News & Highlights

  • SEPTEMBER 2023

MBA information Sessions in Shanghai and Beijing

The HBS Asia-Pacific Research Center hosted MBA info sessions in Shanghai and Beijing on September 5th and 12th. Over 100 prospective applicants explored our MBA program and the vibrant HBS life. These interactive events provided a valuable platform for attendees to engage in insightful discussions, gain firsthand perspectives from recent alumni.
  • JULY 2023

Dinner Discussion with Prof. Ryan W. Buell and Prof. Eva Ascarza

Harvard Center Shanghai hosted a dinner discussion with Professor Ryan W. Buell and Professor Eva Ascarza on July 25th. The event is attended by around 10 new MBA admits and alumni. Prof. Ryan W. Buell and Prof. Eva Ascarza shared their experiences and insights, and discuss the courses they teach and their research at HBS. The professors and alumni also answered questions from the new admits and offered advice on how to get the most out of their HBS experience.
  • JULY 2023

The 2023 HBS Forum on Chinese Companies Going Global

The 2023 HBS Forum on Chinese Companies Going Global concluded successfully on July 1st! The forum is hosted by Harvard Center Shanghai, HBS club of Shanghai and HBS club of Beijing. HBS Professor William C. Kirby started the forum with a case discussion about the strategy of NIO, a global smart EV company headquartered in China. Then HBS Professor Feng Zhu facilitated a panel discussion of the business models of Chinese companies going global. The forum also included other guest speakers’ sharing of their insights and experience for Chinese companies to operate in Southeast Asia, Middle East, Europe & North America. More than 100 Harvard alumni and industry professionals attended the forum.
  • JUNE 2023

MBA information Sessions in Singapore, Jakarta, and Manila

From June 6th -9th, MBA admissions and Asia-Pacific Research Center continued their efforts in the Southeast Asia and co-hosted 3 information sessions and 1 alumni chat about the MBA program in Singapore, Jakarta and Manila. The events were designed for prospective applicants to learn more about the MBA program and life at HBS. More than 500 prospective applicants attended these events.
  • JUNE 2023

An Evening with Dean Datar in Singapore

On June 5, 2023, more than 100 alumni gathered for “HBS in Singapore: An Evening with Dean Datar”, an event co-hosted by the HBS Club of Singapore and Asia-Pacific Research Center. Saurabh Mittal (MBA 1999) welcomed the alumni and introduced the Dean. During the Dean’s remarks, he talked about several innovative initiatives that he anticipates will have lasting value for the School and that will place the School at the cutting edge of addressing the challenges facing business and society today. Prashant Pundrik (PLDA 2014), president of the HBS Club of Singapore, closed the program.

New Research on the Region

  • January 2024
  • Case


By: Debora L. Spar and Julia Comeau

  • 2024
  • Working Paper

Antitrust Platform Regulation and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from China

By: Ke Rong, D. Daniel Sokol, Di Zhou and Feng Zhu

Many jurisdictions have launched antitrust enforcement and brought in regulation of large tech platforms. The swift and strict implementation of China’s Anti-Monopoly Guidelines for the Platform Economy (Platform Guidelines) provides a quasi-natural experiment to evaluate the impact of antitrust regulation on platform competition. We adopt a difference-in-differences approach to empirically explore the impact of China’s Platform Guidelines on the number of investments and the entry of startups in platform markets. The results show that the Platform Guidelines did not increase competition in these affected markets. Rather, competition weakened in these markets, with less venture capital investment flowing into them and fewer startups entering these markets. Our study suggests that governments should consider more carefully the potential unintended consequences of antitrust platform regulation.

  • December 2023
  • Case

Monsters in the Machine? Tackling the Challenge of Responsible AI

In November of 2022, the small tech company OpenAI released ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence chatbot which quickly captured the public’s imagination—becoming the world’s fastest-growing consumer application within months of its release. Though observers from across sectors were thrilled by the infinite potential uses of generative AI products like ChatGPT, the release also sparked an intense debate about the potential risks of AI, including job displacement, privacy violations, and the spread of misinformation. New companies like OpenAI, along with established giants in the rapidly emerging field such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Meta faced intense questions about how the new technology should be used and regulated. But just what does “responsible AI” entail and who gets to make that decision? And what players should be involved in shaping the rules that will ultimately govern this crucial generation of technology?

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Shanghai Staff

Nancy Dai
Managing Director and Executive Director, Harvard Center Shanghai; Executive Director, Asia-Pacific Research Center
Shu Lin
Senior Researcher
Tracy Qin
Assistant Manager for Administration
Sia Zhou
Senior Program Coordinator

Singapore Staff

Adina Wong
Assistant Director, Research
Harold Zhu

Hong Kong Staff

Billy Chan
Kitty Chow
Executive Secretary
Connie Yeung
Assistant Director, Administration