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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.

New Research on the Region

  • August 2022
  • Case

Sian Flowers: Fresher by Sea?

By: Willy C. Shih, Michael W. Toffel and Pippa Tubman Armerding

The setting for this case is the Sian Flowers, a company headquartered in Kitengela, Kenya that exports roses to predominantly Europe. Because cut flowers have a limited shelf life and consumers want them to retain their appearance for as long as possible, Sian or its distributors used international air cargo to transport them to Amsterdam, where they were sold at auction or trucked to markets across Europe. The Covid-19 pandemic caused huge increases in the cost of shipping, so Sian launched experiments to ship roses by ocean using refrigerated containers. Chris Kulei, the Executive Director, was interested in not only the potential costs savings, but whether he could also market the reduced carbon footprint.

  • July 2022
  • Case

Operation Overlord

By: Boris Groysberg, Greg Goullet, Katherine Connolly Baden and Sarah L. Abbott

On June 6, 1944, nearly 5,000 ships, 11,000 planes, and 160,000 infantrymen under an Allied joint-command of American, British, and Canadian leaders were sent across the English Channel, with hopes of re-establishing a foothold in Nazi-occupied France. Known as D-Day, June 6 marked a definitive turning point in World War II and was viewed by many as the most significant military campaign in history. It was also one of the riskiest. Code named Operation Overlord, the invasion required years of diligent planning and countless hours of labor from Allied soldiers and citizens. Before they could attempt a successful invasion of continental Europe, British and American leadership recognized large scale preparatory efforts must take place: the establishment of a leadership team and organizational structure, the arrival of Allied troops in England and subsequent training sessions, the containment of German air superiority over Europe as well as its supply lines, and finally, the development and use of innovative information sources in planning the attack.

  • July 2022 (Revised August 2022)
  • Case

The LEGO Group: Builders of a More Diverse and Inclusive Tomorrow

By: Elie Ofek and Sarah Mehta

This case explores how the LEGO Group’s diversity and inclusion efforts from 2008 to 2022.

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