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From the Dean

Harvard Business School begins its second century in 2008. This is an exciting time for all of us—an occasion not only to celebrate our legacy of innovation and achievement, but also to develop a vision that will guide the School's next hundred years. As we look to the future, it is clear we must find new ways to support our unique culture and community while building on the strengths that have made us distinctive for so long: remarkable faculty members who are dedicated teachers and outstanding researchers, engaged students who share a passion to make a difference in the world, and a residential campus that fosters learning and the exchange of ideas.

This is an era of change not only for HBS, but for Harvard as a whole. During 2007, Harvard inaugurated its 28th president, Drew Gilpin Faust, who has emphasized the importance of collaboration across the University's schools and faculties. Planning for Harvard's development of Allston is proceeding briskly, and we are determining how best to take advantage of the potential this unprecedented growth offers.

These changes represent an open invitation to share and extend knowledge. The exchange of ideas is more important than ever because of the complexity of the issues we study. A host of teaching and research collaborations strengthens the connection of our faculty and students to Harvard's full intellectual riches, and these ties will grow even closer as academic calendars are coordinated across the University.

Dean Jay Light

As the pace of planning for Allston accelerates, HBS is working closely with Harvard's Allston Development Group. We have also recently completed our own campus planning effort, which is preparing us to extend our residential learning environment for the future. As always, we take the responsibilities of managing our operations and stewarding our resources very seriously.

As businesses cross geographic boundaries, and our students and faculty become more international, we need to build on our previous efforts and seek new ways to teach students how to lead in a globalized world. We have made significant progress in the classroom, and our regional research centers have helped enrich the global content of the curriculum. In addition, members of the MBA Class of 2009 come from nearly 70 countries, bringing a diversity of perspectives that has a profound influence on learning.

We are marking our centennial with a series of events grounded in the work of our faculty, rooted in the spirit of our classroom—whether in person or virtual—and based on our commitment to ideas with power in practice. We invite you to explore these events on our website and to participate in the Global Business Summit in October 2008. We look forward to keeping you informed about progress at the School during the coming year.


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Jay O. Light
Dean of the Faculty

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