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HBS architecture and the latest addition – Tataaaaaaaaaaaaa!


The new Tata building at HBS

The new Tata building at HBS

Just a couple of weeks ago, HBS proudly opened its latest building to the public. The Tata-building (buildings are traditionally named after one of its biggest donors – the Tata Trust donated $50m for the construction of the building) will mainly be dedicated to executive education, which is clearly stated in its very corporate-looking design with tons of glass and shiny bright walls. The same kind of building that is used by a Tata Nano car to drive onto to avoid traffic (at least that’s what happens in the online advertisement – see it HERE). It is the first building in that style on the HBS campus. While the building looks nice, it does not stand out, which I believe to be a missed change. One doesn’t get a $50m donation every year to expand a campus. Continue reading

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The offline MBA – survival through differentiation?


The HBS campus of the future?

The HBS campus of the future?

As I am sipping on a coffee in one of a major coffeeshop’s chain stores, I realize that an internal meeting of that coffee shop is going on next to me. As a business school student, I was too curious not to try and pick up part of the activity and the conversations. It seemed that four persons were receiving training. I was impressed by the format and the professionalism of the meeting. The person I identified to be the instructor was sharing Starb…  the coffee shop’s values and priorities, and its key focus on customer happiness. As they discuss these topics, they get interrupted occasionally by another employee, bringing them all kinds of cakes and snacks. As the trainees try the snacks sitting in front of them, they discuss their taste, their content of the cake and their texture. They even discuss what drink some of these snacks would fit best with. And the discussion is quite lively I have to say. I am really impressed when the instructor asks each of them what an ideal snack would look/taste like to them. Now everybody gets really exited and launches ideas back and forth. The employees seem really involved.

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