The business school world is constantly buzzing with change and innovation. In addition to our regular news posts, we briefly touch on a few notable stories from this dynamic field in one roundup.
- A recent Harvard Business Review article highlights gender imbalance in a perhaps surprising area: case studies. According to the article, a mere 11% of cases used at various business schools between 2009 and 2015 featured a female protagonist. Business school deans targeted the issue during a meeting at the White House last year; displaying diversity in case studies was among the best practices agreed upon by the leaders of 45 schools to advance gender balance in business schools and, ultimately, the workplace.
- Columbia Business School has launched its first student-run portfolio fund, the 5x5x5 Student Value Investment Fund, the school announced recently. A gift by a partner at investment management firm Gardner Russo & Gardner LLC enabled the fund. Five students will be chosen each year to manage the fund, which will include five new investments annually.
- The search for a new managing director of MBA admissions and financial aid at Harvard Business School (HBS) has come to an end. The school surprised some by choosing one of its own—a member of the HBS Class of 2013, Chad Losee—to direct admissions after Dee Leopold, who has worked at the school for nearly a decade, steps down in May. Losee will leave behind a management position at Bain & Company in Dallas. “The decision [to hire Losee] boiled down to a couple of things,” the executive director of HBS’s MBA program, Jana P. Kierstead, said in an article in The Harvard Crimson. “One is Chad’s incredible interpersonal skills—people meet him and feel at once comfortable and confident in him. The other was that his analytic and strategic skills are extraordinary.”