News & Highlights

  • OCTOBER 2019

Mock Case Discussion: “How to Create Win-Wins?” – China’s Historical Step of Opening Up Capital Markets

On October 20, HBS Club of Shanghai and Harvard Center Shanghai co-hosted a forum on how global asset managers can increase their presence in emerging Chinese markets. HBS Professor Lynn S. Paine and led the discussion which was attended by over 100 senior leaders. The topic was discussed using HBS Case Study methodology, addressing eight questions focusing upon strategic decision-making and execution mechanisms.
  • SEPTEMBER 2019

MBA Voices: A Filipino Student’s Experience—Meet Pam Chan, MBA Class of 2020

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, Filipino student Pam Chan, MBA 2020, explains how the MBA program contributes to her career journey.
  • SEPTEMBER 2019

Interactive Discussion: The Right Way to Utilize Companies’ Stock Rights

On September 27, HBS Executive Education organized an interactive discussion at Harvard Center Shanghai inviting two guest speakers: Freeman H. Shen (AMP 184), Founder and CEO of WM Motor Co, and Mingruo Zhang, Senior Attorney and Founder of Sunland Law Firm in China. Shen and Zhang discussed how stock ownership of start-up companies has changed tremendously over the past decade. They shared their experience of allocating and re-allocating stock value with company growth. Over 80 business leaders and senior executives attended.
  • AUGUST 2019

Interactive Discussion: Half-Time: How will You Measure Your Career?

On August 14, HBS Executive Education organized an interactive discussion at Harvard Center Shanghai and more than 100 alumni and senior executives attended. HBS Professor Clayton Christensen, author of “How Will You Measure Your Life?”(2012), talked about the importance of a deliberate strategy for anyone who seeks satisfaction and fulfillment in their career. A panel of six shared their real-life stories and discussed how they aim to achieve a meaningful “half-time” as part of their career paths. Panelists included HBS alumni- Ping CHU (OPM24), Linda LAI (MBA’99), and Sha SHA (MBA’01).

New Research on the Region

  • October 2019
  • Case

La Roche-Posay: Growing L'Oreal's Active Cosmetics Brand

By: Jill Avery, Vincent Dessain and Mette Fuglsang Hjortshoej

As 2018 neared its end, Laetitia Toupet, international general manager of L’Oréal’s La Roche-Posay brand reflected on the brand’s achievements over the past year. At 1 billion in revenue, La Roche-Posay had recently become the number one dermocosmetics brand in the world. While Toupet was pleased with this feat, she believed that the brand was at a critical juncture. It was time to make some significant marketing decisions related to brand positioning to try to accelerate La Roche-Posay’s future growth trajectory as dermocosmetics moved from serving a niche market to the mainstream.

  • 2019
  • Working Paper

Tariff Passthrough at the Border and at the Store: Evidence from U.S. Trade Policy

By: Alberto Cavallo, Gita Gopinath, Brent Neiman and Jenny Tang

We use micro data collected at the border and at retailers to characterize the effects brought by recent changes in US trade policy -- particularly the tariffs placed on imports from China -- on importers, consumers, and exporters. We start by documenting that the tariffs were almost fully passed through to total prices paid by importers, suggesting the tariffs' incidence has fallen largely on the United States. Since we estimate the response of prices to exchange rates to be far more muted, the recent depreciation of the Chinese renminbi is unlikely to alter this conclusion. Next, using product-level data from several large multi-national retailers, we demonstrate that the impact of the tariffs on retail prices is more mixed. Some affected product categories have seen sharp price increases, but the difference between affected and unaffected products is generally quite modest, suggesting that retail margins have fallen. These retailers' imports increased after the initial announcement of possible tariffs, but before their full implementation, so the intermediate passthrough of tariffs to their prices may not persist. Finally, in contrast to the case of foreign exporters facing US tariffs, we show that US exporters lowered their prices on goods subjected to foreign retaliatory tariffs compared to exports of non-targeted goods.

  • October 2019 (Revised October 2019)
  • Teaching Material

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Trends in China K-12

By: John J-H Kim, Haibo Zhao and Shu Lin

This note provides a brief survey of the major entrepreneurial and innovation trends in China’s K-12 education landscape, using trends in public policy as background, but focusing on opportunities available for the private market. The note first provides a brief overview of China’s K-12 education, including its history, current resource distribution, regulatory themes and drivers for investment interest. With heavy cultural and social emphasis on education, one of the largest student populations in the world, vast geographical differences and limited resources, China’s K-12 education presents an attractive market ripe for entrepreneurial activities.

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