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  • May-June 2022
  • Events

Off-Campus Information Sessions on the HBS MBA Program

In the first half of 2022, the ERC co-organized MBA Admissions Events in Stockholm, London, Frankfurt and Milan. These sessions were designed for prospective applicants to learn more about the MBA program curriculum, admission process, and financial aid. The events included an admissions presentation and the opportunity to meet local alumni.
  • April 2022
  • MBA Experience

MBA Voices: A Greek Student’s HBS Experience—Interview with Vasilis Mornto, MBA 2023

MBA Voices is a collection of community perspectives that provides prospective students with insight into life at HBS. In this interview, Greek student Vasilis Mornto, MBA 2023, explains why he applied to HBS and which jobs he pursued during his deferral years. The 2+2 program grants deferred admission to students, who are either in college or in a full-time master’s degree program. It is comprised of at least two years of professional work experience (maximum of four years) followed by two years in the regular HBS MBA program.
  • April 2022
  • Working Knowledge

Legacy of Violence: A History of British Empire

In this article, Professor Caroline Elkins discusses the subject of her new book Legacy of Violence: A History of British Empire. Elkins’ study of the British Empire probes the country’s pervasive use of violence throughout the twentieth century and traces how these practices were exported, modified, and institutionalized in colonies around the globe.

New Research on the Region

  • April 2022
  • Teaching Material

Christie's and Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi: The Value of a Brand

A sixteenth century Renaissance masterpiece, missing for 137 years, believed by many to have been destroyed, and then rediscovered less than a decade ago, becomes the most expensive painting ever sold, all the while surrounded by controversy. Did the buyer of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting pay too much? Was it real? Did it matter? The power of the Leonardo brand and Christie’s marketing plan, which featured art world experts, Hollywood celebrities, and retailtainment, fueled a $450 million price for a painting previously sold for $10,000 just twelve years earlier.

  • April 2022
  • Teaching Material

Publicis Groupe 2021: Changing Nearly Everything

By: Rosabeth M. Kanter, Tonia Labruyere, Vincent Dessain and Catarina Martinez

After a leadership change at the French advertising company Publicis, new CEO Arthur Sadoun has to navigate changes due to digitalization and a pandemic. Teaching Note for HBS Case No. 322-050.

  • March 2022 (Revised April 2022)
  • Teaching Material

Group Functions at the Maersk Group

In 2014, seven years after he was appointed CEO of the Danish shipping and oil conglomerate A.P. Møller Maersk (the Maersk Group), Nils Andersen was reexamining the size and role of corporate headquarters in the company he had reshaped as a "premium conglomerate." During his tenure, Andersen had divided what had previously been operated as almost a single entity into separate lines of business, each accountable for its own performance and expected to deal at arms-length with its "sister" businesses, while substantially reducing the size and functions of the corporate headquarters. But as the business units (BUs) and corporate headquarters adjusted to their new roles, new issues surfaced.

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Vincent Dessain
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