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  • May-June 2022
  • Events

Off-Campus Information Sessions on the HBS MBA Program

In the first half of 2022, the ERC co-organized MBA Admissions Events in Stockholm, London, Frankfurt and Milan. These sessions were designed for prospective applicants to learn more about the MBA program curriculum, admission process, and financial aid. The events included an admissions presentation and the opportunity to meet local alumni.
  • April 2022
  • MBA Experience

MBA Voices: A Greek Student’s HBS Experience—Interview with Vasilis Mornto, MBA 2023

MBA Voices is a collection of community perspectives that provides prospective students with insight into life at HBS. In this interview, Greek student Vasilis Mornto, MBA 2023, explains why he applied to HBS and which jobs he pursued during his deferral years. The 2+2 program grants deferred admission to students, who are either in college or in a full-time master’s degree program. It is comprised of at least two years of professional work experience (maximum of four years) followed by two years in the regular HBS MBA program.
  • April 2022
  • Working Knowledge

Legacy of Violence: A History of British Empire

In this article, Professor Caroline Elkins discusses the subject of her new book Legacy of Violence: A History of British Empire. Elkins’ study of the British Empire probes the country’s pervasive use of violence throughout the twentieth century and traces how these practices were exported, modified, and institutionalized in colonies around the globe.

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  • 2022
  • Book

Empires of Ideas: Creating the Modern University from Germany to America to China

The modern university was born in Germany. In the twentieth century, the United States leapfrogged Germany to become the global leader in higher education. Will China challenge its position in the twenty-first? Today American institutions dominate nearly every major ranking of global universities. Yet in historical terms, America’s preeminence is relatively new, and there is no reason to assume that U.S. schools will continue to lead the world a century from now. Indeed, America’s supremacy in higher education is under great stress, particularly at its public universities. At the same time Chinese universities are on the ascent. Thirty years ago, Chinese institutions were reopening after the catastrophe of the Cultural Revolution; today they are some of the most innovative educational centers in the world. Will China threaten American primacy? Empires of Ideas looks to the past two hundred years for answers, chronicling two revolutions in higher education: the birth of the research university and its integration with the liberal education model. William C. Kirby examines the successes of leading universities―The University of Berlin and the Free University of Berlin in Germany; Harvard, Duke, and the University of California, Berkeley, in the United States―to determine how they rose to prominence and what threats they currently face. Kirby draws illuminating comparisons to the trajectories of three Chinese contenders: Tsinghua University, Nanjing University, and the University of Hong Kong, which aim to be world-class institutions that can compete with the best the United States and Europe have to offer. But Chinese institutions also face obstacles. Kirby analyzes the challenges that Chinese academic leaders must confront: reinvesting in undergraduate teaching, developing new models of funding, and navigating a political system that may undermine a true commitment to free inquiry and academic excellence.

  • April 2022
  • Teaching Material

Christie's and Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi: The Value of a Brand

A sixteenth century Renaissance masterpiece, missing for 137 years, believed by many to have been destroyed, and then rediscovered less than a decade ago, becomes the most expensive painting ever sold, all the while surrounded by controversy. Did the buyer of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting pay too much? Was it real? Did it matter? The power of the Leonardo brand and Christie’s marketing plan, which featured art world experts, Hollywood celebrities, and retailtainment, fueled a $450 million price for a painting previously sold for $10,000 just twelve years earlier.

  • April 2022
  • Teaching Material

Publicis Groupe 2021: Changing Nearly Everything

By: Rosabeth M. Kanter, Tonia Labruyere, Vincent Dessain and Catarina Martinez

After a leadership change at the French advertising company Publicis, new CEO Arthur Sadoun has to navigate changes due to digitalization and a pandemic. Teaching Note for HBS Case No. 322-050.

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