The Business SummitThe Global Business Summit Leading in Business and Beyond was the culmination of the Centennial year for Harvard Business School alumni. Held on campus October 12-14, 2008, the Business Summit featured thought-provoking discourse, debate, and insight into the seminal topics facing the global community. World leaders, renowned experts, and HBS faculty took center stage on issues, such as globalization, business and society, and the meaning of leadership in the 21st century.


  • Globalization A keynote presentation by Professor Niall Ferguson with an introduction by Professor John Quelch Monday, October 13, 2008 Professor Ferguson offers a historian's view on globalization and on the current financial crisis.
  • The Historical Roots of Globalization A breakout session with Professor Geoffrey G. Jones Monday, October 13, 2008 Panelists share insights, informed by history, of the convergence that globalization promotes. They each focus on convergence from a different reference point: institutional convergence (in financial systems), policy convergence (in China), and the convergence of consumer preferences (with the beauty industry as an example).