News & Highlights

  • May 2022
  • MBA Experience

Off-Campus Information Sessions on the HBS MBA Program

This May, MBA Admissions, in collaboration with the Mid-US Research Office, organized Admissions Events in 14 cities including Columbus, OH, Birmingham, AL, and Boise, ID. These sessions were designed for prospective applicants to learn more about the MBA program curriculum, admission process, and funding financial aid. The events included an admissions presentation and the opportunity to meet current students and alumni.
  • May 2022
  • MBA Experience

FIELD Immersion Course with a Domestic Focus

After two years of cancellation due to COVID-19, this May more than 1,000 first year MBA students participated in project assignments for FIELD (Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development) Immersion, a required course that took students across the US for the first time this year. For the past 10 years, this required course has sent first-year MBA students around the globe in an immersive learning experience that pairs them with companies to introduce a new product, service, or customer experience for the local consumer. This year, Stephanie Galloway, senior director of the Global Experience Office (GEO), and her staff, as well as with the MBA Program staff, worked to build an entirely new immersive experience. The team researched locations across the US, developed relationships and projects with companies and organizations, planned contextual experiences such as meetings with local leaders and historical tours, and fine-tuned the course details and extensive logistics required for sending 1,000 students to 15 new locations. Cities such as Milwaukee, Birmingham, or Chattanooga were intentionally selected as a majority of students would not have past experience. Students had the opportunity to participant in projects ranging from a company seeking to attract and retain more underrepresented minorities, to an organization wanting to design a program providing mortgage loans for Black and minority homebuyers, to a startup bringing dental services to traditionally underserved neighborhoods.
  • February 2022
  • Alumni

Charlotte Club Hosts Webinar to Mark 100 Years of the Case Method

The HBS Club of Charlotte recently marked 100 Years of Case Method Teaching and Learning at HBS by hosting a virtual conversation with two of the School’s most prolific case writers. The January 19 event, which attracted 170 alumni, featured Joseph L. Bower, Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus; and F. Warren McFarlan, Albert H. Gordon Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, who have produced hundreds of cases over their long careers at HBS. The professors talked about the teaching opportunities that come with longitudinal cases, where single companies like Nike and General Electric are followed over several decades. This allows students to see how the issues facing the company have evolved over 30 or 40 years, and understand how past decisions may have impacted the company in the present. The event closed with video comments by Dean Srikant Datar about the power of the case method in making HBS a leader in business education, and his excitement for what the next 100 years of the case may hold for HBS.
  • December 2021
  • MBA EXPERIENCE

African American Student Union Spotlight on the Midwest

The HBS African American Student Union (AASU) strives to be an extended family for its members from the moment they decide to attend HBS, through the transition to second year, and beyond graduation. Here we profile two AASU members from the Midwest U.S. about their experiences before, and during, the MBA program.
  • October 2021
  • Executive Education

Applying Strategic Perspective Lessons from HBS While Thinking Bigger and Bolder

Michael Johnson is the President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County, based in Madison, Wisconsin. Michael attended the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management – Virtual (SPNM) Executive Education program at Harvard Business School in June. In this interview, he discusses his experience in the program and how it has impacted his work.

New Research on the Region

  • August 2022
  • Case

Atlanta Ransomware Attack (A)

This case describes the March 2018 Ransomware attack on the information technology (IT) systems of the city of Atlanta and the response by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and her administration. The case includes a brief background on Bottoms and her young administration at the time of the attack. The case also includes background information about the trend of ransomware attacks against organizations, including government entities such as municipalities. Several cybersecurity experts describe the tactics of ransomware attackers and potential strategies to respond when ransomware attacks occur. The (B) case concludes with a description of Bottoms and her administration’s approach to managing the crisis, including her decision to not pay the ransom and instead use Atlanta’s cyber-insurance policy award to invest in remediation and upgrading of the city’s IT systems.

  • August 2022
  • Teaching Material

Atlanta Ransomware Attack (B)

This case describes the March 2018 Ransomware attack on the information technology (IT) systems of the city of Atlanta and the response by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and her administration. The case includes a brief background on Bottoms and her young administration at the time of the attack. The case also includes background information about the trend of ransomware attacks against organizations, including government entities such as municipalities. Several cybersecurity experts describe the tactics of ransomware attackers and potential strategies to respond when ransomware attacks occur. The (B) case concludes with a description of Bottoms and her administration’s approach to managing the crisis, including her decision to not pay the ransom and instead use Atlanta’s cyber-insurance policy award to invest in remediation and upgrading of the city’s IT systems.

  • July 2022 (Revised September 2022)
  • Case

Birla Carbon Egypt: Building Soft Power in a Foreign Country

By: Jeremy Friedman and Malini Sen

Birla Carbon, a flagship business of the nearly $60-billion global conglomerate and India-headquartered Aditya Birla Group (ABG), is one of the world's top manufacturers and suppliers of high-quality carbon black. The largest among its 16 manufacturing plants is Birla Carbon Egypt (BCE), situated in the port city of Alexandria. BCE started its operations in 1994, to become the first carbon black manufacturing unit in Egypt and the Middle East. Over three decades it has grown to become a leading exporter in the region, playing a significant role in the Egyptian economy. However, the journey has not been without its challenges as BCE has tackled political unrest and frequent changes in government, besides growing concerns about pollution. Given Egypt's recent volatile political history, would BCE be able to successfully continue to separate business from politics? More broadly, what would BCE's success or failure mean on a global scale? As India seeks to grow into a great power, how would its economic footprint abroad distinguish it from other great powers? Could BCE represent a new, Indian version of FDI?

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Mid-US Staff

Alicia Dadlani
Director
Christy Hirokawa
Program Manager