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Campus Chronicles: The Harbus

Hello and welcome to Campus Chronicles, where we peruse the news at top business programs. This week we’re reading the Harbus, published by students at Harvard Business School.


Early this month the HBS Energy & Environment Club held its annual Energy Symposium, bringing together top policymakers and private sector leaders working in the field to discuss the theme “Navigating a Constantly Evolving Energy Landscape.” Conference attendees included firms like Shell, BCG, Tesla, Natural Gas Partners, National Grid, Kleiner Perkins and McKinsey, as well as numerous start-ups operating in the energy sector. Held on the eve of the 2012 Presidential election, participants emphasized how the industry has witnessed dramatic changes since the 2008 election four years ago. These include a massive expansion in shale gas production from geological formations like the Marcellus shale, bringing a concomitant decline in natural gas prices; the impact of events like the Deepwater Horizon and Fukushima disasters on energy policy; and the adoption by both candidates of an “all of the above” energy strategy.

The Harbus also caught up with famed HBS professor Clayton Christensen on his 20th anniversary as a member of the HBS faculty. Christensen, the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration, suffered a stroke in 2010 and had to re-teach himself how to read and write, an experience that led to his book How Will You Measure Your Life, published this year. In his time at Harvard, Christensen has authored eight other books and founded a consulting firm, Innosight, and a hedge fund, Rose Park. Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise (BSSE), a course he began teaching in 1999 and now co-teaches with a group of professors, is one of the most popular elective courses at HBS.y both 2012 Presidential candidates of an “all-or-above” energy, published by students at Harvard Business School.

Finally, the Harbus spoke with HBS student Alex Harding about his start-up non-profit Water Ecuador. Working in a small village in Ecuador over two summers at Yale, Harding noticed that locals were frequently getting sick from the town’s contaminated water supply and built a clean water center to filter and sterilize drinking water. Harding is now pursuing a joint MBA degree from HBS and a medical degree from Johns Hopkins, saying that “I have seen charitable organizations fail because their leaders don’t think about efficiency or sustainability.” He is currently raising money at HBS for the construction of additional clean water centers in nearby towns, and applying for a large USAID grant to support Water Ecuador well into the future.



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Schools: Harvard Business School

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