02 Dec 2018
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An Emphasis on Teamwork

Dan Krebs (MBA 2005)
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Dan Krebs (MBA 2005)

Dan Krebs majored in engineering at MIT, but he was drawn to consulting and private equity after earning his undergraduate degree. “When I applied to HBS,” he notes, “my goal was to get an integrated view of the many different disciplines that make business work.

“To be a good investor, you absolutely need to be versed in more than just finance,” elaborates Krebs, now running a family office in San Francisco. “You need to understand leadership. That’s where the HBS general management curriculum really resonated with me.”

Krebs has been a steady contributor to HBS and most recently directed his support to the HBS Fund in support of program innovation. “The School’s consistent focus on making leadership the fundamental tenet of the curriculum sets it apart,” he observes. “It’s critical to placing business in the context of a national dialogue. The broad HBS mission impressed me when I applied, and it still does.”

Krebs appreciates the School’s emphasis on team problem solving and experiential learning associated with the field method, an increasingly important aspect of MBA pedagogy. “We were beginning to do more projects in teams when I was at HBS, and it’s great to see how that learning approach has taken off now in the required curriculum,” comments Krebs, who sees HBX, the School’s online learning platform, as a successful endeavor that helps the School “engage with a wider community of professionals. “It’s challenging for younger alumni—who may be changing jobs frequently, relocating, and starting families—to find the bandwidth to regularly give back to the institutions that helped them succeed,” says Krebs. “But for me, the consistency of the HBS mission is a touchstone in my life. So I try to make my giving consistent in return.”

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Class of MBA 2005, Section E

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