Ok, so our entry title is a bit facetious, but we admire the soul searching going on at Harvard Business School, nonetheless. HBS, which by its own admission has seen its brand “damaged” by its association with prominent alumni whose names have been inextricably linked to the global financial meltdown (e.g., Thain, O’Neal, Wagoner, Cox and more), will be developing a case to assess its own performance. According to Bloomberg, on May 27, 219 HBS professors will analyze the case and will potentially suggest curriculum changes as a result of their discussion.
Professor Paul Healey, who will lead the case development process, speculates, “One change that may emerge is more emphasis on general management and economics classes that knit together broad themes about risk and responsibilities, rather than on courses that focus on specific functions such as marketing.” Stanford and Yale have overhauled their curricula. Will HBS be next?