News & Highlights

  • APRIL 2024
  • ALUMNI EVENT

Dean Datar Visits Houston and Dallas

In late April, over 200 alumni gathered for “An Evening with Dean Datar” in Houston, hosted in partnership with the HBS Club of Houston, and “An Afternoon with Dean Datar” in Dallas, hosted in partnership with the HBS Club of Dallas. Alumni had the opportunity to meet Dean Srikant M. Datar, connect and network with other alumni in the region, and hear how the School is addressing critical challenges facing business and society. These events were supported by representatives from External Relations and the Mid-US Research Center.
  • February 2024
  • INSTITUTE FOR BUSINESS IN GLOBAL SOCIETY (BiGS)

BiGS in D.C.: The New Era of Industrial Policy

In February, hosted in partnership with NobleReach Foundation, leaders from business, government, and academia convened in Washington, D.C. to discuss the long-term implications of industrial policy initiatives. Since 2021, the United States has enacted a series of monumental bills such as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act. These legislative measures are ushering in a new era of industrial policy aimed at revitalizing U.S. infrastructure, boosting semiconductor manufacturing, and addressing climate change. But early results have been mixed, with some critics highlighting their complexity, costs, and questionable sustainability. Leaders were able to collectively step back from day-to-day to exchange views on these recent developments. The event was supported by the Mid-US Research Center in partnership with the HBS Institute for Business in Global Society (BiGS).
  • NOVEMBER 2023
  • SOCIAL ENTERPRISE INITIATIVE

Social Enterprise: Upswell Forum

This November, the Social Enterprise Initiative welcomed the pilot Upswell Forum cohort to campus for an extraordinary four days of learning and community building. Conceived in partnership with the Harvard Business School African-American Alumni Association and the Social Enterprise Initiative, the mission of Upswell is to accelerate the impact of social entrepreneurs working in communities of color. The forum welcomed organizations serving the Boston, Atlanta and Houston metro regions. Faculty and guest speakers led energizing sessions on leadership, strategy, systems thinking, and power and influence, among others. The group will continue to work together through virtual sessions and mentorship with HBS alumni in the coming months.
  • NOVEMBER 2023
  • WORKING KNOWLEDGE

How Framebridge Founder Susan Tynan (MBA 2003) Managed Risk While Making an Impact

On the Deep Purpose podcast with Professor Ranjay Gulati, Susan Tynan (MBA 2003) reflects on the hard work and hard decisions of her entrepreneurial journey. Great business leaders are problem solvers. That’s what sparked Tynan to found Framebridge, a custom framing company. When Tynan couldn’t find a reasonably priced place to frame her beloved posters, she launched a business, which took off after years of hard work – and hard decisions. Tynan reflects on her learning journey, discussing how she managed the risks of entrepreneurship while aiming to make a lasting impact. A case study on Tynan’s journey is also available here.
  • OCTOBER 2023
  • INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF BUSINESS IN GLOBAL SOCIETY (BIGS)

Doing Business in a Divided World: Continuing the Conversation

This October 30 leaders of U.S-based public and private companies and non-profits gathered with five HBS faculty in Detroit for a frank talk about their role in addressing societal issues. Professor Debora Spar, HBS Senior Associate Dean for Business in Global Society, opened the Roundtable with a clear message: “Society is expecting business to be more involved. We are past the hand-waving stage, and you are seeking to move to substantive actions. If we want business to play a more active role tackling societal challenges, how do we do that?” Key takeaways from the discussion included understanding that 1) U.S. employees trust their own employers more than any other U.S. institution, 2) employees want to engage on these issues, and 3) leaders and employees need to better align on societal issues.

New Research on the Region

  • June 2024
  • Teaching Material

Miami’s Climate Tech Potential (A): The State of Play

By: Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Ai-Ling Jamila Malone

Teaching Note for HBS Case No. 324-119. Miami-Dade County led the work to get South Florida designated a national climate resilience tech hub, the only one of 31 focused on climate change, an urgent major issue for the region in light of global warming and sea level rise. Venture capitalists saw the potential but not many investable ventures; some entrepreneurs created scalable ventures but without much regional support; economic development agencies were not yet fully building the ecosystem or just getting started. Most wanted more from government, higher education, and others. The label “climate tech hub” had to be backed by specific proposals to attract available funding. What are the gaps and missing ingredients? What actions might fill the gaps?

  • March 2024 (Revised June 2024)
  • Case

Miami’s Climate Tech Potential (A): The State of Play

By: Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Ai-Ling Jamila Malone

Miami-Dade County led the work to get South Florida designated a national climate resilience tech hub, the only one of 31 focused on climate change, an urgent major issue for the region in light of global warming and sea level rise. Venture capitalists saw the potential but not many investable ventures; some entrepreneurs created scalable ventures but without much regional support; economic development agencies were not yet fully building the ecosystem or just getting started. Most wanted more from government, higher education, and others. The label “climate tech hub” had to be backed by specific proposals to attract available funding. What are the gaps and missing ingredients? What actions might fill the gaps?

  • January 2024
  • Case

Deion Sanders: The Prime Effect

By: Hise O. Gibson, Nicole Gilmore and Alicia Dadlani

In 2023, Deion Sanders, known as “Coach Prime,” became head football coach of the University of Colorado Boulder (CU). Sanders was tasked with leading CU’s struggling football program, which had only achieved one winning season in the last 15 years, back to glory. Many were excited by the idea of having the two-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame inductee as CU’s new head coach, but several questioned whether he had the experience and leadership needed to turn around a team in a highly competitive conference, as he only had two years of college coaching experience. In addition, some wondered whether his “old school” leadership style, which required a high level of discipline and personal accountability, would be effective on today’s student-athletes, while others questioned whether his approach was sustainable.

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Mid-US Staff

Alicia Dadlani
Director (Columbus, OH)
Martha Hostetter
Senior Researcher (Cleveland, OH)
Ai-Ling Jamila Malone
Senior Researcher (Atlanta, GA)
Jennifer Sears
Senior Coordinator (Columbus, OH)