Global Fact Sheet An Overview of Global Activities at Harvard Business School
Global at a Glance
- Throughout its history, Harvard Business School has been a leader in developing practice-oriented research for management education. Applying the case method of teaching, the School has educated tens of thousands of leaders in business, government, and academia around the world. HBS also has helped guide the establishment of leading business schools in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia.
- The School has adhered to a carefully crafted strategy: enrich the entire portfolio of activities by focusing on building and leveraging the faculty's research. Extending the School's global reach remains a top priority for both HBS and Dean Nitin Nohria.
- Established in 1996, the Global Initiative builds on the School's legacy of global engagement by supporting the HBS community of faculty, students, and alumni in their work, encouraging a global perspective in research, study, and practice.
Global Research & Teaching
- To facilitate faculty research and case development on an international scale, Harvard Business School furthered its impact by establishing eight Global Centers in key regions around the world: Asia-Pacific (Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo), Europe (Paris and Istanbul), India, Latin America, and California.
- The Global Centers strengthen faculty connections with businesses, people, and ideas beyond our borders. This far-reaching network not only is unprecedented in higher education, but also is a vital element in the creation of the School's intellectual capital.
- 62% of all cases produced by HBS faculty in fiscal 2012 were global in scope (the highest level to date)
- A wide variety of courses and cases in the MBA program address global business issues.
- Here is a sampling of recently published international cases:
- Château Margaux: Launching the Third Wine by Ofek, Elie, and Eric E. Vogt. August 2013
- The Great East Japan Earthquake (A) by Takeuchi, Hirotaka, and Victor Stone. August 2013
- Kunshan, Incorporated: The Making of China's Richest Town by Kirby, William C., Nora Bynum, Tracy Yuen Manty, and Erica M. Zendell. July 2013
- Grupo ABC and Nizan Guanaes's Path from Brazil to the World by Kanter, Rosabeth Moss ,Gustavo A. Herrero, and Ricardo Reisen De Pinho. July 2013
- Ibrahim Dabdoub at the National Bank of Kuwait by Hill, Linda A., and Dana M. Teppert. July 2013
- Naina Lal Kidwai: Investing in Her Country by Groysberg, Boris, and Anjali Raina. May 2013
- Privatization of the Power Sector in Nigeria (A) by Werker, Eric, Onyechi Ezekwueche, Olatomiwa Igun, and Alice Wei. April 2013
Students and the MBA Program
- International students from 68 countries comprise 34% of the MBA student body. Such diversity is an important part of the MBA learning experience and greatly enriches the participant-centered approach to learning by bringing contrasting viewpoints to daily class discussions.
- The second year of the MBA program offers students 120 courses in ten subject areas as well as field-based learning opportunities, nearly all of which utilize a significant number of international cases. Courses with an explicitly international or global focus are listed below:
- Entrepreneurial Management:
- Entrepreneurship and Global Capitalism, Field Course: Innovation in Business, Energy, and Environment, I-LAB Course: Design Thinking, Innovation in Business, Energy, and Environment, Launching Global Ventures, Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship, and Venture Capital and Private Equity
- Behavioral and Value Investing, Business at the Base of the Pyramid Creating Value in Business and Government, Creating Value Through Corporate Restructuring, Field Course: Impact Investing and Social Commercial Models, Field Course: Innovation in Business, Energy, and Environment, Innovation in Business, Energy, and Environment, Managing the
Financial Firm, Private Equity Finance, Real Asset Finance, Real Estate in Frontier Markets, Real Property, Sustainable Cities: Finance, Design, and Innovation, and Venture Capital and Private Equity
- General Management:
- The Board of Directors and Corporate Governance, Business at the Base of the Pyramid, Doing Business in China, Entrepreneurial Solutions for Market Failure, Field Course: Impact Investing and Social Commercial Models, Field Course: Planning Your Business in China, General Management: Processes and Action, Innovating in Health Care Intensive
Course, Leading the Global 1000, Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship, Legal Aspects of Management, The Moral Leader, and Power and Glory in Turbulent Times: The History of Leadership from Henry V to Mark Zuckerberg
- Approximately half of the HBS faculty currently conduct research internationally.
(li>Approximately 70 faculty members identify topics such as globalization, global, emerging markets, and international business among their primary or secondary areas of interest.
- HBS faculty members develop 80 percent of cases used at business schools worldwide.
- Faculty members frequently collaborate across the School's Global Research Centers and disciplines
- The School invests generously in faculty research - US$109 million in fiscal 2012 - freeing scholars from the distraction of fundraising and the constraints of third-party grants or sponsorship.
Global Alumni Network
- Harvard Business School's unparalleled alumni network extends throughout the world, with 78,000 alumni living in 167 countries.
- The School has more than 109 alumni clubs and associations in 48 countries.
- Alumni groups provide a wide range of professional, educational, and social programs within their communities reinforcing the HBS mission "to educate leaders who make a difference in the world."