Harvard Business School

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Harvard Business School
Harvard Business School shield logo.svg
Established 1908
Type Private business school
Endowment US$3.0 billion (2014)[1]
Dean Nitin Nohria
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 2,009
(1,859 in MBA)
(150 in Ph.D.)
Location Boston, Massachusetts, United States
42°22′02″N 71°07′21″W / 42.36722°N 71.12253°W / 42.36722; -71.12253Coordinates: 42°22′02″N 71°07′21″W / 42.36722°N 71.12253°W / 42.36722; -71.12253
Campus Urban
Affiliations Harvard University
Website HBS.edu
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Harvard Business School (HBS) is the graduate business school of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The school offers a large full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, HBX and many executive education programs. It owns Harvard Business School Publishing, which publishes business books, leadership articles, online management tools for corporate learning, case studies, and the monthly Harvard Business Review.

Harvard's MBA program is ranked #1 in the world by Bloomberg,[2] #1 by the Financial Times,[3] #1 by BusinessInsider[4] and #2 by US News and World Report [5] and Forbes Magazine.[6] The ranking aggregator Poets & Quants ranked HBS #1 in the US.[7]


Baker Library

The school started in 1908 under the humanities faculty, received independent status in 1910, and became a separate administrative unit in 1913. The first dean was historian Edwin Francis Gay (1867–1946).

Yogev (2001) explains the original concept:

This school of business and public administration was originally conceived as a school for diplomacy and government service on the model of the French Ecole des Sciences Politiques. The goal was an institution of higher learning that would offer a master of arts degree in the humanities field, with a major in business. In discussions about the curriculum, the suggestion was made to concentrate on specific business topics such as banking, railroads, and so on....Professor Lowell said the school would train qualified public administrators whom the government would have no choice but to employ, thereby building a better public administration.... Harvard was blazing a new trail by educating young people for a career in business, just as its medical school trained doctors and its law faculty trained lawyers.[8]

From the start the school enjoyed a close relationship with the corporate world. Within a few years of its founding many business leaders were its alumni and were hiring other alumni for starting positions in their firms.[9][10][11]

At its founding, the school accepted only male students. The Training Course in Personnel Administration, founded at Radcliffe College in 1937, was the beginning of business training for women at Harvard. HBS took over administration of that program from Radcliffe in 1954. In 1959, alumnae of the one-year program (by then known as the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration) were permitted to apply to join the HBS MBA program as second-years. In December 1962, the faculty voted to allow women to enter the MBA program directly. The first women to apply directly to the MBA program matriculated in September 1963.[12]

MBA program[edit]


Business School Ranking
Bloomberg Businessweek[13] 1
Forbes[14] 2
U.S. News & World Report[15] 2
Worldwide MBA
CNN Expansion[16] 1
Financial Times[17] 1

HBS is consistently ranked among the foremost business schools in the world. It is ranked #2 in the U.S. News & World Report ranking,[18] #1 by the QS Global 200 Business Schools Report,[19] #1 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, #2 by Forbes, and #14 by The Wall Street Journal. Internationally, HBS is ranked #2 in the world by América Economía, #1 in the world by CNN Expansion, #1 in the world by the Financial Times,[20] #4 in the world by The Economist, and #21 in the world by The Wall Street Journal. The 2014 Eduniversal Business School Ranking ranks Harvard Business School #3 in the world.[21]

In the most recent aggregated "ranking of rankings" of US business schools, HBS ranked #1 with Poets&Quants. This ranking is a composite of five major MBA rankings published by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Economist, The Financial Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and/or U.S. News & World Report which is meant to eliminate anomalies and other statistical distortions that are often present in any single ranking.[22]

Student life[edit]

Students can join one or more of the more than 80 clubs on campus. The Student Association (SA) is the main interface between the MBA student body and the faculty/administration.


The Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) is a one-week management training program for rising college seniors designed to increase diversity and opportunity in business education. Participants must be employed in a summer internship and be nominated by and have sponsorship from their company or organization to attend.[23]

Academic units[edit]

The school's faculty are divided into ten academic units: Accounting and Management; Business, Government and the International Economy; Entrepreneurial Management; Finance; General Management; Marketing; Negotiation, Organizations & Markets; Organizational Behavior; Strategy; and Technology and Operations Management.

Inside a Harvard Business School classroom

Donor programs[edit]

In fall 2010, the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, and the Tata Education and Development Trust, which are philanthropic arms of the Tata Group gave HBS its biggest ever international donation of $50 million. This donation is funding Tata Hall, named after Ratan Tata (AMP '75), the chairman of Tata Sons Ltd.[24] The facility will be devoted to the Harvard Business School's mid-career Executive Education program. It will be seven or eight stories tall with about 150,000 gross square feet. It will house approximately 180 bedrooms in addition to academic and multi-purpose spaces.[25]

Located in the northeast corner of the HBS campus, Tata Hall will complete the Executive Education quad, which currently includes McArthur, Baker, and Mellon Halls (residence), McCollum and Hawes (classroom), Kresge (dining), and Glass (administration). Its construction started in December 5, 2011 and its completion is scheduled for December 2013.[26]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Statistics - About Us - Harvard Business School". Hbs.edu. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  2. ^ http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2015-best-business-schools/
  3. ^ http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/global-mba-ranking-2015/
  4. ^ http://www.businessinsider.com/best-business-schools-in-the-world-2013-7?op=1/
  5. ^ http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings
  6. ^ http://www.forbes.com/business-schools/
  7. ^ http://poetsandquants.com/2015/11/18/harvard-business-school-tops-new-2015-poetsquants-mba-ranking/
  8. ^ Esther Yogev, "Corporate Hand in Academic Glove: The New Management's Struggle for Academic Recognition—The Case of the Harvard Group in the 1920's," American Studies International (2001) 39#1 pp 52–71 online
  9. ^ Yogev, "Corporate Hand in Academic Glove: The New Management's Struggle for Academic Recognition—The Case of the Harvard Group in the 1920's"
  10. ^ Melvin T. Copeland, And Mark an Era: The Story of the Harvard Business School (1958)
  11. ^ Robert M. Smith, The American Business System: The Theory and Practice of Social Science, the Case of the Harvard Business School, 1920–1945 (Garland Publishers, 1986)
  12. ^ "Building the Foundation: Business Education for Women at Harvard University: 1937-1970". Harvard Business School. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "Business School Rankings and Profiles: MBA". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  14. ^ "Business School Rankings and Profiles: MBA". Forbes. 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  15. ^ "Best Business Schools". U.S. News & World Report. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  16. ^ "Ranking:Los Mejores MBA en el mundo 2013". CNN Expansion. 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  17. ^ "Global MBA Rankings". Financial Times. 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  18. ^ "Best Business School Rankings | MBA Program Rankings | US News". Grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  19. ^ "QS Global 200 Business Schools Report 2010 North America". Topmba.com. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  20. ^ "FT Global MBA Rankings 2013.". Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  21. ^ "University and business school ranking in 5 Palmes". Eduniversal-ranking.com. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  22. ^ "Poets&Quants' Top 100 MBA Programs in the U.S.". Poets&Quants. 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  23. ^ "About the Program - Summer Venture in Management - Harvard Business School". Hbs.edu. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  24. ^ "Business School announces Tata gift; two initiatives". Harvard Gazette. 2012-10-14. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  25. ^ "Tata Hall Construction Pushes Ahead of Schedule". The Harvard Crimson. 2012-04-29. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  26. ^ "Tata Hall". Hbs.edu. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  27. ^ "Alexandre Behring da Costa". Bloomberg. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  28. ^ a b » Portfolios of the Union Council of Ministers (2015-03-07). "Portfolios of the Union Council of Ministers | Prime Minister of India". Pmindia.gov.in. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  29. ^ Barnes, Bart (2015-02-17). "Betty Jane Diener, blunt Virginia secretary of commerce in 1980s, dies". Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-02-21. 
  30. ^ Johnson, Carla K. (2015-01-21). "Melvin Gordon dies at 95; longtime Tootsie Roll CEO". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  31. ^ "Darren R. Huston". CNBC. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  32. ^ Evans, Suzy. "Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss". 2011 Most Influential Women in Technology. Fast Company. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  33. ^ "Mark Pears". Globalrealestate.org. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  34. ^ "Tad Smith". NYU. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 


  • Cruikshank, Jeffrey L. (1987). A Delicate Experiment: The Harvard Business School, 1908–1945. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press. ISBN 0-87584-135-X. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Anteby, Michel. Manufacturing Morals: The Values of Silence in Business School Education. (University of Chicago Press, 2013), a faculty view
  • Broughton, P.D. Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at the Harvard Business School. (Penguin Press, 2008), a memoir
  • Cohen, Peter. The gospel according to the Harvard Business School. (Doubleday, 1973)
  • Copeland, Melvin T. And Mark an Era: The Story of the Harvard Business School (1958)
  • Cruikshank, Jeffrey. Shaping The Waves: A History Of Entrepreneurship At Harvard Business School . (Harvard Business Review Press, 2005)
  • Smith, Robert M. The American Business System: The Theory and Practice of Social Science, the Case of the Harvard Business School, 1920–1945 (Garland Publishers, 1986)
  • Yogev, Esther. "Corporate Hand in Academic Glove: The New Management's Struggle for Academic Recognition—The Case of the Harvard Group in the 1920's," American Studies International (2001) 39#1 online

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