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The Effects of Foreign Direct Investment: Macro and Micro Approaches

Laura Alfaro, Warren Alpert Professor of Business Administration
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Understanding the gains of foreign direct investment (FDI) and multinational production has been a critical topic in academic, business, and policy circles. The benefits generated by FDI depend on the presence of certain complementary conditions that help countries absorb those benefits. Professor Alfaro will discuss the need for an “integrated approach” in studying the effects of FDI on host countries. She will examine the importance of macro-level work to uncover countries’ absorptive capacities, the value of micro-level work to understand the mechanisms through which these capacities materialize, and the role of theoretical work to guide these studies.

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Humanizing CRM: Unlocking the Mysteries of Your Customer Relationships

Jill J. Avery (DBA 2007), Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
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Consumers have always had relationships with brands, but sophisticated tools for analyzing customer data are finally allowing marketers to truly personalize and manage those relationships. With this new power comes a new challenge: consumers now expect companies to understand what type of relationship they want and to respond appropriately. Unfortunately, despite the $11 billion spent annually on CRM software, many companies lack “relational intelligence” and fail to meet customer expectations. Based on more than a decade of research on brand relationships in a variety of industries across the globe, Senior Lecturer and former CPG Brand Manager Avery will illustrate how companies can unlock the mysteries contained within their relationship portfolios and deliver on customers’ expectations in ways that significantly affect their profitability.

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The Low Risk Anomaly: Implications for Investment, Asset Allocation, and Corporate Finance

Malcolm P. Baker, Robert G. Kirby Professor of Business Administration
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One of the basic principles of finance is that, in competitive and efficient markets, investors earn higher average returns only by taking greater risks. Asset classes follow this pattern: Stocks have returned more than bonds, and bonds have returned more than cash. But within the stock market, the pattern is reversed. Low-risk stocks, whether measured by volatility or market beta, have outperformed high-risk stocks, on average, in 80 years of US stock market history and in 30 years of international data. Drawing on his research, Professor Baker will describe the behavioral and institutional explanations for this anomaly and discuss the potential implications for investment, asset allocation, and corporate finance.

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Behavioral Insights to Be a More Effective Organization

Max H. Bazerman, Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration
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The growth of behavioral economics, decision research, controlled field experiments, and nudging has created a new set of levers for executives to create more effective organizations. HBS, and Harvard more broadly, is at the center of this revolution. As cochair of Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Group (along with Professor Iris Bohnet), Professor Bazerman helps organize the dozens of Harvard researchers working in this area and coordinates with emerging Behavioral Insights Teams around the globe. This talk will give an overview of Harvard’s role in this field and offer a number of specific examples that may be useful to executives attending the session.

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Is “Good Governance” Good for Companies?

Joseph L. Bower (MBA 1961), Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus;
Lynn S. Paine, John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration

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At a time of changing technology, shifting environmental and market conditions, and increasing competition from giant Asian companies, business leaders also face heightened pressure to increase returns to shareholders and improve corporate governance. In the name of good governance and greater accountability to shareholders, many companies have declassified their boards, introduced majority voting for directors, and eliminated so-called “poison pills." Others, under pressure from activist investors, have bought back shares, spun off divisions, or taken other steps to modify their business models. In this session, Professors Bower and Paine will review the intellectual foundations of the “good governance” movement and report on the conversations they have had with corporate executives, investors, and asset managers about the implications of this movement and the role of shareholders in the modern public corporation.


Aligning Strategy and Sales

Frank V. Cespedes, MBA Class of 1973 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
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For most companies, the most expensive part of implementation is aligning sales and other go-to-market efforts with their strategies and goals. Yet research indicates a big gap between strategy and field execution in sales. On average, companies deliver only about half of the financial performance that their strategies and sales forecasts promise. That’s a lot of wasted money and managerial effort. This session will focus on tools to help close that gap and improve selling and strategy in your organization. Senior Lecturer Cespedes will outline what research for his new book, Aligning Strategy and Sales: The Choices, Systems, and Behaviors That Drive Effective Selling (Harvard Business Review Press), can say about improving performance in this area. He will also leave attendees with diagnostics that they can use when they return to their organizations.

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Capitalist Dilemma and How Will You Measure Your Life

Clayton M. Christensen (MBA 1979), Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration
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Professor Christensen loves to tackle questions, whether they are about how to live a happy, meaningful, purpose-filled life or the patterns in the economic recovery cycle. Using a set of theories as lenses to the world, he routinely asks his students to share what they see through these lenses. He continues the conversation and shares insights from these conversations throughout this presentation. He will talk about his current research, which looks at the economy, and discuss how this same research applies to family relationships—aligning resources with priorities—and how he has chosen to measure his life.

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Design Thinking and Innovative Problem Solving

Srikant M. Datar, Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Accounting
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In their book, Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads (Harvard Business Review Press), Professors Srikant Datar and David Garvin and researcher Patrick Cullen identified creative and innovative thinking as an essential skill for managers operating in a world of rapidly evolving product and business models and ever-increasing complexity. In this talk, Professor Datar will describe how managers can develop design thinking and innovative problem-solving skills. These skills include the ability to gain deep insights about users (the core of design thinking); to define and reframe problems; and to overcome fixedness in thinking to generate, develop, and implement novel and effective solutions. Professor Datar will also discuss how managers can build innovative organizations, identify innovative individuals, form innovative teams, and nurture innovative cultures.

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Google, Facebook, and the End of Anonymity

John A. Deighton, Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration;
Benjamin G. Edelman, Associate Professor of Business Administration

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The automobile changed the physical world. The Internet is changing the mental world. First came Google, which put a dent in human ignorance, and then Facebook, which did the same for loneliness. Do these virtues come at a cost? They alter the line between private life and life in the marketplace; they change the balance of information between buyers and sellers; they change what it means to be alone. This session will report on research that finds that US firms spend $156 billion to buy marketing services grounded in microdata about individual consumers. Are marketers getting value for this spending? Are consumers?

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Terror at the Taj Bombay: Customer-Centric Leadership

Rohit Deshpandé, Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Marketing
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Join a case discussion about the bravery and resourcefulness shown by the rank-and-file employees of the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower luxury hotel during the terrorist attacks that took place in Mumbai, India, on November 26, 2008. Excerpts from the “Terror at the Taj” multimedia case will be shown during the session, featuring video interviews with hotel staff and executives combined with security footage of the attack, which create a documentary-like account of the events that took place. The case also covers the hotel’s history, its approach to training, and the “guest is God” philosophy inherent in Indian culture. Why did the Taj employees stay at their posts, jeopardizing their safety in order to save hotel guests? And is this level of loyalty and dedication something that can be replicated and scaled elsewhere? Note: The Terror at the Taj Bombay case discussion will be based on a video case shown live in the classroom; no pre-reading or viewing is required.

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Teaming across Industries

Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management
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This session will review research on the interpersonal dynamics that affect organizational learning. Teaming—the dynamic interactions through which interdependent work is carried out—emphasizes the action rather than the structures of teamwork. This perspective on organizational learning emerged through field research in settings ranging from the front lines of health care delivery to the Space Shuttle program at NASA to the management conference room. It emphasizes the debilitating effects of interpersonal fear and examines the role of leadership in counteracting these effects.

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Product Management 101

Thomas R. Eisenmann (MBA 1983), Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration
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Great product managers (PMs) can have a tremendous impact on a technology company's performance. PMs define a product and then lead a cross-functional team responsible for its development, launch, and ongoing improvement. The elective course Product Management 101 aims to prepare MBAs for this demanding and crucial role by using a learning-by-doing approach. Over the course of a year, PM101 students conduct research on user needs for a software application, specify functional requirements, recruit and supervise programmers, and then manage the application's launch. Professor Eisenmann will describe the challenges and rewards of designing and delivering a course that eschews the traditional HBS case method and instead relies solely on its complement, the field method. He will also discuss how PM101 fits into broader efforts underway at HBS to better prepare students for entrepreneurial careers.

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Strategic Marketing Management: Betting on Blockbusters and Superstars

Anita Elberse, Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration
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Big bets on blockbusters and superstars are commonplace in the business of entertainment, but such strategies increasingly pervade other consumer-goods sectors, too, including fashion, electronics, luxury goods, beverages, and apparel. That’s why managers in a wide range of industries can benefit from understanding successful strategies in show business. Drawing on a decade's worth of research on the creative industries, Professor Elberse will describe which strategies give leaders in film, television, music, publishing, and sports an edge over their rivals. Along the way, she will reveal why the search for the next blockbuster often is so costly, why superstars can earn unimaginable sums, how digital technologies are transforming the entertainment landscape—and what the key lessons are for managers across a wide range of other industries.


Restarting America’s Job Creation Engine: How Business Leaders Can Help Close the Skills Gap

Joseph B. Fuller, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
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The jobs market in the United States offers a number of paradoxes. Employers complain about the unavailability of skilled workers, while millions remain unemployed, underemployed, or have withdrawn from the workforce. Middle-skills jobs have attracted particular attention. By some estimates, these jobs account for about half of the labor force. Historically, they represented a reliable path to the middle class. But many of those jobs have been automated out of existence, relocated offshore, or have seen their wages stagnate. In this session, Professor Fuller will discuss research on the role of businesses in closing middle-skills gaps. He will explain why the traditional definition of “middle skills” is inadequate and present a unique view of jobs data. He will argue that by adopting a broad-based focus on U.S. competitiveness, employers, educators, and policymakers can address the skills gap and eroding standards of living.

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Women in Technology Startups and Venture Capital: What We Know and What We Should Do

Paul A. Gompers, Eugene Holman Professor of Business Administration and Chair, MBA Elective Curriculum
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This talk will explore the issues around women in technology startups and venture capital. Professor Gompers will explore his research on how personal background affects individual career success in technology startups and venture capital. This work highlights the importance of diversity in organizational success.

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Transforming America’s Schools: How Business Leaders Can Help

Allen S. Grossman, MBA Class of 1957 Professor of Management Practice, Retired
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The time has come for America’s business leaders to reconsider how they work with educators to support public schools. Trends are converging to create fresh opportunities, greater need, and a unique moment for business involvement. In this session, Allen Grossman will discuss current research—conducted with the Gates Foundation and BCG as part of HBS’s project on US competitiveness—on business’s role in education. The work highlights how business can move from “checkbook philanthropy” toward lasting impact on student outcomes. He will also describe specific ways that alumni can get involved in local public schools.

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Digital Transformation

Sunil Gupta, Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration
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Digital technology is disrupting almost every industry. Netflix wiped away Blockbuster, and Best Buy is becoming a showroom for Amazon. Telecom firms are afraid to become dumb pipes even as mobile usage increases exponentially. Even large and successful offline players, like Wal-Mart, are struggling to build a digital business. In this session, participants will discuss a framework for the digital transformation of large firms.

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Sustainable Capitalism: An Oxymoron?

Rebecca M. Henderson (MBA 1985), John and Natty McArthur University Professor
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The world’s population has doubled in our lifetime and tripled in our parents’. These growing numbers are placing increasing pressure on many of the earth’s resources, but particularly on land and water, while accelerating economic growth is simultaneously accelerating emissions of greenhouse gases, so that there is now a serious risk of destabilizing the earth’s climate. Business is often identified as the source of many of these problems, but business is also the source of the freedom, prosperity, and opportunity that is so central to meeting humanity’s needs. In this talk, Professor Henderson will discuss both the risks and the tremendous opportunities inherent in harnessing the power of private enterprise to build a more sustainable world. She will also explore how people can hold the tension between the demands of the bottom line and their desire to make a difference in the world.

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The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation

Linda A. Hill, Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration
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What does it take to build an organization that can innovate in today’s global economy? What kind of leadership is needed? How can one select and develop the kind of leadership talent needed? These are questions Professor Hill has been researching along with, among others, the former senior vice president of technology for Pixar. She will share examples from her new book of leaders who have learned how to cultivate “collective genius” and provide a framework for creating organizations in which people are willing and able to innovate.

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Digital Innovation and Transformation: What Are Nest, WhatsApp, and SnapChat Really Worth and What Does It Mean for the Rest of Us?

Marco Iansiti, David Sarnoff Professor of Business Administration
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The ubiquity of digital connectivity is creating new giants and transforming old industries. This session will focus on the changes driven by digital innovation, and its implications for business value creation and capture. Participants will discuss emerging business and operating models, and their foundations in technology and economics. The content will draw from Digital Innovation and Transformation, a new Elective Curriculum course introduced this past spring.

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Innovating Our Way Out of Traffic Jams: Leadership to Reinvent Transportation and Infrastructure

Rosabeth M. Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration
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The sorry state of American infrastructure affects businesses and everyday lives: commuters stuck in traffic congestion; delayed goods at higher cost; human suffering from collapsing bridges or train derailments; public transit that fails in severe weather or fails to connect poor neighborhoods to jobs; and other weaknesses compared to international competitors. Drawing from her just-published book, MOVE: Putting America's Infrastructure Back in the Lead, Professor Kanter will take a sweeping look across modes of transportation and changing industries to illuminate the roots of the current system mess and where the leadership will come from to initiate dramatic improvement. Among the important players are visionary civic leaders, app-creating technology entrepreneurs, established companies getting on the Big Data bus, and investors seeing the potential of sector change. Success stories include the Port of Miami Tunnel routing ever-larger cargo trucks off city streets; projects untangling Chicago's notorious "grade crossing" to separate rail and streets; or creative airline pilots using tablets and Next Gen software to help cope with bad weather. Bringing infrastructure into the 21st century can net "quintuple wins" in health/safety, efficiency/cost-saving, productivity, cleaner air, and economic growth opportunities. It takes combining innovation with collaboration—in short, leadership.


Leadership: The Power of Thinking and Acting Like an Owner

Robert Steven Kaplan (MBA 1983)
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What is leadership? How do you reach your leadership potential?

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Value-Based Health Care: How to Reconcile Mission and Margin

Robert S. Kaplan, Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, Emeritus
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Recent attempts at health care reform have focused on the “demand” side, attempting to improve patients’ access to the system. Professor Kaplan will discuss his collaboration with Michael Porter on the “supply” side, helping health-care providers deliver better value by improving their patient outcomes while incurring lower total costs. He will describe Porter’s outcomes framework and his HBS-supported work to apply time-driven, activity-based costing for accurate and transparent costing at the individual patient level. The approach promises to transform the economics of the health care industry by facilitating major improvements in process efficiencies, resource deployment and use, and costs without compromising patient outcomes. It will also accelerate the replacement of fee-for-service payment models with bundled payments that reward providers for delivering the best outcomes at the lowest cost, not those that perform multiple and expensive procedures.

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HBX Business Education Reimagined for the Digital Age

Jana Kierstead, Executive Director, HBX;
Bharat N. Anand, Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration

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HBX is a new online education platform that offers interactive learning experiences in keeping with Harvard Business School’s mission to educate leaders. Participants will learn about HBS’s strategy for creating a unique learning environment from Executive Director Jana Kierstead and HBX Faculty Chair Bharat Anand. They will provide a deep-dive into the Credential of Readiness (CORe) program, a primer on the fundamentals of business; and Courses, which are specialized offerings that allow learners to engage with leading-edge ideas from HBS faculty. And, they will introduce HBX Live, a one-of-a-kind digital classroom that will enable learners worldwide to connect in real time. Platform demonstrations will illustrate the technology and teaching elements that make HBX unique.

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Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovations in Education

John Jong-Hyun Kim (MBA 1993), Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
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This session will explore how entrepreneurs are applying business practices and technology innovations to transform K–12 education and raise performance. The United States spends more than $600 billion each year to provide public education to more than 50 million children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Despite concerted reform efforts matched with a more than doubling in spending in real terms over the past three decades, the performance of US students has not improved. Indeed, many schools in the United States look similar to those of a hundred years ago. Learn about a new class of entrepreneurs who are attempting to develop breakthrough approaches to education.

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Can China Lead?

William C. Kirby, Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration; T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies
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Europe led the world in the 19th century. The United States was the dominant power of the 20th century. What are the prospects for the 21st century being the "Chinese Century?" The question of whether China can sustain its remarkable emergence of the past 35 years is the subject of Professor Kirby's new book, Can China Lead? Reaching the Limits of Power and Growth, coauthored with Regina M. Abrami and F. Warren McFarlan (Harvard Business Review Press, 2014). Looking at entrepreneurship, education, and politics, Professor Kirby will talk about the challenges and opportunities for China and the United States, and he will assess the prospects for reform in the light of the first years of President Xi Jinping's leadership.


The Crowd as an Innovation Partner: Lessons from Leading Organizations

Karim R. Lakhani, Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration
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Over the last decade, crowd-based models for organizing and funding innovation have established themselves firmly within the economy. Crowds are now an important innovation partner to organizations in a range of commercial and technological settings. In this talk, Associate Professor Lakhani discusses the four fundamental modes of organizing crowds and what types of problems are best suited to each mode. Using examples from GE, Siemens, NASA, Kickstarter, Prodigy Network, Local Motors, and Harvard Medical School, he presents evidence on important factors that determine success and performance when deploying crowds to solve innovation problems. He also discusses the critical role of senior executives to drive crowd innovation within their companies.

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Rethinking Nuclear: How Can We Change the World’s Cumulative Carbon Emissions Soon Enough?

Joseph B. Lassiter, Senator John Heinz Professor of Management Practice in Environmental Management, Retired;
Ray Rothrock (MBA 1988), Partner Emeritus, Venrock; Chairman and CEO, RedSeal

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Today’s existing nuclear power alternatives as well as renewables are forecast by the EIA and IEA to be losing the race with fossil fuels worldwide and are expected to continue to do so for the forecast future. A new suite of nuclear power alternatives that is capable of competing economically with fossil fuels (coal in Asia and natural gas in the United States) is needed, but time is of the essence if we want to keep cumulative, worldwide CO2 emissions from reaching what could well be threatening levels.

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The Future of Private Equity and Venture Capital: Hope or Hype?

Josh Lerner (PMD 62), Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking
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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 suffered a hangover of epic proportions. In recent quarters, however, the portfolios of the private equity funds have recovered in a manner that has surprised even the most optimistic observers. Meanwhile, venture capital, after a prolonged drought, has experienced new life—and even the repeat of bubble-like behavior, according to some observers. But all is not rosy: many of the investors on which these funds have traditionally depended, such as endowments and pensions, have increasingly looked to bypass funds and to instead pursue direct investments into private firms. This talk will explore this unsettled and often mysterious territory and offer some surprising predictions about the future of these sectors.

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Family Feud at Market Basket

Jay W. Lorsch, Louis E. Kirstein Professor of Human Relations
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During the summer of 2014, a boardroom conflict at Market Basket, a chain of New England supermarkets, exploded into public view after CEO Arthur T. Demoulas was fired by the board, led by his archnemesis and cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas. His dismissal set off protests throughout the organization, by employees who saw Arthur S. and his side of the family as “greedy corporate sharks” more concerned about their own wealth than the welfare of employees and customers. Each day brought new headlines and TV updates. Because of the high-profile nature of the crisis, the actions by the board of directors were being carefully scrutinized, and directors were under increasing pressure to get Market Basket back on track. Professor Lorsch will explore what caused this Greek tragedy to unfold in Boston, how the board and management reacted, and what the lessons are for company boards.

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Case Discussion—Leadership Lessons from Chobani: Growing a Live and Active Culture

Joshua D. Margolis, James Dinan and Elizabeth Miller Professor of Business Administration
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Join a case discussion about the surprising rise of Greek-yogurt maker Chobani, as participants try to unravel the puzzle of how its founder and CEO, Hamdi Ulukaya, reinvigorated the dairy aisle and transformed the yogurt category. Through a series of video excerpts from the multimedia case about Chobani and its leader, participants will uncover the leadership lessons that apply beyond startups and yogurt, and consider how he should address the challenges that lie ahead. Note: The Chobani case discussion will be based on a video case shown live in the classroom; no pre-reading or viewing is required.

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Can China Lead?

F. Warren McFarlan (MBA 1961), Baker Foundation Professor; Albert H. Gordon Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus
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The question of whether China can sustain its remarkable emergence of the past 35 years is the subject of Professor McFarlan’s Harvard Business Review Press book Can China Lead: Reaching the Limits of Power and Growth, coauthored with Regina M. Abrami and William C. Kirby and published in 2014. Looking at the subject through the lenses of a historian, a political economist, and a general management scholar, respectively, the book’s answer is that it will be very hard. In particular, in 2015 a set of economic and political forces has come into play, which clouds prospects for both internal growth and opportunities for foreign companies.

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Online Lending to Small Business: How Technology Is Changing the Game

Karen G. Mills (MBA 1977), Senior Fellow
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Small businesses have often faced gaps in access to credit, particularly in the recent recession. Now an onslaught of new online lenders such as Lending Club, Funding Circle and OnDeck are providing small dollar loans to businesses within days, with easy online applications and the use of new credit algorithms. Institutional players—including Goldman Sachs—and many hedge funds are entering the game, providing billions of dollars of capital. Is this a good development for America and its small businesses? Mills draws on her experience as the former head of the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet to discuss recent developments in the online lending market for small business. Who will be the winners and losers? What is the right approach to regulation?

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Tour of the HBX Live! Studio at WGBH

Spring 2015: Youngme Moon, Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration
Fall 2015: Bharat N. Anand, Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration
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HBX Live! is a one-of-a-kind virtual classroom that allows students to interact in real time with faculty and alumni from around the world, much as they would in a traditional Aldrich classroom. HBS has partnered with the public broadcasting company WGBH to create a state-of-the-art space that will allow engagement with up to 60 participants at a time. Join a tour of the studio where faculty go to teach and the control room where production is managed, and hear about how and why this unique learning platform was built.

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E Pluribus Unum: Thoughts on the Perils (and Promise) of an Aging Democracy

David A. Moss, Paul Whiton Cherington Professor of Business Administration
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Is American democracy in trouble? What could this mean for the nation’s economy and business environment? Professor Moss will take up these questions from an historical perspective, exploring the strengths and weaknesses of the nation’s political system as it has evolved over the past 230-plus years. He will pay particular attention to the issue of partisan conflict over time, and whether partisanship has become especially dangerous today, as many commentators contend. Ultimately, he will consider whether it’s possible for America’s aging democracy to overcome its many challenges—and if so, how. Over the past several years, Professor Moss has developed a case-method course on the history of American democracy, available to both Harvard undergraduates and MBA students, and he expects to draw on a number of the cases in his presentation.


HBX: Business Education Reimagined for the Digital Age

V.G. Narayanan, Thomas D. Casserly Jr. Professor of Business Administration;
Cristina de la Cierva (MBA 2009), Product Manager, HBX Live!

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HBX is a new online education platform that offers interactive learning experiences in keeping with HBS’s mission to educate leaders. Participants will learn about HBS’s strategy for creating a unique learning environment. Professor Narayanan and HBX Product Manager de la Cierva will provide a deep-dive into the Credential of Readiness (CORe) program, a primer on the fundamentals of business, and Courses, which are specialized offerings that allow learners to engage with leading-edge ideas from HBS faculty. They will also introduce HBX Live!, a one-of-a-kind digital classroom that will enable learners worldwide to connect in real time. Platform demonstrations will illustrate the technology and teaching elements that make HBX unique.

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Consumers, Corporations, and Public Health: The Case of 23andMe

John A. Quelch (DBA 1977), Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration
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In November 2013, the Food and Drug Administration sent a strongly worded cease and desist letter to 23andMe, a pioneer in direct-to-consumer genetic testing. The case is a metaphor for the increasing tension between public-health regulators and innovative entrepreneurs. As they contend with ever-escalating health-care costs (now 18 percent of U.S. GDP), consumers are encouraged to take more responsibility for their own health. But public-health officials are concerned about the quality of the information consumers may purchase and the possibility that they may act on the information in ways that do themselves more harm than good. The 23andMe case is one of many in Professor Quelch’s new course, Consumers, Corporations, and Public Health, that is offered jointly to MPH and MBA students.

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Thin Political Markets: The Soft Underbelly of Capitalism

Karthik Ramanna, Associate Professor of Business Administration
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“Thin political markets” are the processes through which some of the most complex and critical institutions of our capitalist system are determined—e.g., our accounting-standards infrastructure; rules for bank-capital adequacy; actuarial standards; and auditing practice. In thin political markets, corporate special interests are largely unopposed because of their own expertise and the general public’s low awareness of the issues. This enables special interests to structure the “rules of the game” in self-serving ways. On one level, this behavior embodies the capitalist spirit articulated by Milton Friedman: “The social responsibility of business is to increase its profits.” But the ethics of profit-seeking behavior are premised on the logic of competition and, as this session will demonstrate, this logic breaks down in thin political markets. The result is a structural flaw in the determination of critical institutions of the capitalist system, which, if ignored, can undermine the legitimacy of the system. Associate Professor Ramanna will provide some ideas on how to fix the problem.


From “Mad Men” to “Math Men”—The Programmatic Revolution in Advertising

Jeffrey F. Rayport, MBA Class of 1960 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
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Department store magnate John Wanamaker is famous for saying, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” Marketing guided by big data, analytics, and algorithmic intelligence is changing the game for major brands. Marketers can now determine exactly how well their advertising is performing, in real time, down to the individual ad impression. While so-called programmatic buying, selling, and targeting of advertising at scale have only recently taken hold, it is poised to become the dominant way in which leading brands achieve their goals. This revolution in marketing automation, which resembles the technology-driven transformation of capital markets two decades ago, signals that programmatic techniques are poised to enter the mainstream. When that happens, major media, including television and even print, will become IP-addressable. And any conventional notions about marketing as usual will go out the window. In this talk, we’ll explore what this means for marketers and brands—and the future of our culture.


Urbanization and the Future of China

Meg Rithmire, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Hellman Faculty Fellow
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Urbanization in China during the past 30 years has been both a construction project and a process of human migration of historically unparalleled scale, yet has proceeded without private property rights over land and despite restricted citizenship for rural-to-urban migrants. Assistant Professor Rithmire will make sense of the contradictions of the Chinese urban project and the possible futures of Chinese capitalism.

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Prospects for Shared Prosperity: Findings from the 2015 Alumni Survey on U.S. Competitiveness

Jan W. Rivkin (PhDBE 1997), Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration
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America’s leading companies are thriving, but the prosperity they are producing is not being shared broadly among U.S. citizens. Do business leaders see the lack of shared prosperity as a problem, either for society or for their companies? Are they satisfied with an economy that is growing strongly in aggregate, or do they care more about outcomes such as income equality, middle-class prosperity, poverty alleviation, and economic mobility? And are they more or less confident in the current and future competitiveness of the American economy than they were in 2011? Professor Rivkin will present the results of HBS’s effort to gauge alumni opinions on these topics.

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High-Growth Entrepreneurship and the Importance of Strategy

Steven S. Rogers, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
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This will be an interactive session featuring a comprehensive discussion about high-growth vs. lifestyle entrepreneurship. Participants will also use the entrepreneurship spectrum to identify the numerous ways in which people can pursue entrepreneurship, including via startup or acquisition. The topic of strategic thinking will be covered throughout the session, with a focus on why successful entrepreneurs have seemingly mastered this skill set and corporate executives have not.


The Market for Smaller Firms

Richard S. Ruback, Willard Prescott Smith Professor of Corporate Finance;
Royce G. Yudkoff (MBA 1980), Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

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Smaller firms sell for substantially lower multiples than larger firms in similar businesses. These smaller firms—with transaction values below $10 million—typically sell for four times EBITDA, multiples that are half to a third as large as those for comparable larger companies. These low multiples seem to provide enormous opportunities for potential buyers. The magic of small-firm investing is surely these low multiples. This talk will offer some thoughts about the market for smaller firms and the dynamics that result in the low multiples for smaller firms.

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The Basis for Optimism

William A. Sahlman (MBA 1975), Dimitri V. D'Arbeloff - MBA Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for External Relations
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This talk focuses on the challenges confronting the United States and other countries and the entrepreneurial actors who are hard at work finding solutions. If K‒12 education is failing in the United States, entrepreneurs are designing new systems that are less costly and more effective. If climate change threatens life as we know it, entrepreneurs are searching for scalable, clean, low-cost alternatives to hydrocarbons. This is the basic duality participants will discuss.

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What Great Service Leaders Know and Do: Creating Breakthroughs in Service Firms

Leonard A. Schlesinger (DBA 1979), Baker Foundation Professor
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In their recently completed book by the same title, Professor Schlesinger and coauthors and fellow HBS professors James L. Heskett (emeritus) and W. Earl Sasser posit the following: that management has within its control the authority, and, they think, the responsibility, to improve service quality and productivity while increasing job satisfaction and employee engagement. The book explores ways in which that can be achieved.

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Learning From Harvard’s "Great Negotiators"

James K. Sebenius (PhDBE 1980), Gordon Donaldson Professor of Business Administration
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What can we learn from closely studying great negotiators at work? Since 2001, the Program on Negotiation—an interuniversity consortium involving Harvard, MIT, and Tufts—has annually bestowed the “Great Negotiator Award” on men and women such as George Mitchell, Bruce Wasserstein, Richard Holbrooke, Charlene Barshefsky, and James Baker. By systematically probing the strategies and tactics of this distinguished group, one can uncover broader lessons about negotiation. The Great Negotiator in 2014 was Tommy Koh of Singapore, who chaired the Law of the Sea Negotiations and the UN’s Rio Earth Summit, mediated an ugly dispute between the Russian Federation and the Baltics, and served as Singapore’s chief negotiator for the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. During this session, Professor Sebenius will sketch the Great Negotiators program and, as an example, probe Koh’s unusual approach to the Free Trade negotiations for broader insight into complex dealmaking.

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Real Estate and Capital Markets (Spring 2015)

Arthur I. Segel, Poorvu Family Professor of Management Practice
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Participate in a discussion on real estate valuation and the capital markets today, using a short case involving New York City, which will be handed out in class (no pre-reading required). Professor Arthur Segel will also provide a brief update on current real estate programming for MBA students.

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Real Estate and Capital Markets (Fall 2015)

Arthur I. Segel, Poorvu Family Professor of Management Practice;
Charles F. Wu, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

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Participate in a discussion on real estate valuation and the capital markets today, using a short case involving New York City, which will be handed out in class (no pre-reading required). Professor Segel will also provide a brief update on current real estate programming for MBA students.

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Global Sourcing, Industrial Competitiveness, and the Future of Regional Clusters

Willy C. Shih, Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration
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Building on earlier work on industrial competitiveness, Professor Shih will discuss one of his current projects, looking at the future of regional clusters. In today's global market for knowledge and ideas, the breadth of knowledge needed to sustain competitiveness increasingly requires firms to source capabilities from wherever they can find them. This means that the long-term health of regional clusters depends on the extent to which they can attract talent, invest in leading-edge capabilities, and foster cross-boundary collaboration that stays ahead of technological convergence.

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Seven Strategy Questions: A Simple Approach for Better Execution

Robert Simons, Charles M. Williams Professor of Business Administration
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Executing strategy requires tough choices. Unfortunately, many managers avoid choosing in the mistaken belief that they can have it all. Instead of focusing on one primary customer, they try to serve many different types of customers. Instead of instilling values that prioritize the interests of shareholders, customers, and employees, they develop lists of aspirational attributes. Instead of focusing on what could cause their strategy to fail, they build complex scorecards with an overload of measures. The result: disappointing performance and declining market position. To guard against these risks, Professor Simons will review the seven strategy questions that all executives (and directors) should ask to ensure that business leaders are making the tough choices that ensure successful strategy execution and winning in highly competitive, global markets.

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What It Takes to BE(come) a World-Class Leader: Authentic Leader(ship) Development

Scott A. Snook (MBA 1987), MBA Class of 1958 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
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This session will be an interactive discussion that draws on Senior Lecturer Snook’s 30-plus years of experience as a leader, teacher, and researcher. Using a series of short video vignettes and personal stories, Snook will argue that success is as much about who you are as it is about what you know and what you can do. Drawing from the emerging fields of positive psychology and authentic leader development, Snook will demonstrate the potential of this novel approach by introducing participants to a wide range of interesting characters, including the Happy Greeter, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Simon Cowell, and Michael Jordan. Based on his experience teaching the highly popular HBS course Authentic Leadership Development, Snook will lead participants through a reflective exercise designed to help them experience what it feels like to actually BE(come) more authentic.

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Replicating the Risks and Returns to Alternative Investments

Erik Stafford, John A. Paulson Professor of Business Administration
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The Law of One Price (LOP) is the foundation for modern finance theory, and its applications and implications show up in asset pricing, the determination of required returns, and the assessment of unearned returns or alpha. Critical to the application of the LOP is the method for replication. In practice, this requires judgment about data and the appropriateness of various financial models. Professor Stafford will provide an overview of the data challenges common to traditional methods of evaluating the risks and returns of alternative investments like hedge funds and private equity. The discussion will also propose some alternative methods for replicating these risks that produce different implications about the attractiveness of direct investment in alternatives over their risk-matched replicating portfolios.

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Wealth: A Nice Problem to Have

Howard Stevenson (MBA 1965), Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus
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HBS boasts many wealthy graduates, many self-made. Many people think that money solves all problems—and it certainly can help—but it creates other challenges. Professor Stevenson’s experiences as the first president and a cofounder of Baupost, a $26 billion investment fund, and with his family’s investment partnership afford him some special insights. At the request of his children, Professor Stevenson has been trying to capture what he has learned about wealth in a “book” for the family. In this seminar, he will share his latest thinking about wealth (which he defines as the accumulation of a pool of assets that give choice), philanthropy, spending, and investing. He will also counter common wisdom on the particularly thorny issue of wealth and families and offer some suggestions for raising wealthy children.

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Corporate Governance 2.0

Guhan Subramanian, H. Douglas Weaver Professor of Business Law at HBS; Joseph Flom Professor of Law and Business at Harvard Law School
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Good corporate governance has been hindered by a patchwork system of regulation, a mix of public and private policymakers, and the lack of an accepted metric for what constitutes successful corporate governance. The nature of the debate does not help either: shrill voices, a seemingly unbridgeable divide between shareholder activists and managers, conflicts of interest, and staked-out positions that crowd out thoughtful discussion. This session will present three core principles of “corporate governance 2.0”: (1) boards have the right to manage the company for the long term; (2) boards should install mechanisms to ensure that the best possible people are in the boardroom; and (3) boards should give shareholders an orderly voice. In the accompanying Harvard Business Review article, these principles are applied to current hot-button topics, such as staggered boards, term limits, age limits, exclusive forum provisions, and proxy access.

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Reinventing Layoffs: Research and Best Practices

Sandra J. Sucher (MBA 1976), MBA Class of 1966 Professor of Management Practice
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Many executives and members of the general public struggle over the question of how business leaders can manage workforce reductions while making good on their responsibilities to employees, shareholders, and communities around the world. In this session, Professor Sucher will review highlights from 30 years of careful research on the effects of layoffs and propose when layoffs do—and do not—pay off for companies (and why). She will also describe novel approaches undertaken by two multinational firms, Honeywell and Nokia, as examples of what alternatives to “business as usual” layoffs can look like and the results they can achieve.

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The Wise Leader: How CEOs Can Learn Practical Wisdom to Help Them Do What’s Right for Their Companies—and Society

Hirotaka Takeuchi, Professor of Management Practice
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Business now demands a new kind of leader—one who will make judgments knowing that everything is contextual, make decisions knowing that everything is changing, and take actions knowing that everything depends on doing so in a timely fashion. Such leaders will have to see what is good, just, and right for society (keeping a higher purpose in mind) while being grounded in the details of the ever-changing front line (realizing “God is in the details”).

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A New Wave of Digital Disruption Models

Thales S. Teixeira, Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration
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In recent years, a new wave of digital disruption has been taking over the Internet. It is characterized by business models focusing on the separation of consumption activities that traditionally went together such as content and advertising, or browsing and purchasing products. In this talk, Professor Teixeira will show how a variety of firms, both incumbents and start-ups, are using digital technologies to break the bonds between (i.e., decouple) activities that consumers want to do and what they previously had to do. Examples in industries such as retailing, telecom, education, transportation, and media will be discussed.

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Kids’ Case: Building Magical Customer Experiences

Stefan H. Thomke, William Barclay Harding Professor of Business Administration
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Why do some customer experiences have that magical "wow" factor, making them destined for success, while others get few, if any, enthusiastic customer responses? What are the building blocks of a magical customer experience? These are some of the questions that we will discuss in a fun learning exercise. The class will require that participants build LEGO models and present them, along with personal stories, in front of other participants. Please prepare for the following questions:
(a) Think of a terrible experience that you've had (while traveling, eating in a restaurant, shopping, or anything that comes to mind). Why was it so bad?
(b) Now think of a magical (or great) experience that you've had. Why did you like it so much? Compare the magical and terrible experiences. Why were they so different?
(c) Imagine that you get a summer job (at a store, a restaurant, or any place that you'd like to imagine). Your new boss puts you in charge of making customers happy. What would you do?


Leading Innovation and Change: The Challenge of Innovation Streams and Open Innovation on Incumbent Firms

Michael L. Tushman, Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professor of Business Administration
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This interactive session will explore the challenges of building organizations, both public and private, that can excel at today's innovation as well as create tomorrow's innovation. It will emphasize, with a range of video examples, the challenges of open innovation on incumbent firms and focus on the characteristics of senior leaders who build effective ambidextrous firms.

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Wealth Management in the 21st Century

Luis M. Viceira, George E. Bates Professor
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With more than $15 trillion in assets under management, the U.S. retail wealth management industry is the largest of its kind in the world and one of the most highly competitive and innovative. Recent demographic, cultural, and industry trends are transforming the wealth management business. This talk will explore these trends, how the traditional wealth management business is responding to them, and how new business models are emerging and disrupting traditional firms.

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The Roots of the Debate over Tax Reform

Matthew C. Weinzierl, Associate Professor of Business Administration
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Fundamental tax reform is overdue in the United States. While the outlines of a compromise seem clear, agreement remains elusive. Associate Professor Weinzierl studies the roots of this stalemate, and in this interactive discussion, participants will explore some of the underlying tensions driving the current debate. They may even come to appreciate the other side of the debate a bit better.

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The Art of Negotiation: How to Improvise Agreement in a Chaotic World

Michael A. Wheeler, MBA Class of 1952 Professor of Management Practice, Retired
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Professor Wheeler presents a fresh and dynamic approach to negotiation, one that challenges the static assumptions of win-win and hard-bargaining models. The simple truth is that negotiation can’t be scripted. People can’t dictate what other parties will say or do any more than they would let others dominate them. Success thus requires strategic agility and the capacity to be nimble from moment to moment. Professor Wheeler draws practical lessons from masters of improvisation in other fields, including jazz, comedy, competitive sports, and even warfare. He is the author of The Art of Negotiation (Simon & Schuster).

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Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs

David B. Yoffie, Max and Doris Starr Professor of International Business Administration
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Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs were masters of strategy, who led Microsoft, Intel, and Apple to become the world’s most valuable companies during their tenures. Based on more than 20 years of research, Professor Yoffie argues that these three CEOs shared a powerful, common approach to strategy, which he describes through five rules: (1) look forward and then reason back; (2) make big bets but without betting the company; (3) build platforms and ecosystems rather than just stand-alone products; (4) exploit both leverage and power, or “judo” and “sumo” tactics; and (5) drive execution by shaping the organization around the CEO’s “personal anchor.” This session is based on Professor Yoffie’s book Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs, coauthored with Michael Cusumano (Harper Collins).

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Campus Tour

James E. Aisner, Director of Media and Public Relations
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Want to see what happened to the WAC chute? Interested in learning what an i-lab is? Ever wonder why the chapel is round? Join 30-year HBS veteran Jim Aisner, the School’s director of media and public relations, on a campus tour filled with anecdotes and memories.


 

Why Is There Any Life in the Universe at All?

Charles R. Alcock, Director, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University
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The early universe did not offer promising opportunities for life to develop. At the most elementary level, we think life needs a warm place and a mixture of chemical elements, neither of which was present as the universe expanded after the Big Bang. The universe cooled as it expanded and was for a few million years at hospitable temperatures, after which it became very cold and profoundly dark. We are now investigating the developments that led to the first stars, the chemical elements, and the circumstances that would permit life to develop here on Earth and elsewhere.

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Women's Reunion Breakfast

Colleen Ammerman, Director, Program Administration | Gender Initiative, Harvard Business School

A New CEO’s Perspectives on the Harvard Endowment

Stephen Blyth, President and Chief Executive Officer, Harvard Management Company

When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies

Howard Brod Brownstein (MBA 1974), President, The Brownstein Corporation
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HBS and other top business schools understandably teach students “how to do things right” with the implicit message that “if you do things right, everything will go well.” In fact, it is practically ensured that things will not go well. How can you spot possible early signs that things may be going awry, and intervene promptly and effectively enough to positively affect the outcome? What are the special skills necessary to prevent or deal with distress, and what opportunities exist for acquiring distressed businesses? What special considerations of corporate governance apply in distressed situations? Howard Brod Brownstein (MBA 1974), a nationally-known turnaround professional, will share his experiences in “battlefield surgery without anesthetic" and how to avoid being a casualty.

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The Next Harvard: Planning for Transformation

Angela Quinn Crispi (MBA 1990), Executive Dean for Administration;
Andrew F. O’Brien, Chief of Operations

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Harvard and HBS are undertaking one of the largest real estate developments in the City of Boston. This interactive discussion will showcase these evolving plans. Learn how Harvard’s vision for Allston will create a campus of the next century, putting HBS, long recognized as one of the most renowned campuses in higher education, at the center of the University’s master plan. Hear how the HBS campus has evolved over the past five years and which innovations are planned for the next five as it designs the campus of the future.


Startup Showcase

Host: Thomas R. Eisenmann (MBA 1983), Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration
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As part of our spring reunion programming, we are running this exciting program featuring alumni from the 5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th Reunions. The goal of the program is to showcase and support reunion attendees in the process of building new business ventures while creating entrepreneurial spirit within the HBS alumni community. For this event, a startup will be considered a company or partnership designed to create a repeatable and scalable business model. These companies, generally newly created within five years, are in a phase of development and research for markets. Each startup will have the opportunity to give a 60-second pitch on basic concept, funding to date, potential application/market, and what they need. Following the pitches, there will be time allocated for networking and follow-up discussion. All alumni and guests are invited to attend as audience members. Registration for startup pitches is closed.

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How Biology Has Changed the Global Economy, Is Transforming the World's Largest Businesses, and Will Change Even the Human Species

Juan Enriquez (MBA 1986), Managing Director, Excel Venture Management
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We have had 26 species of humans and are now beginning to birth the 27th. As we modify viruses and bacteria to compute, vaccinate, retrovirally treat, or crowd out harmful pathogens, we begin to take direct and deliberate control over the evolution of various species. We are doing the same with bacteria, plants, animals, and ourselves. This changes man from a humanoid that is aware of and modifies its environment into a species that directly and deliberately guides evolution. And this is changing everything, including our life span, religions, ethics, the power of various countries, and, not least, businesses and industries.

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Harvard Innovation Lab Presentation and Tour (Spring 2015)

Jodi Goldstein (MBA 1996), Director, Harvard Innovation Lab;
Joseph B. Lassiter, Senator John Heinz Professor of Management Practice in Environmental Management

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Opened in Nov. 2011, the Innovation Lab, or i-lab, is designed to foster team-based and entrepreneurial activities across Harvard and to deepen interactions among students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and the Boston community. The lab provides public areas and meeting rooms designed to foster project work as well as business-development resources for companies, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and other individuals in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood and Boston area. This is a central place where students, practitioners, and local businesses can work together, share knowledge, and collaborate on ideas. Join us for a presentation, video, and tour of the Harvard Innovation Lab.


Harvard Innovation Lab Presentation and Tour (Fall 2015)

Jodi Goldstein (MBA 1996), Director, Harvard Innovation Lab
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Join us for a presentation, video, and tour of the Harvard Innovation Lab. Opened in November 2011, the Innovation Lab, or i-lab, is designed to foster team-based and entrepreneurial activities across Harvard and to deepen interactions among students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and the Boston community. The lab provides public areas and meeting rooms designed to foster project work as well as business-development resources for companies, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and other individuals in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood and Boston area. This is a central place where students, practitioners, and local businesses can work together, share knowledge, and collaborate on ideas.


Discover Your Encore: Changing How We Think about What’s Possible in the Second Half of Life

David Guydan (MBA 1975), Director, Discovering What’s Next Program, ESC of New England
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As people move through midlife and approach their “retirement” years, many seek ways to achieve greater purpose in their work, engagement in their communities or the world at large, and balance in their lives. Often, this search leads to encore opportunities, defined as work, paid or unpaid, that combines personal meaning and social impact. Typically, this involves transitioning skills acquired through business or professional careers to the social-purpose, nonprofit and/or government sectors. Guydan is in his own “encore career.” Participants will be invited to share their experiences in finding good answers to the “What’s next?” question. This highly interactive program introduces the concept of encore work and offers examples, resources and a framework for participants to use in exploring and pursuing encore opportunities for themselves.

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Leadership – a System, Not a Person

Barbara Kellerman, James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
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Barbara Kellerman is a contrarian. On the subject of leadership, about which she has written extensively, she takes positions different from those of her colleagues. Here she will talk about what she has come to call the leadership system. Her systemic approach deviates deliberately from the relentless leader-centrism that dominates our leadership discourse. Kellerman argues for a more complete conception of how change is created. It includes three parts, each of equal importance: (1) leaders; (2) followers; and (3) contexts. Kellerman will explore the implications of this systemic approach to leadership primarily at home, but also abroad. She will conclude her comments with brief remarks on how her systemic approach sheds light on the leadership gap—between women and men.

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An Evolutionary Perspective on the Health Care Crisis

Daniel E. Lieberman, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University
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One major cause of today’s health care crisis is a phenomenon known as the epidemiological transition: as more of us are living longer, more of us are suffering from debilitating and costly chronic, non-infectious diseases. Most experts in medicine and public health consider this transition an inevitable by-product of progress. If you are less likely to die young from infectious diseases and malnutrition, then you are more likely to die old from diseases such as cancer or heart disease. Professor Lieberman will show, however, that an evolutionary perspective suggests otherwise. Although most chronic, non-infectious diseases become more common with age, they are not caused by aging but instead are “mismatch conditions” caused by the human body being inadequately or incompletely adapted to modern environments, with the two main culprits being too little physical activity and too much sugar. Professor Lieberman will also show how an evolutionary perspective on these diseases provides vital new ways of thinking about how to treat and prevent them.

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Cycle for Survival

David Linn (MBA 2000), Principal, Oak Point Partners and Cofounder, Cycle for Survival;
Stacey Childress (MBA 2000), Chief Executive Officer, NewSchools Venture Fund

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Cycle for Survival is the national movement to beat rare cancers. David founded the high-energy indoor team cycling events in 2007 with his late wife, Jen Goodman Linn (MBA 1999). Cycle for Survival is now the fastest-growing athletic fundraiser in the country with more than $75 million raised for cancer research.


Saving and Investing For a Secure Future

Stuart E. Lucas (MBA 1989), Chairman and CIO, Wealth Strategist Partners
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For many people, long-term wealth planning suffers because they are wrapped up in the day-to-day details of careers and family. In a world of slowing growth, low interest rates, higher taxes, and greater longevity, the challenge of managing wealth is even tougher. Lucas will confront this challenge by drawing from his insider experience managing his own family’s good fortune, his 30-plus years as a successful investment professional, and his interactions with hundreds of other wealthy families from around the world. He will share well-tested, practical frameworks to help participants navigate the financial services industry and manage their wealth strategically, comprehensively, and even simply. By compounding profits, controlling cost, developing effective governance, and transferring values to future generations, people can meet their financial objectives while maintaining their focus on career and family. Each participant will receive a copy of Wealth: Grow It and Protect It, Lucas’s highly acclaimed and practical book about managing long-term wealth.

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CS50 for MBAs: Computer Science for Business Leaderss

David J. Malan, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Harvard Engineering and Applied Sciences
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This session offers a look at one of HBS's newest courses, CS50, a variant of Harvard College's introduction to computer science designed especially for MBA students. While CS50 at Harvard College itself takes a bottom-up approach, emphasizing mastery of low-level concepts and implementation details thereof, this HBS course takes a top-down approach, emphasizing mastery of high-level concepts and design decisions related thereto. Through a mix of technical instruction, discussion of case studies, and weekly programming projects, this course empowers students to make technological decisions even if they are not technologists themselves. Topics include cloud computing, networking, privacy, scalability, security, and more, with a particular emphasis on web and mobile technologies. Students emerge from this course with first-hand appreciation of how it all works and all the more confident in the factors that should guide their decision-making.

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How Do HBS Careers Progress? 2014 Alumni Survey Results

Lauren C. Murphy, Director, HBS MBA Career & Professional Development;
Christine Van Dae, Assistant Director, Market Intelligence

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Have you ever wondered about the career paths of fellow HBS alumni? Perhaps you may be curious about the types of roles HBS alumni pursue beyond graduation. The 2014 Alumni Career Pathways Survey explores the decisions and experiences that shape alumni careers 5, 10, 15, and up to 30 years after graduation. Murphy and Van Dae will present findings from this study to illustrate the potential trajectory of career choices. Learn the answers to the following questions: How often do HBS alumni change positions and what drives these decisions? Which industries have high retention rates? How and when do alumni generally factor in family, travel, and other non-work interests into their careers? Do alumni take time out of their careers? Are Harvard MBA alumni satisfied with their careers?

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The Geopolitics of Energy

Meghan O'Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
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Energy has long been a major determinant of power in the international system, and every shift in global energy patterns has brought with it changes in international politics. The past several years have seen dramatic change in the fortunes of American oil and gas production, through a revolution in technologies that may have similar applications worldwide. This talk will focus on how this U.S. energy revolution is reshaping international affairs—both by strengthening American sources of power and refashioning both global energy markets and geopolitics.


Disrupt the Workforce: Unlocking the Power of Independent Talent and What It Means for You

Jill Perrin (MBA 1985), Senior Vice President, Client Services, Business Talent Group;
Sandra Pinnavaia, Executive Vice President and Chief Knowledge & Innovation Officer, Business Talent Group

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Clay Christensen asserted that the consulting industry stands at the brink of disruption. This interactive session will focus on one of the forces poised to disrupt it: the high-growth marketplace for independent consulting. Perrin and Pinnavaia will discuss "hot areas" and share how both companies and consultants can take advantage of this new paradigm in human capital. They will explore how independent consultants, on their own terms, can launch, scale, and nurture meaningful and impactful career paths and how companies can leverage independent talent as a competitive advantage. They will also cover how to structure projects for success from both client and consultant perspectives and the lessons they have gleaned from those serving at the front lines of this emerging marketplace.

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Finding Huck Finn: Reclaiming Childhood from a River of Electronic Screens

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health
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Today’s children are growing up in a world transformed by interactive media. How can parents and others who care for children tell if these media are helping or hurting them? How can they make sure that the media environment supports children’s health and development? As Mediatrician and director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Rich offers research-based, balanced answers to these and other urgent questions about parenting in the digital age.

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Living an Extraordinary Life

Stever Robbins (MBA 1991), Executive Coach, Stever Robbins, Inc.
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How would life change if people committed to living only a life that they defined as extraordinary? In this presentation, Robbins will identify myths about jobs and careers and practical strategies that work. He'll share the results of his own experiment in extraordinary living, and what happened after the experiment was over. His material is grounded in multidisciplinary science and research. He will cover topics from entrepreneurship to decision making, learning, and career planning. Participants will walk away with new insight into how they can shape their lives and have strategies for making changes in pursuit of whatever life they define as extraordinary. They will learn that (1) planning a life doesn’t work very well, but there are other things they can do instead; (2) fear isn’t what holds people back—habit is; and (3) intelligence, willpower, and drive aren’t the keys to having the life one wants—systems and people are.

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The 5 Best Investments in Education

James E. Ryan, Dean of the Faculty of Education; Charles William Eliot Professor of Education
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The challenges facing education, though daunting, are not insurmountable. To be sure, far too many students lack access to a high-quality education, and still others are unable to achieve their full potential. Our classrooms and systems were designed for the 19th century, while technology evolves at a dizzying pace. But a growing evidence base points to five investments that hold great promise for improving educational opportunities and outcomes for students in the U.S. and around the world. Join Dean Ryan as he makes the case for what works in education and how Harvard can capitalize on this unique moment in our country’s history to make transformational progress for millions of young people.

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Renewable You: Stem Cells and the Future of Medicine

David Scadden, M.D., Gerald and Darlene Jordan Professor of Medicine, Harvard University;
William A. Sahlman (MBA 1975), Dimitri V. D'Arbeloff - MBA Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for External Relations

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Cells, the fundamental units of life, enact the drama that is our health and vigor and our eventual loss of both. Once viewed as rigidly determined, stem cell biology has taught us that all cells are, in fact, quite plastic, able to be modified or reprogrammed to change their fate and ours. This session will explore how cells, particularly stem cells, can serve as the next wave of medicines to improve our health, wealth, and vitality.


 

The Future of Energy in a Changing World

Daniel P. Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering; Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment; Co-Area Dean for Environmental Science and Engineering
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Concerns about climate change and about conventional air pollution have motivated a worldwide effort to eliminate the use of fossil fuels. How much progress has been made? Remarkable improvements in the cost of renewable energy have occurred over the past decade, but the largest innovation has been in hydrocarbon extraction, specifically through improvements in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. How is the world energy system likely to develop over the coming decades, in the face of serious environmental challenges? A variety of strategies will be discussed for meeting the world’s energy needs with the smallest possible impact on the atmosphere.


The Agility Advantage: How to Win Market Leadership in a Fast-Changing World

Amanda Setili (MBA 1990), Managing Partner, Setili & Associates
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In the past, companies could pick a strategy and stick with it, maintaining a competitive edge for years. But today, companies surge ahead, fall behind, or even disappear from view in mere months. The future will present more opportunities but narrower windows to capture them. Setili has worked with and studied dozens of companies to identify the mindsets, habits, and capabilities that enable strategic agility—the ability to spot and jump on new opportunities created by market change. Participants will learn how the most agile companies identify those elements of their business where agility is crucial and capitalize on market changes to establish a new competitive advantage.

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Fall 2015 Presentation Slides


 

Science, Rapid-Cycle Iteration, and Segmentation: A Disruptive Innovation Approach to Building Human Capital in Early Childhood

Jack P. Shonkoff, MD, Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University; Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development
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A wave of bipartisan interest in early brain development and return on investment from early childhood programs has led to a surge in policies focused on children and families in the earliest years. But what does the evidence tell us? This session will cover a growing community of change agents in research, practice, policy, and venture philanthropy who are constructively dissatisfied with today’s best practices. They see an urgent need to seek breakthrough impacts using the principles of innovation developed in the for-profit sector and the rapidly moving frontiers of 21st century science.

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Home and Work: Giving Well-Behaved Women a History

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University
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Today, ambitious women face ideals of womanhood inherited from the past. History can help us understand how prior generations dealt with what today we call the “work/life balance.” In 1976, in an obscure scholarly article, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich wrote, “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Today this accidental slogan appears on T-shirts, mugs, bumper-stickers, greeting cards, and Web sites and blogs. In Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History (2007), she explained the origins of the slogan and considered the many ways in which women have made history over time. This session will build on that project and on her own lifetime work on the lives of ordinary women, including her Pulitzer-prize winning book, A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 (1990).

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Panel – Aging Parents: Navigating the Journey Successfully (Spring 2015)

Moderator: Janet Simpson Benvenuti (MBA 1985), Founder and CEO, Circle of Life Partners
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  • Matt Beecher (MBA 2005), Corporate Executive Board
  • Chuck Gibson (MBA 1965), Initiative on the Digital Economy, MIT
  • Stephen Spano, Esq., Principal, Spano & Dawicki, Elder Law

This session is aimed at people who are responsible for aging parents and other loved ones while juggling the demands of their own professional careers. An intergenerational panel of alumni and aging experts will discuss specific strategies and resources for navigating one’s parents’ later years successfully. Participants will learn how to address legal, financial, medical, and caregiving challenges while enjoying the benefits of multigenerational families. Each participant will receive a copy of Don’t Give Up on Me! Supporting Aging Parents Successfully, Benvenuti’s highly acclaimed guide through the unpredictable last years of her journey with her own parents. This book has become a must-read for adult children who find suddenly, just when life is on overload, that their parents need help.


Panel – Aging Parents: Navigating the Journey Successfully (Fall 2015)

Moderator: Janet Simpson Benvenuti (MBA 1985), Founder and CEO, Circle of Life Partners
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This session is aimed at people who are responsible for aging parents and other loved ones while juggling the demands of their own professional careers. An intergenerational panel of alumni and experts on aging experts will discuss specific strategies and resources for navigating parents’ later years successfully. Participants will learn how to address legal, financial, medical, and caregiving challenges while enjoying the benefits of multigenerational families. Each participant will receive a copy of Don’t Give Up on Me! Supporting Aging Parents Successfully, Benvenuti’s highly acclaimed guide through the unpredictable last years of her journey with her own parents. This book has become a must-read for adult children who find suddenly, just when life is on overload, that their parents need help.

  • Carol Barnett (MBA 1990), Founder, Creek School
  • Jennifer Raiser (MBA 1990), former President, Raiser Senior Services (HBS case)
  • Stephen Spano, Esq., Principal, Spano & Dawicki, Elder Law

Panel – Agribusiness

Moderator: Ray A. Goldberg (MBA 1950), George M. Moffett Professor of Agriculture and Business, Emeritus
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  • Margo Georgiadis (MBA 1990), President, Americas, Google Inc.
  • Shari Rogge-Fidler (MBA 1990), Chief Strategy Officer, Net Irrigate LLC; Founder, Cambium Strategies LLC; Farm Owner/Operator
  • John Selep (MBA 1985), Managing Partner, AgTech Innovation Fund
  • Steve Taylor (MBA 1985), Founder, organicgirl LLC
  • Rick Vanzura (MBA 1990), CEO, Wahlburgers

Panel – Balancing or Blending Your Life

Moderator: Heidi B. Stamer (MBA 2005), Account Director, Nanigans
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  • Claire Ngo (MBA 1995), Managing Director, Founder, CMN Consultancy
  • Umair Khan (MBA 2010), Customer Operations Lead, Accolade, Inc.
  • Marne Levine (MBA 2005), Chief Operating Officer, Instagram

Panel – Climate Change

Moderator: Rebecca Henderson (MBA 1985), John and Natty McArthur University Professor
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  • Geeta Aiyer (MBA 1985), President, Boston Common Asset Management
  • Jim Farrell (MBA 1985), Managing Director, Beyond Carbon Energy
  • Craig Husa (MBA 1990), CEO, SuperCritical Technologies
  • Brian Redmond (MBA 1990), Partner, Paragon Energy Holdings/Paragon Asset Group

Panel – Current Issues in Oil and Gas – What’s next?

Moderator: Chris Temple (MBA 1995), President, DelTex Capital, Chairman Brawler Industries, Independent Director, Plains All American Pipeline
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  • Mike Morgan (MBA 1995), Chairman and CEO, Triangle Peak Partners, LP and Lead Independent Director, Kinder Morgan, Inc.
  • Adam Peakes (MBA 2000), Managing Director, Investment Banking, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.
  • Tony Sanchez (MBA 2005), President and CEO, Sanchez Energy Corporation

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technology have led to massive new supplies of oil and gas in the US and Canada attracting billions of dollars of public and private capital into exploration, development and infrastructure investments since 2004. More recently, oil prices fell over 50% in a six month period in the second half of 2014 and have settled at levels well below recent history. In late 2014, Saudi Arabia led OPEC to change its objective from maintaining stable/high prices to a stated goal to maintain market share suggesting potentially lasting changes to OEPC and US role in global energy markets. How do market participants react in such a volatile and potentially different reality? Join a group of leading industry participants in a roundtable discussion of current issues affecting the US oil and gas industry.

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Panel – Doing Good While Doing Well: Alumni Careers in Philanthropy, Impact Investing, and Social Entrepreneurship

Moderator: Philo L. Alto (MBA 2000), Founder & CEO, Asia Value Advisors Limited
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  • Jim Bunch (MBA 2000), Managing Director, Imprint Capital Advisors
  • Kim Riether Coupounas (MBA 1995), Director, B Lab
  • Christine Kenna (MBA 2005), Principal, IGNIA

A cross-year panel of HBS MBA alumni leaders in their respective fields and regions to share their perspectives on careers in philanthropy, impact investing and social entrepreneurship. Themes to be explored include role of legacy, gender and generational considerations, creating sustainable value and impact, tensions with or synergies in doing good while doing well. Relevant examples and personal stories will also be shared in this interactive panel.


Panel – Family Businesses

Moderator: John A. Davis, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
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  • Krishna Mahesh (MBA 2005), Chief Executive Officer, Sundaram Medical Devices; Managing Director of Sundaram Brake Linings
  • Saquib Shirazi (MBA 1995), CEO, Atlas Honda Ltd
  • Chas Smithgall (MBA 2010), CEO, SEI/Aaron's, Inc. (Aaron’s Franchisee)
  • Binoy Somaia (MBA 2000), President & Joint Managing Director, U.P. Twiga Fiberglass Limited

Panel – Future of the Internet

Moderator: Gretchen Grant (1985), CEO, Vila Media, LLC
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  • Margo Georgiadis (MBA 1990), President, Americas, Google Inc.
  • Joe Kennedy (MBA 1985), CEO and Chairman, Emeritus, Pandora Media, Inc
  • William A. Spencer (MBA 1990), Principal Strategist, Bing, Microsoft Corporation

What will life look like in 10 years with the continued evolution of the Internet? What are people doing now offline that in 10 years they couldn't imagine doing any way but online? Who is still going to be on top among Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook? Where should people invest? Divest? Start up the next unicorn? Participants will get insights into these and other aspects of the Internet.


Panel – The Future of K-12 Education

Moderator: Stacey Childress (MBA 2000), Chief Executive Officer, NewSchools Venture Fund
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  • Kristen Campbell (MBA 2005), SVP, Strategy & Product Management, Catapult Learning, LLC
  • Scott Given (MBA 2010), CEO, UP Education Network
  • Amar Kumar (MBA 2010), Senior Vice President, Office of the Chief Education Advisor, Pearson plc
  • Marshall Tuck (MBA 2000), Educator in Residence, New Teacher Center
  • Vivian Wu (MBA 2000), Education Technology Impact Investor

Panel – Hedge Funds (Spring 2015)

Moderator: Robert Steven Kaplan (MBA 1983)
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  • Jacob Doft (MBA 1995), Chief Executive Officer, Highline Capital Management LLC
  • David Gallo (MBA 2000), Managing Partner, Valinor Management, L.P.
  • Michael Karsch (MBA 1995), Founder, Hunter Peak Investments
  • Brian Kaufmann (MBA 2010), Portfolio Manager, Viking Global Investors

Panel – Hedge Funds (Fall 2015)

Moderator: Jeffrey Tarrant (MBA 1985), CEO & CIO, Protégé Partners
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  • Jamie Dinan (MBA 1985), Chief Executive Officer, York Capital Management LLP
  • John Paulson (MBA 1980), President, Paulson & Co. Inc.
  • John Phelan (MBA 1990), Managing Partner, MSD Capital, L.P.

Panel – Joining and Serving on Boards (Spring 2015)

Moderator: Howard Brod Brownstein (MBA 1975), President, The Brownstein Corporation
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  • Lana Lewin (MBA 1995), Treasurer, Planned Parenthood of New York City; Managing Director, Credit Suisse
  • John T. Mapes (MBA 1995), Managing Partner, Aurora Capital Group
  • John F. Ryan IV (MBA 2000), Managing Director, ONSET Ventures
  • Eric C. Salzman (MBA 1995), Managing Partner, SarniHaan Capital Partners LLC

Corporate governance is increasingly in the news, including – all too often – the lack thereof. At the same time, serving on boards, both for-profit and nonprofit, is a growing career ambition for many HBS graduates. Our panel of accomplished HBS alumni will share their experiences regarding joining and serving on boards, and provide valuable advice about how to join boards, and what you can expect when you get there.


Panel – Joining and Serving on Boards (Fall 2015)

Moderator: Bob Higgins (MBA 1970), Co-Founder and General Partner, Causeway Media Partners; Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School
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  • Richard Cavanagh (MBA 1970), Chairman of the Boards, BlackRock Mutual Funds; Chairman of the Board, Volunteers of America
  • Sandra Lawrence (MBA 1985), Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
  • Kevin Maroni (MBA 1990), Senior Advisor, Spectrum Equity
  • Robert Ryan (MBA 1970), Retired Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Panel – Leadership in Public Service

Moderator: Mitchell B. Weiss (MBA 2004), Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, HBS; formerly Chief of Staff to Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino
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  • Aaron Chadbourne (JD/MBA 2011), Senior Policy Advisor, Governor Paul LePage, Maine
  • Mina Hsiang (MBA 2010), Health Data Expert, US Digital Service at The White House
  • Jason Lewis (MBA 1995), State Senator, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Ryan Mackenzie (MBA 2010), Member and Deputy Majority Whip, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Panel – Managing Millennials

Moderator: Kaneisha D. Grayson (MBA 2010), Founder & President, The Art of Applying
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  • Cynthia Gumbert (MBA 2000), VP, Marketing Technology & Analytics, CA Technologies
  • Danelle Radney (MBA 2010), Director, College Programs, Management Leadership for Tomorrow
  • Chris Yeh (MBA 2000), General Partner, Allied Talent; Coauthor, "The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age"

Panel – Philanthropy

Moderator: Tom Tierney (MBA 1980), Chairman and Co-Founder, The Bridgespan Group
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  • Lauren Boulware (MBA 1980), Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management
  • Joshua Harris (MBA 1990), Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director, Apollo Management L.P.
  • Felipe Medina (MBA 1990), Chairman of the Board of the Transforming Philanthropy Initiative
  • Virginia Thomson (MBA 1985), Principal, Qualia Associates

Panel – Private Equity (Spring 2015)

Moderator: Victoria Ivashina, Professor of Business Administration

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  • Phillippe Franchet (MBA 1995), Senior Partner, L Capital Management
  • Collin Roche (MBA 2000), Managing Director, GTCR LLC
  • Nikos Stathopoulos (MBA 1995), Managing Partner, BC Partners

Panel – Private Equity (Fall 2015)

Moderator: Victoria Ivashina, Professor of Business Administration
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  • John Danhakl (MBA 1985), Managing Partner, Leonard Green & Partners LP
  • David Fisher (MBA 1980), Owner, Bentley Capital Ltd.
  • Doug Kingsley (MBA 1990), Managing Director, North Bridge Growth Equity
  • Charles N.C. Sherwood (MBA 1985), Partner, Permira Advisers LLP

Panel – Second Career

Moderator: David Fubini (MBA 1980), Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company, and Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School
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  • Peter Aldrich (MBA 1970), Artist, Investor and Director
  • Dwight Gertz (MBA 1980), Senior Lecturer in Management, Babson College
  • Desirée Rogers (MBA 1985), CEO, Johnson Publishing Company

Panel – Start-Ups and Recommendations on How to Make Them Work

Moderator: Jeffrey Bussgang (MBA 1995), Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
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  • Jay R. Hallberg (MBA 2000), CEO & Cofounder, Spiceworks
  • Bryan P. Mistele (MBA 1995), President and Chief Executive Officer, INRIX
  • Varsha R. Rao (MBA 1995), Head of Global Operations, Airbnb

Panel – The Thrills and Spills of Entrepreneurship

Moderator: Thomas R. Eisenmann (MBA 1983), Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration
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  • Shelby Clark (MBA 2010), Founder, RelayRides
  • Nicholas A. Grouf (MBA 1995), Founding Partner, Alpha Edison
  • Naveen Tewari (MBA 2005), Founder & CEO, InMobi
  • Christina Wallace (MBA 2010), Cofounder, Quincy Apparel and Founder, BridgeUp: STEM @ American Museum of Natural History

Panel – Trends in Media

Moderator: Kristin Marlow (MBA 2000), VP, Razorfish
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  • Anne Kofol Hogarty (MBA 2010), Vice President of International Business, BuzzFeed
  • Paulo Lemgruber (MBA 1995), Principal, Digital Catalyst, LLC
  • Brian Rolapp (MBA 2000), Executive Vice President, National Football League Media
  • Herman Yang (MBA 2005), Mobile Advertising Products, Twitter & Google (past)

Panel – Trends in Technology

Moderator: Alessandro Piol (MBA 1985), Partner and Co-founder, AlphaPrime Ventures
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  • J. Michael Cline (MBA 1985), Founding Managing Partner, Accretive
  • Donna Novitsky (MBA 1985), CEO, Yiftee
  • Jeff Teper (MBA 1990), Corporate Vice President, Microsoft
  • Mark Walsh (MBA 1980), Executive Chairman, Homesnap

Panel – Venture Capital

Moderator: William A. Sahlman (MBA 1975), Dimitri V. D'Arbeloff – MBA Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for External Relations
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  • Mark Bailey (MBA 1985), Co-founder and Managing Director, DFJ Growth
  • Leslie Bottorff (MBA 1985), Managing Director, Healthcare, GE Ventures
  • Terry McGuire (MBA 1985), Co-founder & General Partner, Polaris Partners
  • Alessandro Piol (MBA 1985), Partner and Co-founder, AlphaPrime Ventures

Dean's Address (Spring 2015)

Nitin Nohria, George F. Baker Professor of Business Administration and
Dean of the Faculty

Welcome: Robert Steven Kaplan (MBA 1983)

Speaker: Nitin Nohria, George F. Baker Professor of Business Administration and Dean of the Faculty

Dean's Address (Fall 2015)

Nitin Nohria, George F. Baker Professor of Business Administration and
Dean of the Faculty

Welcome: William A. Sahlman (MBA 1975), Dimitri V. D'Arbeloff - MBA Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for External Relations

Speaker: Nitin Nohria, George F. Baker Professor of Business Administration and Dean of the Faculty

Baker Library Services for Alumni (Spring 2015)

Meghan Dolan, Director, Curriculum and Learning Services; and Debra Wallace, Executive Director, Knowledge and Library Services

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? Knowledge and Library Services will provide an overview of the services available for job and career research, exploring trends and ideas, investigating new markets, starting and growing a business, or digging deeper into the subjects covered in the reunion panel discussions.

Baker Library Gallery Talk (Spring 2015)

Baker Library Staff

Attend a guided tour of the exhibit "Georges F. Doriot: Educating Leaders, Building Companies." The exhibit examines the career of Georges E Doriot, an educator and founder of the modern venture-capital industry During his 40-year tenure at Harvard Business School, the charismatic professor taught business and leadership in his celebrated Manufacturing course to nearly 7,000 students. The exhibit features selections from the Georges E Doriot Collection that reveal the ideas and ideals of a man who played a pioneering role in the emergence of the postwar entrepreneurial economy. If you are unable to attend this tour, please visit http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/doriot to learn more about the exhibit and related research materials. Please contact Baker Library Historical Collections at histcollref@hbs.edu to request a copy of the exhibition catalog.

Baker Library: Informed Leaders Start Here (Fall 2015)

Meghan Dolan and Jim Borron, Baker Library

Alumni support at HBS includes access to the world-class resources at Baker Library for career and professional research needs. Meghan and Jim will provide an overview of current research tools and services and unveil new research services available only to HBS alumni. Attend this presentation and be among the first to hear about these new services that can save you and your organizations time and help you be more fully informed about existing and emerging markets, industries, organizations and more. Contact us at infoservices@hbs.edu or 617-495-6040.

Related Resources:
Fall 2015 Presentation Slides

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS EXHIBITION TOUR (Fall 2015)

Georges F. Doriot: Educating Leaders, Building Companies

Baker Library Staff

Attend a guided tour of the exhibit "Georges F. Doriot: Educating Leaders, Building Companies." The exhibit examines the career of Georges F. Doriot, an educator and founder of the modern venture-capital industry. During his 40-year tenure at Harvard Business School, the charismatic professor taught business and leadership in his celebrated Manufacturing course to nearly 7,000 students. The exhibit features selections from the Georges F. Doriot Collection that reveal the ideas and ideals of a man who played a pioneering role in the emergence of the postwar entrepreneurial economy. If you are unable to attend this tour, please visit http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/doriot to learn more about the exhibit and related research materials. Please contact Baker Library Historical Collections at histcollref@hbs.edu to request a copy of the exhibition catalog.