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  • SEPTEMBER 2021

MBA Voices: A Chinese Student’s Experience—Meet Jiaojun Wang, MBA Class of 2022

MBA Voices is Harvard Business School’s admissions blog. A collection of community perspectives on the blog provide prospective students with insight into life at HBS. In this interview, Chinese student Jiaojun Wang, MBA 2022, shares her experience and what led her to HBS.
  • JULY 2021

Webinar with Professor Felix Oberholzer-Gee: Better, Simpler Strategy

This July the Asia-Pacific Research Center hosted a webinar with Professor Felix Oberholzer-Gee who discussed insights from his book, Better, Simpler Strategy: A Value-Based Guide to Exceptional Performance. Alumna Sha Sha (MBA 2001), Senior Partner at McKinsey and Company, also joined the discussion. Professor Oberholzer-Gee shared examples across industries and geographies to introduce participants to a simple tool, the Value Stick, which every organization can use to make its strategy more effective and easier to execute. Sha Sha shared her deep industry and functional expertise in helping companies accelerate their digital transformation. The webinar was attended by more than 230 alumni and business leaders in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • MAY 2021

Webinar with Professor Tom Eisenmann: Why Startups Fail

This May the Asia-Pacific Research Center and Harvard Center Shanghai hosted a webinar featuring Professor Tom Eisenmann and HBS alumnus Fred Mouawad (MBA 1994), Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Synergia One Group of Companies. Professor Eisenmann presented his book Why Startups Fail: A New Roadmap for Entrepreneurial Success by revealing six distinct patterns that account for the vast majority of startup failures. Fred Mouawad shared his own experience as a portfolio entrepreneur who operates in 15 countries across several industries. The webinar was attended by more than 270 alumni in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • February 2021

HBS New Venture Competition Alumni Track Asia-Pacific Final

On February 20, HBS Club of Shanghai hosted the virtual 2021 HBS New Venture Competition Alumni Track Asia-Pacific Final. Eight new venture teams from China, South Korea, India, and Singapore pitched their business ideas to HBS Asia-Pacific panel of judges and ran for the championship of NVC Asia-Pacific. TagHive Inc., an education technology company headquartered in South Korea, was selected to represent the region for the Global Finals. The New Venture Competition Alumni Track serves as a launch pad for innovative new ventures from HBS alumni, providing access and exposure to potential investors, mentors and advisors. The annual event is sponsored by the Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and Alumni Clubs & Associations. The competition is open to alumni with early-stage ventures, and the winner receives an invitation to the Global Finals Round and the NVC Finale.

New Research on the Region

  • June 2021
  • Teaching Material

The Clean Network and the Future of Global Technology Competition

Teaching Note for HBS Case No. 721-045.

  • June 2021
  • Teaching Material

Michael Phelps: 'It's Okay to Not Be Okay'

By: Boris Groysberg, Carin-Isabel Knoop and Michael Norris

Teaching Note for HBS Case No. 421-044. In 2020, Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 28 medals in various swimming events, was now retired. As he looked back on his 20+ year athletic career, he considered what had gone into making him the greatest of all time—the highs and lows, successes and struggles. He had lived with mental health issues for much of his life, going public with his struggles in 2015, when he talked about his depression and suicidal thoughts. Mental health was a major focus for Phelps in 2020. He was working on removing the stigma associated with mental health issues, improving access to care, and preventing suicides. But as a professional athlete who was used to the rigor and routine of daily workouts and measurable goals, how could he ensure he was having the greatest possible impact in this new mission?

  • June 2021 (Revised June 2021)
  • Case

Suzhou Good-Ark Electronics: Creating and Implementing a Sage Culture

By: Sandra J. Sucher, Nien-he Hsieh, Susan J. Winterberg, Nancy Hua Dai and Shalene Gupta

Suzhou Good-Ark, a Chinese semiconductor implemented "Sage Culture" management based on traditional Chinese philosophy. Productivity doubled, turnover decreased, and employee satisfaction shot up. By 2015, more than 2,000 companies had toured Wu’s factories, and Wu had established a small consortium of companies that trained with Wu to implement Sage Culture management in their own companies. However, as Sage Culture drew heavily on the Chinese culture, would it work outside of Good-Ark and outside of China? Moreover, since Wu required the business leaders who joined the consortium to make a personal commitment to transforming themselves, would it be a worthwhile investment? Tjioe Ka In, Executive Director of Tung Lok Group based in Singapore, would have to evaluate whether to adopt this style of management in her own company.

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