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The (New Improved HBS) Wisdom of the Ages

There are many wise saying, quotes and aphorisms passed down through the years from those far older and more experienced than me, but if there is one thing I have learnt at HBS* it is that pretty much everything can be improved upon by an MBA with an overoptimistic view of her own intelligence. Here,…

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Are You Ready for Some Cornhole?

On Friday, October 12, 2007, teams of RC and EC students will compete on Spangler Lawn for the glory of being crowned as the Centennial “Cornhole Classic” champions. Participating teams will be raising funds to support research into treatments and cures for Fanconi Anemia and Pompe’s Disease, childhood genetic disorders which have touched families from…

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A Centennial Moment

HBS Professor of Industrial Research Elton Mayo (1880-1949) was instrumental in coordinating the Hawthorne Studies, an industrial research project conducted at the Western Electric Company’s manufacturing facility in Hawthorne, Illinois in the 1920s and 1930s. Mayo studied working conditions and productivity through observation and interviews, developing a new and influential approach to management. He became…

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The Lucifer Effect: Why Good People Turn Evil

The Milgram experiment, conducted by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram in 1963, tested the willingness to obey authority by asking participants to administer high dosages of electric shocks to “victims.” Most of us can’t help but wonder if we would find it in ourselves not to “push the button.” “I wouldn’t have done it,” we…

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Local Motors Wins Pitch for Change Competition

If you had 30-seconds to make your “elevator pitch,” could you sell someone on your business? How about if you had a little bit longer-2 minutes and 2 slides? That’s what this year’s contestants were up against in the Pitch for Change competition. The goal was to identify business opportunities, both non-profit and for-profit, with…

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International Development with an MBA-twist

International development and business have long been considered opposite extremes. Business is often characterized as cold, ruthless, money-mongering enterprises while international development is characterized by soft, touchy-feely efforts. While neither characterization is entirely true, the two are not commonly associated. Nancy Barry is embarking on a novel approach toward international development, or more specifically, poverty…

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The First Annual MBA ALS Basketball Challenge a Success

ECs Win a Hard-Fought Battle Against the RCs in the Prize4Life ALS Basketball Tournament. HBS played host to Columbia, Stern, Tuck, Wharton, and Yale in the first annual MBA ALS Basketball Challenge on Saturday, December 2, 2006. The first rounds of play were held on campus at Shad hall during the day with the final…

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Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship – Farber Intern

Who can say that he or she worked in a bike shop for his or her business school summer internship? I can, and I loved it. I worked for Pedal Revolution, a full service bicycle sales and repair shop located in San Francisco’s Mission District. The shop is one of three social enterprises run by…

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This Month from Baker Library

A CENTENNIAL MOMENT1946: Fatigue LaboratoryIn 1930, the “Fatigue Laboratory” was created in the basement of the Business School’s Morgan Hall under the direction of Harvard Professor Dr. Lawrence J. Henderson. Experiments were conducted on Business School student volunteers and others to study the human body’s ability to adapt and acclimatize to extreme environmental conditions, such…

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The Seven Deadly Fears

As the recruiting season has shifted into high gear, I have at times felt gripped by paralysis when thinking about my career. Somehow I can read cases, work on projects, and sift through hundreds of emails, but my brain tries to shut down every time I attempt to research industries or brainstorm about my future….

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LinkedIn Co-Founder Speaks at HBS

The Globalization Club at The Harvard Business School hosted its first speaker of the academic year, Konstantin Guericke, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing of LinkedIn, on Wednesday, October 4. Konstantin Guericke addressed a crowd of students and interested members of the community on the topics of networking, its importance in today’s business environment, and how…

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HBS Students Race for the Cure

BOSTON, Massachusetts – Over 50 HBS students, partners and friends participated in the Boston Race for the Cure on Sunday, September 10. Race for the Cure is a 5K fitness run/walk. The HBS team, which was organized by the Women’s Student Association (WSA), raised $4,417 to support the Massachusetts Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen…

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The Download – Networking 101

Sure, you have survived your first few weeks of classes. By now, you might have managed to memorize the names of most of your sectionmates. But how will you keep track of the additional 1000 other great contacts that you will potentially encounter during your two year stint at HBS? This week’s technology column is…

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EC Summer Internship Experience – Mountains for Miracles

This summer I had the opportunity, made possible by the SEI Summer Fellowship Program, to work full-time as the Director of Mountains for Miracles, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded last year by HBS and KSG students. Mountains for Miracles is dedicated to supporting innovative pediatric oncology research at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the…

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HBS "Spreads the Love" this Valentine's Day for ALS

Over 200 HBS students came out to spread the love at the SA’s Valentine’s Day party at Gypsy Bar in downtown Boston. Singles and couples alike gathered for a fun night of drinks and dancing to raise money for ALS research. Inspired by Avi Kremer’s (OI) determination to find a cure for the disease that…

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In Defense of Pharmaceuticals: Novartis CEO Speaks to HBSers

Daniel Vasella, M.D, chairman and CEO of Swiss pharmaceutical group Novartis AG, was on campus last Tuesday to address HBS students in an event jointly hosted by the HBS Healthcare Club and the Strategy Unit. As the first CEO of Novartis, Dr. Vasella had a leading role in the merger of Sandoz and Ciba-Geigy and…

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Career Perspectives: Investment Management

RC: Andrei MuresianuCompany: SAC CapitalWebsite: noneIndustry: Investment ManagementPosition/Function: AnalystLocation: Corporate – Stamford, Ct.Responsibilities: Covered the Restaurant and Computer and Business Service sectors So what do Analysts do?Analysts help pick stocks for investment portfolios. This involves everything from building comprehensive financial models on publicly traded companies, to talking to executives, listening to conference calls, visiting company…

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HBS Completes Restoration, Expansion of Renowned Baker Library

BOSTON-Harvard Business School today formally re-opened Baker Library, the grand historic building capped with a bell tower that has been the symbol of the School for over seventy-five years, marking the conclusion of an extensive two-year, $53.4 million renovation and expansion project. “Baker Library, the finest facility of its kind, is both the physical and…

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Major League Charity Aims to Strikeout ALS

Spring is charity season at HBS. There are soir‚es for cancer, Harley rides for tsunami relief, and the traditional section charity auctions. However, this year has brought us a unique personal story of incredible generosity. Avi Kremer (NI) has taken his struggle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s) disease and turned it into a HBS community-wide fundraiser…

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Wealthy, Capitalist, and Progressive

On a rainy Saturday in early April, an enthusiastic, if sleepy, group of HBS students gathered at 8:30am for a series of sold-out workshops on political leadership. The day-long program was sponsored, organized and run by the HBS Democrats, but was open to all students. The event included presentations on fundraising, running for office, and…

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Letter from Larry Summers to the Faculty Regarding NBER Remarks

Dear Colleagues: At the request of Professors Grosz, Hammonds, Skocpol, and others, I am making available a transcript of my remarks at the January 14 conference as well as the questions and answers that followed. Although I had intended them as informal and speculative, and was reluctant to reopen wounds, I want to be responsive…

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NI Raises Money, Awareness to Fight ALS

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that attacks motor neurons and can quickly lead to paralysis. Currently there is no cure for ALS and the pharmaceutical industry considers it to be an “orphan disease” as the afflicted population is too small for profitable investments in…

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President Summers

I am an ’84 graduate of HBS. And I’m female, which apparently makes me potentially genetically inferior in math. It’s a wonder that I graduated with honors. Must have been a genetic fluke. President Larry Summers has now definitively proven that he is as eloquent as he is stupid. There is an infinite amount of…

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Making a Difference Through Technology

Dr. Alex “Sandy” Pentland of MIT’s Media Lab came to HBS on December 2 to talk about ways in which he and other technological innovators are applying their knowledge to help those in developing countries. The talk was sponsored by the International Business and Development Club as well as the Entrepreneurship Club. Dr. Pentland is…

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Top Eight Tips for Making a Toast

Need to make a memorable toast? Missed the Public Speaking Club “How to Give a Toast” workshop led by etiquette consultant Jodi Smith from Mannersmith? The following are a few tips that will help you with your next toast. TIP #1: Do your homework A roast for a buddy at a bachelor’s party is very…

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Job-Hunting Student Not Schizophrenic After All

University psychiatrists reported on Monday that, despite substantial job-hunting evidence to the contrary, RC student Robert Jaffray (NX) does not suffer from Schizophrenia. “First of all, it’s important to not confuse Schizophrenia with Multiple Personality Disorder,” said noted psychiatrist Vicki Kalder, PhD, “they aren’t the same thing at all; please do better research before calling…

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Harvard Business School Dedicates Greenhill House

Dean Kim B. Clark presided over ceremonies on campus today celebrating Gayle and Robert F. Greenhill (HBS ’62) Class of 1962) and their family, who established a $15 million endowment last June supporting the School’s extensive global research efforts. In recognition of the familt’s extraordinary generosity, Dean Clark officially renamed Humphrey House. A 1966 building,…

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HBS Marketing Scholar Robert Buzzell Dies at 71

Robert D. Buzzell, the Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Business Administration Emeritus at Harvard Business School and an influential expert in strategic marketing who was a pioneer in the application of statistical methods to marketing issues, died on Saturday, Nov. 6, at a hospice near his home in Alexandria, Virginia, from complications related to amyotrophic…

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