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Confronting Nationalism: FIELD 2
Culture, Current Events, FIELD 2, HomePost, Opinion, Outside the Bubble, Print Edition, Travel

Confronting Nationalism: FIELD 2

By Dmitry Zhdankin, HBS Class of 2017 In an airplane on my way back to Boston, I flipped through the pages in my passport. Several of them were now filled with brand new stamps from Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and—my FIELD2 destination—the Philippines. They now officially confirmed that I got a chance to visit Asia. Yet despite…

International Surprises: The Best of Field 2 Travels
Culture, Entrepreneurship, FIELD 2, HomePost, International, Opinion, Print Edition, Travel

International Surprises: The Best of Field 2 Travels

By Annie Lindseth, HBS Class of 2017 What could possibly happen when you send 900 MBAs to 12 countries to interview locals and develop new products? It turns out that you can’t anticipate everything, even with a GEO team organizing minute details. And that’s a good thing. Unexpected experiences made Field 2 travel more fun…

Features, On Campus

Bungled Buffet Choice Sparks “Menugate” Controversy

What a hot mezze! The HBS administration found itself in a public relations debacle last week as a well-intentioned lunch menu incited a broader political debate on campus and in web venues across the Middle East. It all started with a lunch buffet.  Like any other afternoon, Spangler Dining Hall featured an international cuisine offering…


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….


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…


International Partners Speak Out

From visas and jobs, to language and culture, Harvard Business School can be a real shock for international partners. For some, however, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience life in the United States. International partners share the pros and cons of life at HBS. As I was sunbathing beside the river…


Inside the Global Governance of the United Nations General Assembly

What goes on behind closed doors inside the United Nations, the international organization which symbolizes and advocates values of our emerging era? Multilateralism is critical in our interdependent and globalizing world, and is one of the main goals of the United Nations. The main multilateral forum is the General Assembly. Also, known as the Parliament…


Coming Soon to HBS:

On Thursday October 14th, Dean Nitin Nohria held a press conference with Boston Mayor Thomas Manino and Mr. Ratan Tata, chairman of the international conglomerate Tata Sons Ltd. The mayor was present to support two important initiatives at HBS: (1) A new executive education building named Tata Hall after the $50M gift from the Tata…


Pakistan Struggles to Survive the Worst Natural Disaster in Recent History

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together”. – Desmond Tutu What Happened?Fueled by torrential downpours, flooding began on July 22nd, 2010 in Baluchistan, the poorest province in Pakistan. This has been the worst natural disaster in Pakistani history since the country’s inception in 1947. Water has swept over…


Reaffirming the Central Role of the United Nation In Global Governance

The United Nations General Assembly – particularly during its annual ministerial meeting – serves in a sense, as a stage for the Heads of State or Government and ministers of all 192 Member States to project their image to the world community. This year’s meeting opened on 23 September 2010 with speeches by the Secretary-General…


The 2010 Millennium Development Goals Summit

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the supreme example of an international commitment to help the 1.2 billion people imprisoned by poverty. During the 2010 MDG Summit, which ran from 20-22 September 2010 at the United Nations Headquarters, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the richer donor countries to continue to provide aid to the…


The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Is it possible to eradicate extreme poverty? In late September, President Barack Obama will be traveling to United Nations Headquarters in New York to address two high-level events: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit and the annual General Debate, the ministerial meeting of the General Assembly which consists of 192 Member States. During this year’s…


Where in the World did you Spend your Summer–Dominique Baillet (OI)

What: Dalberg Where: Port-au-Prince, Haiti What did you do this summer? I spent my summer at Dalberg, a niche international development consulting, working on a project helping the US State department formulate their reconstruction strategy for Haiti. Although I was all set to enjoy a few months of good West Coast time in Dalberg’s San…


How Can HBS Help in Haiti?

On January 12th, 2010 a disastrous earthquake struck Haiti just 15 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince. The consequences were grave: over 220,000 people died, more than 300,000 people were injured, and much of the capital city was left in ruin. The world responded with promises of support as Haiti rebuilt and recovered from the tragedy. Everyone…



In this space, I shall present a quick guide to a different country every other week. If you would like to share your culture with us or send us feedback, please write to me at smitapkothari@gmail.com. Namaste (greetings from India!) When we join our palms facing each other at chest level we offer our reverence…


Career Profiles – Sorina Casian-Botez

Career Field Prior to HBS:Senior Supervisor, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Paris, France Position in Bain :Summer Associate Why did you choose an internship with Bain?I had already decided to focus on consulting as a natural transition from my previous job as an auditor. I wanted to impact my clients’ business in a more substantial way so I sought…


“The G-25”

When the new Section H arrived at the Eagle Mountain House, a resort in Jackson, New Hampshire, they thought they were just in for a fun weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the Harvard Business School and Boston, but instead the community invited them as a group of distinguished guests. So how did…


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: –…


A Chinese Perspective

A group of students from Mainland China defend the administration’s current policy on flag raising. Two questions are implicated in the current controversy surrounding the display of national flags in HBS classrooms: (1) should the HBS administration regulate flag displays in classrooms, and (2) if so, what should be the appropriate policy on the display…


The HBS Administration’s Flag Policy

Dean Badaracco defends the administration’s current policy to only allow the raising of flags recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Among the great advantages of a Harvard MBA is the opportunity to be a part of a diverse community that reflects a wide array of beliefs, backgrounds, and experiences. While this can prove challenging at…


Is HBS Really That Diverse?

On the face of it, HBS appears extremely diverse. But how truly diverse is HBS, anyhow? During my first week at HBS, I was amazed at how many people I had met from all around the world. Prior classmates cautioned that I would enter the “most diverse place I would ever encounter,” and my initial…


Year End Tragedies-Where does Mumbai go from here?

It was a brazen attack the city of Mumbai had never witnessed the likes of. On the evening of November 26, young gunmen opened indiscriminate fire on crowds in various places including a fancy café, a hospital, the train station, a Jewish centre and two luxury hotels. Hostages were taken. Hundreds were killed. Many more…


The Credit Crisis at HBS

As jarring and troubling as the news has been for all of us here at HBS, for international students, the perspective is peppered with shifting expectations, challenged perceptions of America, and personal worries as the tightening of the credit markets leave many students wondering how they’ll finance the balance of their education. The unfolding of…


View from the Pit

An interview with Professor Victoria Ivashina, a member of the Finance department and a FIN1 instructor for two RC sections. She lived in Russia and Peru before coming to HBS. In Peru, she worked for the Superintendency of Banking and Insurance, a government agency similar to the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank. Harbus: Before you came…


Republican vs. Democrat–The Armed Forces Perspective

Republican Andrew Kletzing (NC), Contributing Writer On Nov. 4, military servicemen/women and veterans will cast their vote for President and most will probably do so for Republican John McCain. Much of this can be attributed to demographics; the majority of those who choose to serve are already predisposed to voting for Republicans. However, many military…


Summer Stories -Daniel E. Rosan, Malawi

Days in rural Malawi begin just before dawn. Children start fetching water from the taps in the foyer of our guest house. The bakery run by HIV-positive women out of our kitchen is up and running a few minutes later. And the cook has begun slaughtering a goat for dinner. I am at the Partners…


Summer Stories – Chris Tyler, Istanbul

I spent my summer in Istanbul working for yemeksepeti.com (Turkish for foodbasket.com), a food-focused internship that gave me the chance to test the limits of my stomach and learn more about international business. I found the internship through Endeavor, a US based non-profit that provides services to its network of entrepreneurs. Yemeksepeti is an e-commerce…


Alumni Perspective – Ernesto Bertarelli (MBA '93)

Ernesto Bertarelli is a successful business executive, passionate yachtsman, generous philanthropist and devoted family man. In 1996 Bertarelli became CEO and deputy chairman of Serono SA, a global biotechnology firm that he inherited from his father. Bertarelli led Serono through a significant period of growth before selling to Merck KGaA of Germany in 2006 for…

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