01 Sep 2016
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Making Progress on Strategic Priorities

Re: Kristin Mugford; Robin Ely

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The Harvard Business School Campaign has played a critical role in advancing the School’s mission through the “Five I” strategic priorities. Selected highlights of new activities made possible by generous support from alumni and friends are presented here.

Annual giving at all levels to the HBS Fund for Leadership and Innovation has an immediate impact on the School’s ability to pursue new initiatives, and is the cornerstone of HBS’s economic model.


Field-Based Learning

FIELD 2 global immersions offer first-year MBA students a hands-on learning experience, while a growing array of field method courses, both immersive and extended, are offered during the second year of the program.

HBS is extending its reach to new audiences through HBX, a unique online learning platform.

  • CORe offers a primer on the fundamentals of business.
  • HBX Courses cover critical management skills from decision-making to negotiation.
  • HBX Live is a virtual HBS classroom experience bringing together participants from around the world.

Bridges, a three-day capstone course introduced in 2015, gives graduating MBA students an opportunity to reflect on their time at the School, synthesize what they learned, and plan for reentering the workforce.

“Our goal is to help graduating MBAs get ready for the next chapter in their adventures, and remind them of the many bridges they have back to HBS.”
Kristin Williams Mugford, Melvin Tukman Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

“Our goal is to help graduating MBAs get ready for the next chapter in their adventures, and remind them of the many bridges they have back to HBS.”
Kristin Williams Mugford, Melvin Tukman Senior Lecturer of Business Administration


  • Faculty Research: HBS faculty members are employing new methodologies, including large-scale and longitudinal studies, to address complex problems.
  • US Competitiveness Project: The Young American Leaders Program was launched in 2015 to put US competitiveness research into action by bringing together small groups of high-potential leaders from different sectors of cities (business, local government, school districts, and social enterprise) to explore how they can improve their regions’ competitiveness.

The School’s nine Global Research Centers and four Research Offices deepen the faculty’s understanding of and contributions to global business practice and support activities ranging from Executive Education to publishing to MBA admissions and placement.

 

FIELD 2 Students in Casablanca

 

The School is committed to creating an environment where every mem ber of the HBS community is able to thrive and do their best work in support of the School’s mission.

  • Need-Based Fellowships: The School is able to admit talented students regardless of their financial means, creating a diverse classroom that enhances the learning experience for all.
 
  • Gender Initiative: This initiative was launched in 2015 to support research, teaching, and knowledge dissemination that promote gender equity in business and society.
“One of the main goals Harvard Business School wants to achieve with the Gender Initiative is to ground discussions about gender in rigorous research so that people can make better-informed decisions for themselves.”
Robin Ely, Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Chair, Gender Initiative

“One of the main goals Harvard Business School wants to achieve with the Gender Initiative is to ground discussions about gender in rigorous research so that people can make better-informed decisions for themselves.”
Robin Ely, Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Chair, Gender Initiative


In support of Harvard University President Drew Faust’s vision for “One Harvard,” HBS is helping to foster collaboration across the University.

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  • The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is preparing to move into new facilities adjacent to the HBS campus during 2018–2019, creating opportunities for engagement in research and teaching.
Harvard Innovation Labs
  • With the i-lab for students, Launch Lab for alumni ventures, and Life Lab for the life sciences community, HBS has helped create an unparalleled ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship.
 
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