HBS Faculty Research: The Inspiration and the Impact
Six faculty members talk about how they identify and explore the ideas that fuel their teaching and influence business practice.
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Read stories and watch videos that bring to life the impact of the School’s faculty members and students:
Impact is Personal: Fellowships
Fellowships enable the School to fulfill its mission by investing in men and women who have the highest potential for leadership, the widest range of experiences, and the greatest ambition to make a difference in the world.
The fellowship Tucker York (MBA 1986) established for veterans is helping former US Navy submariner Tabitha Strobel (MBA 2018) gain the business skills she needs to work in consulting.
Norm Liu’s (MBA 1982) fellowship is making it possible for Stefan Schmidt (MBA 2018), who wants to launch his own aviation startup someday, to further his education at HBS.
Michael Johnston’s (MBA 1962) fellowship is enabling students to pursue their dreams. His former recipient, Jennifer Kelm Sergio (MBA 2010), is now helping other students succeed.
Monne Williams’s gift to the HBS Fund for Leadership and Innovation supports financial aid for students such as Saurav Patyal (MBA 2018), who wants to improve health care.
Four alumni who received fellowships discuss the impact of that support as they strive to make a difference in the world.
Surabhi Bhandari (MBA 2017) wants to launch a medical technology startup in India that will help revolutionize health care in her native country.
Rebecca Greenbaum (MBA 2017) saw earning an MBA as “the bridge between being a leader in the military and being a leader in the business world.”
To achieve his vision of becoming a clean-energy entrepreneur, PhD biologist Jonathan Friedlander (MBA 2017) left Paris for HBS to understand best business practices.
Doctoral student Tami Kim is conducting research into how the restaurant business could benefit from transparency by making it possible for chefs and diners to see one another.
Impact is Transformational: Educational Innovation
Since pioneering the use of the case method for business education a century ago, HBS has continually innovated and remained at the forefront of management education.
Students are paired with organizations for work that gives them hands-on skills and incorporates the use of analytical tools.
The course introduced students to a cross section of Chinese industry and commerce while also providing a deeper dive into a particular sector.
Professor Srikant Datar’s creative problem-solving course, Design Thinking and Innovation, brings students together to hone their skills in identifying opportunities, prototyping solutions, and iterating to meet customer needs.
When considering how to enter the digital learning arena, HBS did what any startup would do. It began in 2012 by identifying a challenge: How to merge the unique elements of the HBS learning experience with the latest technology to create a powerful educational opportunity that would reach new audiences.
Part Monopoly marathon, part chess championship, Harvard Business School’s new multimedia simulation “Strategic Brew” engages students in a fast-paced exercise in strategic decision- making.
Impact is Boundless: Global Understanding
In the 21st century, effective leadership requires a truly global perspective and understanding. The best ideas can come from anywhere, and examples of great leadership and management practice exist everywhere.
The Global Initiative aims to strengthen the School’s engagement with businesses and business leaders around the world and to deepen the faculty’s understanding of global management practices.
With a growing population of 1.2 billion people living in 54 geographically, politically, and economically diverse countries, Africa has become a dynamic frontier for business and entrepreneurship.
In her research into how businesses are reinventing layoffs, Professor Sandra J. Sucher (MBA 1976) is examining the impact of layoffs and comparative approaches to workforce management around the world.
A team of first-year HBS MBA students discovered while doing fieldwork in São Paulo, Brazil, in some countries, proximity to one’s neighborhood can be a more influential factor when deciding where to shop.
With the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund predicting that India will overtake China as the fastest-growing major economy within two years, HBS’s presence in this dynamic South Asian country has become critical to furthering the global understanding of the School’s students and faculty members.
Impact is Pathbreaking: Research
For more than a century, HBS faculty have been at the forefront in developing innovative ideas and tools that have defined the language of business and reshaped management practice.
Professor Mihir Desai talks about the origins of his research interests and taxation in a global context.
The remarkable success of the Mittelstand—small and mid-sized companies prevalent in German-speaking countries—has long captured the attention of global business practitioners and scholars.
What makes the associate years such a “sweet spot” for faculty development is their intense blend of research and teaching, which in turn promotes innovative thinking.
My intellectual agenda is ambitious and somewhat risky,” says Associate Professor and Marvin Bower Fellow Tsedal Neeley.