News & Highlights

  • 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).
  • AUGUST 2019

Fireside Chat with Jeremy Lin at Harvard Center Shanghai

HBS Professor Anita Elberse, Harvard Club of Shanghai, and the HBS Club of Shanghai cohosted an event with NBA Player Jeremy LIN (AB’10) at Harvard Center Shanghai this August. The event began with a fireside chat between Jeremy and Jing Huang (Managing Executive Director of Harvard Center Shanghai) which was followed by a Q&A session. Jeremy shared how he maintained basketball practice on daily basis and how valuable hard work, persistence, and passion are to his success.
  • JULY 2019

HBS MBA Admissions China Roadshow in Chengdu, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing

HBS hosted recruitment sessions in four cities in China this July: Chengdu, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing. The sessions welcomed more than 450 guests, and current MBA students and recent alumni shared their personal HBS experiences connecting with prospective applicants in each city. Jing Huang and Vina Tang, of Harvard Center Shanghai, gave a brief introduction of how the HBS Asia-Pacific Research Center supports faculty research, curriculum development, and alumni activities in Greater China. Brian Murphy visited from campus and shared an overview of the MBA program, answering a wide range of questions raised by attendees.
  • JULY 2019

HBS Club of Shanghai: Talk with John Couch on “Rewiring Education"

The HBS Club of Shanghai invited John Couch, Apple's First Vice President of Education and author of the book Rewiring Education, to give a talk on how to utilize technology to improve K-12 education in today’s world. Mr. Couch emphasized the importance of coding in building infrastructure for personalized learning. By examining pedological analysis generated over the past two decades, Mr. Couch gave an insightful look at how incorporating coding into traditional education has the potential to help courage student’s intrinsic motivation to learn.

New Research on the Region

  • September 2019
  • Case

Port Competition in the Pearl River Delta

This case examines the competition between ports and port operators in the Pearl River Delta over the last four decades. The cities surrounding the Pearl River estuary are the "workshop of the world," and the development of manufacturing in the region was heavily dependent on efficient container shipping. As China has opened up and drawn more direct trade traffic to Shenzhen and Guangzhou ports, the operators in Hong Kong have had to adapt. More change is afoot, and Hong Kong may have to reinvent itself again.

  • August 2019
  • Case

New Hope Liuhe: Building an Integrated Agri-Food Business

By: Forest L. Reinhardt, Shu Lin, Natalie Kindred and Nancy Hua Dai

In October 2018, LIU Chang (Angela), chairman of Beijing-based New Hope Liuhe (NHL), was considering the strategy of the firm. With $9 billion in sales and a presence in nearly 20 countries, NHL was China’s largest animal feed producer and a major pork and poultry producer and processor. The firm also marketed a range of food products to consumers. This case describes NHL’s entrepreneurial beginnings, growth, and recent efforts to transform from a feed producer into an integrated agri-food company with an active presence throughout the chicken, duck, and pig value chains. Considerable context is provided on the structure and evolution of these livestock industries in China, the food processing industry, and important issues such as food safety. This background is helpful in enabling students to assess NHL’s evolution in scale and scope and consider what (if any) changes should be made to the firm’s strategy in the context of this critically important market.

  • August 2019
  • Case

Kazakhstan Railways: From the Middle of Nowhere to a Center of Trade?

By: Willy Shih and Esel Çekin

This case describes the evolution of Kazakhstan's rail connectivity strategy post-collapse of the Soviet Union and its now central role in China's Belt and Road Initiative. This meant shifting from a north-south orientation towards east-west, as well as the development of new border-crossing facilities, special economic zones, and a new middle route that crossed the Caspian Sea. Unlike many other BRI initiatives that involved loans from China, Kazakhstan funded the modernization and upgrade by itself. Now the question was how soon demand would grow to fill the waiting capacity, as other bottlenecks on the Trans-Eurasian land route connecting China with Europe were beyond the country's control.

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