Monthly Archives: April 2014

Newport Ball

Another class-wide event was held this weekend. Called the Newport Ball, HBS RC students and their families spend two nights at an upscale resort in Southern Boston, Newport. Attired in tuxedoes and formal gowns, over 600 people gathered at the castle-like locale.


At HBS, while we spend considerable time with our section mates, contact with students in other sections is relatively limited. We run into them on campus but limited time does not afford us the luxury of getting to know them. Therefore, a function of this scope is a good chance to catch up with our non-section friends. With a glass of wine in my hand, I made the rounds among the partygoers.

The first conversation is always same. “Hey, what are you doing for the summer?” We have just finished the intense recruiting season and it seemed that most people have already decided where to work as summer interns. It’s just my gut feeling but it seemed that more than one-third of my friends answered that they are going to work for consulting firms, an always-popular industry.

“Me? I’m actually still deciding, but I definitely won’t be working for a consulting firm or finance company. Maybe just traveling.”

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Repeating this conversation (or one similar to it) fifty times, I grew weary and retired to my room early.

Another way to obtain an HBS education

Last month HBS announced the launch of HBX, a new digital learning system providing an online business education program.


An online education program has long been a focus of HBS’s development areas and according to the announcement, HBX aims to provide case-method online programs complementing the school’s existing program. It will, of course, be taught by HBS faculty.

HBX initially offers Credential of Readiness program (CORe), which is designed to provide basic business fundamentals and will be comprised of three interlinked courses:  Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting. This program targets undergraduates and graduate students in non-business fields, as well as those who have just begun their first jobs in the business world.

Later this year, HBX is expected to introduce a series of specialized courses dealing with entrepreneurship and innovation; disruptive innovation, growth, and strategy; and the microeconomics of competitiveness.


Upon my arrival at HBS, I participated in the pre-MBA program and a portion of the program was taught online. To be honest, I was initially a little suspect of the effectiveness of online education, but my fears were allayed as I settled into the class.

Although it was difficult to duplicate the dynamics and tense atmosphere of a physical classroom, the online system well demonstrated HBS’s unique education systems –  cold calls, dozens of raised hands, and intensive discussion among students.

Looking back, that online pre-MBA program may have been part of the development of HBX. In light of current trends, the shift to online education is quite reasonable and it’s easy to imagine that a large part of MBA education will be provided online in the near future. If you aim to study at HBS, HBX may be a good starting point.


Applications to HBX are now being accepted for the CORe program.