August 2011

  • 15 Aug 2011

    China and Europe's Reaction to Debt Crisis

    Fallout from the debt-ceiling debates and subsequent downgrading of America's credit rating has raised uncertainty in the markets to heights not seen since 2008. To this point, the focus has been primarily on what actions the U.S. will take right the ship. How does this situation affect other global powers? Professors Niall Ferguson and Robert Pozen offer their perspectives on how other nations are viewing and acting upon the turmoil in the U.S. Read more.

    • 08 Aug 2011

      HBS Faculty on Downgrading US Debt

      When Standard and Poor's Rating Services lowered its long-term sovereign credit rating on the United States from AAA to AA+ on August 5, it was a shot heard 'round the world. Stock markets plummeted, investors covered their eyes, consumers' confidence and pocketbooks took another beating, and the blame game engulfed politicians and S&P itself. In the midst of all this angst, four Harvard Business School faculty members offer their views on what went wrong and what needs to be done to right the US ship of state. Read more.

    • 08 Aug 2011

      Summer Venture in Management Program Offers Insights into Harvard MBA Experience

      A group of some 79 students recently took part in a lively case discussion in a Harvard Business School classroom about Hulu, the online video service that provides access to TV shows and movies. "The company is using a 100% ad model, but the CEO is thinking about a subscription model or a combination of ads and subscriptions. Why?" asks Associate Professor Anita Elberse, coauthor of the case and an expert on strategic marketing in creative industries. A flurry of hands goes up. The professor continues with more questions, back and forth for 80 minutes. And when it's over, many of the students gather round Professor Elberse to continue the discussion. A scene, it appears, straight out of the Harvard MBA program. Read more.