News & Highlights

  • January 2019
  • MBA Student Perspectives

MBA Perspectives: Doha Tantawy shares her experience at HBS

Doha Tantawy of Cairo, Egypt shares her journey at HBS. She discusses her experience learning through the case method and highlights the diversity on campus. Doha says, "You're exposed to every single model of what an accomplished person can be. It's a lifetime chance to reformat who you aspire to be. You come out with a better version of yourself."
  • December 2018

Professor Sunil Gupta meets with business leaders and alumni in Istanbul

On December 3, 2018, Harvard Business Review Turkey hosted Sunil Gupta, Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration and the Chair of the General Management Program, for an exclusive keynote event in Istanbul. The event began with opening remarks, delivered by Murat Özyeğin (HBS MBA 2013) Executive Board Member of Fiba Holding, and Professor Gupta gave a talk on his new book Driving Digital Strategy: A Guide to Reimagining Your Business. The speeches were followed by a panel discussion featuring Ömer Aras (Chairman of QNB Finansbank), Cansen Başaran Symes (Chair of the Board of Directors of Allianz Turkey), Colman Deegan (CEO of Vodafone Turkey), and Mehmet Başer (Partner at McKinsey Turkey). Reflecting on the event, Professor Gupta shared, “It was a real pleasure to share the ideas from my book Driving Digital Strategy to 100 senior leaders in Istanbul. The level of engagement and energy of the audience was amazing and I want to thank HBR Turkey for organizing such a wonderful and exciting event.”
  • November 2019
  • MBA Admissions

Admissions Information Sessions in Dubai, Riyadh and Istanbul

In October and November 2019, the MENA Research Center hosted MBA Admissions events for prospective students in Dubai, Riyadh and Istanbul. Most of the attendees were young professionals and students in the region and many expressed particular interest in joint degree programs and the 2+2 Program, in addition to the MBA program. The first-round interviews for the Class of 2021 were conducted in Dubai from October 31 – November 2, 2018. A special interviewee event was held in Dubai and aimed to provide a platform for interviewees to interact with alumni and learn more about the two-year MBA experience. The decisions for the first-round of MBA interviews were released on December 11, 2018. The MENA Research Center team continues to support the MBA Admissions department in the region.
  • MAY 2018

Careem: Riding the First Unicorn in the Middle East

Doubling in size every two months, ride-hailing service Careem was experiencing growing pains operationally and culturally. In this podcast, Shikhar Ghosh discusses how the founders struggled to keep its 4 million customers satisfied in the Middle East.

New Research on the Region

  • January 2019
  • Case

King Abdullah Economic City: Population Drivers and Cash Flow

CEO of high profile new economic city in Saudi Arabia must decide how to allocate limited investment funds across projects under duress. Issues include understanding core economic drivers, planning infrastructure investment and return, attracting multinationals, energy policy, sustainability, urban planning, government incentives and regulations. Students must allocate limited funds, or accept outside investors at distress terms, with respect to city center, retail, resort, residential, education, utilities, commercial sale or leased land, worker housing, and a potential seaport.

  • Article
  • Journal of Peace Research

A Persuasive Peace: Syrian Refugees' Attitudes Towards Compromise and Civil War Termination

By: Kristin Fabbe, Chad Hazlett and Tolga Sınmazdemir

Civilians who have fled violent conflict and settled in neighboring countries are integral to processes of civil war termination. Contingent on their attitudes, they can either back peaceful settlements or support warring groups and continued fighting. Attitudes toward peaceful settlement are expected to be especially obdurate for civilians who have been exposed to violence. In a survey of 1,120 Syrian refugees in Turkey conducted in 2016, we use experiments to examine attitudes towards two critical phases of conflict termination—a ceasefire and a peace agreement. We examine the rigidity/flexibility of refugees’ attitudes to see if subtle changes in how wartime losses are framed or in who endorses a peace process can shift willingness to compromise with the incumbent Assad regime. Our results show, first, that refugees are far more likely to agree to a ceasefire proposed by a civilian as opposed to one proposed by armed actors from either the Syrian government or the opposition. Second, simply describing the refugee community’s wartime experience as suffering rather than sacrifice substantially increases willingness to compromise with the regime to bring about peace. This effect remains strong among those who experienced greater violence. Together, these results show that even among a highly pro-opposition population that has experienced severe violence, willingness to settle and make peace are remarkably flexible and dependent upon these cues.

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