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CEO of Merisant Company – Manufacturer of Equal Visits HBS

Arnold Donald, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of St. Louis-based Merisant Company, visited HBS last month as a part of the African American Student Union’s Distinguished Speaker Series. He was named as the #17 “Most Powerful Black Executive in America” by Fortune in 2002 and was recently reappointed by President (G.W.) Bush to serve on…

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A Minute With: Peter Hunsinger

Peter Hunsinger is President of the Cond‚ Nast Bridal Group, which consists of the two leading bridal magazines in the United States, Bride’s and Modern Bride, as well as 17 regional magazines and two web sites. Mr. Hunsinger became the first President of the division when it was formed in February, 2002. Mr. Hunsinger is…

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Building the African Dream

Over 800 people attended the 5th annual Africa Business Conference – “Building the African Dream” – three weeks ago on the HBS campus. The conference was a mixing ground of established businessmen and women, aspiring entrepreneurs, and keen enquirers. Countries all over Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas were represented, the people drawn to the…

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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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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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Asia Business Conference 2003

For two days over this past Valentine’s Day weekend, students and speakers from around the globe attended the 2003 Asia Business Conference, which featured a stellar roster of speakers, a cocktail party at the Fogg Art Museum, a career fair, and culminated in a Valentine’s Day Dinner, Ball and Casino Night at the Charles Hotel….

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Does Anyone

I wrote on my HBS application that I was looking forward to a life-altering experience. Corny stuff, I know, but yours said something similar, or had a similar theme, I’m sure. How do I know? Because I’m beginning to see that sentence less as a pandering plea to admit me and more as a self-assessment…

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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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The Case Study Method

One of the defining features of the HBS educational experience, the case study method is the pedagogy of choice for all of your first-year classes. If you are used to endless problem sets and/or clear resolution of issues at the end of a class, then the case study method may prove frustrating at first (as…

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Interview with Michael Lee-Chin

Michael Lee-Chin acquired AIC Limited in 1987 and has, over the years, taken the organization from $1 million to more than $14 billion in assets under management. Much like his mentor, Warren Buffett, Michael is strong in his convictions. “To be a successful investor you need to look to people who have a lineage of…

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Film Review: "Die Another Day"

Throughout the semester, we will be busying ourselves with practical questions posed by the reality of our lives: “Will there be a war soon?”, “How can we enhance firm growth? “Who on Earth will give me a job?” But today I would like to address a far more pressing issue, one that has haunted me…

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Westrek

WesTrek, an HBS tradition since the early 90’s, arrived in full force this year, with HBS students driving a full range of shiny rental cars across the Silicon Valley in pursuit of the perfect tech job. While traffic is certainly lighter these days, the news is better than some might suspect – despite reports to…

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Interview with Adrian J. Slywotzky, Author of "The Art of Profitability"

Adrian J. Slywotzky is a Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of Mercer Management Consulting, the global strategy consulting firm. A Harvard University, Law and Business School graduate, Mr. Slywotzky has worked extensively at the CEO level at major corporations, and has consulted across dozens of industries. “Industry Week” recently dubbed him…

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Intuit CEO Steve Bennett Talks Business

Think Intuit is just Quicken? Think again. In a presentation at HBS on December 3rd, Steve Bennett, Intuit’s President and CEO, talked about Intuit’s future not only as the provider of Quicken and TurboTax, but more significantly as a platform for small businesses, a space they see as nearly limitless in its opportunities. The event,…

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A Closer Look at China:

When Mr. Jeff Immelt (Chairman & CEO, GE) spoke at Harvard last week in front of a capacity crowd in Burden Auditorium, he outlined his views on the near term economy and GE’s future prospects. I remember that he mentioned China as being part of the big picture of GE’s focus on growth overseas. China…

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Immelt Outlines GE's Growth Prospects

September 25 – A little over a year ago, Jeff Immelt (MBA ’82A) inherited one of the toughest jobs in corporate America. Succeeding the much-lauded Jack Welch, Immelt took over the helm of General Electric (GE) just a few days before the September 11 terrorist attacks. In front of a capacity crowd in Burden Auditorium,…

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Leading Toward a Better World? Filling the Gaps of Globalization

Leading Toward a Better World? Filling the Gaps of Globalization By Prof. Rosabeth Moss Kanter Special Featured Contributor Seven months ago the horrible terrorist attacks on the United States precipitated a crisis addressed in the short-term by military actions and security measures. But what will it take in the longer run to lead the world…

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Coaching the Cycle of Renewal:

Honing our emotional intelligence can be enhanced not only by educating ourselves about models of adult development like Frederic Hudson’s Cycle of Renewal but also by seeking out mentors as coaches. Let’s face it – we are all bombarded with a myriad of people and events that scream for our attention. How much time do…

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Corporate Responsibility … Misplaced

Zibby Schwarzman’s article in Viewpoints last week raises an interesting issue. Is the airing of sensational news as part of the media ratings battle worth the cost of traumatizing people who do not wish to see it? She was referring in particular to CBS’ decision to air never-before-seen graphic footage of the September 11th attacks….

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More babies and the Birth of a Squash Champ

For those of you who missed last Monday’s final of the first annual Section C Squash Tournament (and that would just about be all but two of you), let me say you missed a fabulous demonstration of quickness, agility and how annoying Leo Letelier Pimstein can be as a score announcer. The final was a…

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Argentina in Crisis: What Went Wrong?

Last weekend’s Latin America Conference featured a surprise luminary speaker, Professor Ricardo Hausmann, Harvard Kennedy School of Government Professor of the Practice of Economic Development, who outlined events leading to the recent Argentina debt crisis that led to street riots and a revolving door to the presidency. Prof. Hausmann cited a decline in commodity prices…

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Latin America Competitiveness: Poised but Unproven

Burden Hall was full of attendees and optimism, but the mood was tense as Sara Sievers, Executive Director of the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University, presented the results of the CID’s Global Competitiveness Report about Latin America. The results of the Latin America Competitiveness Report, which were also presented to the World…

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Risk Mindset in Asia Could Thwart Growth Opportunities

Jeffrey Shafer, Vice Chairman for Salomon Smith Barney International and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, predicts high growth potential for Southeast Asian nations. His presentation at the recent Asia Business Conference here at HBS began with a slide that compared growth rates between Asian nations before and after the financial crisis of…

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Social Reform in Italy

“The faster Italy resolves its own contradictions, the greater role it will be able to play in helping Europe achieve its three main goals: political integration, institutional efficiency, and competitiveness in the global economy.” With these words, Antonio D’Amato, chairman of the Italian Business Federation, concluded the meeting with MIT and Harvard students at the…

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Welcome, Our Foul Weather Friends

Last Wednesday’s decision by the Federal Reserve to maintain the current fed funds rate may well be a harbinger of a much-welcomed change, especially around these parts. Consistent with Alan Greenspan’s optimistic remarks a week earlier, the Fed said on Wednesday, “Signs that weakness in demand is abating and economic activity is beginning to firm…

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Professor Kanter's Dangerous Conclusion

In the final issue of The Harbus 2001 Edition, Harvard Business School Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter graciously submitted an article that originally appeared in the December 2001 issue of Business 2.0, entitled, “The End of the End of Big Government.” In her piece, Prof. Kanter argues forcibly that the U.S. terrorism crisis revealed “our erstwhile…

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There's Hope Yet For the Economy

Now that we officially are in a recession, the question on everybody’s lips is “For how long?” On Friday, Abby Cohen-Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and Chair of Goldman’s Investment Policy Committee-visited the HBS campus to explain why she is projecting a return to trend growth rates in real GDP and corporate profits in 2002….

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Career Talk

Credit Suisse First Boston. Intel. Robertson Stephens. All big names in corporate America, and all known for their extensive recruiting efforts at the country?s top colleges and universities. But with the economy?s rapid deceleration after more than a decade of extraordinary growth, these companies have all been forced to rescind job offers or push back…

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Clubs Sponsor New Foundations Classes

HBS students already identify themselves with Foundations. It is their first contact with HBS and the first building blocks of their graduate school education. HBS student run clubs have an important role in further building those blocks through improving our understanding of specific topics as well as each other. The High Tech & New Media…

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Welch: People Matter

Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric and one of America’s most admired business leaders, Friday told HBS students who hope to lead companies that they can learn important lessons from the way public officials like New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani reacted to the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. “We…

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