Tag Archives: Harvard Business School
October 2, 2015
Four professors who are leading the way in prompting business school students to think about how firms can act in the face of growing economic inequality have been named winners of this year’s Aspen Faculty …
Four professors who are leading the way in prompting business school students to think about how firms can act in the face of growing economic inequality have been named winners of this year’s Aspen Faculty Pioneer Awards. The honorees, announced this week by the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, are:
- David Besanko, IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practices at the Kellogg School of Management.
- Shawn Cole, John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration in the Finance Unit at the Harvard Business School.
- Dima Jamali, Kamal Shair Chair in Responsible Leadership and Professor at the Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut.
- Thomas Kochan, George M. Bunker Professor of Work and Employment Relations at the MIT Sloan School of Management; and Co-Director of the Institute for Work and Employment Research at MIT.
The Faculty Pioneer Awards were established in 1999 to celebrate educators who demonstrate leadership and risk-taking — and blaze a trail toward curriculum that deeply examines the relationships between capital markets, firms, and the public good.
The focus of this year’s call for nominations was to recognize and honor faculty who are teaching about inequality in their MBA classrooms, says Claire Preisser, who manages the Faculty Pioneer selection process as associate director of the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program.
“When thinking about remedies to inequality, people naturally reach into the policy sphere for solutions,” Preisser explains. “Policy interventions are very important, but historically business has been a key actor in building and sustaining a middle class. We believe that today’s business students need to be prompted more often to think about how the everyday choices in firms can build shared prosperity—or work against it. The faculty members we honor this year are doing just that.”
The fact that some faculty at top-ranked MBA programs are addressing inequality in the classroom is especially encouraging, says Judith Samuelson, executive director of the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program.
“We are very encouraged that these classroom discussions are happening, and happening at top-ranked schools—and are eager to see more faculty follow suit,” Samuelson says. “This year’s Faculty Pioneers are bringing inequality out of the ethics classroom and into the classes that really matter in the MBA curriculum.”
The Aspen Institute Business & Society Program will recognize the Faculty Pioneer Award Winners at Business and Inequality: A Dialogue on Business and Business Education in New York on Thursday, October 15. The event will focus on how business schools can most effectively prepare students to lead companies in ways that produce a vibrant economy that works for all.
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September 24, 2015
The admissions team at Harvard Business School is still buried in Round 1 applications, but admissions director Dee Leopold updated her blog this week to let anxious candidates know the timeline for upcoming interview invitations. …
The admissions team at Harvard Business School is still buried in Round 1 applications, but admissions director Dee Leopold updated her blog this week to let anxious candidates know the timeline for upcoming interview invitations.
Invitations and detailed procedural instructions will go out over three days—October 6th, 8th, and 14th—in order to avoid congestion in the online sign-up page, Leopold explains. Candidates not invited to interview will be notified of their release on October 14th, thus freeing them with ample time to focus their energies on applications to other schools.
All HBS 2+2 Program applicants will receive interview or release notification on the same date, October 14th.
The director notes the interview period for Round 1 applicants will take place between October 26–November 20. In addition to on-campus interviews, HBS also plans to conduct interviews in New York City, Palo Alto, London, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, and Santiago on select dates to be announced soon. If you cannot travel to an interview location, Leopold confirms that you may be accommodated via Skype.
In case anyone feels at a disadvantage for being unable to interview on campus, she assures applicants that, “We love having interviewees visit campus and we will have a full day of get-to-know HBS activities, but the location of your interview plays no part in the selection process.”
Good luck, Harvard Business School applicants!
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September 22, 2015
Last week, Harvard Business School announced the launch of a new online series called Cold Call, which takes the school’s legendary case method and distills it into podcast form. The podcast takes its name from …
Last week, Harvard Business School announced the launch of a new online series called Cold Call, which takes the school’s legendary case method and distills it into podcast form.
The podcast takes its name from the HBS tradition of beginning each class with a “cold call,” where with no previous warning, the professor selects one student to lay out the facts of the case and begin the discussion. It’s a nerve-wracking moment that binds HBS graduates across generations.
Host and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Brian Kenny will invite an HBS professor twice a month to take listeners behind the scenes of a case he or she has written, probing what inspired the case, exploring how it relates to management practice, and delving into interesting anecdotes that come from researching the case and teaching it in the classroom.
Cold Call will feature a wide variety of cases covering world-class brands, innovative start-ups, social enterprises, and even entire nations. The series kicked off the week of September 9— Fashion Week in New York City— with a case on fashion mogul Stella McCartney and how she built a global brand that represents both luxury and sustainability.
In 10-12 minutes, Cold Call will animate HBS faculty research and bring their lessons straight to listeners. According to the announcement from the school, it should be on the playlist of prospective MBA students and seasoned business practitioners alike.
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September 14, 2015
Last week, Forbes released its 2015 ranking of the best business schools in the United States based on the return on investment (ROI) of the MBA Class of 2010 grads. For the second straight time, Stanford Graduate School of Business nudged out Harvard Business School for the top spot with a five-year gain of $89,100 for graduates. In fact, according to the report, the class of 2010 tripled their pre-MBA total compensation to $255,000 five years out of school.
Here’s a snapshot of the Top Ten Business Schools as crowned by Forbes:
- Stanford Graduate School of Business (five-year MBA gain of $89,100)
- Harvard Business School (five-year MBA gain of $83,500)
- Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management (five-year MBA gain of $72,700)
- Columbia Business School (five-year MBA gain of $71,100)
- Dartmouth Tuck School of Business (five-year MBA gain of $68,400)
- Chicago Booth School of Business (five-year MBA gain of $65,000)
- The Wharton School (five-year MBA gain of $64,900)
- UC Berkeley Haas School of Business (five-year MBA gain of $64,200)
- MIT Sloan School of Management (five-year MBA gain of $63,800)
- Cornell Johnson School of Management (five-year MBA gain of $63,500)
The MBA Class of 2010 had it pretty tough, graduating in the midst of a global financial meltdown that saw typical MBA feeder companies such as Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns vaporize overnight. However, despite the slow start to their post-MBA careers, the class of 2010 has rebounded well, Forbes notes.
To learn more about the methodology of the Forbes ranking, hiring trends, and the debt situation of the Class of 2010, you can read the original article on Forbes.com.
September 9, 2015
Today’s the Round 1 deadline at Harvard Business School, but if you’re still planning on applying in Rounds 2 or 3, you’ll want to take a look at some of the essay advice I shared in a recent Business Insider article.
Unlike last season, when the essay question was completely open-ended—and optional—this year the school has taken a different tack to see if they can really get to know their applicants.
It now asks:
It’s the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your “section.” This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures that you will get to know each other very well. The bonds you collectively create throughout this shared experience will be lasting. Introduce yourself.
The goal of this essay is to know yourself, know HBS, and know how to match the two to demonstrate your fit for the school as you introduce yourself to your classmates. I invite you to read the rest on the article on the Business Insider site for several more important tips on how to successfully market your candidacy for this ultra-elite school.