News & Highlights

  • JANUARY 2020

The Global Classroom: Student Immersion in Cuba

As part of the elective curriculum within the MBA program, students have the opportunity in their second year to enroll in an Immersive Field Course – or “IFC.” These courses are driven by faculty research and industry connections, and provide students with an opportunity to get out of the classroom and put the skills they have learned to practice in the field. Typically, about 200 students participate in IFCs annually. In January 2020, Professor Arthur Segel and Professor Charles Wu led 22 students to Cuba. During their stay they had meetings with Universidad de la Habana and local entrepreneurs to better understand what it means to do business in Cuba.
  • December 2019 – February 2020

Entrepreneurship Series with HBS Brazil Club

Together with the HBS Brazil Club, LARC hosted the first two events in its new entrepreneurship series. This event series will interview businesspersons who have an impact on Brazilian society. The first event in December featured Sergio Furio, CEO and Founder of Creditas and HBS Alumni Angels board member, who was interviewed by Oswaldo Garcia (MBA 2016). Mr. Furio focused on the impact that his company is providing through collateral loans at low interest rates. He also shared the challenges of expansion throughout Latin America. In February, the second event featured David Vélez, CEO of Nubank, who was interviewed by Monica Saggioro (MBA 2018). Mr. Vélez shared his challenges as a CEO of a large Brazilian fintech company and also talked about Nubank’s international expansion. More than 60 alumni gathered at each of these events to discuss entrepreneurship, funding, and company growth.
  • DECEMBER 2019

MBA Perspectives: An Argentinian Student’s Experience—Meet Ignacio Lartirigoyen, MBA Class of 2020

MBA Perspectives is Harvard Business School’s blog that provides a collection of community perspectives and insight into life at HBS. In this interview, Argentinian Student, Ignacio Lartirigoyen, Class of 2020, explains how HBS was the optimal place for him to "get immersed in a different cultural experience fed by people of various cultures and backgrounds.”
  • OCTOBER 2019

HBS Admissions Roadshow

HBS hosted recruitment sessions in eight cities in the region this year: Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Lima, Santiago, São Paulo and Buenos Aires and Miami. The sessions welcomed more than 580 guests. In Buenos Aires and São Paulo panelists shared their personal HBS experiences and discussed the case method.

New Research on the Region

  • May 2020
  • Case

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic and the Global Economy (A)

By: Alberto Cavallo and Christian Godwin

In early 2020, a coronavirus pandemic swept the globe, ushering in unprecedented disruptions to the global economy. Both supply and demand were decimated by lockdowns and border closings, as well as reduced spending by fearful consumers. In response, governments around the world made equally unprecedented policy moves, spending trillions of dollars on fiscal stimulus measures to bridge the gap during the self-imposed shutdown. As the pandemic progressed, governments had to weigh the costs between loss of life due to opening up their economies and the economic devastation caused by delaying a reopening.

  • April 2020
  • Case

Uber: Competing Globally

By: Alexander J. MacKay, Amram Migdal and John Masko

This case describes Uber’s global market entry strategy and responses by regulators and local competitors. It details Uber’s entry into New York City (New York), Bogotá (Colombia), Delhi (India), Shanghai (China), Accra (Ghana), and London (United Kingdom). In each instance, the case includes information about Uber’s strategy in that market, existing regulations on taxis and transportation in each market, the reactions of competitors and regulators, and regional information. The case allows for instruction related to competitive strategy, global expansion, nonmarket strategy, regulation, market economics, supply restrictions, and related topics.

  • April 2020 (Revised April 2020)
  • Case

Unrest in Chile

By: Vincent Pons, William Mullins, John Masko, Annelena Lobb and Rafael Di Tella

In 2020, Chileans would head to the ballot box to decide their country’s future. Many international observers credited Chile’s decades of neoliberal governance with turning the country into Latin America’s “Tiger,” a prosperous, diversified economy on its way to becoming the continent’s first developed country. But in October of 2019, a mass protest movement ground the country to a halt and shocked its political class, showing the world a different Chile—one defined by inequality, social distrust, and a young generation of political activists. As Chile prepared to vote in the fall of 2020 on whether to adopt a new constitution, could it sculpt a more equitable society while remaining “the exception” on a continent known for its political instability? Or would Chile’s prosperity go the same way as its neoliberal experiment?

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Buenos Aires Staff

Fernanda Miguel
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Mariana Cal
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Ruth Costas
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Pedro Levindo
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