News & Highlights

  • April 2017
  • Alumni News

Bringing Markets to Myanmar

For 25 years, David Brunell (MBA 1962) has worked in private sector development all over the world, transforming centralized economies to market-based economies in 20 different countries, including Zambia, Vietnam, and Pakistan. His most recent work was with the government of Myanmar, which recently emerged from decades of military rule with a planned economy. Bulletin editor Dan Morrell talked to David about his experience in Myanmar, and what the process of private sector development looks like at the ground level.
  • February 2017

Shaping Singapore - Conducting an Urban Symphony

Currently CEO of Singapore’s Housing and Development Board (and a former CEO of its Urban Redevelopment Authority), Koon Hean Cheong (AMP 173, 2007) was the first Asian to be awarded the Urban Land Institute’s J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.

New Research on the Region

  • 2017
  • Book

Profits and Sustainability: A History of Green Entrepreneurship

This book explores the question whether profits and sustainability are compatible through the lens of a history of green entrepreneurship worldwide between the nineteenth century and today. It tells the story of the extraordinary and often eccentric men and women who defied convention and imagined that business could help save the planet, rather than consume it. The social and religious beliefs that drove many of these individuals are explored, as the book looks at how they overcame huge obstacles to execute their strategies in industries as diverse as renewable energy, organic food, natural beauty, eco-tourism, recycling, architecture, and finance. The pioneering efforts to build certification schemes and environmental reporting are examined, alongside the contested relationship between green business and governments. The struggles of early pioneers appear to have been rewarded by the growth of environmental awareness among consumers, business leaders, and others in recent years, but the Earth's environmental health continues to deteriorate. If profits and sustainability have proved challenging to reconcile, the book argues that one reason was how they were both defined.

  • April 2017
  • Case

China Construction Bank's Transformation

By: Krishna G. Palepu and Nancy Hua Dai

On March 29, 2017, Wang Hongzhang, Chairman of China Construction Bank, was considering the next steps in the bank’s transformation. In the challenging backdrop of economic slowdown, deep structure adjustment, interest rate liberalization, entry of financial players from the Fintech sector and rising customer demands for better value and service, the bank started transformation in 2012 towards integration, multi-functional service, intensive development, innovative bank and smart bank. Despite the progress the bank had achieved, Wang wondered whether the transformation of the bank had positioned it well to cope with the current and future challenges that the Chinese banking sector faced.

  • April 2017
  • Case

China Hospitals Inc.: The Growth of Private Hospitals in China

By: Kevin Schulman, Xiao Yu and Ariel Hwang

This case examines the privatization of hospitals in China. China Hospitals, Inc. has become the largest for-profit hospital company in China, purchasing government owned hospitals in Tier 2 cities. The case profiles CEO Frank Hu. To build his company, he has to navigate a tricky political landscape between local, provincial and the national governments. As the market evolves, he develops a hub and spoke strategy for this organization based on a hub at Puyang Hospital. The case places these activities in context with a rich appendix examining the evolving insurance system in China.

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