News & Highlights

  • February 2021

HBS New Venture Competition Alumni Track Asia-Pacific Final

On February 20, HBS Club of Shanghai hosted the virtual 2021 HBS New Venture Competition Alumni Track Asia-Pacific Final. Eight new venture teams from China, South Korea, India, and Singapore pitched their business ideas to HBS Asia-Pacific panel of judges and ran for the championship of NVC Asia-Pacific. TagHive Inc., an education technology company headquartered in South Korea, was selected to represent the region for the Global Finals. The New Venture Competition Alumni Track serves as a launch pad for innovative new ventures from HBS alumni, providing access and exposure to potential investors, mentors and advisors. The annual event is sponsored by the Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and Alumni Clubs & Associations. The competition is open to alumni with early-stage ventures, and the winner receives an invitation to the Global Finals Round and the NVC Finale.
  • December 2020 - January 2021

The Future of Digital Leadership Executive Roundtable Series, Hosted by Professor Linda Hill

The APRC organized 3 rounds of virtual roundtable sessions on the Future of Digital Leadership, hosted by Professor Linda Hill and her team as part of their research to develop courses and programs to prepare leaders for the digital era. The APRC ran two sessions with participants from Greater China and one session with participants from Southeast Asia, South Korea, and Australia, hailing from industries such as banking, telecom, e-commerce, healthcare and agriculture. With participants bringing their extensive experience and expertise in the digital space and in digital transformation, the discussion addressed questions such as: What are the essential mindsets, behaviors and competencies required for leading in the digital age? What developmental opportunities do executives need to become exceptional leaders in the digital age? This effort set the stage for other Global Research Centers to host similar sessions in their respective regions.
  • JANUARY 2021

Virtual Case Discussion with Professor Elie Ofek

On January 14th, Harvard Center Shanghai organized a virtual teaching event featuring a newly-published HBS case, “Tencent: Combining Technology and Culture,” authored by Professor Elie Ofek. Professor Ofek led the discussion, soliciting differing views from participants to explore the key questions in the case. Participants discussed how Tencent, one of the largest internet technology conglomerates in China, created a new initiative to expand into the cultural content business, and how it faced the challenge of developing a blockbuster media franchise akin to Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. More than 110 people attended the event including HBS alumni, faculty from business schools in China, and practitioners from the cultural sector.
  • October 2020

24 Hours of Harvard

Worldwide Week at Harvard showcases the breadth of Harvard’s global engagement through academic and cultural events with global or international themes. On October 7th-8th, 2020, Harvard broadcasted 24 Hours of Harvard, which featured 24 consecutive hours of around-the-clock and around-the-world events and activities. As a part of the event, Harvard Center Shanghai founding faculty and management team unveiled the century-long engagement between Harvard and China over a 45 minutes video. The program starts with an early history of Harvard’ relationship with China from 1879 with Ge Kun-hua’s journey to Harvard, as the first Chinese teacher at Harvard. It continues to describe the programs and activities of Harvard Center Shanghai in the first decade after its opening in 2010, marking an important step in Harvard’s long engagement with China and Asia.

New Research on the Region

  • June 2021
  • Teaching Material

The Clean Network and the Future of Global Technology Competition

Teaching Note for HBS Case No. 721-045.

  • June 2021
  • Teaching Material

Michael Phelps: 'It's Okay to Not Be Okay'

By: Boris Groysberg, Carin-Isabel Knoop and Michael Norris

Teaching Note for HBS Case No. 421-044. In 2020, Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 28 medals in various swimming events, was now retired. As he looked back on his 20+ year athletic career, he considered what had gone into making him the greatest of all time—the highs and lows, successes and struggles. He had lived with mental health issues for much of his life, going public with his struggles in 2015, when he talked about his depression and suicidal thoughts. Mental health was a major focus for Phelps in 2020. He was working on removing the stigma associated with mental health issues, improving access to care, and preventing suicides. But as a professional athlete who was used to the rigor and routine of daily workouts and measurable goals, how could he ensure he was having the greatest possible impact in this new mission?

  • June 2021
  • Case

Suzhou Good-Ark Electronics: Creating and Implementing a Sage Culture

By: Sandra J. Sucher, Nien-he Hsieh, Susan J. Winterberg, Nancy Hua Dai and Shalene Gupta

Suzhou Good-Ark, a Chinese semiconductor implemented "Sage Culture" management based on traditional Chinese philosophy. Productivity doubled, turnover decreased, and employee satisfaction shot up. By 2015, more than 2,000 companies had toured Wu’s factories, and Wu had established a small consortium of companies that trained with Wu to implement Sage Culture management in their own companies. However, as Sage Culture drew heavily on the Chinese culture, would it work outside of Good-Ark and outside of China? Moreover, since Wu required the business leaders who joined the consortium to make a personal commitment to transforming themselves, would it be a worthwhile investment? Tjioe Ka In, Executive Director of Tung Lok Group based in Singapore, would have to evaluate whether to adopt this style of management in her own company.

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