Advice for Social Enterprise Field Study Researchers

1) Know where you can add value.Are you best suited for lifting sandbags, grassroots organizing, or high level analysis and strategy? Think about your strengths as a business student and see how they can be applied to the situation. It’s natural to want to do something “hands-on,” however there might be people better able to… Continue reading Advice for Social Enterprise Field Study Researchers

Grade Conflation

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Attending university in Britain, student politics meant snarling Marxists battling for all-vegan cafeterias and the right to collect unemployment benefits while studying. There would be a couple of wild-haired professors who tried to curry favor with the discontents, but on the whole rulings drifted down from on high carrying the strong odors… Continue reading Grade Conflation

Make Your 2nd Semester As Spontaneous As the Boston Winter Weather

Take a hint from the Boston weather, where it goes from a sunny 60-degree day on January 21 to a snowy 35-degree forecast two days later. Although things may seem monotonous at times, like the expected New England winter, your life during and after HBS is actually quite unpredictable. Admit it, even you couldn’t have… Continue reading Make Your 2nd Semester As Spontaneous As the Boston Winter Weather

Class Participation – Are You Doing it Right?

Over one hundred RC folks crowded into the Aldrich classroom last Wednesday afternoon to attend the WSA RC Class Participation Seminar hosted by Professor Frances Frei. Billed as a WSA event, the crowd was understandably predominantly of the fairer sex although there were a few courageous male souls who braved our stares and snuck in… Continue reading Class Participation – Are You Doing it Right?

WSA Buddy Night: It's Raining… Women? Hallelujah!

If you happened past the Williams Room in Spangler Monday evening, you would have seen something incredibly rare at HBS: a room full of 200-some women. Just women. Not a man in site. Why? The Williams was host to the Women Student Association’s Buddy Night, during which each RC woman had a chance to meet… Continue reading WSA Buddy Night: It's Raining… Women? Hallelujah!

A Lesson in Leadership: 2005 Class Day Faculty Winners

Four faculty members have been selected as 2005 Class Day Faculty Winners, honoring excellence in teaching: Joshua Margolis (RC), Francisco de Asis Martinez-Jerez (RC), Jan Rivkin (EC) and Youngme Moon (EC). The honorees were selected via a student poll administered by Anand Devendran, a member of the Class of 2005 Class Day Committee. Devendran remarked,… Continue reading A Lesson in Leadership: 2005 Class Day Faculty Winners

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz responds to criticism of President Larry Summers

In my 41 years at Harvard, I have never experienced a president more open to debate, disagreement, and dialog than Larry Summers. It is utter nonsense for professors to claim that they are held hostage to fear. Summers welcomes debate and controversy more than any president I have ever served under. Professors who are afraid… Continue reading Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz responds to criticism of President Larry Summers

An Introduction to Section E

On a Thursday night at Brother Jimmy’s, it is hard to distinguish a Section E student from the hordes of other RC’s drinking cheap beer from a can. We integrate well with others. But in our classroom, it is a different story. A lot of the “getting-to-know-you” at HBS happens between the hours of 8:40am-2:30pm.… Continue reading An Introduction to Section E

Useful E-mail Forwards Save the Day During RC Finals

HBS experienced an RC final exam period like none other this winter, with all first-year students emerging from exams with a look of sheer jubilation on their bright, triumphant little faces. “Ding, dong! The three is dead!” sang the happy students as they skipped out of Aldrich, certain that the administration would have to abolish… Continue reading Useful E-mail Forwards Save the Day During RC Finals

Struggling Student Heads Up Professor Gift Drive

(Aldrich 712) Struggling student and former accountant Janet Moore, a border-line three in every class except FRC, has taken it upon herself to buy gifts on behalf of her section for every professor this semester, except Joe Cochrane, her FRC professor. “Everyone, I just want to let you know that I’ll buy all our appreciation… Continue reading Struggling Student Heads Up Professor Gift Drive

Shades of Gray

Every year the EC’s breathe a collective sigh of relief about how much easier classes seem compared to the RC year. I remember hearing EC’s last year talking about the contrast. I assumed that the change is driven by familiarity with the case method, and a resulting reduction in stress. I didn’t think this applied… Continue reading Shades of Gray

Simple Pleasures

CEOs flying half the way around the globe to make your breakfast date, jumping out of bed at 7am each morning to discuss accounting, chatting with a brain surgeon about the virtues of the Beetle – having become accustomed to the ‘normalities’ of HBS, Emma Wilkinson (NH), takes a look at the less celebrated pleasures… Continue reading Simple Pleasures

HUPD Raids Morgan Hall, Busts Theft Ring

(Morgan Hall) In what campus officials describe as a “game-changer in the fight against campus vice,” HUPD raided the offices of the TOM faculty late last night and were seen carrying large amounts of contraband out of the building, including laptops, bicycles, cartons of cigarettes and an illegal slot machine. Sources within HUPD confirmed that… Continue reading HUPD Raids Morgan Hall, Busts Theft Ring

Section D Year in Review

What a great bunch of folks I got to know in Section D. A diverse group…gold miners, Broadway singers, Olympic athletes, cavalrymen, Tight Ends, prom queens, and class clowns. Quite possibly the perfect cross-section of the Class of 2004. Ambassadors and true representatives…solidly average in all aspects, but deficient in none. And that’s just how… Continue reading Section D Year in Review

Thought Leadership Initiative Presentation Starts on Tuesday

Ever wish you could hear some of the incredible professors at HBS talk about what interests them in their research or learn more about their class but were unable to enroll due to capacity constraints? Now is you chance. Some of the professors in those doubly oversubscribed classes have agreed to speak as part of… Continue reading Thought Leadership Initiative Presentation Starts on Tuesday

HBS Working Knowledge Recommends:

Quality Financial Reporting by Paul Miller and Paul BahnsonMcGraw-Hill, 2002 Remember when financial reporting was boring? Today, your career may be riding on your grasp of it. This book, written by two accounting professors, argues that your reporting should be as transparent for investors as the systems you use with workers, customers, and vendors. The… Continue reading HBS Working Knowledge Recommends:

Viewpoints: Getting The Most Out Of It

So here we are. September 2002. HBS. In front of us is a land of opportunities. Within us, this burning question: how to make the most out of it? If I may, here are some thoughts on how to have a fulfilling year.Let’s forget the traditional wisdom. HBS is not an MBA program dedicated to… Continue reading Viewpoints: Getting The Most Out Of It