Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School

Coat of arms of the School
Type Private business school
Established 1908
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, U.S.
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

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 Publishing, which publishes business books, leadership articles, online management tools for corporate learning, case studies, and the monthly Harvard Business Review.


Baker Library

The school started in 1908.[2] Initially established by the humanities faculty, it received independent status in 1910, and became a separate administrative unit in 1913. The first dean was historian Edwin Francis Gay (1867–1946).[3]

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.[4]

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.[5][6][7]

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.[8]

MBA program


Business school rankings
Worldwide overall
QS[9] 1
Times Higher Education[10] 5
Worldwide MBA
Business Insider[11] 3
Economist[12] 4
Financial Times[13] 2
Bloomberg Businessweek[14] 1
Forbes[15] 2
U.S. News & World Report[16] 1
Vault[17] 1

HBS is consistently ranked among the leading business schools in the world. It was ranked 1st in the United States by U.S. News & World Report[18] in 2016.

In 2015, Harvard's MBA program was ranked #1 in the US by Bloomberg,[19] and #2 in the world by the Financial Times,.[20]

In 2016, the school's MBA program was ranked #13 worldwide for social and environmental impact by Corporate Knights magazine.[21]

Student life

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.[22]


HBX, is an online learning initiative announced by the Harvard Business School in March 2014 to host online university-level courses. Initial programs are the Credential of Readiness (CORe) and Disruptive Strategy with CLayton Christensen. Leading with Finance was added to the catalog in August 2016. HBX also created HBX Live, a virtual classroom based at WGBH in Boston. Duration of HBX Core course takes from 12 to 18 weeks.[23]

Academic units

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, business, etc.

Inside a Harvard Business School classroom

Donor programs

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 US$50 million. This donation funded construction of Tata Hall, named after Ratan Tata (AMP '75), the chairman of Tata Sons Ltd.[24] Located in the northeast corner of the HBS campus, the facility is devoted to the Harvard Business School's mid-career Executive Education program. It is seven stories tall with about 150,000 gross square feet. It houses approximately 180 bedrooms in addition to academic and multi-purpose spaces.[25]

Kresge Way now is located by the base of the former Kresge Hall, named for Sebastian S. Kresge.[26] In 2014, Kresge Hall was replaced by a new hall funded by a US$30 million donation by the family of the late Ruth Mulan Chu Chao, whose four daughters all attended Harvard Business School.[27] The Executive Education quad currently includes McArthur, Baker, and Mellon Halls (residence), McCollum and Hawes (classroom), Chao Center, and Glass (administration).[28]

Notable alumni

See also


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  6. Melvin T. Copeland, And Mark an Era: The Story of the Harvard Business School (1958)
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