From manufacturing to energy to health care, alumni experts weigh in on the new developments every business leader needs to understand. Plus: HBS faculty on what happens next with electric cars, mobile banking, the shopping mall, and more
How far can yoga stretch beyond its spiritual roots?
The McDonald’s turnaround isn’t about reinvention—
it’s about remembering what made the Golden Arches
a global icon in the first place
Esports claims to be bigger than basketball—and one day soon it may be
Professor Nancy Koehn uses the perspective of time to tell the stories
of ordinary people who, despite the odds, achieved extraordinary things
In the midst of a post-conflict revival, Sri Lanka’s capital has big plans for its future. Enter one visionary—part dreamer, part pragmatist—with the soft power skills to make them a reality
Is the electric car finally on the road to mass-market adoption?
Twenty-four hours inside Startup Lockdown,
a student-run crash course in entrepreneurship
Meet the recipients of
the School's highest honor
In 1931, MBA student Terris Moore took a leave of absence from HBS to venture to the remote western edge of China—one of the few remaining “blank areas of the map.” His objective: to scale the great Minya Konka, height unknown
IBM Watson is redefining the legendary tech company—and every industry it touches
How Wally Eamer helped broker a historic peace in the forests of British Columbia
Alumni Authors on the Shelves
Professor Warren McFarlan on China’s ascent
from famine and revolution to global economic prominence—
and where it goes from here
How vision, perseverance, and many blocks of real Normandy butter created a new model for French manufacturing
How two alumni-founded on-demand ride services are disrupting traffic in the world’s most congested city
Scenes, suggestions, and strategies from alumni combining careers and family life
Waldemar Maj (MBA 1996) was a key figure in the underground publishing movement that helped topple Poland’s Communist government. Now he has another message for the world: Never forget the power of free speech
We’re losing the war against hackers, and it’s costing business billions. Alumni cybersecurity experts tell us how we can turn the tide
Reflections and insights from recipients of the School’s highest honor
Detroit—on the other side of the country’s largest municipal bankruptcy—suddenly looks like a good investment. Developer Peter Cummings (OPM 13, 1988) takes us on a tour of the city’s real estate revival
Can one HBS professor change how American history is taught in high schools?
Touting everything from asteroid mining to shoebox-sized satellites, a new generation of space entrepreneurs is taking the search for the next big thing to the farthest reaches of the galaxy
A Baker Library collection tracks the historical evolution of American commerce, one debtor at a time
Dozens of new, useful (and sometimes surprising) business insights from the HBS community
Tim Draper’s eccentricities have led him to some of his biggest wins in venture capital. Can they help him in his fight to reboot the entire state of California?
An illustrated journey from the corporate world to Comic-Con
In search of the perfect dating app
How HBS is bringing the case method into the digital era
Failure. No one likes it, yet everyone experiences it—even the high-achieving graduates of a certain business school.
Jay Rogers set out to start a car company. He may have launched an industrial revolution, too.
An inside look at how HBS alumni are redefining TV and changing what and how we watch
How Carlos Miguel Prieto (MBA 1992) conducted a post-Katrina comeback for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Alumni on the intersection of business and service
In and out of the ring with martial arts mogul Chatri Sityodtong (MBA 1999)
How the HBS community is taking on the tech industry’s “brogrammer” CEO stereotype.
The effects of the American energy boom, in North Dakota and beyond
Make money by helping the poor? That’s the promise of a new brand of socially conscious investors. They just need a few true believers—and a few big wins—to bring their vision to the masses.
How David Bradley (MBA 1977) turned a floundering magazine into a flourishing multimedia empire
The alumni trendsetters who are changing how we shop and what we wear
Meet the recipients of the School's highest honor
Can Karim Khoja's communications revolution help save a country from collapse?
How HBS tradition inspires the design of a next-generation academic environment
In her new book, HBS Professor Linda Hill shows that when it comes to innovation, the most successful leaders don’t push a vision—they help others push theirs
Gerry Lopez has scripted a Hollywood-style comeback for AMC theatres with a single-minded focus on the customer
As The HBS Campaign kicks off,
alumni ask Dean Nohria their
most pressing questions about
the future of the School.
Claudia Sender’s punch list: Manage a merger, figure out how to serve a whole new consumer class, and—oh yeah—the World Cup.
How Nisa Godrej is remaking her family's storied Indian business dynasty
Alumni share their moments of inspiration—dramatic and otherwise
In one of West Africa's most turbulent countries, HBS alumni entrepreneurs are harnessing the extraordinary power of subsistence farmers.
Can they kick-start a green revolution?
Set on improving the health care industry's prognosis, several HBS alumni and faculty are pushing the medical and business boundaries with fixes that range from the technical to the biological.
Three years ago, Gene Williams (MBA 1987) helped two parents set up a drug company to save their son's life. Their new patient-driven drug development blueprint may just end up saving the pharmaceutical industry too.
The world's premier league of spectacle and sport has an ambitious plan for growth. But some formidable challenges—everything from player safety to globalization—are standing in the way.
Alumni Achievement Awards 2013
Nohria and Hess on preparing the School to meet the challenges of a changing world
Who are the HBS alumni? Here are a few of the stories behind the stats.
Fifty years ago, two Scotsmen started an HBS rugby team to help relieve the stress of studies. A look back at one of the School's most storied traditions.
From pushing the envelope to updating the tried and true, HBS alumni are influencing the way education does business
Alumni working in every corner of education weigh in on the best path forward
An innovative HBS/HGSE project designed to help advance urban school achievement marks a decade of progress
Quantifying results in the social sector comes down to the tricky work of measuring social good
How do you make health care for the poor affordable and self-sustaining? Make public health delivery commercially viable
Social Entrepreneurship Fellows are putting the HBS mission into action
Nonprofit leaders and HBS faculty alike benefit from the virtuous circle that is the Strategic Perspectives program.
Regina Herzlinger charted the course for HBS's tenured female faculty
The School's early female graduates never intended to be trailblazers.
Alumnae reflect on their lives, careers, and leadership
Women, Work, and HBS
HBS faculty are researching executive-suite challenges faced by women, to hasten the day when such gender-based inquiry is unnecessary.
Hamilton, Gallatin, and the Financing of America
Meet the 2012 Alumni Achievement Award recipients
Five current research efforts are adding to HBS’s history of game-changing impact on business practice
New ideas from HBS faculty have immediate application in the workplace or in your own career
It takes a special kind of CEO to run a company that thrives on cool.... Just ask Jeremy Andrus (MBA 2002), head of Skullcandy.
In the year’s final class, an HBS professor speaks from the heart to his graduating students. Now his message is resonating with a far larger audience.
How HBS embraced globalization and transformed its research and teaching
Matchmaker and best-selling author Rachel Greenwald wrote the book on finding love
Meet two entrepreneurs who confronted competitive challenges—and won
HBS alumni bring creative approaches to problem-solving to power their companies’ successes
Sal Khan is building a one-room schoolhouse for the world
5 Ways to Make Your Company More Innovative
How cows and co-ops are paving the way for genuine reconciliation in Rwanda
Leadership lessons from an exporting powerhouse
Five alumni protagonists step out from the pages of HBS case studies to share their experiences and ideas about the successful exercise of leadership.
HBS Charts a New Course for Educating 21st-Century Leaders
New HBS classroom “hives” and the Harvard Innovation Lab thrust students into a bold experiment in learning and collaborative work.
Meet the 2011 Alumni Achievement Award recipients
With urban areas already home to half the world’s people and with billions more residents on the way, making cities successful is key to the planet’s environmental and societal well-being.
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala (MBA ’87) helped to transform Manila’s rundown metropolitan water system from an inefficient public utility into a model public-private partnership.
From grass-fueled power plants to carbon-negative cement, HBS alumni are working to put the “green” in green business.
When its doors swung open on January 22, 2001, the Spangler Center instantly transformed life on campus. Ten years later, it’s hard to imagine the HBS community without it.
Howard Stevenson and entrepreneurship at HBS
Veterans of the HBS Business Plan Contest share their war stories about the roller-coaster ride of entrepreneurship. Fifteen years old and going strong, the contest continues to inspire a new generation of start-ups.
In the Baker Library Historical Collections’basement conservation lab, yesterday’s ledgers are tomorrow’s research materials
Ever wonder what HBS professors read over the summer break? We put that question to several faculty members and got some interesting answers. Read on.
Mike Cassidy (MBA ’91) has launched and sold four tech companies since graduating from HBS. Now, at Google, he’s having even greater impact.
America Needs an Economic Strategy to Put Innovation Back on Track
Chairman, President, & CEO, The Boeing Company
You have to know how it’s played to make sense of how leading publications evaluate business schools
Rescued and revived by president and limited partner Larry Baer, the San Francisco Giants brought home baseball’s biggest prize last season, the World Series trophy.
President & CEO, Catalyst
Hard-Won Lessons from Three Class of 1998 MBAs Who’ve Been There, Done That
An HBS professor and Bain’s worldwide managing director teamed up to show nonprofits and foundations how to bridge the gap between good intentions and real, measurable impact.
The roles are different, the passion is the same. Meet three HBS alumni who are upending traditional ways of doing things, improving people’s lives, and setting new standards in their fields.
Health-care reform is more than a policy debate — it’s a managerial challenge that can have life-or-death consequences. A new Executive Education program targets leaders working on the frontlines.
He foresees an exciting period of innovation for the School and the field of management education
Appearance, Attraction, and the Monetization of Allure
CEO & President, Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group
For nine years, the HBS Leadership Fellows program has helped MBAs launch careers with nonprofit and public-sector organizations — a win-win for everyone involved.
Working in the global financial system’s shadowy corners, Raymond Baker is on a mission to curtail corruption and bring the world’s illegally hidden wealth to light.
Pervasive negligence by boards of directors is ruining American business. New government regulations can help set things right, but ultimately improved board performance is up to shareholders and companies.
How two HBS classmates ditched their corporate jobs, launched a financial services advisory business for India’s growing middle class, and turned the worst global recession in decades into a blessing in disguise.
At any given moment around the world, some twenty countries and territories are likely to be populated by just one HBS graduate. The Bulletin recently checked in with several such solitary alums, and here’s what they report.
Inventing Business’s Great Game
CEO, Executives Without Borders
They all live for the risky, adrenaline-fueled rush of building a new business, but this year’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence each bring a different (and very personal) take on that experience to HBS.
John D. MacDonald’s American Noir
Shad’s new living roof shows how even the most inhospitable environments can be transformed into models of sustainability.
What’s Wrong with Executive Pay?
Chief Executive, Anglo American plc
Four little words have cost U.S. taxpayers dearly in government bailouts of once-mighty Wall Street firms. Congress can put an end to such costly rescues. But will it enact the regulatory cure that’s required?
Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO
Massachusetts’s landmark health-care reform law is drawing the attention of many observers, including the Obama administration. Could it work on a national scale?
Will a new category of “very light jets” shake up the business of flying? These HBS entrepreneurs hope so. A look at the ups and downs of developing a new industry in a turbulent economy.
John McArthur’s impact extends far beyond his fifteen years as HBS Dean
President, The Baupost Group
Scary. Generous. Funny. Wordsmith. Visionary. Provocateur.
Genzyme Corporation; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Leaders & Innovators at Work & at Ease
The MBA is the most popular advanced degree on the planet. So why are many business schools scrambling to fix what a chorus of critics claim is badly broken? And where does that leave HBS?
Cofounder of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative, Director of Research
What’s on the minds of the School’s newest alumni? We passed the mike to six members of the Class of 2008 to get their thoughts on collaborative learning and what life is really like at HBS.
Leadership for Science-Based Companies
An unlikely HBS professor pioneers modern venture capital
Three HBS professors share their most recent research on creativity, that seemingly rare flower with a very real role in getting new ventures off the ground, reinventing existing businesses, and creating productive work environments.
How two East Coast HBS alums went West to launch a radical, lightweight outdoor gear business and struck an innovative deal with an industry heavyweight.
Chairman, U.S. Arctic Research Commission
Four Legendary HBS Professors on the School’s Past and Future
Former Minister of Defense and Finance in Post-Saddam Iraq
Chairman and CEO, The Blackstone Group
The Life and Thought of Joseph Schumpeter
Chairman and CEO of Novartis AG
Is it any business of business?
Louis Parker firmly believes in taking risks. Ironically, that trait landed him the top spot at GE’s nearly $2 billion security business.
President and CEO, Crispin Porter + Bogusky
Nothing came easy for Sarina Russo, but that didn’t stop her from living her dream.
President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund
WAC, WOC, and Doing the Write Thing
Jay Light, the School’s ninth Dean, talks about program innovation, faculty development, and the impact of globalization.
Carla Ann Harris has the chops, whether she’s performing at Carnegie Hall or managing an IPO.
CEO, Oreck Corporation, Home of the Oreck XL 8 lb. Upright Vacuum
Economic reforms and a young, entrepreneurial workforce have lifted India into the global economy and raised its hopes for social development. HBS alumni talk about doing business in a country that has captured the world’s imagination.
With years of stellar service in key government and nonprofit posts, Bonnie Cohen is highly esteemed in Washington and beyond as a manager who gets things done.
Representative of the WHO Director-General for Pandemic Influenza
Judgment Day for the U.S. Auto Industry?
What’s it like to make movies in Hollywood outside the big-budget studios? A handful of independent producers talk about the risky but rewarding business of working in the film industry as it confronts new economic and technological realities.
Nearly thirty years ago, Gary Rogers barely scraped together the $14K he needed to invest in a struggling Bay Area ice-cream company. Today, it’s a $2 billion global business. This is no “plain vanilla” success story.
Vice Chairman, Marvel Entertainment, Inc.
After a two-year renovation and expansion, Baker Library is open for business. Take a step inside the School’s intellectual and physical center—a well-crafted balance of past, present, and future
Sir Ronald Cohen pioneered venture capital investing in Europe. Now he plans to do the same with social investing.
U.S. Ambassador to Morocco
President, Americans for Tax Reform
Global Management Norms in a Cross-Cultural World
For JoAnna Van Gerpen, UNICEF’s Sudan Representative, supporting the health, education, and well-being of impoverished children is a labor of love.
Classic Cases Live On at HBS
Since the tech meltdown in 2001, venture-capital partnerships have trimmed staff, scaled back the size of funds, and gotten back to the basics of investing. For the top firms, business is looking up.
Robert Clay goes the distance as owner of Three Chimneys Farm, a Thoroughbred horse farm in the heart of Bluegrass Country.
Business and the Challenge of Development
Driving the Information Bus
Reflections by Hans Stumm
Profiles from the Class of '75
Tackling a brave new world
The Class of 2000 Graduates
Between the lab and the boardroom, biotech companies seek success in a future of dizzying possibilities
Executive Director, HBS Latin American Research Center
How the Internet is Changing Advertising
The Business and Pleasure of Travel and Leisure
America's Housing Crisis and Its Impact on Business
The Emergence of Online Banking
In an age of overnight e-commerce millionaires, one HBS entrepreneur is savoring the satisfaction of building a business the hard way.