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.

 
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Helping Veterans Gain Skills to Thrive in the Business 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.

 
 
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Fellowship Fuels a Passion for a Career in Aviation

 

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.

 
 
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Ensuring That Students Can Pursue Their Dreams

 

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.

 
 
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Enabling a Transformational Educational Experience

 

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.

 
 
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The Impact of Financial Aid

 

Excerpts from short talks by three fellowship recipients on a transformative aspect of their HBS experiences.

 
 
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A Roundabout Path

 

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.

 
 
 

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.

 
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Funding Infrastructure: Lessons Learned from Africa

 

Those interested in understanding how to successfully build complicated infrastructure projects can gain insight by studying the world’s second-largest continent: Africa.

 
 
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HBX Certificate Programs Offer Unique Insight Into Business

 

When HBS conceptualized HBX, the School’s online learning platform, the goal was to create a transformational educational experience with a “digital first” approach that was active, social, and case-based.

 
 
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The Big Ambition Behind Educational Innovation

 

If a blueprint existed for educational innovation in the MBA Program, it would be informed by one guiding principle: create opportunities for students to identify and pursue their passions and to make a positive difference in the world.

 
 
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Facing the Board

 

It may have been a year—or 50—since the six dozen Harvard Business School alumni gathered in an Aldrich Hall classroom Monday morning had dug into a case study.

 
 
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Design Thinking: Hands-On Learning at the Harvard Innovation Lab

 

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.

 
 
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Field Course Helps Nascent Entrepreneurs Connect with Customers

 

Students are paired with organizations for work that gives them hands-on skills and incorporates the use of analytical tools.

 
 
 

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.

 
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Enhancing Students’ Cultural Intelligence

 

Brian Franklin (MBA 2018) admits the prospect of partnering with Colgate-Palmolive to identify a strategy for marketing deodorant to teens in Mexico didn’t sound as glamorous as some of his classmates’ FIELD Global Immersion (FGI) projects.

 
 
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Understanding Southeast Asia’s New Business Frontier

 

From cosmopolitan Bangkok and Singapore to the Sumatran rainforest, participants in the June 2017 HBS faculty immersion explored the diverse industries of Southeast Asia.

 
 
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Examining the Magnitude of Syria’s Refugee Crisis

 

The flow of refugees from Syria following years of civil war has been called the worst humanitarian crisis in modern times.

 
 
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New Regional Offices Broaden HBS’s Intellectual Reach

 

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.

 
 
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HBS Gains New Insight into Africa

 

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.

 
 
 

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.

 
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The Changing Nature of Research

 

The commitment to advancing thought leadership has been integral to HBS’s identity since the School’s founding more than a century ago.

 
 
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Understanding Southeast Asia’s New Business Frontier

 

From cosmopolitan Bangkok and Singapore to the Sumatran rainforest, participants in the June 2017 HBS faculty immersion explored the diverse industries of Southeast Asia.

 
 
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Examining the Magnitude of Syria’s Refugee Crisis

 

The flow of refugees from Syria following years of civil war has been called the worst humanitarian crisis in modern times.

 
 
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A Finger on the Pulse of the Financial System

 

What if it were possible to accurately predict and maybe even prevent the next global financial crisis?

 
 
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Drawing on the Crowd for Innovative Problem-Solving

 

Long before HBS Professor Karim Lakhani used crowdsourcing to develop pioneering research on the science of innovation, his experiences working at General Electric and the Boston Consulting Group piqued his curiosity

 
 
 

Impact is University-wide: Collaborations

HBS works with faculty members and students across the University to build bridges between business and the fields of medicine, science, engineering, education, law, and public policy. The School also serves as a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship.

 
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Excellence at the Intersection of Disciplines

 

Across Harvard University, rapid innovation and technological change, among other factors, are prompting important collaborations that enhance learning and deepen understanding.

 
 
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Collaboration Leads to New Programs for Business and Education

 

Two new programs developed and led by HBS faculty in collaboration with colleagues from across Harvard University — one in business analytics and another in school leadership — are demonstrating the real-world potential of interdisciplinary academic ventures.

 
 
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Life Lab Nurtures Early Stage Startup Day Zero Diagnostics

 

If you’ve ever been hospitalized with an infection and had to wait days for test results and a treatment plan, you understand the problems that Day Zero Diagnostics (DZD) is addressing.

 
 
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Joint Degree Program: MS/MBA

 

The two-year, full-time program, which will confer both a Master of Science in Engineering Sciences and a Master of Business Administration (MS/MBA), begins in August 2018.

 
 
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HBS and SEAS Explore Opportunities for Innovative Thinking

 

Collaboration between faculty members at Harvard Business School and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) was the subject of the schools’ first joint research symposium in May 2016.

 
 
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Design Thinking: Hands-On Learning at the Harvard Innovation Lab

 

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.