to improve school admissions and programming has drawn criticism from some quarters. Despite the backlash, Drumpf vows to “make HBS great again”. At the top of…

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Harbus Survey: 65% of HBS Students Choose Obama, 32% Romney

Surveys completed by 668 members of the HBS student body last week revealed that President Barack Obama had the support of 65% of the student community. Challenger Mitt Romney captured 32% of the vote while the remainder said they supported a third-party candidate, were unsure, or did not plan to vote. Students completed two different…

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2012 Presidential Election: British Perspective

  My my, aren’t British elections boring. We only cottoned on to the value of this pre-election debate thing in the last election, where the three (three!) main parties stood behind lecterns and vaguely pontificated about something-or-rather for about 20 minutes until everyone decided that Nick Clegg (look it up) was the saviour of Britain….

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Energy Leaders to Convene at HBS

This Saturday, the HBS Energy & Environment Club will convene global energy leaders at its 9th annual Energy Symposium. On the eve of the US election, energy is once again in the national spotlight. However, our perception of the future of energy has changed wildly since 2008. While the 2008 election was about declining energy…

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Not Optimal Binders Full of Big Bird: Our National Conversation

Has anyone else noticed that some of our biggest news stories this election cycle are about statements each of the presidential candidates made — taken out of context? Take the now famous “binders full of women” comment, for example. A woman attending the town-hall style presidential debate asks Romney what he plans to do about…

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2012 Presidential Election: Chinese Perspective

As an international student from China, this is the first time I have watched a US presidential election campaign live as it unfolds. The election is interesting to many Harvard students as a competition between two Harvard alumni: Barack Obama (HLS) and Mitt Romney (HLS/HBS). As a foreign student, I’m observing the US presidential election…

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Treasury Undersecretary Explains Transition to Public Service

Last Monday, Mary John Miller, the U.S. Treasury’s Undersecretary for Domestic Finance, spoke at HBS about her role in the Treasury Department and her transition from the private sector to public service. According to Miller, providing an “opportunity for investors to have a voice in the outcomes [of regulatory policy decisions]” caused her to jump…

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Austerity: Bite the Bullet

  Forget the F-word. Some influential politicians and economists are trying to prevent a new, unfathomable term from seeing the light of day. Austerity. Armed with an arsenal of Keynesian economics and horror stories from the Great Depression, these people are desperately trying to convince us that it is ok to run enormous fiscal deficits…

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Where Do You Stand?

By Christofer Garner Why You Should Have an Opinion on Everything This article is for the general HBS community and discusses my thoughts on the importance of establishing a broad set of personal values. You should have a position on every topic, from the availability of social security for the elderly to privately funded space…

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Business and the Environment Initiative

The development of corporate integrated reporting (IR) standards has the promise to be one of the great business innovations of the 21st century, and could be pivotal in restoring public trust in business institutions, Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria told a seminal gathering of IR key stakeholders at an HBS workshop last week. Integrated…

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Pura Vida!

“Imagine a bunch of HBS students who are used to the Hilton roughing it in mildew-smelling bunk beds with cockroaches and waking up to the soothing sounds of Howler Monkeys.” The spring 2010 Costa Rica IXP embarked on a journey to understand Pura Vida and how this concept impacts Costa Rica, the government and the…

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IXP – China

“There are several paths to success.” That is my key learning from the China IXP this January that proved to be an amazing learning opportunity and an extremely dazzling experience. I was hooked on the charm of the orient. I went on the China IXP because I was attracted by their economic success and the…

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Lessons Learned

When regulators from Government agencies showed up I learned to listen rather than resist my basic instincts. Early on, I was resistant to “State Inspectors” who would show up at our door, asking for IDs and being generally uncooperative.ÿDebby (CFO & Spouse HBS ’81) quickly intervened and announced that Environmental and Compliance visitors should be…

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Global Impact Experience

Three Harvard Business School students participated in a volunteer consulting project in Jordan over January term to promote environmentally sustainable building practices. The project was sponsored by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Global Impact Experience (GIX) program, a new program at HBS that gives students the opportunity to work for an…

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Eliot Spitzer Comes to Town

On Thursday, November 12, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer appeared as a guest of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. While his presence may seem ironic given Mr. Spitzer’s infamous resignation after his involvement in a prostitution ring was exposed in 2008, this speaking engagement was not focused on ethics in politics…

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Charting the New Financial Landscape

On November 7, nearly 250 students and professionals came to HBS for the 2009 Finance Conference, hosted by the HBS Finance Club, for a day of speeches, panel discussions and networking. Barclays Capital was the Diamond Sponsor for the Conference and J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Citi, Credit Suisse, Evercore and Goldman Sachs were also sponsors….

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President of BlackRock talks “Money” with Mia

While at CNBC this summer I had the opportunity to meet Robert Kapito, the Founder and President of BlackRock and a graduate of Harvard Business School. As he was getting ready to go on-air on Squawk Box, we chatted about Harvard Business School and the economy. When I realized Mr. Kapito would be on HBS’s…

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Should the U.S. Government provide health care to every citizen?

“Yea” By Seke Ballard (OG), Section Representative Though I recognize the appeal of a debate on the constitutionality of government involvement in healthcare, my stance is that such a conversation would be of no practical use, namely because abolishing government involvement would be far too disruptive and thus politically untenable. That said, my ramblings rely…

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Marketing ObamaCare

“While expanding coverage was a strong driver of demand for reform, this campaign promise was juxtaposed against another promise: to not raise taxes on the middle class.” President Obama’s plans to reform Health Care have not gone as smoothly as he had hoped. Did Americans wake up one day and decide they didn’t want the…

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Where in the World did you Spend your Summer–Adam Chepenik (OI)

As I sat down, I instantly realized the grass was damp.ÿNo matter.ÿ For a Southerner passionate about government and service to the American public, it was a surreal moment.ÿ There I was, sitting on the South Lawn of the White House, with the President, his senior advisors, and various other distinguished guests watching a fireworks…

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Where in the World did you Spend your Summer–Tamara Heimur (OF)

The Harbus caught up with Tamara Heimur (OF), who spent her summer working at the International Affairs Division of the U.S. Treasury in Washington, D.C. in the Office of the Middle East and North Africa. Asked to evaluate the experience, she replied, “I loved it! I thought it was a great mix of technical work…

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Where in the World did you Spend your Summer–Yashih Wu (OC)

This summer Yashih worked at a non-profit in Shanghai, China, called JUCCCE (Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy).ÿ Its mission is to change the way China creates and uses energy within the next 10 years by targeting key decision makers in each of the main areas of energy use.ÿ Its main programs include: 1) training…

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2009 China Trek – Notes from the Trek

Ni Hao! (Hi)Xie Xie! (Thank you!)Gan Bei! (Cheers!)Zai Jian! (Goodbye!)ÿ31 participants12-hour jetlag4 cities11-day intensive exploration and transformational experienceÿFace-to-face interaction with government policy makers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs;Everyday Mandarin training;Ongoing culture immersion;Assortment of yummy food and incredible drinks;Non-stop party nightlifeÿYes, it’s HBS 2009 China Trek! If you want to indulge in the history of a country…

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HBS CLASS OF 2010: BEST EC CLASS EVER?

To start, Scott and I wanted to thank everybody for their support, suggestions, and feedback as we’ve made the transition into the SA Co-Presidency. While we only officially took over last week, Scott and I have spent much of March and April talking with administrators, professors, club leaders, ECs, and most importantly, all of you,…

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I Heart Earth

The “Green” movement has reached a fever pitch, and this was true on Earth Day at Harvard Business School. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is prepared to take serious steps to curb emissions of carbon dioxide. As such, the case for manmade climate change should be evaluated on its merits, especially at HBS. Many people at…

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Rape & Remittances: Modern Day Slavery in the Philippines

This is Part 2 of 2 in a series presenting the research findings of Justin Hakuta (NJ), who won a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to the Philippines after graduating from Carnegie Mellon. At the time, Hakuta was interested in pursuing a career in human rights investigation. Root CausesTrafficking is the product of many factors including: –…

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Cuba Uncovered: Beyond Mojitos and Cigars

As our motley group of four representing Japan, Russia, the United States (U.S. citizens require special permission to visit Cuba for educational/cultural travel) and India descended upon Havana, the air was rife with a spirit of adventure and mystique. Whilst we waited in line for immigration, we were hesitant to get our passports tainted with…

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Obamanomics has Arrived

President Barack Obama faces a long economic “to-do” list in his first term. The first 100 days must focus on stabilizing the economy by fixing the financial sector and passing a well-crafted stimulus bill. These policies will set the tone for the longer-term reforms required to address budget deficits, regulatory reform, and waning U.S. competitiveness….

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Mr. Fuszard Goes to Washington

As a Social Enterprise Summer Fellow serving for the Joint Economic Committee in Washington, DC. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) had asked us to investigate the rising costs of prescription drugs treating rare diseases, and we uncovered the marvelous story of Trevor and his mother. After interviewing her and conducting a tremendous amount of research, we…

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