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14th HBS Alumni Club of Shanghai Annual Entrepreneurship Forum

The 14th HBS Alumni Club of Shanghai Annual Entrepreneurship Forum took place this November and December. The theme of this year’s forum was Entrepreneurial Empowerment. During the first event, representatives from the HBS Club of Shanghai moderated four discussions with distinguished keynote speakers, including Professor Willy Shih on Global Supply Chain, Mr. Lihong Qin (Co-Founder and President of NIO) on Electric Vehicles, Paul Yang (Partner and CEO of KKR Greater China) on Investment in China, and Professor Forest Reinhardt on Updates from HBS. The second part of the forum featured an in-person conference that took place at Harvard Center Shanghai and included panel discussions with HBS founders, entrepreneurs, and investors. Fifteen panelists discussed topics including Healthy Living, Re-defining “Made in China”, and Why Startups Fail. The third part of the forum was a social gathering to celebrate entrepreneurship and friendship with HBS local community.
  • OCTOBER 2021

Webinar on HBS Online: Reimagining the Future of Business Education?

This year HBS is celebrating 100 years of the case method. As part of this celebration, the Asia-Pacific Research Center hosted an event with HBS Online. Patrick Mullane, Executive Director of HBS Online, facilitated a discussion on the HBS case, Digital Marketing at HBS Online. The began started with an introduction of HBS Online, its mission, features, and as current and upcoming courses. Following that, eleven panelists from the Asia-Pacific region participated in a discussion on the key issues HBS Online is navigating, such as priorities around content growth, providing greater access to the HBS content while preventing potential brand dilution, and adapting to new trends in business education. More than 160 participants who observed the live discussion including Harvard alumni and friends from various countries in Asia.
  • 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.

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  • January 2022
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Geely SEA: New Electric Vehicle Platforms

By: Willy C. Shih and Shu Lin

Kent Bovellan, the Chief Engineer and Head of the Vehicle Architecture Center for Geely Holding, the Hangzhou, China headquartered global automotive group, was debating the platform choice for an upcoming "D" segment midsized battery electric vehicle (BEV). He had led the architectural development of the new Geely SEA platforms for its new family of BEVs. The new car would be part of the Zeekr premium lineup. He knew that smaller cars on a given platform inevitably suffered from costs problems, while larger vehicles suffered from less than premium attributes.They could emphasize meeting cost targets on the low end, but that might have a negative impact on the high end. Which platform should they choose? This case explores the platforms and derivatives strategies used by global auto manufacturers, and some of the changes wrought by the shift from internal combustion vehicles to battery electric. It emphasizes the importance of achieving volume and scale in reaching competitive costs and selling prices, and offers an opportunity to explore the potential impact of open standards and modular interchangability on the structure of the industry.

  • January 2022
  • Teaching Material

Uber in China (C): The Cost of Success for Didi

By: William C. Kirby and Noah B. Truwit

On June 30, 2021, ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing (Didi) raised $4.4 billion in its initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the largest IPO of a Chinese company listed on an American exchange since Alibaba raised $25 billion in 2014. Celebration was short-lived. Two days after its IPO, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), a government agency that regulates China's internet platforms, launched a national security probe into Didi's network security and ordered a comprehensive cybersecurity review. Didi did not just end Uber's presence in China. With Uber gone, Didi's growth skyrocketed to become the largest online ride-hailing platform globally. How did everything change? Under Chinese President Xi Jinping, private companies faced emboldened regulators and increased government oversight. Was Didi's decision to move ahead with its IPO the correct business decision but the wrong political decision? What lessons could other Chinese tech companies learn from Didi's experience? How could Didi maintain its market position and rehabilitate its relationship with the Chinese government while local competitors tasted blood in the water?

  • January 2022
  • Teaching Material

Deglobalization and Alternative Futures

By: Geoffrey Jones and Valeria Giacomin

This note reviews the evidence that the world is undergoing an era of de-globalization. It shows that available metrics show some support for this theory. However there is also evidence that what is happening might be better described as regionalization. The nature of globalization is also changing with digitalization and a de-linking of globalization and Americanization. The note continues by an examination of four factors which have slowed or else redefined global economic integration in recent years: terrorism, the global financial crisis of 2008/9, the growth of populism; and geopolitical rivalry between China and the United States. The note ends by outlining four alternative future scenarios. They are a return to globalization as known in the past; widespread national autarky as in the 1930s; intensified regionalization with each regional block anchored by a major economic power; and full-scale military conflict replicating the first half of the twentieth century.

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