07 Oct 2009  HBS Business Summit

HBS Past and Present

Eight enduring themes have characterized Harvard Business School from its earliest years, and remain as integral as ever to the way the School thinks and operates.

 

Editor's Note: This is a summary of an HBS Business Summit presentation. View a full summary and video of the event on the HBS Centennial Web site linked below.

Date of Event:October 12, 2008
Speakers:Jay O. Light, Dean of HBS
F. Warren McFarlan, HBS Faculty

From its tentative beginnings in 1908, Harvard Business School has grown into a teaching-, research-, and publishing-focused global enterprise with remarkably diverse students and faculty and highly accomplished alumni. Eight enduring themes have characterized Harvard Business School from its earliest years, and remain as integral as ever to the way the School thinks and operates.

Key concepts include:

Harvard Business School was founded on the idea of helping people make a decent profit, decently.

Eight common themes, rooted in HBS's history, characterize the institution still today:

  1. Making a decent profit, decently;
  2. Case-method research;
  3. Deep research impact on practice;
  4. Publishing outreach;
  5. Faculty from diverse backgrounds;
  6. Technology-friendly;
  7. Globalization;
  8. Remarkable leaders as alumni.
  9. Read the in-depth summary

For more coverage and video:
http://www.hbs.edu/centennial/businesssummit/past-present-future/hbs-past-and-present.html