News & Highlights

  • JANUARY 2019

Executive Education: Agribusiness Seminar

Every January for the past 59 years, Harvard Business School has been host to the Agribusiness Seminar. Founded by Professor Emeritus Ray Goldberg, the program seeks to help leaders in the world of food and agriculture to better understand the trends that will impact their field. The program creates 12 new case studies annually that span the globe and value chain. With all of the turmoil in global trade over the past several years, the faculty team decided that a case on global soy production could be informative for participants. The Latin America Research Center, engaged a highly respected agribusiness company in Argentina, Duhau Group, to act as the guide. Duhau Group provided access to their farms and company personnel and facilitated meetings with notable economists and agribusiness experts in Argentina. The group offered perspectives on the acute and significant rupture in prices between the Chicago Board of Trade and the Buenos Aires Exchange for Soybeans. This significant development generates important questions about the future of price discovery in this market as well as how soy growers should be thinking about long term investments on their farms. Renowned HBS Professor and Argentinian economist, Alberto Cavallo, taught a case on Duhau Group at this year’s Agribusiness Seminar.
  • DECEMBER 2018
  • Alumni News

Alumni Impact: Raising the Barrio

Can the shantytowns of Buenos Aires be integrated into the city that long neglected them? Buenos Aires mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta (MBA 1993) is working to reintegrate the barrios of his city. In August 2016, eight months after taking office, Rodríguez Larreta pledged to develop the neighborhood. His first step: establishing a mayoral office in the heart of the barrio, reclaiming a building that had until recently been the headquarters of a drug dealer known as “Tarzan.” It was a symbolic gesture, Rodríguez Larreta acknowledges, but an important one.
  • MAY 2018

Alumni Achievement Award

Harvard Business School conferred its most important honor, the Alumni Achievement Award, on five distinguished graduates as part of the Class Day ceremony for the MBA Class of 2018. One of the recipients was Claudio Hadda (OMP 1987), chairman of Insper Institute of Education and Research, a university he helped launch in São Paulo, Brazil. Haddad’s career began in academia and includes serving as director of Brazil’s Central Bank and building Banco Garantia into one of South America’s most prestigious banks. Together with a group of Brazilian investors, in 1999 he acquired Insper and has since expanded it into one of Brazil’s leading educational institutions.

New Research on the Region

  • February 2019
  • Case

Mexico: Shifting Left with AMLO

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador became president of Mexico on December 1, 2018. His election, and the victory of his new Party, MORENA, represent a sharp shift to the left by Mexico’s political system. Previously, President Pena Nieto and his party, the PRI, had initiated and implemented the Pacto – a long overdue series of institutional and structural reforms. Yet even after several years, Mexico had not shown significant improvements in productivity, or growth. With U.S. relations at a low point, thanks to President Trump’s neo-isolationism, Mexico elected Obrador as a nationalistic response. It remained to be seen how his new policies would affect Mexico’s growth.

  • Forthcoming
  • Book

The Virgin and the Plow: How Technology Shapes How We Live and Love

Covering a time frame that ranges from 8000 BC to the present, and drawing upon both Marxist and feminist theories, the book argues that nearly all the decisions we make in our most intimate lives—whom to marry, how to have children, how to have sex, how to think about love and romance and families—are driven, and always have been driven by technology. We think we’re behaving as fully autonomous individuals; we think we’re pushing or participating in social change; but we’re actually just being swept up in, and responding to, much broader shifts in technology. Or to what Marx and his kin would have termed “the means of production.” As current technologies—particularly the technologies of assisted reproduction, robotics, and artificial intelligence—continue to evolve, they will drive fundamental changes in how we structure our families and our lives.

  • Article
  • Enterprise & Society

Oral History and the Business History of Emerging Markets

By: G. Jones and R. Comunale

This article highlights the benefits that rigorous use of oral history can offer to research on the contemporary business history of emerging markets. Oral history can help fill some of the major information voids arising from the absence of a strong tradition of creating and making accessible corporate archives in most countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It also permits a level of nuance that is hard to obtain even if written archives are accessible. Oral histories provide insights into why events did not occur as well as why companies have chosen certain industries over others. Oral history can also shed light on hypersensitive topics, such corruption, which are rarely formally documented.

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Buenos Aires Staff

Fernanda Miguel
Mariana Cal
Senior Researcher
Maria Martha Ruiz Melo
Office Manager

São Paulo Staff

Priscilla Zogbi
Ruth Costas
Senior Researcher
Patricia Thome
Office & Program Manager

Mexico City Staff

Carla Larangeira
Senior Researcher