Some Business, Some Politics and Lots of Fun

The HBS Washington D.C. Trek took place February 25-27th, 2007. It was attended by nearly 60 HBS students and more than 20 companies and organizations. International Monetary Fund Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato delivered a keynote address to students and HBS alumni at the trek dinner. Sponsored by The Carlyle Group, the International Business &… Continue reading Some Business, Some Politics and Lots of Fun

Global Economic Slowdown and Governance Issues at the IMF-World Bank Meeting

The annual meeting of the IMF and World Bank Group opened in Singapore last week. With a nod to those who found BGIE fascinating last year, this piece introduces two global economic issues which were discussed at the meeting this year. Controversy struck the meeting even before it started. The Singapore government was heavily criticized… Continue reading Global Economic Slowdown and Governance Issues at the IMF-World Bank Meeting

President Summers Speaks on the US' Current Account Paradox

“History suggests that a deficit of seven-plus percent [of GDP] and rising rarely end happy,” said President Summers in a speech last Wednesday at the Burden Auditorium. The former Treasury Secretary, in possibly his last address to the Harvard Business School as Harvard President, warned the large RC audience of the dangers of a ballooning… Continue reading President Summers Speaks on the US' Current Account Paradox

Bob Rubin Speaks to Select MBA Journalists

While many ECs were slaving away at their summer internships and the RCs were relishing their final weeks of vacation, a group of only nine writers and editors from the nation’s top business schools met at Citigroup for an intimate breakfast meeting with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin. Robert (“Bob”) Rubin, currently a… Continue reading Bob Rubin Speaks to Select MBA Journalists

Are Markets Our God?

“The Market as God” was one of the most provocative topics of discussion during the Mobius Forum. As Zibby pointed out last week, Harvey Cox, professor at the Harvard Divinity School, demonstrated how the western cultures attribute God-like qualities to the Market. We all smile complacently at the Saudi’s spending 1/3 of their primary curriculum… Continue reading Are Markets Our God?

Did We Get Hosed? The Other Side of Globalization

Two weeks ago, Lord John Browne, CEO of BP, spoke to a crowded Burden Auditorium about the virtues of BP and global corporate citizenship. In his speech, he defended globalization and multinational corporations such as his own and suggested that corporations can play a vital, if limited, role in securing social welfare around the globe.… Continue reading Did We Get Hosed? The Other Side of Globalization

Summers in the Hot Seat

New Harvard University President Lawrence Summers got a quick introduction to the academic world’s tradition of vigorous debate last week, when the Clinton administration’s economic decisions over the last decade became fodder for an energetic panel discussion at the Kennedy School of Government.Summers, who officially took office as Harvard’s president this past weekend, played a… Continue reading Summers in the Hot Seat