Michael Chang, MBA 2012
Healthcare VC, Entrepreneurship
How well do you think HBS has prepared you for the healthcare industry?
Products and services designed for the healthcare industry need to meet the oftentimes differing needs and priorities of healthcare's multiple stakeholders, while balancing issues that span clinical development, regulatory approval, and market commercialization. Therefore, leaders in healthcare really need to be able to effectively interface with all of these stakeholders while addressing cross-functional issues. As a program that truly emphasizes the integrative nature of management, HBS really provides its graduates with the skills to be able to effectively accomplish these tasks.
Given your previous experience in healthcare and a career goal of staying in this industry, what made you decide to pursue your MBA at HBS?
Given the complexity of the healthcare industry, I wanted to pursue an MBA to widen my horizons and explore other facets of the industry. Prior to HBS, the majority of my experience has been in the medical device sub-sector, and while I loved the work I was doing, I also realized that I lacked a full understanding of what insurers and provider systems were thinking. My experience at HBS has enabled me to fill some of these gaps while also helping me discover surprising parallels for thinking about strategic issues in healthcare, from case studies in industries as diverse as media to energy.
Why would you recommend HBS for someone who wants to work in the healthcare industry?
The Healthcare Initiative and Healthcare Club at HBS provide amazing resources and opportunities to meet and interact with leaders in the healthcare industry, whether as visitors in class, speakers and panelists, or small-group dinner guests. In addition, the greater Boston area is a great ecosystem for healthcare, with globally-renowned hospitals, leading research institutions conducting cutting-edge research, and a multitude of healthcare companies, all within reach.
“The Healthcare Initiative and Healthcare Club at HBS provide amazing resources and opportunities to meet and interact with leaders in the healthcare industry, whether as visitors in class, speakers and panelists, or small-group dinner guests.”
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