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Business Plans for China Dominate Competition

China is one of the most intensely discussed countries in most business conversations today and has found its way into almost every RC course. It is not surprising therefore that the winning business plans for both the traditional and social enterprise (‘concept’ phase) tracks were targeted to Chinese communities. The HBS Business Plan Contest Awards…

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Eighth Annual HBS-SOM Grudge Match Taken by Yale

Among the myriad pre-game traditions for “The Game” between Harvard and Yale is the staging of the annual HBS-Yale SOM Leadership & Ethics Debate. This year’s debate took place in New Haven on Friday, November 21 in front of a raucous crowd of over 200 spectators. Despite breaking bread prior to the debate, both sides…

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Careers in the Energy Industry

Energy is hot. Oil, natural gas and electricity prices are all near record highs. Debate over global warming continues to divide the US and other nations, as ongoing conflict in the Middle East underscores the strategic importance of natural resources. Meanwhile, ExxonMobil made a profit of $9.9 billion last quarter, the largest ever for any…

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Social Enterprise Perspectives: FATE Takes HBSers to Heart of Nigeria's Economic Hardship

Organization: FATE FoundationLocation: Lagos, Nigeria We rubbed elbows with foreign dignitaries while attending a 4th of July party at the American Ambassador’s House, found ourselves amid an angry mob of rioters taking the law into their own hands, sipped tea with the Nigerian President, taught young Nigerian entrepreneurs about business plans and organizational structures, and…

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Social Enterprise Perspectives: Solutions to Poverty in Economically Depressed Madagascar

Organization: United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar Last summer, I worked at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Country Office in Antananarivo, Madagascar. I worked for the Growing Sustainable Business (GSB) Initiative replica watches uk, a program designed to identify and facilitate enterprise solutions to poverty. My task was to identify pro-poor private…

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it's time to learn

The Killer Species that’s killing itself: (cretins who call imperative change “unrealistic”)Humans in their infinite stupidity have determined that they are the master-race of the planet. They want to save the environment by killing off Nature and Fellow species so that ever more humans can “survive”. They make consumption more expensive so that they can…

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Harvard Disinvestment Initiative Stirs Debate

Harvard announced on April 4th that it will sell its stake in PetroChina in response to pressure from students and faculty members who had protested association with the Beijing-based oil company for its ties to Sudan, where government-backed militiamen have killed tens of thousands of black Muslim villagers in the Darfur region. The Corporation Committee…

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KSG-HBS Debate: A Bare Knuckle Showdown

It was with great fan fair and anticipation that these two heralded debate teams met in the historic Kennedy School Forum last Tuesday, March 1st. Festivities began with an air of debauchery as the audience imbibed on free beer and fish crackers. This was the first meeting of what should be an annual tradition on…

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Michael Porter: Overhauling Health Care

University Professor Michael E. Porter laid out his long-anticipated evaluation of the ailing American health care system to an audience of students, scholars, and health care professionals at the Spangler auditorium on February 17th. Porter, whose new book Redefining Health Care: Creating Positive-Sum Competition to Deliver Value (coauthored by Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg) will be released…

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"I am bullish on India": Mr. N. Srinivasan

On Friday (November 19th), members of South Asian Business Association (SABA) met with the Director General of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Mr. N. Srinivasan, to discuss the current economic situation in India. Mr. Srinivasan was bullish on India and expressed his optimism that India will continue to be a major player on the…

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Elections In Your Country:

Whatever their political orientation, I salute American voters Being an informed voter in the age of the information superhighway is hard enough but to be ‘informed’ by the current inundation of partisan trash talk by the two parties in the fray simply makes a bad situation worse. To ease the pain of deliberating over the…

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Washing Machines, Pamela Anderson, and Corporate Accountability:

With gas prices climbing to levels not seen in decades, Frank Dixon (MBA ’87) told the Sustainable Development Society on April 6th that they ought to climb higher. Dixon joined Bernie Sheahan (MBA ’96), Director of Advisory Services for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), for a spirited conversation about corporate accountability. Both speakers spiced up…

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Reflections of a Legendary Deal Maker

I spoke recently with Peter J. Solomon (HBS ’63), founder of Peter J. Solomon Company (“PJSC’). PJSC is one of Wall Street’s most successful M&A specialty firms, having advised on more than 250 deals. Mr. Solomon founded the firm in 1989, after co-chairing Lehman Brother’s investment banking division. Solomon, who also served stints as Deputy…

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Bush Losing Stronghold on College Campuses: Kerry Favored 48-38

A new national poll by the Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard University finds that Democrat John Kerry holds a 10-point lead (48 versus 38 points) over President Bush among America’s college students, though Kerry’s support is soft. Support for Senator Kerry seems to reflect growing dissatisfaction with the war in…

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Lots Done, Lots More to Do:

South Africa has made great strides in addressing the legacy of apartheid, according to the South African Ambassador to the US, H.E. Barbara Masekela. Ms. Barbara Masekela who was appointed Ambassador to the US in June 2003 was speaking to students at the Kennedy School of Government, on March 10, on “Challenges Ahead for the…

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"Lean Against The Wind!"

John C. Whitehead (HBS ’47) recounted his life of leadership, and the lessons he learned along the way, to a packed Spangler Auditorium at a keynote event organized by the Social Enterprise Club and co-sponsored by the Finance Club and Real Estate Club on March 2. Mr. Whitehead had a unique perspective on leadership, given…

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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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How to Make a Bundle in India

The South Asia Business Association and the Entrepreneurship Club invited Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder, Chairman and Group Managing Director of Bharti Enterprises, India’s leading private sector telecom company, to give a talk at HBS on January 26th. Using his own story as an example, Mr. Mittal gave valuable insights into the nature of entrepreneurship and…

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Air Force CFO Determined to Expand Ambitious Summer and Full-Time Hiring

Four Harvard MBA candidates spent the summer working for the Chief Financial Officer of the Air Force, the Honorable Michael Montelongo, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller). Mr. Montelongo is the driving force behind the interns’ presence in the Pentagon, and regards reaching out to promising students to be “imperative to…

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A Minute With: John Malkovich

“The Dancer Upstairs” marks John Malkovich’s ‘official’ debut as a feature film Director, but is far from his first effort driving theatrical vision. Malkovich is a two-time Academy Award nominee (“In the Line of Fire” and “Places in the Heart”), a veteran stage director and one of the founders of Chicago’s highly regarded Steppenwolf Theatre…

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Editorial: March Madness

In this week’s issue, along with printing the results of the ‘controversial Harbus Poll’, in the special “HBS at Wartime” section, we asked several students, as the start of a continuing dialogue on the topic, what their initial opinions of the war have been. As far as my personal initial feeling about the war, I’m…

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Dubai, Inc.

OverviewThe story of Dubai is a bright spot in a gloomy world economy. Amidst the 2002 global recession, Dubai’s economic growth was estimated close to 10%. Within the oil-dependent Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, Dubai’s economy is highly diversified (only around 10% of GDP comes from oil). Dubai thrives on retail, tourism, wholesale, transportation and…

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The World's Epidemic

“Today’s leaders will be judged by history as to how they combated the AIDS epidemic.” So challenged Peter Piot, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, to a crowd of students, faculty, and business leaders this past Thursday at the Kennedy School’s Arco Forum. Mr. Piot was the keynote speaker of last week’s two day workshop that…

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The 4th Annual Conference on Social Enterprise

February 22nd marked a banner day in Harvard Business School’s mission to “create leaders who make a difference” when 400 students and 200 leaders of for-profit, non-profit, and government organizations converged on campus to attend the 4th annual Conference on Social Enterprise. This year’s theme, “The Exchange – Change Starts Here,” set the tone for…

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Career Advice From an Early Sustainability Advocate

The following is a profile of Al Nierenberg, (MBA 1990), as part of the Social Enterprise Club’s mentorship program. Al Nierenberg’s passion for sustainability was evident during his time at HBS where he spearheaded the school’s paper recycling program. Just as the recycling program has increased in prevalence on campus, so has the concept of…

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Harvard Files Amicus Brief On the Consideration of Race in Admissions Decisions

Harvard University, together with Yale University, Princeton University, Dartmouth College, Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, and Duke University, has filed an amicus brief in the Michigan cases pending before the United States Supreme Court. The brief supports the right of institutions of higher education to consider race as one factor…

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Editorial: Ready.gov

During last week’s snow disaster, which covered the North Atlantic seaboard in a thick blanket of snow while sending Washington D.C. into the stone ages, I learned a lot while trapped in my girlfriend’s apartment without cable or the ability to leave her complex. First, I was wrong about Dr. Phil earlier in the year;…

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