Harvard Business School

  • Description
  • For more than a cen­tury, our fac­ulty have drawn on their pas­sion for teach­ing, their expe­ri­ence in work­ing with orga­ni­za­tions world­wide, and the insights gained from their research to edu­cate gen­er­a­tions of lead­ers who have shaped the prac­tice of busi­ness in every indus­try and in every coun­try around the world.

    Key aspects under­ly­ing the School’s success

    The Case Method

    Intro­duced to busi­ness edu­ca­tion in 1925 by HBS fac­ulty, the case method is a pow­er­ful inter­ac­tive learn­ing process that brings the com­plex and dynamic real­i­ties of busi­ness analy­sis and deci­sion mak­ing into the classroom.

    • The cor­ner­stone of the School’s renowned gen­eral man­age­ment approach, the case method pro­vides stu­dents with the tran­scen­dent skills, insights, and self-​confidence required to meet the inter­dis­ci­pli­nary demands of real busi­ness situations.
    • HBS fac­ulty work with busi­ness lead­ers at orga­ni­za­tions of all sizes around the world to research and write more than 350 new cases each year, updat­ing and refresh­ing about a third of course con­tent annu­ally to ensure rel­e­vance to cur­rent and emerg­ing practice.
    • Nearly 80 per­cent of cases used at busi­ness schools world­wide are devel­oped by HBS faculty.

    Learn more: Cases at Har­vard Busi­ness Pub­lish­ing

    Pio­neer­ing Research

    • Con­tri­bu­tions range from the cre­ation and devel­op­ment of the field of orga­ni­za­tional behav­ior and mar­ket­ing to key advances in under­stand­ing the nature of lead­er­ship, strat­egy, and deci­sion making.
    • The School’s research bud­get of over $70 mil­lion is entirely self-​funded to ensure objec­tiv­ity and to pro­vide fac­ulty with the free­dom and flex­i­bil­ity to pur­sue novel and inno­v­a­tive lines of investigation.
    • Each aca­d­e­mic year, the fac­ulty authors or co-​authors about thirty-​five books, pro­duces more than 300 aca­d­e­mic papers, and writes a broad array of arti­cles for gen­eral busi­ness publications.

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    Close­ness to Practice

    The School’s com­mit­ment to being at the fore­front of the cur­rent and evolv­ing prac­tice of busi­ness has led to edu­ca­tion and research pro­grams that reflect the real­i­ties of the marketplace.

    • Case stud­ies repli­cate actual busi­ness sit­u­a­tions and are taught so that stu­dents must work together to make dif­fi­cult deci­sions under typ­i­cal man­age­ment con­di­tions, includ­ing a lack of com­plete infor­ma­tion, com­plex trade­off sit­u­a­tions, and time pressure.
    • Research at HBS is firmly grounded in knowl­edge of busi­ness processes-​in entre­pre­neur­ial com­pa­nies and estab­lished firms as well as non­profit organizations-​and uncon­strained by the bound­aries of aca­d­e­mic disciplines.
    • In addi­tion to being lead­ers in their aca­d­e­mic fields, many of our fac­ulty also have hands-​on busi­ness expe­ri­ence as con­sul­tants, entre­pre­neurs, investors, advi­sors, board mem­bers, and executives.

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    Inter­na­tional Scope

    HBS has broad and deep ties with exec­u­tives, schol­ars, alumni, and other lead­ers and their orga­ni­za­tions worldwide.

    • The School main­tains a net­work of global cen­ters and offices in key cities around the world-​including Hong Kong, Shang­hai, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Paris, Mum­bai, and Palo Alto-​that coor­di­nate research and build local rela­tion­ships that help weave the School into the fab­ric of the global marketplace.
    • About 35 per­cent of our MBA stu­dents and over 60 per­cent of our exec­u­tive edu­ca­tion par­tic­i­pants are from nations other than the U.S., bring­ing rich­ness and depth of inter­na­tional per­spec­tive to our daily case discussions.
    • Twenty-​five per­cent of cases pro­duced by fac­ulty each year deal explic­itly with inter­na­tional busi­ness issues.

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    A Vital Res­i­den­tial Community

    HBS is the only top busi­ness school in the United States with a self-​contained, res­i­den­tial cam­pus that forms its own vibrant com­mu­nity in the heart of one of the world’s great cities.

    • The cam­pus envi­ron­ment greatly enriches the edu­ca­tional expe­ri­ence of MBA stu­dents, doc­toral can­di­dates, and exec­u­tive edu­ca­tion par­tic­i­pants by pro­vid­ing a host of oppor­tu­ni­ties for inter­ac­tion with one another and with fac­ulty beyond the class­room, for eas­ier access to a range of on-​campus activ­i­ties and resources, for social­iz­ing, and for build­ing last­ing relationships.
    • Although it is one of the largest busi­ness schools in the world, our edu­ca­tional approach pro­vides the advan­tage of smaller groups by cen­ter­ing on sec­tions of about eighty to ninety stu­dents who remain closely affil­i­ated with one another through­out their edu­ca­tional pro­grams and beyond.
    • The cam­pus is drawn together by its com­mit­ment to a set of core val­ues, includ­ing integrity, hon­esty, respect for oth­ers, per­sonal account­abil­ity, and a ded­i­ca­tion to excellence-​qualities that play a key role in devel­op­ing the team­work and sound judg­ment that are cen­tral to our edu­ca­tional mission.

    Learn more: Our Cam­pus

    Excep­tional Resources

    Due to the gen­eros­ity of its alumni as well as the con­tin­u­ing suc­cess of its own oper­a­tions, HBS has excep­tional flex­i­bil­ity in meet­ing the needs of its edu­ca­tional and research activities.

    • The forty-​acre res­i­den­tial cam­pus has thirty-​three build­ings with a broad range of ded­i­cated facilities-​including state-​of-​the-​art class­rooms, meet­ing spaces, and Baker Library, one of the world’s largest and most respected busi­ness libraries.
    • The edu­ca­tional expe­ri­ence is aug­mented by a sophis­ti­cated and con­tin­u­ously evolv­ing IT sys­tem that seam­lessly inte­grates tech­nol­ogy through­out the campus.
    • The School’s unmatched finan­cial resources have pro­vided fac­ulty and stu­dents with the flex­i­bil­ity to pro­duce a con­tin­u­ous stream of inno­va­tions in edu­ca­tion and research designed to meet-​and anticipate-​the evolv­ing needs of busi­ness lead­ers everywhere.

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    Our Alumni

    The best mea­sure of the suc­cess of an edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tion is the suc­cess of its alumni, and HBS is well known to have one of the largest and most influ­en­tial alumni net­works of any insti­tu­tion in the world.

    • At present, the School has more than 70,000 alumni in more than one hun­dred and fifty coun­tries around the world-​a net­work that expands steadily with each grad­u­at­ing class.
    • HBS grad­u­ates are lead­ers in an excep­tion­ally broad range of orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing entre­pre­neur­ial com­pa­nies, estab­lished firms, gov­ern­ment, and non­profit organizations.
    • HBS alumni serve in a wide spec­trum of indus­tries, includ­ing con­sult­ing, finan­cial ser­vices, ven­ture cap­i­tal, high tech­nol­ogy, man­u­fac­tur­ing, retail, and con­sumer products.

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