News & Highlights

  • OCTOBER 2022

Presentation by Professor Mattias Fibiger on The Semiconductor Wars

In October 2022, he HBS Club of Singapore hosted a Global Networking Night for alumni. Professor Mattias Fibiger from the Business Government and International unit presented on the topic of the semiconductor wars between the U.S. and China. Starting with the origins and the development of the semiconductor industry, Professor Fibiger traced the participation of various key countries in the semiconductor industry, and the decisions and events that brought about today’s US-China rivalry in semiconductors. The presentation was followed by an energetic Q&A session. More than 50 alumni from the Asia-Pacific region participated in this in-person event.
  • OCTOBER 2022

Virtual Case Discussion with Prof. Forest Reinhardt on Nestlé: The World's Largest Food Company Confronts Climate Change

On October 24, the Asia-Pacific Research Center co-organized a virtual case discussion in partnership with Executive Education. Professor Forest Reinhardt, the faculty chair of the HBS Agribusiness Seminar, taught the Nestlé case to explore how the world’s largest food and beverage company is striving to achieve its sustainability objectives without sacrificing short-term performance and shareholder value. More than 50 HBS alumni, executives, and investors from the agribusiness sector participated in the session.
  • AUGUST 2022

MBA Admissions Event: Life at HBS

On August 11, the Harvard Center Shanghai and the MBA admissions office hosted an in-person MBA information session, for prospective students to learn more about the program and life at HBS. This was the first in-person event that the MBA admissions office has held in Asia-Pacific since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the 90-minute session, three current MBA students and one alumnus shared their experiences at HBS, the case method, the community support, and also their struggles. The last 30 minutes was a break-out session for prospective students to discuss directly with the panelists. More than 90 people participated in the event.
  • JUNE 2022

Webinar with Professor Hubert Joly: The Heart of Business

On June 30, Professor Hubert Joly, former chairman and CEO of Best Buy, shared his new book The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism, now available in Chinese. The event was jointly organized by the Harvard Center Shanghai and the Harvard China Fund. More than 250 alumni and business executives from Greater China and Asia-Pacific participated in the event. Yi Wang, Executive Director for University Programs, HCS, and Professor Joly talked about the mission of enterprise in the new era and discussed the business philosophy that Professor Joly had gleaned from 30 years of reflection, learning, and practice from the successful transformation of Best Buy.

New Research on the Region

  • December 2022
  • Teaching Material

Freelancer, Ltd. Case Supplement

By: Christopher Stanton, Karim R. Lakhani, Jin Hyun Paik and Nina Cohodes

Over the course of the 2010s, the rapid advancement of mobile technologies and the rise of online freelancing platforms seemed to portend a radical transformation of labor markets into on-demand, flexible talent pools. Even though several Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, Samsung, and General Electric, embraced digital labor solutions , enterprise adoption lagged far behind smaller businesses and startups. Despite the promising potential benefits, concerns persisted about navigating labor regulations, ensuring appropriate vetting, and guaranteeing the quality of work. Sarah Tang, the newly appointed Vice President of Enterprise at Freelancer, Ltd., took on the challenge of crafting the growth strategy, operations, and sales of Freelancer’s services to Fortune 500 companies. What it would take to convince more enterprises of the potential of on-demand freelance labor which could help them hire skilled freelancers in volume or in multiple countries simultaneously? What did the future hold for open work practices between enterprises and digital labor markets?

  • December 2022
  • Teaching Material

Driving Decarbonization at BMW - Video Supplement

Videos of Thomas Becker, Vice President of Sustainability and Mobility at BMW Group, in support of the case "Driving Decarbonization at BMW" (HBS No. 123-008)

  • November 2022
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