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
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.
Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center
Rohit Deshpandé, Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Marketing
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.
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
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.
Discover Your True North
William W. George (MBA 1966), Senior Fellow
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.
Health Care: What's Next?
Regina E. Herzlinger (DBA 1971), Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration
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.
Innovating Our Way Out of Traffic Jams: Leadership to Reinvent Transportation
Rosabeth M. Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration
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.
Online Lending to Small Business: How Technology Is Changing the Game
Karen Mills (MBA 1977), Senior Fellow
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.
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
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.
Wealth: A Nice Problem to Have
Howard H. Stevenson (MBA 1965), Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus
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.
A New Wave of Digital Disruption Models
Thales S. Teixeira, Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration
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.
Making Room for the Baby Boom
Charles F. Wu (MBA 1983), Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
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.
Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons
David B. Yoffie, Max and Doris Starr Professor of International Business Administration
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.