Spring 2016 Reunion Presentations

During the 2016 Spring Reunions, HBS faculty members, industry leaders and non-HBS scholars presented their most recent research on a wide range of topics.

To view presentation materials from prior reunions, please visit past reunion presentations pages: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.

 
 
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The Progress Principle

Teresa M. Amabile, Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration; Director of Research
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What really makes people happy, motivated, productive, and creative at work? Professor Amabile’s research reveals some surprising answers. Of all the good things that can boost a person’s inner work life, the single most important is simply making progress on meaningful work, even if that progress is a small step forward. This is the Progress Principle. Participants will leave this session understanding that creative productivity and employee well-being depend less on elaborate incentive systems or performance-management processes and more on facilitating the small wins that constitute daily work progress.

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The Content Trap: A Strategist’s Guide to Digital Change

Bharat N. Anand, Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration
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Digital technology is changing many industries: cars and taxis, hotels, and fashion. But it changed the media and entertainment industries first, wholly affecting how consumers engaged with music, newspapers, books, magazines, TV, and movies. What have we learned from two decades of history of digital change in media and entertainment? Professor Anand will present findings from his forthcoming book The Content Trap. Participants will learn about approaches that work and don’t work as companies craft digital strategy. Anand will also discuss how lessons learned from these strategies shaped the execution of HBX, HBS’s own digital learning initiative.


Humanizing CRM: Unlocking the Mysteries of Your Customer Relationships

Jill J. Avery (DBA 2007), Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
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Big data is finally allowing marketers to truly understand, personalize, and manage the relationships they have with their customers. Unfortunately, despite $11 billion spent annually on CRM software, many companies lack “relational intelligence” and fail to meet these expectations. Senior Lecturer and former CPG Brand Manager Avery will illustrate how companies can humanize their CRM efforts and deliver on customers’ expectations in ways that significantly affect their profitability. Participants will leave with a new understanding of the different types of relationships consumers form with brands and a five-step process for building the relational intelligence needed to profitably negotiate these relationships.

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

Malcolm P. Baker (PhDBE 2000), 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.


Is “Good Governance” Good for Companies?

Joseph L. Bower (MBA 1961 / DBA 1963), Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus
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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, Professor Bower will review the intellectual foundations of the “good governance” movement and report on the conversations he has had with corporate executives, investors, and asset managers about the implications of this movement and the role of shareholders in the modern public corporation.


The Capitalist Dilemma: 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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Getting Where You Want to Go: Overcoming Cognitive Distortions

Thomas J. DeLong, Philip J. Stomberg Professor of Management Practice
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While the assumption is that all people are accomplishing all of their career and life goals, there are some very talented individuals who may come up short and unknowingly sabotage their own efforts. This session will explore the cognitive distortions that play out in people's thinking processes and behaviors that prevent them from realizing their goals. Avoiding important conversations, allowing fears to dominate thinking, and allowing negative experiences to have undue influence on future behavior are examples of behaviors that inhibit the ability to think clearly and act in ways that serve oneself. Participants will not only learn about these patterns of thinking and feeling but discover how to confront and manage them.

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Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center

Rohit Deshpandé, Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Marketing
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Join a case discussion about the business of jazz in America. Excerpts from the “Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center” multimedia case will be shown during the session, featuring video interviews with Marsalis, senior executives at JALC, and audience members. The case covers the history of jazz music, the evolution of the music industry, and changing tastes of consumers. Participants will explore how the declining interest in, and sales of, jazz music can be reversed; what the role of Wynton Marsalis and of JALC is in this context; and what the lessons are for arts and cultural institutions worldwide and for cultural entrepreneurs. Note: No case pre-reading or viewing is required.

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Product Management 101

Thomas R. Eisenmann (MBA 1983, DBA 1993), 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. Professor Eisenmann will discuss product management challenges and describe how HBS is training MBAs to fill the PM role.

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Fixing America’s Talent Supply Chain

Joseph B. Fuller (MBA 1981), Professor of Management Practice
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America’s labor market has entered a “new normal” phase. While the unemployment rate has receded, underemployment remains endemic and the percentage of workers stuck in part-time jobs is well above historical norms. More ominously, wage growth is virtually nonexistent. Yet, at the same time, employers are posting a record number of positions. Professor Fuller suggests that resolving this paradox will require education institutions and employers to adopt a new approach to skills training. Participants will leave understanding that unless aspiring workers are equipped with the skills employers need, income disparities will widen and US competitiveness will be undermined.

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Discover Your True North

William W. George (MBA 1966), Senior Fellow
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In this interactive session, Senior Fellow George shares new insights about dramatic changes taking place in leadership, drawing on his in-depth interviews with 172 authentic leaders. He will describe how participants can discover their “true north” and stay on track in spite of myriad pressures and seductions pulling them off course. He will also lead a discussion of new methods for helping leaders at all levels become more effective and developing more authentic leaders in organizations. Participants will come away with a clearer understanding of their own leadership so they can enable and empower other leaders to sustain peak performance.

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HBX: Business Education Reimagined for the Digital Age

Janice H. Hammond, Jesse Philips Professor of Manufacturing
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HBX is Harvard Business School’s 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 Hammond 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. She will also discuss HBX Live, a one-of-a-kind digital classroom that is enabling learners worldwide to connect in real time. Platform demonstrations will illustrate the technology and teaching elements that make HBX unique.

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Health Care: What's Next?

Regina E. Herzlinger (DBA 1971), Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration
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Professor Herzlinger will discuss the impact of the health care reform legislation on the US health care system and economy, worldwide developments, and HBS curriculum for innovating in health care.


Can Health Care Become a Consumer Product?

Robert S. Huckman (PhDBE 2001), Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Business Administration
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At the heart of the dramatic change occurring in the health care industry is the assumption that consumers can and must play a larger role in decisions about their health care. Consumers now have access to more information than ever before about their health and their options for improving it. Yet health care still remains far from being a true consumer good, as patients often lack either important information about their treatment options or incentives to act upon the information they do have. Participants will leave this session with an understanding of current efforts to embrace consumerism in health care and the significant challenges that remain in realizing consumerism’s full potential.

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

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. If people can't move, if goods are delayed, and if information networks can't connect, then economic opportunity deteriorates and social inequity grows. Drawing from her book, Move: Putting America's Infrastructure Back in the Lead, Professor Kanter will take a sweeping look across America, revealing the innovative projects, vital leaders, and bold solutions that are moving our transportation infrastructure toward a cleaner, faster, and more prosperous future.


Value-Based Health Care

Robert S. Kaplan, Senior Fellow, Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, Emeritus
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Professor Kaplan will discuss his collaboration with Professor Michael Porter to transform the health-care system to deliver better patient outcomes while incurring lower total costs. He will describe and illustrate, with case examples, four key value-based health care (VBHC) principles. These principles will promote a healthy competition in which the most effective and efficient providers for each medical condition will prosper and grow, while ineffective and inefficient providers will exit from treating conditions where they cannot deliver demonstrable value. Participants will leave this session knowledgeable about the next steps for the United States and other countries to put VBHC into action.

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Digital Innovation and Transformation

Karim R. Lakhani, Lumry Family Associate 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.

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Launch “New” Nuclear Now or Lose the Race with Climate Change

Joseph B. Lassiter, Senior Fellow; Senator John Heinz Professor of Management Practice in Environmental Management, Retired,
and Ray A. Rothrock (MBA 1988), Emeritus, Venrock; CEO, RedSeal
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Today’s nuclear and renewable alternatives are forecast to lose the race to fossil fuels. “New” nuclear alternatives that can beat fossil fuels are on the world’s drawing boards, but out-of-date thinking is keeping these “new” nuclear alternatives from being ready in time to keep worldwide CO2 emissions from threatening levels. Professor Lassiter and Mr. Rothrock hope participants will leave this session insisting that politicians and policymakers support “new” nuclear, the energy solution that can provide US levels of power to every person on the planet for thousands of years, safely, cheaply, and carbon-free.


Can China Lead?

F. Warren McFarlan (MBA 1961 / DBA 1965), 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 2016, a set of economic and political forces has come into play that clouds prospects for both internal growth and opportunities for foreign companies. Much tighter political control, a slowing economy, international muscle flexing, and an intense focus on international acquisitions make it a very different period. The heady days of double-digit growth are gone, and great uncertainty exists in what will replace them.

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

Karen Mills (MBA 1977), Senior Fellow
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Small businesses have often faced gaps in access to credit. An explosion of new online lenders are providing small dollar loans to businesses within days, with easy online applications and innovative credit algorithms. Is this a good development for America’s small businesses? Senior Fellow Mills draws on her experience as former head of the US Small Business Administration and member of President Obama’s Cabinet to discuss recent developments in this market. Participants will leave this session with a sense of both the underlying causes of the online lending boom and the open questions faced by regulators, borrowers, and traditional banks.

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Lessons from the Bankruptcy in the City of Detroit

Kristin Williams Mugford (MBA 1993), Melvin Tukman Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
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The June 2013 bankruptcy of Detroit, Michigan, was, at the time, the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. Acute financial strains led to significant cuts in basic public services, which contributed to declines in population, and widespread urban blight. The story of Detroit is a cautionary tale for many cities and states struggling with fiscal shortfalls and substantial financial and pension liabilities. Senior Lecturer Mugford will explore what led to this tragedy, how Detroit restructured, and what lessons must be learned by US citizens and leaders.


Angel Investing: Today’s Challenges and Opportunities

Ramana Nanda, Associate Professor of Business Administration
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Technological changes over the last decade have dramatically lowered the cost of starting new ventures. This has led to an explosion of startup activity and numerous changes in the early stage financing landscape—from the rise of super angels and accelerators to crowdfunding platforms such as AngelList. How have these changes affected traditional models of angel investing? And what is the broader impact on innovation in our economy? Participants will leave this session with a deeper understanding of these issues and an appreciation of the new opportunities and challenges for angel investors in these changing times.

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US Competitiveness: Getting Our Economy and Government to Work for All

Michael E. Porter (MBA 1971), Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, and Jan W. Rivkin (PhDBE 1993), Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration
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As the presidential campaign heats up, America seems at risk of falling into a reinforcing cycle of political dysfunction, economic disparity, and social unrest. What can leaders in business, government, and nonprofits do—at the local, state, and federal levels—to reverse the cycle? Professors Porter and Rivkin will share their views, based on the work of the HBS project on US competitiveness.

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How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition and Companies

Michael E. Porter (MBA 1971), Bishop William Lawrence University Professor
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The evolution of products into intelligent, connected devices—which are increasingly embedded in broader systems—is radically reshaping companies and competition. This is forcing companies to redefine their industries and rethink nearly everything they do, beginning with their strategies. Companies will need new types of relationships with customers. They will need new product capabilities, infrastructure, and processes, with entirely new structures, functions, and forms of cross-functional collaboration. Professor Porter will discuss the concepts in his recent Harvard Business Review articles written with PTC Chief Executive Officer Jim Heppelmann, describing how smart, connected products are affecting strategy and transforming the entire value chain.

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The Market for Smaller Firms

Richard S. Ruback, Willard Prescott Smith Professor of Corporate Finance, and Royce G. Yudkoff (MBA 1980), Professor of Management Practice
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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
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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. Participants will leave this session with fresh insights into how entrepreneurs turn problems into opportunities.

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2012 Obama Campaign: Learning in the Field—Implications for the 2016 Presidential Campaigns

Leonard A. Schlesinger (DBA 1979), Baker Foundation Professor
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A presidential campaign is often defined as a “billion dollar startup.” The successful 2008 Obama campaign concluded with a formal “after-action review” that stimulated the creation of a learning function to encourage voter turnout and choice for the 2012 campaign. Through an interactive case discussion, Professor Schlesinger will unfold the elements of the campaign strategy and test their application to the 2016 presidential campaigns underway. He will conclude with a broader exploration of the campaign approach to organizations of all kinds. Note: The “2012 Obama Campaign” HBS case will be made available to attendees before and after the session; no pre-reading is required.


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 is 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 successful strategy execution.

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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 is an interactive discussion that draws on Senior Lecturer Snook’s 35 years of experience as a leader, teacher, and researcher. Using a series of short video vignettes and personal stories, Snook argues 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 calls on a wide range of interesting characters—the Happy Greeter, General Schwarzkopf, Simon Cowell, and Michael Jordan—to illustrate what it takes to become a world-class leader.

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Wealth: A Nice Problem to Have

Howard H. 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, both as the first president and a cofounder of Baupost, a $29 billion investment fund, and with his family’s investment partnership, afford him some special insights. He has captured what he has learned in a forthcoming book called Wealth and Families: Lessons from my Life Journey. In this session, Professor Stevenson will share his thoughts about wealth and investing, counter the common wisdom on the thorny issue of wealth and families, and offer suggestions for raising wealthy children.

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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, Associate 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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The US Economy—Restoring Oomph

Richard H.K. Vietor, Baker Foundation Professor
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After a brief background on US economic strategies in the Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush eras, this presentation will focus on America’s twin deficits in the 2000s. It will examine the causes of America’s fiscal deficits, its current account deficit, and the recent congressional compromise on the debt ceiling. It will conclude by forecasting deficits in the next 10 years and by considering an alternative to congressional action. Participants will leave this session with a clearer idea of America’s economic fundamentals and economic policy issues than is revealed either by the primary debates or by the press.

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

Michael A. Wheeler, 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.


Making Room for the Baby Boom

Charles F. Wu (MBA 1983), Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
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Seniors, defined as those aged 65 and older, are the fastest-growing age cohort in the United States. How are real estate developers responding to this increasing need? What kind of housing facilities are they building? How can residents and their families distinguish between the varying levels of acuity? How do the economics work for individuals who live along the “spectrum of continuing care”? Are these challenges strictly limited to the United States or are they global? Come participate in a case discussion of one of today’s most rapidly growing real estate product types.

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Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons

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.


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HBS 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 and Professor of Astronomy, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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The early universe possessed neither cozy planets nor the range of chemical elements that are needed for life to develop. Life became possible because of several remarkable developments in the history of the universe, which scientists will come to understand using a new telescope being built in Chile. Participants will leave this session with an understanding of a new connection between astronomy and biology, and with the reasonable expectation that they will know, during their lifetime, whether or not we see signs of life on many of the planets orbiting the stars we see in the night sky.

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Nice Start: Now What?

Mark J. Chussil (MBA 1979), Founder and CEO of Advanced Competitive Strategies
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Your life is not a checklist, bucket list, or shopping list. So what is it? In this highly interactive session participants will ask, and answer, thought-provoking questions about themselves and their lives. They’ll find out who they are at their core. They’ll learn how to recognize when they’ve stopped thinking too soon. They’ll consider whether it’s bad to lose $80 million. They’ll explore how many days they have felt truly alive. They’ll get to know their one-way trips, two life-changing words, and fighting tigers (no, not Princeton). Participants will leave this session with big smiles and deep thoughts.

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Tour of the HBX Live Studio at WGBH

Cristina de la Cierva (MBA 2009), Product Manager of HBX Live, and Ross Pearo, Director, HBX Marketing and CORe Product
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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 to see 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. Tour is limited to 50 participants.

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The Next Harvard: Planning for Transformation

Angela Quinn Crispi (MBA 1990), Executive Dean for Administration, and Andrew F. O'Brien (2015 AMP 188), 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.

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The Harvard Paulson School: Engineering as a Catalyst for the 21st Century University

Francis (Frank) J. Doyle III, Dean of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; John A. & Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences
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The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) is the newest and fastest-growing school at Harvard. In this talk, Dean Doyle will explore how cutting-edge research by SEAS faculty is addressing pressing societal issues, including climate change, energy, digital security, and health care. He will discuss how SEAS connects science and engineering with experts across the entire Harvard community. He will also describe how the 2020 SEAS expansion to a new building in Allston, across Western Avenue from HBS and adjacent to a future Enterprise Research Campus, will foster even greater cross-school collaboration and the emergence of a vibrant new innovation ecosystem in Boston.

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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 Enríquez (MBA 1986), Managing Director, Excel Venture Management
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As humans modify viruses and bacteria to compute, vaccinate, retrovirally treat, or crowd out harmful pathogens, they begin to take direct and deliberate control over the evolution of various species. 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, and the power of various countries. Participants will leave with a sense of just how important bioliteracy is and why life sciences is becoming the greatest single driver of the economy over the next few decades.

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Harvard Innovation Lab Presentation and Tour

Jodi Goldstein (MBA 1996), Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Managing Director, Harvard Innovation Lab
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Participants will attend a presentation and tour of the Harvard Innovation Lab. Opened in November 2011, the Harvard 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 i-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.


The One Love Foundation: Building a Campus-Led Movement to End Relationship Violence

Katie Higgins Hood (MBA 2001), CEO, One Love Foundation
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Every week, reports of domestic violence rock communities across our nation. The stats are grim: one in three women and one in four men will be in an abusive relationship, and young women ages 16–24 are at three times greater risk. The One Love Foundation was founded in 2010 in honor of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia senior who was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend just weeks before their graduation. Today, One Love works on campuses across the country to educate, empower, and activate students in a movement to change the statistics. In 15 months, over 35,000 students in 550 school communities have participated in One Love’s groundbreaking film workshop, Escalation, a program that elucidates the unhealthy behaviors that can become abuse and that inspires students to be leaders in changing social tolerance for such behaviors. Participants will screen Escalation and learn about One Love’s innovative prevention approach and how parents can understand the warning signs and proactively talk about healthy and unhealthy relationships with their kids.


 

Leadership in America – The 2016 Presidential Campaign

Barbara Kellerman, James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
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This is one conversation about the American presidential campaign that will not fixate on leaders such as Clinton, Cruz, Sanders, and Trump. Lecturer Kellerman will treat presidential leadership specifically as she does leadership generally—as a system, not a person. She will focus not only on leaders, but on followers: the American people. And she will focus equally on the context within which they are situated—this particular country at this particular moment. Participants can expect a conversation that is cordial, collaborative, contentious, and conflictual.

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Saving and Investing for a Secure Future

Stuart E. Lucas (MBA 1989), Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Wealth Strategist Partners
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In a world of slowing growth, low interest rates, higher taxes, and greater longevity, the challenge of managing wealth is tougher than ever. Lucas confronts this challenge by drawing from his insider experience managing his own family’s wealth, his 30-plus years as a successful investment professional, and his interactions with hundreds of other successful families around the world. Participants will learn well-tested, practical frameworks to help them navigate the financial services industry while managing their wealth strategically and comprehensively. Each participant will receive Wealth: Grow It and Protect It, Lucas’s highly acclaimed and practical book about managing long-term wealth.

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How Do HBS Careers Progress? 2014 Alumni Survey Results

Lauren C. Murphy, Director of MBA Career & Professional Development,
and Christine Van Dae, Assistant Director of 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 they 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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Finding Huck Finn: Reclaiming Childhood from a River of Electronic Screens

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 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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Five Common Misconceptions in Education

Jim E. Ryan, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Charles William Eliot Professor of Education
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Education is in the national spotlight. Calls for universal pre-K and lifting caps on charter schools abound. Prominent legal cases like Vergara v. California capture headlines. Popular documentaries and news pieces generate new audiences. And admirable new philanthropic commitments to K-12 and higher education make waves. But what does the national conversation about education miss—and why does it matter? Join Dean Ryan as he describes five widespread misconceptions in education, from U.S. competitiveness to Harvard’s role in education reform, and what it will really take to significantly improve access to a high-quality education for millions of students.

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Panel—Aging Parents: Navigating the Journey Successfully

Moderator: Janet Simpson Benvenuti (MBA 1985), Founder and CEO, Circle of Life Partners
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  • Dorika Mamboleo Beckett (MBA 1996), Livewell Care
  • Andrew Lazzaro (MBA 2001), OMD Worldwide
  • Jennifer O’Brien (MBA 1996)
  • 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. A 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—Alzheimer’s Disease: The Urgency and the Hope

Moderator: David Shenk, author of The Forgetting and Senior Advisor to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund
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  • Dan Gasby, Husband of B. Smith; Coauthor with B. Smith of the New York Times bestseller, Before I Forget
  • Henry F. McCance (MBA 1966), Founding Board Member and Cochairman, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Board of Directors; Chairman, Emeritus, Greylock Partners
  • William A. Sahlman (MBA 1975), Dimitri V. D'Arbeloff – MBA Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration; Senior Associate Dean for External Relations
  • Barbara “B.” Smith, Restaurateur; Lifestyle Guru; Coauthor with Dan Gasby of the New York Times bestseller, Before I Forget
  • Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi, Vice Chair, Neurology and Director, Genetics and Aging Research Unit, Mass. General Hospital; Joseph P. & Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Author of the New York Times bestsellers Super Brain and Super Genes

Panel—American Education Reform—What’s Next?

Moderator: John J-H Kim, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
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  • Susan Wolf Ditkoff (MBA 2001), Partner and Co-Head, Philanthropy Practice, The Bridgespan Group; Chairman, Brookline School Committee
  • Harris Ferrell (MBA 2001), Chief Operating Officer, Achievement First
  • Sophie Lippincott Ferrer (MBA 2006), Senior Consultant, Education First
  • Eleanor Laurans (MBA 2006), Chief Financial Officer, Boston Public Schools
  • Greg Shell (MBA 2001), Boston Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston; Former Board Chair, Roxbury Preparatory Charter School

Panel—Asset Management

Moderator: Luis M. Viceira, George E. Bates Professor; Senior Associate Dean for International Development
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  • Mala Gaonkar (MBA 1996), Managing Director, Lone Pine Capital
  • Benjamin Hochberg (MBA 2001), Partner, Lee Equity Partners
  • Timothy Hurd (MBA 1996), President and Chief Investment Officer, BlueSpruce Investments
  • Melissa Ma (MBA 1996), Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Asia Alternatives Management

Panel—Innovation in Health Care

Moderator: Robert S. Huckman, Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Business Administration
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  • Gil Addo (MBA 2011), Cofounder and CEO, RubiconMD
  • Dr. Kevin Bozic (MBA 2001), Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Sean Burke (MBA 2001), President and CEO, Asia Pacific, GE Healthcare

Panel—Real Estate: What to Do in Year 10 of the Cycle?

Moderator: Charles F. Wu, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
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  • Zahara Kassam (MBA 2011), Hotel Asset Management, Marathon Asset Management
  • Chris Lee (MBA 2006), Member and Cohead, Real Estate Credit, KKR
  • Jason H. Lee (MBA 1996), Managing Director and Head of Asia Real Estate, The Carlyle Group
  • Donald Sheets (MBA 2006), Managing Partner, AlumCreek Holdings

Panel—The Thrills and Spills of Entrepreneurship

Moderator: Thomas R. Eisenmann (MBA 1983, DBA 1998), Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration
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  • Raj Kapoor (MBA 1996), Advisor and Mentor, ClassPass, NFX Guild, and Mayfield Fund
  • Katrina Lake (MBA 2011), Founder & CEO, Stitch Fix
  • Chad Laurans (MBA 2006), CEO, SimpliSafe
  • Catherine Levene (MBA 1996), Cofounder and Former CEO, Artspace

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: Informed Leaders Start Here

Jim Borron and Leslie Burmeister, Baker Library

Alumni support at HBS includes access to the world-class resources at Baker Library for career and professional research needs. Leslie 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 the new Baker for Business (B4B) research service. For more information, email infoservices@hbs.edu or call 617-495-6040.

Special Collections Exhibition Tour
Laura Linard, Director of Special Collections

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 Special Collections at histcollref@hbs.edu to request a copy of the exhibition catalog.

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