News & Highlights

  • JANUARY 2019

MBA Curriculum Spotlight: Africa Rising - Understanding Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Complexities of a Continent

For the second time in January 2019, Hakeem Belo-Osagie (MBA 1980) and Professor Caroline Elkins co-taught the Short Intensive Program: Africa Rising: Understanding Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Complexities of a Continent. Belo-Osagie explained, “Alumni and practitioners like myself who can't easily take months off to teach an entire course can do all the preparation at home and fly in for a week…We're meeting with the next generation, hearing how they're thinking about things, and how they're reacting, and that is invigorating.” This short, January course is designed to introduce HBS students to the complexities of Africa –economic, sociological, and historical – and the ways in which these Africa-specific trends impact the opportunities and challenges in undertaking business and entrepreneurship ventures on the continent today. Drawing upon the active participation of prominent African alumni as well as others with expertise in the field, Africa Rising offers big picture understandings of the continent, and the ways in which its past informs the present.
  • DECEMBER 2018

Friends of Harvard Abidjan

In December 2018 Professor John Macomber and Director of the Africa Research Office, Pippa Armerding, travelled to Abidjan in Coté dÍvoire where they hosted the Friends of Harvard Abidjan event for fifty Harvard HBS and Harvard alumni and local business leaders. The event commenced with discussions of Harvard Business School’s activities in Africa and the work of the research office. Professor Macomber presented the published “Infrastructure in Nigeria: Unlocking Pension Fund Investments” case study. Chinua Azubike, Managing Director and CEO of InfraCredit and protagonist of the case, shared insights on the case and participated in the discussions.
  • NOVEMBER 2018

Business, Technology, and Innovation Roundtable

On November 1, 2018, the Harvard Center for African Studies and the HBS Africa Research Office hosted the Business, Technology, and Innovation Roundtable on Disruptive Innovation. The Roundtable was moderated by Euvin Naido, MBA '03 and Harvard Senior Fellow (2017-2018), and took place at the CAS Africa Office. The event featured Professor Clay M. Christensen, the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Christensen is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth, and his ideas have been widely used in industries and organizations throughout the world.
  • JANUARY 2018

HBS Global Opportunity Fellowship: Making a Difference in Africa

The Global Opportunity Fellowship (GO:Africa) provides supplemental income to HBS MBA alumni who have received job offers in Africa, starting with the class of 2018. This award is intended to support students who want to make an impact specifically in Africa. HBS alum, Karibu Nyaggah (MBA 2010), discusses his experience with the changing landscape in Africa, the growing economy, and the impact that the GO:Africa Fellowship can have. Born in Kenya, but living in the United States, Karibu had not worked or lived in Africa since leaving as a child. Karibu returned to Kenya for his summer MBA internship and then again after graduating to continue his career.

New Research on the Region

  • March 2019
  • Case


By: Paul A. Gompers, Christopher Stanton and Silpa Kovvali

  • February 2019
  • Teaching Material

KITEA: Democratizing Furniture in Morocco (PowerPoint supplement)

This PowerPoint accompanies the KITEA cases and the associated teaching note. The KITEA series of cases (A-F) details how the Moroccan furniture company KITEA prepared for the entry of IKEA into the Moroccan market and describes the outcome of that entry.

  • Forthcoming
  • Book

The Virgin and the Plow: How Technology Shapes How We Live and Love

Covering a time frame that ranges from 8000 BC to the present, and drawing upon both Marxist and feminist theories, the book argues that nearly all the decisions we make in our most intimate lives—whom to marry, how to have children, how to have sex, how to think about love and romance and families—are driven, and always have been driven by technology. We think we’re behaving as fully autonomous individuals; we think we’re pushing or participating in social change; but we’re actually just being swept up in, and responding to, much broader shifts in technology. Or to what Marx and his kin would have termed “the means of production.” As current technologies—particularly the technologies of assisted reproduction, robotics, and artificial intelligence—continue to evolve, they will drive fundamental changes in how we structure our families and our lives.

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