News & Highlights

  • June 2023

Elisa Djuhar (MBA 2023) from Singapore: Five Lessons from My First Year at HBS

Elisa Djuhar (MBA 2023) is from Singapore. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science from Cornell University. Before HBS, she oversaw research and development, and quality and safety of food products at various CPG companies. Djuhar says, "Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I’d get into Harvard, let alone HBS. I didn’t apply to Harvard for undergrad because I was too intimidated, and I almost did the same for HBS. I thought it’d be a waste of time, effort, and money because I’d get rejected anyway. But I am so glad I did apply! I’ve never been in such a diverse, stimulating, and inspiring environment. I’ve learned so much, I’ve been challenged and pushed outside of my comfort zone, and I’ve grown in ways that I could not have imagined."
  • May 2022

Virtual Case Discussion with Professor Krishna Palepu on Restoring Trust in Tech Platforms

In the celebration of the HBS Case Centennial, the Asia-Pacific Research Center co-hosted a virtual case discussion in partnership with the India Research Center, HBS Executive Education, and Harvard Business Publishing in May 2022. Professor Krishna Palepu led the discussion on Restoring Trust in Tech Platforms, using the Preserving Trust at (A) case to explore the causes of this distrust and what the platforms can do to respond constructively to this challenge. The session was held among HBS alumni in Asia followed by a Q&A with local faculty on the teaching plan and subtleties of teaching a case online. More than 260 HBS alumni, faculty observers, HBS staff, and MBA admits participated in the session.
  • March 2022

5th Annual Women Leadership Forum

This march Harvard Center Shanghai organized the 5th Annual HBS Women Leadership Forum together with HBS Gender Initiative, HBS Clubs of Shanghai and Beijing. Nancy Dai, Managing Director and Executive Director, Harvard Center Shanghai; Executive Director, Asia-Pacific Research Center, moderated the forum by using a fictional women-in-business case to facilitate an interactive discussion. Five panelists (Janine Feng MBA 1996, Yiru Zhou GMP18, Yanyan Gong MBA 2004, Annabel Lin SELPCH2019, and Sherry Ding) shared their personal experiences on their own career choice, career development, and entrepreneurship as female business leaders. The forum exhibited HBS research and studies on gender issues and facilitated discussion about how females in Asia can break the glass ceiling, advance their careers, and be the best they can in their work and life. More than 420 participates joined the live webinar including Harvard alumni and friends from various countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • March 2022
  • Events

Webinar on Behind-the-Scenes: A Glimpse into Case Writing at the Asia-Pacific Research Center

Harvard Business School Publishing and the Asia-Pacific Research Center co-organized an event this March to celebrate the HBS Case Centennial. APRC researchers delivered a presentation on case writing at HBS, using examples from their previous cases, providing useful tips and best practices, and highlighting recently published cases from the region. Participants had the opportunity to share their case writing experiences and challenges, suggest current topics in their region, and offer ideas for future sessions. The webinar aimed to build community and facilitate interaction and exchange of ideas among fellow educators. Event participants comprised of faculty members from various institutions in the Asia-Pacific region who are interested in writing and/or teaching cases.

New Research on the Region

  • 2022
  • Article
  • Journal of American-East Asian Relations

Indonesia and the Third Indochina War: The End of Containment

The Third Indochina War called forth dramatic changes in the international relations of Southeast Asia. Foremost among these changes was a shift in the geopolitical orientation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The organization’s founders established ASEAN in 1967 to contain Chinese influence in Southeast Asia. But in the wake of the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia in late 1978, ASEAN forged a tacit alliance with the People’s Republic of China to pursue a campaign of rollback against Vietnam. This article argues that ASEAN's volte-face and China’s reentry into networks of regional diplomacy depended upon a shift in Indonesian threat perceptions. As political Islam displaced Chinese communism as the key threat fixating Indonesian policy, the Suharto regime abandoned its longstanding attempts to integrate Vietnam into the architecture of regional order and instead accommodated itself to a Thai-led effort to enlist China as a counterweight against Vietnam. The reorientation of Indonesian diplomacy reveals the dynamics of a phenomenon that anthropologist Heonik Kwon has called the “decomposition” of the Cold War – the geographically and temporally uneven erosion of the Cold War as a social reality and the gradual elaboration of a post-Cold War era.

  • September 2022
  • Case

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act: Forced Labor and Genocide in U.S.-China Relations

By: Jeremy Friedman and David Lane

On June 21, 2022, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) went into effect, requiring companies to prove that goods imported from the People’s Republic of China were not made with forced labor. The bill was a reaction to reports of products being made with forced labor from Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities being held in camps in the PRC, chiefly in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region. However, implementation of the bill would be difficult. The PRC government denied the existence of forced labor, and this would make it nearly impossible for importers to trace their supply chains all the way to the origins of primary goods and prove that no forced labor was involved. Three industries were chiefly at stake – tomatoes, cotton, and polysilicon – at a time of high inflation and increasing urgency to do something about climate change, but the bill also threatened to fundamentally re-shape U.S.-PRC relations, potentially along the lines of a full-scale economic “decoupling.”

  • September 2022
  • Case

DBS: Purpose-Driven Transformation

By: Ranjay Gulati, Adina Wong, Dawn H. Lau and Joseph Mesfin

Singapore-based bank DBS went through three waves of purpose-driven transformation, overhauling the bank’s systems, upgrading employee skills, and re-centering its customer focus, with the bank’s purpose growing bolder with each key milestone achieved. Find out how the board, CEO Piyush Gupta and his management committee steered the bank through the waves of change, and the challenges they had to overcome along the way.

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