BOSTON — Traditionally, the phrase "winter break" denotes relaxation - a rest for the mind between the semesters of a school year. Yet for some Harvard Business School (HBS) students, this year's break involved stimulating field work in locations such as Israel, Mexico, and New Orleans.
More than 320 first- and second- year Harvard MBA students participated in this year's Immersion Experience Program (IXP), which maximizes participant-centered learning by integrating HBS's distinctive case method of instruction with field-based learning. Each IXP group is anchored by the expertise of one or more faculty members who develop the program content and lead the various activities.
This year, participating students engaged in one of the following programs:
HBS students get involved during the "Healthcare - Science, Delivery, & Regulation" program in Boston.
Photo: Neal Hamberg
The IXP is a school-led experience, compared to the student-led Career Treks that many HBS MBAs also participate in during the winter break to explore careers and make valuable contacts in different parts of the world. It is generally composed of three elements:
"Through the Immersion Experience Program, HBS MBAs become involved in some of the world's most important issues, often in the region of the world where these issues are actually taking place," said Regina Abrami, faculty chair of the HBS Immersion Experience Program. "Now in its third year, the program embodies the School's ongoing commitment to provide students with an education in general management and leadership that is both practical and far-reaching in today's ever-evolving global environment."
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.