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Get Buzzed! HBS's Immersion Experience Program (IXP)

Regina M. Abrami
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In 2008, HBS took a pedagogical turn that has changed the way students can learn, know, and do managerial practice here. Come listen to the IXP faculty chair explain some of the exciting changes underway in our new January term, including "real market labs," mentoring with entrepreneurial masters, short-term social impact and business development consulting projects, as well as other field-based training opportunities now taking place around the world and available to the newest generation of HBS students. You too can be a part of this important change. You'll see, hear, and have an opportunity to ask questions, give feedback, and maybe even try out an experiential learning exercise or two.

Related Resources:
HBS Immersion Experience Program (IXP)
Dispatches from the Global Classroom (HBS Alumni Bulletin)
fba Preferential Treatment: The New Face of Protectionism? (HBR Article)
Accountability and Inequality in Single-Party Regimes: A Comparative Analysis of Vietnam and China (HBS Working Knowledge)


Behavioral Finance

Malcolm P. Baker
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At the foundation of finance theory is the idea that investors and managers act rationally. This leads to the simple predictions that capital-market prices reflect fundamentals and managers respond to incentives in predictable ways. The field of behavioral finance proposes a broader role for social, cognitive, and emotional biases in individual choices and market outcomes. Drawing on his research and examples from a new course in the MBA Program, Professor Baker will describe how insights from psychology and behavioral finance can help explain the behavior of capital markets and firms and the implications for financial reform.

Related Resources:
Spring 2010 Presentation Slides
Capital Market Driven Corporate Finance
Catering Through Nominal Share Prices
Multinationals as Arbitrageurs: The Effect of Stock Market Valuations on Foreign Direct Investment
Behavioral Corporate Finance: A Survey
Under New Management: Equity Issues and the Attribution of Past Returns

Related HBS Programs:
Financial Management Programs


The Revolution in Food

David E. Bell
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Exciting things are happening in the food business. After 5,000 years of at best steady progress, the last 20 years have seen dramatic changes in the way food is grown, distributed, and eaten. In this talk participants will hear how farming has changed (think Brazil), hear how brands are dying (thank Wal-Mart and Whole Foods, each in its own way), and come to grips for the first time with the implications of the idea that 99 percent of all 20-somethings can't and won't cook. (Hint: Forget kitchens.) This presentation will give an overview of the industry, project the future, and help you lose weight. Guaranteed, or your money back.

Related Resources:
Spring 2010 Presentation Summary
Altruistic Utility Functions for Joint Decisions (book chapter)
Marks and Spencer: Plan A (Case)
GLOBALGAP: Food safety and Private Standards (Case)
Nestle in 2008 (Case)
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Agribusiness Seminar
Agribusiness Seminar – A Latin American Offering


Designing Care

Richard M.J. Bohmer
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In spite of years of reform of healthcare financing and the structure of the delivery system, academic research reveals a troubling picture of rising costs, fatal errors, and the simultaneous under- and over-provision of care. Moreover, the aging of the baby boomers, an avalanche of new science and technology, and an expected manpower shortage may make things even worse. In response, delivery organization managers have increasingly looked to production industries for models of organization and process design to improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare delivery, with only mixed success. This session will discuss the nature of medical care, the ways in which evolving medical science has and has not changed the practice of medicine, and the implications for patients, doctors, and managers.

Related Resources:
Spring 2010 Presentation Summary
Designing Care: Aligning the Nature and Management of Health Care (book)
Evidence-Creating Medicine: Designing for Learning (book chapter)
The Shifting Mission of Health Care Delivery Organizations (article)
The Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions, Inc. (Case)
Performance Management at Intermountain Healthcare (Case)
Newton-Wellesley Hospital (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Healthcare Delivery Programs


The New Abnormal: Innovation and Entrepreneurship After the Great Recession

Bhaskar Chakravorti
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As the rebound in the economy occurs at a slow pace and the job market continues to falter, many students ask if the time is right for a plunge into the murky waters of entrepreneurship. At the other end of the business spectrum, even in the largest of companies, managers are puzzling over a similar question and wondering if they ought to invest in innovation and new ventures precisely because the competition is still focused on cost management. Of course, creativity can thrive in crises. Eighteen out of the 30 Dow Jones industrials were launched during and just after a downturn, as were iconic innovations from nylon to the iPod. But the capital to fund entrepreneurship is scarce; it must find its way to the best ideas. Dr. Chakravorti offers a three-part framework for spotting the most promising innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities—for both corporate and stand-alone entrepreneurs.

Related Resources:
Fall 2010 Presentation Slides
Spring 2010 Presentation Video
Creative Entrepreneurship in a Downturn (HBS Working Knowledge)
How to Innovate in a Downturn (article)
Incept LLC and Confluent Surgical (Case)
Orange: Read&Go (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Innovation Programs
Entrepreneurial Programs
Launching New Ventures


Cycle for Survival: Keeping the Wheels Turning

Stacey Childress
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Punctuate your 2010 Reunion weekend with a return to the HBS classroom experience and an inspiring case discussion about the future of a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the fight against cancer. The case protagonists are HBS alums Jennifer Goodman Linn ('99G) and her husband David Linn ('00E), who founded Cycle for Survival, an indoor team cycling fundraiser event that has quickly become one of the most successful grassroots events in cancer fundraising history. Jen was diagnosed with an extremely rare type of cancer in 2004 and continues her battle to this day. In just four years she and Dave, partnering with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, have succeeded in growing Cycle for Survival to total fundraising in excess of $4,500,000. The event has reached a key inflection point in its growth, and Jen and Dave need your help in determining how to balance expanding the event without diluting the consumer experience and "heart."

Related HBS Programs:
Social Enterprise Programs


Principles of Management That We Teach That Are Not Always True

Clayton M. Christensen
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Historically, innovation has seemed to be expensive and risky. Our research has shown, however, that the root cause of the spotty results are often principles of "good management" that are taught at HBS and elsewhere. In this session, we'll describe which of the principles we teach are the greatest culprits in causing innovations to fail.

Related Resources:
Fall 2010 Presentation Slides
Fall 2010 Presentation Video
The Innovator's DNA (HBR)
What Are Business Models, and How Are They Built? (HBR)
Clay Christensen on Disrupting Health Care (HBS Working Knowledge)
How to Revive Health-Care Innovation (HBS Working Knowledge)
How Will You Measure Your Life? (article)
The Innovator's Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care (book)
Health Care: The Simple Solution (article)
A Solution to School District Budget Cuts (Blog)
A Big (Double) Deal: Anadarko's Acquisition of Kerr-McGee and Western Gas Resources (Case)
A Good Day for Disruptors (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Innovation Programs
Comprehensive Leadership Programs


Private Sector & Public Responsibilities: The Role of Business in Social Issues

Michael Chu
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Some goods and services (such as water, education, healthcare, energy) are considered so basic that access by all citizens is often deemed the responsibility of the public sector, especially when low-income populations and developing countries are involved. But empirical research shows cases where business has stepped in to deliver these basic items to the base of the socioeconomic pyramid. Can commercial enterprises do it better? And what if they earn attractive returns while doing it? Is this process good or bad for society? These issues are at the center of Professor Chu's work and he looks forward to a lively class discussion.

Related Resources:
Spring 2010 Presentation Summary
Spring 2010 Presentation Slides
Getting Microfinance Right (article)

Related HBS Programs:
Corporate Social Responsibility
Social Enterprise Programs


Why Smart People Won't Change

Thomas J. DeLong
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Many people with a high need for achievement find the process of individual change very difficult. Some professionals resign themselves to organizational, personal and life situations that are miserable or where they feel caught. Professor DeLong will discuss individual motivation and how to leverage the opportunities that confront us in our professional and private lives. The presentation is based on DeLong's forthcoming book on the same topic.

Related HBS Programs:
Professional Service Firms Programs


One Report: A Simple Idea Whose Time Has Come

Robert G. Eccles
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Integrated reporting, or "One Report," is the combination of a company's required financial report with its voluntary corporate social responsibility or sustainability report. But One Report isn't only One Report but also leverages the Internet to provide more detailed information of interest to specific stakeholders, as well as to improve dialogue and engagement with all of them. The world is at the early stages of an important new management practice, already being used by companies such as Southwest Airlines in the United States, Philips in the Netherlands, and Natura in Brazil. Professor Eccles has written the first book on this subject, One Report: Integrated Reporting for a Sustainable Strategy. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the International Integrated Reporting Committee.

Related Resources:
Fall 2010 Presentation Summary
Fall 2010 Presentation Slides
Fall 2010 Presentation Video
One Report: Better Strategy through Integrated Reporting (HBS Working Knowledge)
Integrating Financial and Non-Financial Reports (Interview)
One Report: Integrated Reporting for a Sustainable Strategy (book)
Ricoh Company, Ltd. (Case)
Managing Creativity at Shanghai Tang (Case)
CalPERS' Emerging Equity in the Markets Principles (Case)
The Credit Suisse/Gerson Lehrman Group Alliance (Case)
Shanghai Diligence Law Firm (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Corporate Social Responsibility


Google's Next Moves

Thomas R. Eisenmann
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Following in the paths of IBM and then Microsoft, Google is emerging as the new hegemon of information industries. Professor Eisenmann will explore Google's business model and strategy with several questions in mind. Is Google likely to monopolize Web search? If it does, what might be the repercussions for advertisers, Internet content providers, and society at large? How will Google gain access to mobile phone and TV screens as it strives to become the dominant intermediary connecting consumers and advertisers? Finally, to what extent is Google vulnerable to external challenges and internal management problems?

Related Resources:
Fall 2009 Presentation Summary
Spring 2009 Presentation Slides
Fall 2008 Presentation Video
When Hackers Turn to Blackmail (HBR Article)
Opening Platforms: When, How and Why? (book Chapter)
Google, Inc. (Case)
Facebook's Platforms (Case)
Linden Labs: Crossing the Chasm (Case)
Linden Labs: Opening Second Life (Case)
Orange: Read&Go (Case)
Visions of Web 3.0 (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Delivering Information Services
Taking Marketing Digital


Drilling in the Gulf: Safety and the Culture of Masculinity

Robin J. Ely
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What can managers in white-collar firms learn from roughnecks and roustabouts on an offshore oil rig? How might gender have contributed to the recent incident in which a deep-water oil platform exploded, taking 11 lives and causing the worst oil spill in history? This presentation of findings from ethnographic research conducted on two deep-water oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico will address these questions. The bottom line: Extinguishing macho behavior is vital to achieving top performance. Our findings suggest how a macho, hard-driving culture can compromise decisions and increase mistakes and how leaders—whether in the dirty, dangerous setting of an off-shore oil platform or in the posh, protected surroundings of the executive suite—can jettison such cultures in service of increasing effectiveness.

Related Resources:
Fall 2010 Presentation Summary
Fall 2010 Presentation Video
Unmasking Manly Men: The Organizational Reconstruction of Men's Identity

Related HBS Programs:
Global Energy Seminar


Tails That Wag the Dog: The Financial Consequences of Extreme Eventsy

Kenneth A. Froot
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This talk will explore the recent financial and housing crisis in the context of large financial events when risk is concentrated in some important financial institutions. It will look at the recent collapse of the banking, bond, and housing markets, as well as the financial results of less recent natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. There are commonalities in the way the financial system recovers from these events, and these recoveries are surprisingly slow. The talk also will explore what happens next in the United States, given the precarious situation in the housing market and the pressures around delinquent mortgages and foreclosure.

Related Resources:
BlackRock Money Market Management in September 2008 (A) (Case)
BlackRock Money Market Management in September 2008 (B) (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Financial Management Programs


Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads

David A. Garvin
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This session will examine the forces currently affecting MBA education, including shifts in demand, changing perceptions of the degree's value added, criticisms from within and outside the academy, and the changing mix of program structures and degree offerings. It will describe a range of unmet needs in areas such as globalization, leadership development, integration, understanding the roles and responsibilities of business, and creative and critical thinking that were identified in interviews with business school deans and executives, as well as a diverse set of curricular innovations that schools have developed to address those needs. The session will conclude with a discussion of the implications for HBS.

Related Resources:
Spring 2010 Presentation Summary
Spring 2010 Presentation Slides
Business Education in the 21st Century (2008 Business Summit Summary)
Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads (book)
TopCoder (A): Developing Software through Crowdsourcing (book)

Related HBS Programs:
Program for Leadership Development


The Unique Challenges of Leading a Science-Based Business

Raymond V. Gilmartin
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If you are the CEO of a science-based business, you invest on behalf of your successor in high-risk discovery projects that have 10- to 15-year time horizons. Most of these projects will fail because of the uncertainty of the science. These investments are made in a stock market environment where shareholders do not seem to look beyond the next quarter. What are the implications for the role, responsibilities, and attributes of the CEO?

Related Resources:
Fall 2010 Presentation Summary
Fall 2010 Presentation Slides
Spring 2010 Presentation Slides
Spring 2010 Presentation Video
The Challenges of Investing in Science-Based Innovation (HBS Working Knowledge)

Related HBS Programs:
Healthcare Delivery Programs


Building and Sustaining High-Performing Nonprofit Organizations

Allen S. Grossman
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In a time of shrinking resources, donors and board members are demanding higher levels of performance from nonprofit organizations. More than ever before, these stakeholders expect demonstrable results for their investments of time and money. However, high performance in the nonprofit sector is often elusive—hard to define and difficult to achieve. Key to the challenge is that the numerous barriers to nonprofit high performance are often different from those in the for-profit sector. This session will analyze some of the barriers to high performance and discuss a new framework to address them.

Related Resources:
Presentation Summary
Fall 2010 Presentation Video
Note on the Nonprofit Sector (Note)
Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 2008 (Case)
United Way (Case)
Youth Villages (Case)
Year Up (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Social Enterprise Programs


Adversity to Advantage: Breakaway Strategies for Turbulent Markets

Ranjay Gulati
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In a presentation based on his new book Reorganize for Resilience, HBS Professor Ranjay Gulati reveals how "resilient" companies—those that prosper in good times and bad—are driving growth and increasing profitability by immersing themselves in the lives of their customers. By reorienting their organizations to be proactive, flexible, and truly customer-centric, these pioneering companies have driven growth in difficult times.

Related Resources:
Fall 2010 Presentation Summary
Fall 2010 Presentation Slides
Fall 2010 Presentation Video
The Outside-In Approach to Customer Service (HBS Working Knowledge)
Czar Power (article)
Reorganizing for Resilience: Putting Customers at the Center of Your Business (book)
A New Business Strategy: Give Up the Core (Blog)
Jones Lang LaSalle: Reorganizing around the Customer (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Strategic Management Programs
Risk Management for Corporate Leaders
Turnaround Management Strategies


The Digital Revolution

Sunil Gupta
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Digital media, and in particular social media like YouTube, Facebook, blogs, and Twitter, represent radically new tools for reaching and collaborating with customers. This presentation will discuss the trends in new media and a framework for formulating digital strategy.

Related Resources:
Fall 2010 Presentation Summary
Spring 2009 Presentation Slides
Spring 2009 Presentation Video
Microsoft and Yahoo Can Challenge Google on More than Search (blog)
Do Friends Influence Purchases in a Social Network? (HBS working paper)
Social Network Marketing: What Works? (HBS Working Knowledge)
Hulu: An Evil Plot to Destroy the World? (Case)
Backchannelmedia: Making Television 'Clickable'

Related HBS Programs:
Delivering Information Services, Taking Marketing Digital, Effective Strategies for Media Companies


Leadership in the Age of Climate Change

Rebecca M. Henderson
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In this talk I'll explore the dynamics that lead many organizations to fall into overload—and to get "stuck" as a result. I'll outline some of the techniques that firms can use to climb back into balance and suggest that mastering them may be a powerful source of competitive advantage. I'll close by suggesting that this perspective opens up new insights into the opportunities presented by the need to respond to climate change.

Related Resources:
Spring 2010 Presentation Summary
Spring 2010 Presentation Slides
Spring 2010 Presentation Video
Accelerating Innovation In Energy: Insights from Multiple Sectors (HBS working paper)
Leadership for Multi-Stakeholder Solutions, Think Tank on Energy, the Environment, and Business, Harvard Business School

Related HBS Programs:
Corporate Social Responsibilities, Global Energy Seminar


Designing a Teaching Plan for a Discussion-Based Course

James L. Heskett
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Looking for ways to generate and guide an enriching classroom discussion? It starts with the all-important teaching plan. Join Professor Heskett for an introductory session on designing a teaching plan. Using the Nantucket Nectars case as an example, Professor Heskett explains the use of teaching groups and how each instructor in the group devises a plan in his/her own unique way. A sample course outline and syllabus for The Entrepreneurial Manager course are examined, as well as visual examples of faculty teaching plans. Attendees will see video of two different HBS faculty teaching the Nantucket Nectars case in order to illustrate different teaching styles.

Related Resources:
Fall 2010 Presentation Summary
Nantucket Nectars Teaching Timelines
2006 The Entrepreneurial Manager Outline
Nantucket Nectars Case Presentation
Nantucket Nectars Assignment Sheet
2006 The Entrepreneurial Manager Syllabus
Nantucket Nectars (Case)
Teaching with Simulations (HBP Course)


Where Will We Find Tomorrow's Leaders?

Linda A. Hill
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What kind of leadership do world-class organizations need? Professor Hill will discuss the connection between leadership and innovation, explaining that the type of leaders needed in the future may differ from those in the past.

Related Resources:
Fall 2010 Presentation Slides
Unlocking the Slices of Genius in Your Organization: Leading for Innovation (book chapter)
Managing Up (book)

Related HBS Programs:
Leadership Programs
Comprehensive Leadership Programs


How To Do Well By Doing Good: Innovation and Purpose-Inspired Growth, a New Paradigm for 21st Century Values-Centered Business

Rosabeth Moss Kanter
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At a time when esteem for business and business leaders is at an all-time low, and societal problems such as health, education, and the environment loom large, there are some positive signs on the horizon. A set of companies in the vanguard, such as IBM, Procter & Gamble, Pepsico, Verizon, and others throughout the world (Brazil, Japan, India) are fueling profitable growth through innovation related to their values and a core purpose of serving society. They add a social logic to a financial. By adding a concern for society in finding business opportunities, they create innovation, open and grow markets, engage and align suppliers and distributors, and inspire and motivate employees, especially a new generation of talent that wants to express their values in the workplace. Each is an example of a "SuperCorp," per the title of the recent book on which the session is based, that uses their capabilities to improve health, education, the environment, and participate with the public sector in disaster relief and economic development. None is perfect, but they aspire to high standards and compete through a new model.

Related Resources:
Fall 2010 Presentation Summary
Spring 2010 Presentation Summary
Think Outside the Building (HBR Article)
Block-by-Blockbuster Innovation (HBR Article)
SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good (book)
Surprise! Four Strategies for Coping with Disruption (Blog post)
13 Unlucky Mistakes in Managing Traumatic Change and How to Avoid Them (Blog post)
From Dust to Dollars: Creating Value from Underutilized Assets (Blog post)

Related HBS Programss:
Corporate Social Responsibilities
Social Enterprise Programs


Mastering the Strategy Execution System

Robert S. Kaplan
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The Balanced Scorecard (BSC), developed by Professor Kaplan and management consultant David Norton, has evolved into the leading management system for implementing strategy. The system has been used by leading companies and nonprofit and public-sector organizations around the world to achieve dramatic performance breakthroughs by focusing and aligning organizational resources, people, and processes on strategy. The talk will feature recent developments on linking strategy to operations from their most recent book, The Execution Premium, and some newer material on integrating risk management into the strategy management system.

2010 Reunion Presentation:
Fall 2010 Presentation Summary
Fall 2010 Presentation Slides
Fall 2009 Presentation Slides
Enterprise Risk Management (HBS Business Summit Summary)
Managing Risk in the New World (HBR Article)
Stop Overdoing Your Strengths (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Risk Management for Corporate Leaders
Driving Corporate Performance


The Economic Crisis and Its Aftermath

Robert Steven Kaplan
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Professor Kaplan will discuss the current economic crisis and its implications.

Related Resources:

Spring 2010 Presentation Summary
Spring 2010 Presentation Slides
Bob Beall at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Financial Management Programs


China's New Middle Class: Companies, Cases, and Comments

William C. Kirby
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In urban China there is a 'middle class' of between 100–250 million people. Its growth has revolutionized Chinese business. We will explore how a series of new HBS cases is looking at the Chinese middle class and the companies that seek to feed, clothe, house, and wine and dine it. We will explore how this rising urban middle class is changing the nature of Chinese agriculture, or shall we now say, agribusiness.

Related Resources:
Presentation Summary
Presentation Video
Myths and Lessons of Modern Chinese History (Note)
Political and Economic History of the People's Republic of China: An Annotated Timeline (Note)
Appellation Shanxi: Grace Vineyard (Case)
China Mobile's rural Communication Strategy (Case)
A Chinese Start-up's Midlife Crisis: 99Sushe.com (Case)
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited: A Global Company's China Strategy (Case)
Xi'an International University: The Growth of Private Universities in China

Related HBS Programs:
China Programs


Building Green Businesses

Joseph B. Lassiter III
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This is a presentation on a field-based research program designed for students, alumni and faculty who have a specific interest where environmental & energy impacts, consumer & social attitudes, and political & regulatory processes are dominant forces providing the opportunity for the creation of new businesses, the scaling of embryonic businesses, or the re-design of established businesses.

Related Resources:
Spring 2010 Presentation Summary
Spring 2010 Presentation Slides
Spring 2009 Presentation Slides
Presentation Video
Nantucket Nectars: The Exit (Case)
Calera Corporation (Case)
Affinity Labs (Case)


Driven to Lead: Good, Bad, and Misguided Leadership

Paul R. Lawrence
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In a presentation based on his new book, Driven to Lead, Professor Emeritus Lawrence will offer a fresh approach to a subject that is overloaded with books and commentary—leadership.

Related Resources:
Presentation Video
Driven to Lead: Good, Bad, and Misguided Leadership (book)

Related HBS Programs:
Comprehensive Leadership Programs


Into the Unknown: Ernest Shackleton and Leadership in Troubled Times

Herman B. (Dutch) Leonard
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As leaders, we take our organizations into unknown circumstances every time we launch a new project, develop a new product, enter a new market. What can we learn about how to organize ourselves and our team, make decisions, and stay positive in troubled times from explorers who found themselves in grave peril for extended periods—and survived? Ernest Shackleton and 26 companions ventured south in 1914 in an attempt to cross Antarctica. Instead, they became stuck in the offshore ice pack, which eventually crushed and sank their ship. Left with only three small lifeboats and modest provisions, they camped on the ice for months. After an epic 15-month struggle, including an 800-mile journey, in an open boat across the roughest seas on Earth, they arranged a self-rescue.

Related Resources:
The Home Depot: Leadership in Crisis Management (Case)


Private Equity in a Time of Crisis: What's Next?

Josh Lerner
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Both the buyout and venture capital industries face unprecedented challenges today. After an orgy of investments in the mid-2000s, private equity funds have a hangover of epic proportions. Meanwhile, the venture sector has never really recovered from the "dot com" crash of 2000–01. Finally, many of the investors on which these funds have traditionally depended, such as endowments and pensions, have deep pensions of their own. This talk will explore this unsettled and often mysterious territory, and offer some surprising predictions about the future of these sectors.

Related Resources:
Spring 2010 Presentation Slides
Spring 2010 Presentation Video
The Performance of Reverse Leveraged Buyouts
Private Equity and Industry Performance (HBS Working Knowledge)
The Investment Strategies of Sovereign Wealth Funds (HBS Working Knowledge)
Fear of Rejection? Tiered Certification and Transparency (HBS Working Knowledge)
Buy Local? The Geography of Successful and Unsuccessful Venture Capital Expansion (HBS Working Knowledge)
The Success of Persistent Entrepreneurs (HBS Working Knowledge)
Government's Positive Role in Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship (HBS Working Knowledge)
Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Why Public Efforts to Boost Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Have Failed — and What to Do About It (book)
The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (Case)
Milliway Capital: Battening down the Hatches (Case)
Altoona State Investment Board: December 2008 (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Private Equity Venture Capital Programs


Dean Light Looks Back, and Ahead

Jay O. Light
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Outgoing Dean Jay O. Light reflected on his tenure as a teacher and as HBS dean during a conversation with Senior Associate Dean William Sahlman that opened the 2010 Spring Reunion.

Related Resources:
Light Looks Back on Forty-Year HBS Career (HBS Alumni Bulletin)


Defining Greatness — Lessons Learned from Business Legends

Anthony J. Mayo
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Would Walt Disney be a success in today's hypermedia environment? Would Henry Ford's uncompromising focus on productivity through mass production resonate with today's automobile industry? Could Jack Welch lead today with the approach that gave him and his company such prominence just a few years ago? Business leaders—whether legends of the last century or trailblazers of the current one—do not operate in a vacuum. In any era, executives lead within environments that are constantly reconfigured by contextual factors—political, regulatory, social, and others—that breed both obstacles and opportunities. Which of the 20th century's many great leaders were most adept at exploiting the opportunities of their times? And what lessons do their legacies hold for the study and practice of leadership today?

Related Resources:
Presentation Summary
Presentation Video
Come Fly with Me: A History of Airline Leadership (HBS Working Knowledge)
Pioneering entrepreneur Yoshiko Shinohara on turning temporary work into big business in Japan (HBR)
Yoshiko Shinohara and Tempstaff (Case)

Related Resources:
Leadership Programs


Doing Business in China

F. Warren McFarlan
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This session focuses on the special opportunities and challenges of doing business in and with the largest country in the world. It summarizes a four-year research program which had led to a new second-year MBA course by this title, and the establishment of the new HBS office in Shanghai.

Related Resources:
Spring 2010 Presentation Summary
Fall 2010 Presentation Slides
Spring 2010 Presentation Slides
Fall 2009 Presentation Slides
Fall 2009 Presentation Video
From Little Things Big Things Grow: The Clontarf Foundation Program for Aboriginal Boys (Case)
A Chinese Start-up's Midlife Crisis: 99Sushe.com (Case)
China Mobile's Rural Communications Strategy (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
China Programs


Observations on the Financial Crisis: Macro Financial Risk Propagation, Structural Risks, and Regulatory Recommendations

Robert C. Merton
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For nearly four decades, financial innovation has been a central force driving the global financial system toward greater efficiency, with considerable economic benefit having accrued from those changes. But today we are also in a global financial crisis of a magnitude and scope not seen in nearly eighty years. This lecture will analyze structural questions about financial crisis: How does risk propagate so rapidly across the system? Why do the reported losses in financial institutions continue and actually get larger, even though those institutions are not adding more risk? Is there a structural relation between financial innovation and the risk of crisis? What are the implications of the inevitable incompleteness of all models? What can be said at this point about institutional and regulatory changes? What will be the role of financial innovation in the future beyond the crisis?

Related Resources:
Presentation Slides
Spring 2009 Presentation Video
Systemic Risk and the Refinancing Ratchet Effect
Making the Financial Markets Safe: A Conversation with Robert Merton (HBR)

Related HBS Programs:
Financial Management Programs


The Financial Crisis (and Financial Regulation) in Historical Perspective

David A. Moss
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In this talk, Professor Moss will survey the long history of financial crises in the United States and suggest what this history tells us about the current crisis and, in turn, what sorts of financial regulation we should adopt—and what sorts we should avoid—to help ensure a healthy and stable financial system going forward.

Related Resources:
Presentation Summary
New Perspectives on Regulation (book)
Financial regulation, moral hazard, and the end of "too big to fail" (article)
Too Big To Fail (article)
A Macroeconomic View of the Current Economy (HBS Working Knowledge)
"Too Big To Fail": Reining In Large Financial Firms (HBS Working Knowledge)
An Ounce of Prevention: The Power of Public Risk Management in Stabilizing the Financial System
The Federal Reserve and the Banking Crisis of 1931 (Case)
Fannie Mae: Public or Private? (Case)
Preventing Future Financial Failures (Podcast)

Related HBS Programs:
Financial Management Programs


Dean's Welcome

Dean Nitin Nohria
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Nitin Nohria became the tenth dean of Harvard Business School on July 1, 2010. He previously served as co-chair of the Leadership Initiative, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development, and Head of the Organizational Behavior unit. He spoke to attendees of the 2010 Fall Reunion on October 1, 2010 in Burden Auditorium.

Related Resources:
Presentation Video
Dean's Website


Winning in Emerging Markets

Krishna G. Palepu
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This presentation is based on a new book published by Tarun Khanna and Krishna Palepu, "Winning in Emerging Markets: A Road Map for Strategy and Execution." The presentation will discuss: Unique opportunities and challenges in operating in fast rising emerging markets of the world. Using case examples, the presentation discusses strategic and execution ideas for success in emerging markets for western multinationals, international investors, and new multinationals being created from emerging markets.

Related Resources:
Spring 2010 Presentation Summary
Spring 2010 Presentation Slides
Spring 2010 Presentation Video
Strategy and Execution for Emerging Markets (HBS Working Knowledge)
Emerging Giants: Building World-Class Companies in Developing Countries (HBR)
Winning in Emerging Markets (website)
How Companies in Emerging Markets Break Out (video)
Winning in Emerging Markets: A Road Map for Strategy and Execution (book)

Related HBS Programs:
China Programs
India Programs
Building Businesses in Emerging Markets


Sleeping with Our Blackberry: Why We Are Our Own Worst Enemy and What We Can Do About It

Leslie A. Perlow
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Wireless technology has been a wonderful liberating force, freeing us from the work place. We can now do much of our work anywhere, anytime. But this has not come without cost. Expectations have dramatically increased about when we must be accessible to our clients, our customers, and our colleagues. And, this has an impact on both the quantity and quality of personal time that we have. In this session, we will discuss global usage patterns, our role in perpetuating them, and what we might do differently.

Related Resources:
Presentation Video
George Martin at The Boston Consulting Group (A) (Case)
When You Say Yes but Mean No: How Silencing Conflict Wrecks Relationships and Companies ... and What You Can Do About It (book)


Risk is a Choice Rather Than a Fate

André F. Perold
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Investing is never easy, but the present environment has to rank among the more challenging. We seem increasingly to be in a bi-polar economy where the fundamentals of many individual firms appear strong but where the macro backdrop is very concerning, most notably with respect to the potential for sovereign defaults and global contagion. This session will explore the challenges of investment management in the current context, with a particular focus on the assessment and management of broad asset class risk.

Related Resources:
The Carbon Market (HBR)
Allston: Brand vs. Architecture (Case)
Rosetree Opportunity Mortgage Fund (Case)
The University of Notre Dame Endowment (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Risk Management for Corporate Leaders


Social Platforms and Social Strategy

Mikolaj Jan Piskorski
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In this session, I will provide an overview of the various on-line social platforms and share my research regarding them. I will also discuss how companies should best develop their social strategies to leverage these platforms for profit.

Related Resources:
Presentation Summary
Understanding Users of Social Networks (HBS Working Knowledge)
Will the Real MySpace Users Please Speak Up? (HBS Blogs)
New Twitter Research: Men Follow Men and Nobody Tweets (HBS Blogs)
Barack Obama: Organizing for America 2.0 (Case)
Facebook's Platforms (Case)
Twitter (Case)
Yelp (Case)
Young Presidents' Organization (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Taking Marketing Digital
Effective Strategies for Media Companies


Value-Based Health Care Delivery

Michael E. Porter
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Health care reform is proving to be one of the defining issues of the 21st century, both in the United States and throughout the world. Costs are exploding even in single-payer systems driven by aging populations and rising expectations for better care. There is heated debate about what to do, but the focus is on the wrong question: how to cut costs? The only real solution is to transform the delivery of health care to dramatically improve value, or the health outcomes per dollar spent. Health care systems in every country have a value problem, and fixing it will require restructuring of care delivery itself, not incremental solutions. This session will offer a roadmap for transforming health care delivery, drawing on examples of leading health care providers and health plans that are achieving exciting value improvements in the United States and other countries.

Related Resources:

Presentation Summary
Presentation Materials
Fall 2009 Presentation Slides
Presentation Video
Redefining Competition in Healthcare

Related HBS Programs:
Healthcare Delivery Programs


Energy in the New Century

Forest Reinhardt
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It has been easy to take for granted the heat, light, and mobility that our energy systems make available to all of us, but without them modern life would be unimaginable. In this session we will explore the strategic and political challenges faced by the firms that supply energy in today's economy, and the implications of their decisions for their customers and their shareholders.

Related Resources:
Presentation Summary
The Carbon Market (Note)
Colbun — Powering Chile (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Global Energy Seminar


The State of the Nation's Housing 2010

Nicolas P. Retsinas
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Housing markets have imploded almost everywhere. Mortgage performance eroded badly, and lenders responded by tightening underwriting standards, sparking an even steeper slide in home sales and housing starts. Housing finance is on government life support encompassing almost all residential mortgages. There is a lively, partisan and acrimonious debate on the role of government in housing markets and what to do about Fannie and Freddie. Should the government support homeownership? When and how will private capital reappear? Who will bear the risk? Who should pay for it?

Related Resources:
Presentation Summary
Presentation Materials
2009 Presentation Slides
Credit is Not the Bogey (HBS Working Knowledge)
One South: Investing in Emerging Markets (A) (Case)
One South: Investing in Emerging Markets (B) (Case)
International Equity: The Second Act (HBR)

Related HBS Programs:
Real Estate Programs


The State of the Nation's Housing 2010

William A. Sahlman
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"Deals" are part of everyone's life. We strike implicit and explicit deals with capital suppliers, customers and employees. We even participate in implicit deals with our families and with the government. The goal of this presentation is to help you understand the deals struck inside and outside the corporate environment. I will offer a simple set of questions for understanding deals: How is cash allocated? How is risk allocated? What are the implicit and explicit incentives? Who will be attracted by the deal terms offered? What are the logical implications of people acting in their best interest? We will analyze a wide range of examples of deals from the real world, from the corporate setting to government policy. I will focus on using the lens of incentives to understand the financial crisis and issues related to health care reform.

Related Resources:
Presentation Summary
Spring 2010 Presentation Video
Management and the Financial Crisis (We have met the enemy and he is us ...) (HBS Working Knowledge)
Nantucket Nectars: The Exit (Case)
Endeavor: Creating a Global Movement for High-Impact Entrepreneurship (Case)
ZINK Imaging: Zero Ink (Case)
NovoCure Ltd. (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Negotiation and Managerial Decision-Making Programs


Elements of Persuasion in Negotiation

James K. Sebenius
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Effective negotiation requires many skills: setting up the most promising situation, designing valuable deals, and using problem-solving, persuasive tactics. This session will highlight some of the key principles of persuasion and apply them on a stop-action basis to an extremely challenging video negotiation, the outcome of which arguably changed US history.

Related Resources:
Spring 2010 Presentation Summary
Spring 2010 Presentation Slides
Spring 2009 Presentation
Negotiation Analysis: From Games to Inferences to Decisions to Deals
Hidden Roadblocks in Cross-Border Talks
Assess, Don't Assume, Part I: Etiquette and National Culture in Negotiation (Working Paper)
Assess, Don't Assume, Part II: Negotiating Implications of Cross-Border Differences in Decision Making, Governance, and Political Economy (Working Paper)
Negotiating the Path of Abraham (Working Paper)
ADR Choices (Note)
ADR Choices Video (Alternative Dispute Resolution Vignettes)
Wyoff and China — LuQuan: Negotiating a Joint Venture (A) (Case)
Wyoff and China — LuQuan: Negotiating a Joint Venture (B) (Case)
Negotiating for Results v2 (Simulation)

Related HBS Programs:
Negotiation and Managerial Decision-Making Programs


The Great Unwind and the Future of Real Estate

Arthur I. Segel
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With the US economy showing some signs of recovery, many commentators and analysts have focused their attention on an anticipated, perhaps ongoing, crisis in commercial real estate. This presentation discusses factors impacting the likelihood and timing of such a crisis and the potential impacts on real estate capital markets, securitization practices, and the economy generally. How and when should banks handle distressed loans, failed developments, and toxic assets?

Related Resources:
Fall 2010 Presentation Summary
Spring 2010 Presentation Summary
Spring 2010 Presentation Slides
Presentation Video
How Institutional Investors Think About Real Estate (Note)
Steel Street (Case)
Busse Place (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Real Estate Programs


Jump Start Your Revenue Growth

Benson P. Shapiro
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Your company has already cut costs and survived what, for most firms, has been a brutal economic time. Now to increase profits and enterprise value it is imperative to grow your top-line revenue. You need to increase unit sales and/or prices on a tight budget. In this practical reunion session, Professor Ben Shapiro will help you:

    • identify the best targets of opportunity,
    • price effectively to improve profitability without sacrificing unit volume,
    • improve the focus, effectiveness and efficiency of your go-to-market approach, and
    • sell better and faster.

The material is based on a continuing research program on high profit, high performance marketing and sales.

Related Resources:
Spring 2010 Presentation Summary
Spring 2010 Presentation Slides
Yes, You Can Raise Prices in a Downturn (HBS Working Knowledge)

Related HBS Programs:
Aligning Strategy and Sales


Just Enough: Enduring Success

Howard H. Stevenson
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Harvard Business School graduates have achieved many different kinds of success as leaders of businesses, as entrepreneurs and in their public and private lives. After authoring or co-authoring 150 cases, serving on many corporate and non-profit boards, Howard Stevenson's most recent research has focused on observing the patterns in peoples' lives that create enduring success. The observations made by Stevenson and his co-author, Laura Nash, differ from those in the current rash of "how to" books that offer simple solutions to the problem of living "the good life". Their conclusion is that "it is not about balance" and it is not about maximization. It's about knowing how to define "enough" for today, tomorrow, and the rest of your life. Stevenson and Nash have identified the four essential categories around which people define success and have developed a model for knowing when life becomes too focused on a narrow set of success goals. Stevenson will discuss the model and how to calibrate your actions toward a more enduring success.

Related Resources:
Presentation Summary
Presentation Video
Paresh Patel: Building a Life in the Context of Global Business - October 2007 (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Strategic Management Programs


Why Some Companies Are More Innovative Than Others

Stefan H. Thomke
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Why do companies such as Apple constantly come out with exciting innovations whereas others have great difficulties going beyond their traditional product and service offerings? In his talk, Professor Thomke argues that an organization's ability to innovate depends on its capability to constantly experiment with new products, processes, and business models. He will explain why experimentation is so critical to the management of innovation, underscores the impact of new technologies, and outlines what managers must do to integrate them successfully. Drawing on a decade of research in multiple industries as diverse as automotive, semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and banking, he provides striking illustrations of how companies drive strategy and value creation by accommodating their organizations to experimentation approaches. A significant part of the session will be devoted to a discussion of innovation and its challenges. To prepare, we would like to ask participants to think about the session's title and be ready to share their experiences.

Related Resources:
Spring 2010 Presentation Slides
Fall 2010 Presentation Summary
Design Thinking and Innovation at Apple (Note)
The Dabbawala System: On-Time Delivery, Every Time (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Innovation Programs


Who Are We? Organizational Identity Crisis in an Age of Technological Convergence

Mary Tripsas
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AT&T radio, Apple TV, HondaJet, and Fujifilm cosmetics are but a few examples of potentially attractive opportunities that lie well beyond what most would traditionally consider each of these firms' core businesses. In an era of rapid, pervasive technological change, exploratory innovations such as these are generally considered essential to a company's long-term viability. But as companies evolve, managers may eventually face an organizational identity crisis where they are forced to question deeply held assumptions and beliefs about what their firm represents—and in some cases re-think their organization's essence. How can firms avoid an identity crisis, or deal with one when it occurs? How can companies best manage a change in the answer to "who are we?"

Related Resources:
Presentation Summary
Presentation Video
Technology, Identity, and Inertia Through the Lens of 'The Digital Photography Company'
Fujifilm: A Second Foundation (Case)
TOTO: The Bottom Line (Case)


Treasury Bonds: Inflation Bets or Deflation Hedges? The Treasury Bond Market "Bubble"

Luis M. Viceira
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There is considerable debate today as to whether the US Treasury bond market is moving into bubble territory. This talk examines these claims in light of what factors move bond yields, and the history of the Treasury bond market in the US postwar period.

Related Resources:
Bond Risk, Bond Return Volatility, and the Term Structure of Interest Rates
Optimal Value and Growth Tilts in Long-Horizon Portfolios

Related HBS Programs:
Financial Management Programs


US Deficits and Debt

Richard H.K. Vietor
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The USA has run large current account deficits for almost 30 years. This has contributed to its loss of competitiveness and the accumulation of huge, foreign debts. But in the past 10 years, it has also run huge fiscal deficits, having recently reached $1.5 trillion. This, given our low savings rate, is all but impossible to finance, and depends on the continuing cooperation of China, Japan, Germany and Saudi Arabia. President Obama must deal with this shortly ... but only after our economy recovers from the financial crisis.

Related Resources:
Presentation Summary
Spring 2009 Presentation Slides
Presentation Video
Cape Wind (Case)
Enel: Power, Russia, and Global Markets (Case)
India: Democracy and development (Case)
Malaysia: Halfway to 2020 (Case)
Saudi Arabia: Modern Reform, Enduring Stability (Case)
Dubai: Global Economy (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Financial Management Programs


Founders' Dilemmas

Noam T. Wasserman
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Noam Wasserman's "Founders' Dilemmas" MBA elective covers the most critical "people" decisions faced by founders. It progresses from the core founder to decisions about adding co-founders, non-founding hires, and investors and successor-CEOs. It examines long-term implications for venture growth, for splintering of the founding team, for maintaining control, and for financial gains. The course integrates brand-new cases with academic research based on data collected over the last decade from 5,000 private ventures. When the course debuted in 2009, Noam won the HBS Teaching Award for it, and in 2011, it will have more sections than any other entrepreneurship elective at HBS. During this reunion presentation, Noam will present the core frameworks from the course, vignettes from several of its cases, and findings from his large-scale dataset.

Related Resources:
Presentation Summary
Help Increase Transparency in Private Company Executive Compensation (article)
Planning a Start-Up? Seize the Day... Then Expect to Work All Night (Case)
Nantucket Nectars: The Exit (Case)
Tale of the Lynx (Case)
"Lather, Rinse, Repeat": FeedBurner's Serial Founding Team (Case)
Playing with Fire at SitterCity (Case)

Related HBS Programs:
Owner-Managed Programs


Negotiation and Leadership: Lessons for Today from the American Civil War

Michael A. Wheeler
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A young Union officer, Joshua Chamberlain, leads a regiment that once numbered nearly 1,000 men but is less than 300 now. In addition, he has just been put in charge of 120 "mutineers." Like him, they are volunteers from Maine. They claim that their enlistments have expired and insist on going home. They are delivered to him having been marched at bayonet point without being fed for three days. Chamberlain is authorized to shoot them if they refuse to join his regiment and fight. And oh, the battle at Gettysburg is looming. What should Chamberlain do? Professor Michael Wheeler will lead a discussion of this case with stop-start analysis of video and slides. No special preparation is required.

Related Resources:
Spring 2010 Presentation Handouts
Fall 2010 Presentation Video
Engineer Ownership Through Anticipatory Management: Address Employee and Customer Needs Before They Arise (book chapter)
ADR Choices (Note)
ADR Choices Video (Alternative Dispute Resolution Vignettes)
Simulation: Negotiating for Results 2 (Simulation)

Related HBS Programs:
Negotiation and Managerial Decision-Making Programs


Network Effects: When (And If) Winners Take All

David B. Yoffie
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Network effects, also called network externalities, exist when the value of any product or service grows as other users consume the product. Network effects are a fundamental feature of the Internet, and are critically important in any business where networks of people and products are central. Even in the midst of a global downturn, network effects can make or break a business. This session will explore how, when, and why network effects work. This interactive discussion will examine the role of network effects in industries ranging from videocassette recorders and instant messaging to iPods, high-definition DVDs, search (Google), social networks (Facebook), cellphone service, and auctions.

Related Resources:
Fall 2010 Presentation Slides
Why the US Tech Sector Doesn't Need Domestic Manufacturing (HBS Blogs)
What's Your Google Strategy? (HBR)
Intellectual Ventures (Case)
HTC Corp. in 2009 (Case)
Gucci Group in 2009 (Case)


The Tip of the Iceberg: JP Morgan Chase and Bear Stearns (A)

HBS Faculty
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Bear Stearns & Co. burned through nearly all of its $18 billion in cash reserves during the week of March 10, 2008, and an unprecedented provision of liquidity support from the Federal Reserve on Friday, March 13, was insufficient to reverse the decline in Bear's condition. Federal Reserve Chairman Benjamin Bernanke, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and New York Fed President Timothy Geithner were intent on limiting the impact of Bear's problems on the wider financial system. James "Jamie" Dimon, Morgan's Chairman and CEO, was in frequent contact with these regulators over the weekend of March 14–16, negotiating possible scenarios for the rescue of Bear, without which Bear would be forced it to seek bankruptcy protection when markets opened on Monday. Late on Sunday afternoon, March 16, Bear's board accepted Morgan's offer to purchase Bear for $2 per share, an offer that would not have been made without significant government assistance. There was hope that the Bear rescue would help avert the far-reaching spread of damage into the larger financial world that many policymakers viewed as likely to follow the failure of a major investment bank. This case examines a seminal event in the financial and economic crisis that began in the summer of 2007, and provides background for better understanding the full scope of the crisis as it was revealed during the summer and fall of 2008. It was written to address two sets of issues. First, it provides the opportunity to understand the corporate finance issues of capital and liquidity, and of firm valuation. Second, the case allows for the exploration of aspects of a firm's internal and external governance, as well as the challenges of navigating through a crisis when faced with compelling pressures from competing stakeholders.


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Professional Success...and Beyond

HBS Alumni Career & Professional Development
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Alumni Career & Professional Development partners with Jim Citrin (MBA 1986), CEO and Board Practice North America, Spencer Stuart and best-selling leadership author, to bring you Professional Success...and Beyond. Not surprisingly, for years HBS alumni have been passionately interested in decoding professional success, understanding how careers really work, and discerning those factors that differentiate the most exceptional business leaders from everyone else. Based on his 16 years at Spencer Stuart and five best-selling books, including The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers and You're in Charge, Now What?, Jim will share proven leadership strategies that will address these questions and power your success. However, what about when you've realized your goals? Or if you are at a career crossroads? Based on extensive research with the world's greatest performers, from business executives to athletes to military leaders, and his most recent book The Dynamic Path, this session will also help you channel your talents, passions, resources, and energies into something that will be truly meaningful and fulfilling.

Related Resources:
Research Support for Alumni in Transition


Career Pathways Study and Career Development Resources for Alumnae

HBS Alumni Career & Professional Development
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Fully two-thirds of highly qualified women (those with graduate degrees, professional degrees, or high honors undergraduate degrees) have discontinuous or non-linear careers. — Off-Ramps and On-Ramps, Harvard Business School Press, 2007

Join Alumni Career & Professional Development as we review the 2009 Career Pathways Study, a report on the decisions and experiences that have shaped alumni career paths 5, 10, and 15 years after graduating from HBS, and spotlight how women's career trajectories differ from their male counterparts. We'll also profile the range of educational and leadership programs specifically designed for HBS alumnae—whether you are ready to set a new professional direction, boost your innovation and leadership skills or build and manage successful career growth. We will discuss how these programs and the Alumni Career & Professional Development resources can assist in effectively managing your career development efforts, and achieve both personal and professional growth.

Related Resources:
Research Support for Alumni in Transition


Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life

HBS Alumni Career & Professional Development
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Worried you're going to flunk retirement? Not even interested in trying? You aren't alone. Millions of Americans are entering a new stage of work in the period between midlife careers and retirement. What's more, research shows a significant segment of this population is looking for work that is purposeful, makes a meaningful contribution to the greater good and may provide financial compensation. Many are translating their management and experience into second careers as social entrepreneurs; others are launching new work at existing organizations focusing on fields like education or the environment. Taken together this movement promises to produce a windfall of talent for solving some of the greatest challenges facing the nation, today. This session will tell the story of these pioneers, and the emerging "Encore Career" phenomenon, along with providing practical advice for how HBS alumni can launch their own encores.

Moderator: Marci Alboher, Vice President, Civic Ventures and author of One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success

Panel:
Laurent Adamowicz, 2010 Fellow, Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University
Paul Gudonis, MBA 1980, President, FIRST
Bob Whelan, Director and CEO, 13th Avenue Funding
Junko Yoda, 2010 Fellow, Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative

Related Resources:
Presentation Summary
Presentation Video
Research Support for Alumni in Transition
Building a Third Stage Career


Baker Library Alumni Service Overview

HBS Knowledge and Library Services
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Did you know that alumni privileges at HBS include access to the world-class resources at Baker Library for your career and professional research needs? In this session, Ann Cullen of Knowledge and Library Services provides an overview of the services available for job and career research, exploring trends and ideas, investigating new markets, or starting and growing a business.

Related Resources:
Fall 2010 Presentation Slides
Presentation Handout


HBS Executive Education Overview

Charles W. Breckling, Managing Director of Marketing, HBS Executive Education
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HBS Executive Education is an important contributor to faculty and curriculum development as well as to the financial resources of the School. It has achieved significant growth over the past several years, even through the recent financial crisis. It also has expanded its global operations and now is delivering programs in four off-campus locations. This session provides an overview of Executive Education's Open Enrollment, Custom, and Global operations, as well as its past performance and future plans. The session also will offer alumni the opportunity to provide feedback on the Executive Education portfolio and input on future alumni program development.

Related Resources:
HBS Executive Education


Believe It. Live It.

Vaughn Brock
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More than words. A way of living. From the beaches of Normandy to the streets of Fallujah, in a downtown alleyway and a country tree house, at a running track and on a stage ... in these places and others in between, we join a crew of young men as they discover what it means to believe and live by the values of being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. Brock (MBA 1985) created the video Believe It. Live It and study guide to explore these values as we meet a Rwandan genocide survivor, an Iraq war hero, a US Army rescue helicopter unit and other everyday people who personify these values in their daily life—those who truly "Believe It. Live It."

Related Resources:
Believe It. Live It. (video)


Project Antares Brings High-Impact Interventions to Low-Income Populations: A Collaboration Between HBS and the Harvard School of Public Health

Michael Chu, Howard H. Stevenson, and Roslyn Payne
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Can a $25 incubator change health prospects for newborns in Nepal—and earn back enough money for its manufacturer to turn a profit and hew to its humanitarian mission? That's the kind of challenge that Project Antares, a unique collaboration between the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Business School, seeks to address. Project Antares aims to combat public health threats that disproportionately affect poor families, and build on those successes by developing curricula to train leaders in business, public health, and policy. Under the Project's auspices, students from HBS and HSPH have conducted 13 field studies in nine countries.

Launched four years ago with the guidance of HBS Professor Howard Stevenson and through a gift from Roslyn Braeman Payne (HBSMBA 1970) and support from the Brinson Foundation, the Project focuses on commercial approaches to delivering high-impact health interventions to low-income populations. The project is co-directed by David Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography at HSPH, and Michael Chu, senior lecturer at Harvard Business School.

Related Resources:
Presentation Video
Can Students Launch Enterprises That Turn a Profit and Save Lives? (article)
Improving Public Health for the Poor (HBS Working Knowledge)


What's in Your Genome?

Kevin Davies, editor, Bio-IT World; author, The $1,000 Genome
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We are in the midst of an astonishing revolution in medical research, in which the cost of reading a person's complete DNA sequence has dropped from $2 billion (2000) to $1 million (2007) to less than $10,000 (2010). Today, anybody with a doctor's note can get their genome sequenced commercially for $10–20,000. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people have enjoyed the information provided by personal genomics companies such as 23andMe, although this industry is facing increased scrutiny from FDA and Congress. Kevin Davies, a British science writer and a frequent guest at HBS alumni reunions, will share his experiences in decoding his own genome, review the latest "next-generation" sequencing systems, and discuss the medical impact and ethical implications of personal genomics.

Related Resources:
Presentation Summary
Presentation Video
Bio-ITWorld.com
The $1,000 Genome


The Promise of Stem Cell Science

Kevin Eggan and Lee Rubin
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Lee Rubin, Director of Translational Medicine of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), and Kevin Eggan, Associate Professor of Stem Cell & Regenerative Biology (SCRB) and a Principal Investigator of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, will review the basics of stem cell science, and explain why scientists are so excited about this field and the potential treatments for some of our most prevalent diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. They will also discuss the business model of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, which was established to deliver on the scientific promise, and speak about Harvard's commitment to furthering the development of the field by educating the next generation of scientists.

Related Resources:
New Steps Forward in Cell Reprogramming (article)
Renewal: Stem Cells and the Next Five Years (article)
Stem Cells as Tools (article)


Freedom of Expression Online: International Policies and Practices

Rob Faris, Research Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School

Who's Got Your Back: Building Relationships for Success in Life

Keith Ferrazzi
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This breakthrough program is designed to build deep, trusting relationships that create success—and won't let you fail. In this interactive keynote, participants will learn:

    • The Four Mindsets to building deeper, more trusting "lifeline relationships"
    • Tips and tools for overcoming the career-crippling habits that hold us back
    • How to set goals in a dramatically more powerful way
    • Why we should replace "yes men" in our lives with those who get it and care—and will hold us accountable to achieving our goals
    • How to lower our guards and let others help

None of us can do it alone. We need the perspective and advice of a trusted team. In this presentation, Keith Ferrazzi shows us how to put our own "dream team" together.

Related Resources:
Presentation Video
Who's got your back (book)


Leadership Challenges Facing America

David Gergen
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As the world's economic and political dynamics continue to evolve, America faces a series of challenges, both short- and long-term. Where are we headed on education, energy, the environment, jobs and taxes? The country's success will depend heavily upon the innovation and enterprise of its leaders. A trusted advisor to presidents of both parties, David Gergen offers a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of their struggles to exercise power and draws from them key lessons for leaders of all types. A leading commentator for more than two decades, he offers insider perspective on the future of America.

Related Resources:
Presentation Summary
Presentation Video
How Business Can Stand Tall Again (article)
A Question of Presidential Leadership (article)
Barack Obama So Far (article)
Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership Nixon to Clinton (book)


Promise and Progress in Stem Cell Science

Douglas A. Melton
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The possibility that human stem cells can be used to repair and regenerate our bodies has captivated scientists and the public alike. The Harvard Stem Cell Institute was formed to capitalize on this new science with the aim of finding new treatments for degenerative diseases. Progress in making stem cells from skin, finding potential drug candidates for ALS and spinal muscular atrophy, new approaches to aging, and advances in diabetes research are a few examples of the progress that will be discussed. In the longer term, getting products to patients will require new business models and the political context in which the work is done adds another dimension to this exciting field.

Related Resources:
Presentation Summary
Presentation Video
Melton Laboratory (website)


Leading the World's Largest Endowment Post-Crisis: Positioning Harvard Management Company for the Future

Jane L. Mendillo
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Comments and observations by the president and CEO of Harvard Management Company.

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Presentation Summary
Harvard Management Company (website)


Building Healthy Children and a Successful Society in the Media Age

Michael Rich
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Revolutionary media technologies and their innovative applications have transformed our world in ways both exhilarating and unpredictable. Children and adolescents, the future of our society, are early adopters and enthusiastic users of rapidly evolving interactive screen media from televisions to the Internet to smartphones. Their childhood is dramatically different even from older siblings. Harvard pediatrician Michael Rich abandons the long-running values versus free expression stalemate to examine measurable influences and outcomes of media exposure on children's physical, mental, and social health. Rigorous medical and psychological science demonstrates how children learn from and are changed by their use of contemporary media and how we can guide their media use so they are not harmed, but become better connected, educated, and prepared for their accelerating, ever-shrinking world.

Related Resources:
Presentation Summary
Presentation Video
Ask the Mediatrician (blog)
Children and Media Research Advancement Act (US Senate bill S. 2477, contributing author)
Center on Media and Child Health (website)


A Path Forward on Climate and Energy?

Daniel Schrag
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Related Resources:
Acting in Time on Energy Policy: Making Carbon Capture and Storage Work (report)
Coal as a low-carbon fuel? (article)
Confronting the Climate-Energy Challenge (HBS Think Tank on Energy, the Environment, and Business)


Neuroscience and the Roots of Human Capital Development: Implications for Economic Productivity and Corporate Responsibility

Jack Shonkoff
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There is broad understanding that the current explosion of knowledge in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics is fueling investment in new technologies that will revolutionize the way we treat disease. Less appreciated is the extent to which this same science could inform more effective approaches to education reform, workforce development, health promotion, crime prevention, and the reduction of intergenerational poverty. This session will provide an overview of the science of early childhood and early brain development for business leaders who are interested in strengthening the US workforce, building human capital in developing countries, and leveraging scientific advances to generate innovative solutions to enduring societal problems as a new strategy for corporate responsibility.

Related Resources:
From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development (book)


Flourishing Amidst Suffering

Panel Discussion
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We, and those we love, suffer: we experience conflict, betrayal, disappointments, health problems, and eventually death. Our communities often provide technical solutions while ignoring the suffering we face as we confront life's big challenges. Our panel will explore faith-infused learning laboratories from around the world that nourish innovation, bestow best-in-class leadership, attend to suffering, and build hope—in landscapes that have both potential and pain. These laboratories help us understand how we can flourish in a world that is not what it ought to be and perhaps can be.

John H. Finley IV (moderator), Harvard College, Head of School, Epiphany School (Dorchester, MA)
Katerina Gould, MBA 1990, Adviser to World Jewish Relief and Executive Coach
Allegra L. Jordan, MBA 1995, Executive Director, Social Sector, Duke Divinity School
Naheed Shafi Malik, MBA 1995, Director of Finance, Wolters Kluwer Health


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Asset Management/Hedge Fund (Fall 2010)

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Andre F. Perold (moderator); George Gund Professor of Finance and Banking, Harvard Business School
James G. Dinan, MBA 1985, Managing Partner, York Capital Management LLP
John A. Paulson, MBA 1980, President, Paulson & Co. Inc.
Jeffrey G. Tarrant, MBA 1985, CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Protege Partners, LLC

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Green Tech (Fall 2010)

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Rebecca M. Henderson (moderator); Senator John Heinz Professor of Environmental Management, Harvard Business School
Douglas R. Brown, MBA 1985, Chairman & CEO, Seven Seas Water Corporation
Lewis T. Jester, III, MBA 1975, Former General Manager, Global Infrastructure, Chevron
Philip B. Rettger, MBA 1985, Executive Vice President, Optisolar
Alan J. Wood, MBA 1975, Chairman, Siemens PLC

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Green Tech/Clean Energy (Spring 2010)

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Forest L. Reinhardt (moderator); John D. Black Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Gregory R. Arnold, MBA 1990; Managing Partner, CE2 Capital Partners
Michael D.J. Liebreich, MBA 1990; Chief Executive, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Diana M. Propper De Callejon, MBA 1990; General Partner, Expansion Capital Partners
Roger W. Sant, MBA 1960; Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, The AES Corporation

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Health Care (Fall 2010)

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Janet Benvenuti, MBA 1985 (moderator); Founder and Managing Partner, Circle of Life Partners LLC
Etienne H. Deffarges, MBA 1985, Executive Vice President, Accretive Health
Pamela Germain, MBA 1985 Vice President for Managed Care & Outreach, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
James J. Hummer, MBA 1980, President, Luxemburg Capital
Richard A. Packer, MBA 1985, President and Chief Executive Officer, Zoll Medical Corporation

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Internet/Social Media: Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age (Spring 2010)

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Josaphat K. Tango, MBA 1995 (moderator); Founder and General Partner, Kepha Partners
Jennifer Carr-Smith, MBA 2000; Chief Operating Officer, Gilt Groupe, Inc.
Jonathan Kraft, MBA 1990; President and COO, The Kraft Group
Sheryl Kara Sandberg, MBA 1995;
Russell J. Wilcox, MBA 1995; Chief Executive Officer, E Ink Corporation

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Philanthropy (Fall 2010)

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Allen S. Grossman (moderator); MBA Class of 1957 Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School
J. Michael Cline,, MBA 1985, Founding Managing Partner, Accretive Health
Philip S. Estes, MBA 1985, Managing Member, Horizon Holdings LLC
Kathryn E. Giusti, MBA 1985, CEO and Founder, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
Tom Tierney, MBA 1980, Chairman and Co-Founder, The Bridgespan Group

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Private Equity (Fall 2010)

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William A. Sahlman (moderator); Dimitri V. D'Arbeloff - MBA Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration; Senior Associate Dean for External Relations, Harvard Business School
Joshua S. Friedman, MBA 1980, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Canyon Partners, LLC
John C. Hansen Jr.,, MBA 1985, President, JH Partners
Charles N. Sherwood, MBA 1985, Partner and Board Member, Permira

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Social Enterprise (Spring 2010)

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Elizabeth A. Clarkson, MBA 2000 (moderator); Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
James T. Bunch, MBA 2000; Senior Director, Omidyar Network
Bridget M. Burkhardt, MBA 2000; Senior Consultant, ShoreBank International
Cindy E. Ko, MBA 2005; Vice President, Endeavor Global, Inc.

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