19 Feb 2014
It's been a while since I last posted a blog. My team reminded me that I need to be more consistent in posting, so I'm going to try. This post will, hopefully, be the first of six in 2014.
One of the reasons I haven't posted in a while is that we're very busy in the Doctoral Programs Office - in the past two months we've hosted the second iteration of the BEST course offerings, processed close to 800 admissions applications, started the Spring term, and began our financial planning for the coming academic year. This is probably the busiest part of our annual cycle and I think I speak for everyone in the office that Spring can't come too soon!
In Dean Nitin Nohria's annual update on HBS, he highlighted some of the innovations taking place in the HBS Doctoral Programs:
"In the Doctoral Programs, building on the findings of an intensive self-study in 2011-12, we have instituted a handful of new requirements. To build a stronger sense of community and cohort, we now have a single start date in the summer and a shared orientation experience....In January 2013, we launched Business Education for Scholars and Teachers (BEST)...a fully integrated course for our PhD and DBA students that helps them understand the language of business and provides them a general management perspective."
As I mentioned, we followed the successful launch of BEST in 2013 with the second course in the three-course BEST series last month. 52 first- and second-year students attended the BEST Markets course, covering Strategy, Capital Markets, and Business, Government and International Economies. The BEST course series has been very successful in exposing our students to the language and functions of business while providing them with a unique perspective to conduct research with impact on practice.
On the Admissions front, we are within weeks of having a final list of admitted students for all eight of our doctoral programs. The application pool was impressive, as always, and that made the selection process extremely challenging. We ended up interviewing over 70 candidates and they were all impressive in their own right. Stay tuned for more information in future postings.
That's it for now. As I said, I'll have six postings this year. The next one will be out in mid-March.