BOSTON— As part of its Centennial celebration, Harvard Business School (HBS) today launched the Institutional Memory website. The interactive, multi-media site captures the history of the School through personal narratives and recollections of generations of faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
Celebrating Harvard Business School's first hundred years, the site "provides a personal perspective on the School's development and accomplishments, including the many innovations it created in both teaching and research," said Mary Lee Kennedy, Executive Director of Knowledge and Library Services. "Our vision is to tell the story of Harvard Business School--and its pioneering role in management and leadership education and research--through the accounts of the people who know it best. Through audio and video recordings, text and photos, we want to hear from as many people as possible about their experiences at the School."
Nearly a year in the making, the content-rich site is designed with simple, intuitive navigation. Visitors can browse and comment on existing content and easily add new narratives and photographs from virtually anywhere on the site.
The Institutional Memory site features three main sections:
"This site gives people with a tie to HBS an opportunity to contribute to the history of the School in a personal and unique way," said Melissa Shaffer, leader of the Centennial Institutional Memory Project.
The Institutional Memory site links to the School's Centennial website, which contains information about other events and activities planned to commemorate the centennial through 2008, both in this country and around the world. Among the highlights will be a campus-wide celebration and convocation on April 8, marking the School's official birthday, and a Global Business Summit in October.
Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 200 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, as well as more than 80 open enrollment Executive Education programs and more than 60 custom programs. For more than a century, HBS faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching to educate leaders who have shaped the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.