News & Highlights

  • December 2016
  • Alumni News

Alumni Leading Change - Setting the Standard for Commercial Success

As chairman of Esquel Group, Marjorie Yang (MBA 1976) oversees one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high-end cotton shirts. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Hong Kong, Esquel employs 57,000 people at 35 plants and offices worldwide. The company earned approximately $1.5 billion in revenue in 2015 from serving top brands, including Hugo Boss, Nautica, and Ralph Lauren.
  • November 2016
  • School News

China IFC: Global Access, Global Perspective

The Business of Going Global, China-Style, one of six Immersive Field Courses in the MBA Program’s Elective Curriculum in 2016, was designed and led by two faculty members with extensive knowledge of the region. Willy C. Shih, the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice, and William C. Kirby, the Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration, developed the course to introduce students to a cross section of Chinese industry and commerce while also providing a deeper dive into a particular sector.
  • November 2016
  • Alumni News

Three Former HBS Classmates Improving Life in Jakarta

The key to making life in Jakarta a little easier is speeding access to both places and services. With more than $1 billion of investor funding between them, three former HBS classmates—Nadiem Makarim of Go-Jek and Anthony Tan and Hooi Ling Tan of Grab (all MBA 2011)—are doing this through competing on-demand ride services, seizing on the fast-growing use of smartphones in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy to reach wealthy and technologically savvy consumers fed up with gridlock and delay.

New Research on the Region

  • January 2017
  • Teaching Material

Q&A: Ghislain de Charentenay, Sanford C. Bernstein Director of Research, Asia

By: Linda A. Hill and Allison J. Wigen

In this video supplement to the HBS case series "Sanford C. Bernstein Goes to Asia," case protagonist Ghislain de Charentenay recalls his leadership priorities and challenges upon being appointed director of research in Asia.

  • January 2017
  • Teaching Material

SOHO China: Transformation in Progress

By: Charles F. Wu and Alexander W. Schultz

In 2016 against the backdrop of a challenging Chinese macroeconomic environment, SOHO China, the largest owner and developer of Class-A real estate in Beijing and Shanghai, was struggling to convince analysts of the merits of their new “build-to-hold” strategy. Founded as a merchant builder, the company went public in 2007 raising a record USD 1.9 billion, but the firm, led by Zhang Xin, refocused in 2012 towards a “build-to-hold” strategy in an effort to capture the long-term value of their properties. Ms. Zhang also saw an opportunity to capitalize on the rapidly growing “shared office” trend developing their own ‘3Q’ coworking product placing these centers in their newly held buildings. Despite 3Q’s initial success and the “build-to-hold” strategy beginning to bear fruit, SOHO’s stock price was still near record lows. How could Zhang Xin educate the stock market to reward SOHO’s share price and acknowledge the successful transition? Would these strategic decisions be sufficient to steer SOHO China through new economic hurdles? Is 3Q enough to buoy SOHO’s performance and bring them into the next phase of growth?

  • January 2017
  • Case

TalentCorp Malaysia and the Returning Expert Programme

By: William R. Kerr, Danielle Li, Mathis Wagner and Alexis Brownell

TalentCorp Malaysia runs the "Returning Expert Programme," a government program designed to encourage Malaysian professionals abroad to return home through use of various incentives. The REP is intended to combat the "brain drain" caused by highly-educated professionals moving away to take advantage of better career opportunities, by offering returnees benefits such as tax breaks and permanent residency for family members. In 2011, TalentCorp took over administration of the REP, and through adjustments to incentives and application requirements was able to dramatically increase the number of REP applicants and approvals. Now they are considering another set of changes and must demonstrate that their changes will increase "bang for the taxpayer buck," raising the number of applicants while maintaining the same level of quality.

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