HBS is committed to developing future leaders equipped with the cultural intelligence and skills required to operate in today’s globalized world. Key to this effort is creating opportunities for members of the School’s increasingly multicultural community to develop insight into global business practices and share knowledge with ever-widening audiences, in the process striving to address society’s greatest opportunities and challenges. Alumni and friends from around the world provide the financial support and guidance that help fuel HBS’s international strategy.

Innovative approaches to deepening global engagement at the School this year include a student-led admissions event in Mongolia, field work in Helsinki for first-year MBA students, and a faculty immersion to Southeast Asia. In January, the School will introduce a field course for second-year MBA students focused on startups and venture capital in Israel, and in August will add China to its portfolio of new function-driven Senior Executive Leadership Programs.

The global centers and offices established by HBS around the world over the past 20 years are the nexus for the School’s international research and activities. They serve as embassies, enabling pathbreaking research (approximately half of all HBS cases produced today are globally oriented), facilitating immersions for students and faculty members, and assisting with admissions and career development outreach, among other activities. This network of centers and offices also strengthens the School’s relationships with local alumni and other leaders in business, government, and academia.

HBS shares its pedagogy with learners around the world. HBX, the School’s digital education platform, has enrolled more than 23,000 participants from Azerbaijan to Zambia since 2014 and it continues to broaden the School’s impact. Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) represents yet another vehicle for disseminating HBS’s thought leadership through its publications and course materials; last year, HBP sold more than 10 million case studies globally, and it now offers 12 international editions of Harvard Business Review.

What drives HBS’s international agenda is a recognition of the need for faculty members and students to understand firsthand important business phenomena, wherever they occur. What sustains the School’s efforts in this area is the dedication of alumni and friends who support internationalization, including through giving to the HBS Fund for Leadership and Innovation; these individuals are helping members of the HBS community acquire the global perspective necessary to be effective and insightful leaders.

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“The global research centers are critical to helping HBS faculty develop the understanding and insight they need to prepare students for leadership around the world.”

Lynn Paine, John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for International Development


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