Harvard Business School Enters Online Learning

Harvard Business School has announced the official launch of HBX, an innovative digital platform to support the delivery of online business-focused offerings, including HBX CORe, a primer on the fundamentals of business.

“The HBX launch marks an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to educate leaders who make a difference in the world,” says HBS Dean Nitin Nohria. “Moreover, HBX will provide a powerful channel for communicating ideas to and engaging with new and wider audiences, complementing the work we do through Harvard Business Publishing.”

The initial HBX offering, CORe (Credential of Readiness), comprises three interlinked courses: Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting. HBS Professor Bharat Anand, Faculty Chair of HBX, says that CORe will be a rigorous program designed for serious and committed learners.

“The HBX faculty team has thought carefully about how to create an online offering that mirrors the energy you find in an HBS classroom and that allows students to benefit from the diversity and experiences of other students,” Anand explains.

Consistent with the Harvard Business School case method of teaching and participant-centered learning, CORe requires students to be active learners, thinking through and solving real-world problems.

HBX aims to complement the school’s existing programs. Notes HBS Professor Youngme Moon, Senior Associate Dean and Chair of the MBA program, “CORe is designed to provide basic business fundamentals to segments of the population we’ve never directly addressed before: undergraduates, graduate students in non-business fields, and people who have just begun their first jobs in business but want a better foundation so they can thrive earlier in their career.”

CORe will launch in June, initially with a limited cohort of students drawn from the greater Massachusetts region of colleges and universities; applications will be available in April on the HBX website (hbx.hbs.edu).

Click here for HBX fact sheet.

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